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- Saint Maud (2019) Laura Clifford There are echoes of many great films and filmmakers in Glass's work - Polanski's 'Rosemary's Baby' and 'Repulsion,' Stanley Kubrick, 'The Exorcist' and even Lars von Trier. And yet her film never feels derivative. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2021
C The Little Things (2021) Laura Clifford [Lee Hancock's] central idea, the thing that he spends two hours working towards, makes for an unsatisfying climax while several other themes he's introduced, like the small details that can crack a case, get left by the wayside. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2021
B Supernova (2020) Laura Clifford The road trip scenario really works here, that old Fiat Autotrail Cheyenne giving the film an intimate, character-defining space while the Lake District and the stars Tusker knows so well provide the film a larger-than-life grandeur. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2021
B+ Joint Security Area (2000) Laura Clifford Newly issued on a blu-ray packed with extras by Arrow Video, it is fascinating to regard the work of director Chan-wook Park ("Oldboy," "The Handmaiden") before his vengeance trilogy catapulted him to global recognition. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2021
B The Dig (2021) Robin Clifford all through the excavation little pieces of the whole ship are shown, making me feel like a participant - but without the dirty fingernails. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2021
B African Violet (2020) Robin Clifford Mona Zandi Haqiqi...makes this unusual little tale draw the viewer in with its fully developed, three-dimensional characters. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2021
B Some Kind of Heaven (2020) Robin Clifford Oppenheim and his documentary team do an excellent job in showcasing the community and its many benefits. It also shows that "heaven" is in the eye of the beholder. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2021
B The Marksman (2021) Robin Clifford Jim Hanson personal plight is made apparent within minutes of the opening credits and Liam Niesen gives him the gravitas of his conviction to save Manuel from harm. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2021
B+ Atlantis (2019) Robin Clifford ...In the midst of this left over desolation and barren land there is hope and, possibly, love. It is a strange but compelling story. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2021
B+ African Violet (2020) Laura Clifford Director Mona Zandi Haghighi tells a story based on her own aunt with humor, compassion and a phenomenal eye for color. EDIT
Posted Jan 20, 2021
B Notturno (2020) Laura Clifford "Notturno" is a series of vignettes, some more engaging than others, some featuring stories Rosi returns to, others not... his imagery here often starkly powerful or lyrically beautiful. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2021
C PG: Psycho Goreman (2020) Laura Clifford a very clever concept, but although it's amusing for a while, "Psycho Goreman" spins off in too many directions, plot overtaking its simpler pleasures. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2021
A- Atlantis (2019) Laura Clifford Filmed in an exaggerated widescreen in a series of single long takes, often static, Vasyanovych uses the horizon to contrast before and after, in one sequence three horizontal perspectives moving in opposite directions. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2021
B The Dig (2021) Laura Clifford uses the events surrounding what has been called the 'British Tutankhamun' as a reflection on the evolving cycle of humankind by accentuating sex and death...in what might be considered a top notch 'Masterpiece' production. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2021
B+ There Is No Evil (2020) Laura Clifford The filmmaker has a talent for creating a sense of dread in seemingly everyday circumstances, one which keeps the viewer guessing, every one of his four stories going in unexpected directions. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2021
B My Little Sister (2020) Laura Clifford a moving character piece about the fierce bond between siblings who relied upon each other growing up with theatrical parents while forging their own path in the family's chosen art world. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2021
B- The Marksman (2021) Laura Clifford although this one's formulaic, it's well crafted all around, Neeson enjoying genuine moments with young Perez, cinematographer Mark Patten's ("Morgan") widescreen lensing a huge plus. EDIT
Posted Jan 12, 2021
A- Some Kind of Heaven (2020) Laura Clifford With "Some Kind of Heaven," Oppenheim's created a spiritual successor to Errol Morris's "Vernon, Florida with the style of Todd Hayne's "Far from Heaven." It's a must see. EDIT
Posted Jan 12, 2021
C+ Bloody Hell (2020) Laura Clifford O'Toole's gleefully deranged dual performance (Rex's conscience, a device which allows the actor dialogue when alone) and the stylish energy Grierson brings to the film are often reminiscent of Ryan Reynolds' "Deadpool." EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2021
B MLK/FBI (2020) Robin Clifford bring[s] all of the new information to light in a well-told and concise documentary about our history - and how, unfortunately, it continues to repeat itself. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2021
B The White Tiger (2021) Robin Clifford The caste system and its inherent injustice (for the lower, not the upper, caste) is given force EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2021
B- One Night in Miami (2020) Robin Clifford It is a solid ensemble effort and deserves some thoughtful consideration of what they say. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2021
B The White Tiger (2021) Laura Clifford This sprawling, Dickensonian tale may address a particularly Indian mindset, but the travails of its protagonist will be easily recognizable to any Western country, like the United States, with a treacherously imbalanced economy EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2021
B MLK/FBI (2020) Laura Clifford while this is certainly a piece of history worth revisiting, Pollard's documentary trots out the most notorious accusation made against King...and leaves it hanging, neither confirming nor denying events EDIT
Posted Jan 5, 2021
C- Pieces of a Woman (2020) Laura Clifford While Kirby's performance is notable, "Pieces of a Woman" is unsatisfactory cinema, its character motivations muddled, its use of Norway as a stand-in for Boston unconvincing, its resolution a head scratching letdown. EDIT
Posted Jan 5, 2021
B- Herself (2020) Laura Clifford Dunne's given us a character worth rooting for as she wends her way through a complex situation and the two young actresses supporting her are no mere moppets. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2021
B The Reason I Jump (2020) Laura Clifford accomplishes one of cinema's primary objectives - giving us the perspective of a world unknown to us. EDIT
Posted Jan 1, 2021
B+ Shadow in the Cloud (2020) Laura Clifford Liang isn't content with one wild scenario, presenting Maude with obstacles on all fronts, and just when you think the filmmaker's gone too far (as I did with that package reveal), she manages to make it work. EDIT
Posted Jan 1, 2021
C Fatale (2020) Laura Clifford "The Intruder" team of Deon Taylor and David Loughery are back with another cheesy thriller starring Michael Ealy and an award winning star, this time two-time Oscar winner Hillary Swank slumming and having a ball doing so for the second time in 2020 EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2020
B Hunter Hunter (2020) Robin Clifford none of it goes the way I expected. This is a good thing in a horror movie and the reason "Hunter Hunter" is a cut above. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2020
B+ The Dissident (2020) Robin Clifford Fogel and his documentary team leave no stone unturned in gleaning all the information, making its case that the Saudi government, with MBS in particular, murdered an innocent man... EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2020
C Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Robin Clifford At two hours and thirty one minutes - I write it out instead of using 2:31 - of run time, the movie is as long as "two hours and thirty one minutes" sounds. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2020
B News of the World (2020) Robin Clifford ...though well-telegraphed, the obstacles the two face are palpable and you really root for the weary travelers. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2020
C- Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Laura Clifford ...a bloated, muddled endurance test. As Diana is no longer an innocent to the ways of the world, Gadot has less of a charm offensive at her disposal and, ironically, the film only perks up whenever Chris Pine shares her scenes... EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2020
B+ Promising Young Woman (2020) Laura Clifford Featuring a sprawling, well cast ensemble led by a pitch perfect Mulligan, a trickily plotted script, tongue-in-cheek song selections and cheeky production design, "Promising Young Woman" is hugely entertaining - and disturbing. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2020
B+ News of the World (2020) Laura Clifford For a film whose narrative follows expected paths, "News of the World" offers several surprises, like realizing this is Tom Hanks' first Western, and Greengrass has given him a perfect Hanks vehicle... EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2020
B Sylvie's Love (2020) Laura Clifford Eugene Ashe has fashioned a sweeping, soapy old-fashioned romance dripping in old Hollywood style glamour, a milieu star Thompson takes to like a duck to water. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2020
B Soul (2020) Laura Clifford This is a film in two parts and while the earthbound, jazz fueled pieces soar, the Great Before is another in a series of candy-colored representation of those intangible things which make us human... EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2020
B+ Hunter Hunter (2020) Laura Clifford In lesser hands, this horror thriller could have turned out to be a rote piece of exploitation, but writer/director Shawn Linden's command of his material results in a smart and surprising shocker, a film that will haunt. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2020
B+ To the Ends of the Earth (2019) Laura Clifford This lovely character study of a young woman finding herself while lost in a foreign land was commissioned to mark the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and Uzbekistan and Kurosawa's found a beautiful way to do it. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2020
B The Weasel's Tale (2019) Robin Clifford I settled in to see where director and co-scribe Juan Jose Campanella was taking his yarn of friendship, vanity and deceit. The result left a smile on my face. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2020
B- Wild Mountain Thyme (2020) Robin Clifford My advice to Rosemarie is find a Plan B, get rid of Tony and live happily ever after. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
B I'm Your Woman (2020) Robin Clifford It is a good story, well told and well acted. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2020
C+ The Prom (2020) Robin Clifford I think that Meryl Streep is a national treasure but even she cannot make me love or even like this kind of insipid musical. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2020
B The Midnight Sky (2020) Laura Clifford as moving as it can be, largely due to Clooney's melancholy stoic resolve, Mark L. Smith's ("The Revenant") adaptation of Lily Brooks-Dalton's novel 'Good Morning, Midnight' always feels like something we have experienced before. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2020
C+ Wild Mountain Thyme (2020) Laura Clifford For a romantic comedy to work, there has to be at least one obstacle the couple must overcome. Here there are two and neither makes a lick of sense. Still the film features beautiful scenery and a perfectly cast Blunt... EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2020
B Farewell Amor (2020) Laura Clifford Msangi takes shortcuts to her happy resolution...but "Farewell Amor" ends on the right note. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2020
B I'm Your Woman (2020) Laura Clifford a low key genre effort that much like Hart's female-centric take on the Superhero genre goes to some unexpected places. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2020
B The Weasel's Tale (2019) Laura Clifford ...a throwback black comedy of con in which the targeted victims turn the tables on the scam artists. This is a fun romp buoyed by an exceptional cast, Cecilia Monti's costume design and Nelson Noel Luty's art direction. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2020
A- The Killing of Two Lovers (2020) Laura Clifford Writer/director/editor Robert Machoian's lived in meditation on a strained marriage just may be the filmmaking discovery of the year. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2020