Reeling Reviews

Reeling Reviews is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Laura Clifford, Robin Clifford
Rating Title/Year Author
A- Hail Satan? (2019) Laura Clifford Lane builds an entertaining and thought provoking case for The Satanic Temple. I know I was won over, enthusiastically so, but...be aware that these folks, while definitely edgy individualists, should not be confused with the Church of Satan EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2019
B+ Hagazussa: A Heathen's Curse (2017) Laura Clifford This gothic, nightmarish ode to madness, the result of Christian persecution in a 15th century Alpine village, is surreal folk horror that creeps under your skin like the mists which curl up its mountainsides. EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2019
B Ramen Shop (2018) Laura Clifford the original title, "Ramen Teh," refers to the melding of two cultures' famous dishes, Singapore's Bak Kut Teh and Japan's Ramen, into one, just like its protagonist. EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2019
B Family (2018) Laura Clifford Part workplace comedy, part buddy movie and all hilarious character study, writer/director Laura Steinel's feature film debut is a comedic breakthrough for star Taylor Schilling EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2019
B- Wild Nights With Emily (2018) Laura Clifford at once a sexy, comedic romp revealing far more lived passion and duplicity in the 19th century adjoining households of Amherst...than previously imagined and a fresh look at Emily's work and her struggles to get them published EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2019
B+ Hail Satan? (2019) Robin Clifford One thing I took away while watching "Hail Satan?" is the inherent sense of humor of the congregation even as they take on serious social issues. EDIT
Posted Apr 16, 2019
B The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018) Laura Clifford Terry Gilliam's perseverance has paid off, subsequent script tweaking eliminating the need for its expensive time travel element by introducing a filmmaking back story that lends the movie a well deserved and elegantly executed meta quality. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2019
C Penguins (2019) Laura Clifford This franchise's heart is in the right place, a percentage of first week ticket sales benefiting each film's subject, but "Born in China" excepted, it's like DisneyNature has hired Vermeer to illustrate books for three year-olds. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
B+ Missing Link (2019) Laura Clifford Punny humor, silly slapstick and classic cartoon tropes abound in Butler's tale, but he's also used his evolutionary theme to layer in more modern concepts like animal rights, feminism and male sensitivity. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
B+ Missing Link (2019) Robin Clifford The fine stop-motion photography, terrific cast, first-rate storytelling and rich comedy are good reasons to see "Missing Link." EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
B+ Napszállta (2018) Laura Clifford ...the filmmaker has captured the uncertainty of radical history with compelling artistic control. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
B+ The Wind (2018) Laura Clifford ...screenwriter Teresa Sutherland explores the [frontier madness] concept with demonic trappings, director Emma Tammi smartly using time shifts to distract from the tale's final revelation while masterfully creating a tone of oppressive dread. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
B+ High Life (2018) Laura Clifford Inspired by thoughts of a lone person on a spaceship where everyone else had died...Denis spun together a story about love and lust, reproduction and survival. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
C+ The Chaperone (2018) Laura Clifford ...has its charms, largely due to McGovern, but it's also hokey and its production is lacking EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
A- Amazing Grace (2018) Laura Clifford I stopped going to church in my teens, but if church were like this I'd be going every Sunday. The power of Lady Soul's voice produces more shivers, more goosebumps, in ninety minutes than any thriller. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
A- Diane (2018) Laura Clifford What Alfonso Cuaron recently accomplished with "Roma," transporting memories of his Mexican childhood onto the screen so acutely they felt like they were ours, has been given a New England spin in writer/director Kent Jones' feature film debut. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
B+ Amazing Grace (2018) Robin Clifford "Amazing Grace" squarely hits its two targets: people, like me, who love Aretha Franklin and her music; and, any fan of gospel music, which is wall to wall in this succinct 90 minute tome. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2019
C+ The Chaperone (2018) Robin Clifford You root, sort of, for Norma to find herself and things all turn out well in a nicely decorated package, but there is not much inside. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2019
B Blade (1998) Laura Clifford Blade is a fine, if flawed, addition to the vampire genre and a good late summer action flick. EDIT
Posted Apr 2, 2019
C Stepmom (1998) Laura Clifford Stepmom is a piece of formulaic Hollywood product that's barely redeemed by its three fine leads and top notch production values. It suffers in comparison to the similar, but far better, One True Thing. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
B- The Brink (2019) Robin Clifford Even though I do not like the man, I appreciate the chance to see, in a succinctly crafted way, the many reasons why. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
B Hotel Mumbai (2018) Robin Clifford "Hotel Mumbai" is a well-told docudrama that does a fine job of showing us the horror of the fanatical attack and the bravery and courage of those who fought back. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
B The Craft (1996) Laura Clifford I really like Fairuza Balk as an actress and I really enjoyed her here. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2019
C- Practical Magic (1998) Laura Clifford Practical Magic has little chemistry and less movie magic. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2019
B+ Hotel Mumbai (2018) Laura Clifford While any movie about such a horrific event is subject to criticism of exploitation, Maras has given us...one which allows us to understand what it must have been like to endure this horror as well as one which honors truly heroic actions. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2019
C The Brink (2019) Laura Clifford a footnote past its expiration date. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2019
C Dumbo (2019) Laura Clifford "Dumbo" is flat, even its airborne moments lacking magic. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2019
B The Mustang (2019) Robin Clifford First-time feature director, co-writer Laure de Clermont-Tonnere does a solid job in bringing the viewer to the center of both its main characters and the terrific program they represent. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2019
B+ The Mustang (2019) Laura Clifford The eventual breakthrough between man and beast is incredibly moving, the mustang comforting Roman just when he thinks the horse has beaten him. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2019
B Kanarie (2018) Robin Clifford The story flows through its chapters, allowing us to get to know Johan, his hopes and insecurities, and the other members of the choir group. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
B+ The Highwaymen (2019) Robin Clifford It is a good bookend to Arthur Penn's 1967 film. Between the two, we may have a near complete story of the legend of Bonnie and Clyde. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
B+ Ash Is Purest White (2018) Robin Clifford "Ash Is Purest White" is a compelling study of a woman who proves her inner strength through adversity with her strength and integrity of character. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
B The Highwaymen (2019) Laura Clifford It is a quiet film, delving into the relationship of these two older men, teasing out one final detail about their relationship until a crucial moment, while also taking a hard look at the dubious American celebrity culture that thrived even back in 1934 EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
B Knife + Heart (2018) Laura Clifford Brilliantly photographed in primary colors of blue, red and yellow... Gonzalez reflects his story back upon itself via films-within-his-film, black and white photo negative nightmares, dance floors, dark rooms and sex shows. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
B+ Kanarie (2018) Laura Clifford Christiaan Olwagen's hugely ambitious year-in-the-life musical charts one young man's journey to self acceptance during the height of the Apartheid regime...Bezuidenhout, who has the face of a silent film comedian, is a multi-talented lead. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
C+ Us (2019) Laura Clifford this satire of the American dream, where those who get left behind simmer in murderous resentment, resembles one of those unwieldy Stephen King novels like "The Tommyknockers" or "Insomnia" where a good concept unravels and goes off the rails. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
C+ The Aftermath (2019) Laura Clifford it is a real letdown to realize that director James Kent ("Testament of Youth") has played a game of bait and switch, a complex historical period used as a mere backdrop for the story of a marriage teetering on the brink. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
C+ Five Feet Apart (2019) Laura Clifford while Baldoni's direction of his actors is assured...his inability to rein in the screenplay's more outlandish scenarios and on-the-nose symbolism renders "Five Feet Apart" more shamelessly manipulative teen romance than authentic drama. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
A- Ash Is Purest White (2018) Laura Clifford Tao Zhao gives a quiet performance that nonetheless builds in power, her appearance reflecting the continual blows of dreams slipping away in a country waiting for no one. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2019
B Pájaros de verano (2018) Robin Clifford The filmmakers do a first-rate job, at first, showing the importance of family and clan in the Wayuu culture. But, soon, greed becomes the overpowering factor in the family dynamics and the results are tragic. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
B Woman at War (2018) Robin Clifford This woman-at-war story has you rooting for our hero but there is much more going on during Halla's effective campaign against Big Brother. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
B+ Climax (2018) Robin Clifford an in-the-moment film as we, along with the characters, have the visceral experience of the descent from joy to a hell they all enter. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
B Transit (2018) Robin Clifford "Transit" is both a historical artifact of over 70 years ago and a cautionary tale of warning for the present. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
B Gloria Bell (2018) Laura Clifford Julianne Moore gives us a woman we wish was not alone, yet feel perfectly comfortable leaving that way. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
A- Ahlat Agaci (2018) Laura Clifford while much of "The Wild Pear Tree" revolves around the written word and oral debate, Ceylan's masterful eye, especially for landscapes, ensures his latest is yet another luxuriating, cinematic soak. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
A- Climax (2018) Laura Clifford [Noé]'s produced a film that features all of his taboo busters and yet, surprisingly, it may be his most accessible to date...a film that grabs you from its opening shoot and never lets go. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
B Pájaros de verano (2018) Laura Clifford unlike ["Embrace of the Serpent"], while this also charts the corruption of long tradition by greed and wealth, "Birds of Passage" becomes more of a family saga, a familiar story of drug money instigating violence. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
B+ Transit (2018) Laura Clifford With his latest, adapted from a 1944 novel, yet set in modern times, Petzold centers on a male refugee on the run assuming the identity of another man, then falling in love with that man's wife, a "Casablanca" for today. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
C- Captain Marvel (2019) Laura Clifford Marvel not only finds itself lagging behind DC with its first female super hero, but utterly losing the contest. "Captain Marvel" is a boring mishmash of ideas from a score of other movies and franchises... EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
A Apollo 11 (2019) Robin Clifford There is no narration or title cards and this concise, visually stunning document of mankind's greatest achievement does not need them. EDIT
Posted Mar 3, 2019