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
B+ () Laura Clifford The Czech Republic's Daria Kashcheeva's stop motion puppet animation is the first of three stop motion animations to be nominated, each using a different medium... This is my pick for the Oscar. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2020
B+ () Laura Clifford Dysinger's uplifting look at how women are finding poor young girls in Kabul and giving them...courage and confidence by teaching them how to skateboard, Is an infectious and uplifting work which I'm betting will take the Oscar. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2020
B+ () Laura Clifford Tunisia is the setting for two of this year's Live Action shorts in film, one a searing drama beneath the shadow of ISIS, the other a comedy involving a mule listening to the wrong music... EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2020
B- Citizen K (2019) Robin Clifford Gibney, maybe, should have given us two, companion docs - one on the former oligarch and another on the most dangerous man in the world, EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2020
C John Henry (2020) Robin Clifford While I like seeing Terry Crews in a different and dramatic role and really like Ken Foree as his house-bound dad, BJ, the problem I have with "John Henry" is the bad guy EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2020
B+ Citizen K (2019) Laura Clifford a fascinating piece of work, at once a highly unusual biopic and a solid primer on recent Russian history. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2020
C+ John Henry (2020) Laura Clifford While the film's narrative is shaky at best, Forbes exhibits quite a bit of style with an obviously low budget, making him a filmmaker to watch. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2020
B- Color Out of Space (2019) Laura Clifford Stanley has crafted a beautiful production combining shocking pink CGI effects and practical mutations...with a nostalgically appointed rural farm ... But don't expect "Mandy"-level Cage outrageousness here EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2020
B- Bad Boys for Life (2020) Laura Clifford ...a welcome January surprise, Lowrey and Burnett a lot more fun to hang with than Hobbs and Shaw. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2020
C+ Dolittle (2020) Laura Clifford Oddly, the film continually seems to echo "Pirates of the Caribbean" with its star, a once great independent artist now selling out to franchises eccentrically outfitted and weirdly accented EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2020
B- Just Mercy (2019) Robin Clifford Jordan is more a sounding board for his clients as he tries to maneuver thru hate, prejudice, racism and a gross miscarriages of justice, EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2020
C Three Christs (2017) Laura Clifford Despite a strong cast, the film is narratively disheveled, introducing subplots only to drop them and coming to no strong conclusions about the success of Stone's experiment. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2020
B Give Me Liberty (2019) Laura Clifford That their cast of non-professionals and unknowns represents immigrants, minorities and the disabled in such a unifying and uplifting work is all the more reason to embrace an independent film that just might restore your faith in humanity. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2020
B- Clemency (2019) Laura Clifford In a chilling scene, [Woodward] recites execution day steps to Anthony like an automaton, her voice rising like a customer service rep making a sales pitch whenever he is allowed to choose an option. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2020
B- Three Christs (2017) Robin Clifford This is an interesting look into a real mental health study that tried to break new ground in psychiatric treatment that were meant to cure, not just subdue and vegetate, the subject. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2020
B Célébration (2018) Laura Clifford ten years after Saint Laurent's death, a reedited version of the film has finally been released and it is a fascinating, if sometimes frustratingly impressionistic, fly-on-the-wall look at the last years leading up to presenting his last collection. EDIT
Posted Jan 6, 2020
C+ Just Mercy (2019) Laura Clifford Cretton delivers his most disappointing work to date, a mediocre, cliché ridden, speechifying tale of the fight to free an innocent black man railroaded by racist Southerners. EDIT
Posted Jan 5, 2020
A- Les misérables (2019) Laura Clifford Ly had been filming on his own streets since the age of fifteen...so it is notable that while his feature film debut echoes Hugo's classic for modern times, it is also a fine example of the French policier procedural. EDIT
Posted Jan 5, 2020
B+ Cunningham (2019) Robin Clifford There is a distinctive similarity between this dance documentary by first-time feature director Alla Kovgan and the beautifully rendered 2011 documentary by Wim Wenders, "Pina," about another famed choreographer, Pina Bausch. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2020
B Invisible Life (2019) Laura Clifford The two actresses are both engaging, although the vivacious Stockler has the advantage of a more fully developed character. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2019
B Cunningham (2019) Laura Clifford One of the most distinctive works is an early rotating presentation of individual dancers...all performing different works, as we listen to Cunningham describe the risk of performing something that he didn't wholly know about in advance. EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2019
C+ 1917 (2019) Laura Clifford The film has many standout moments, but Mendes' decision to film this...as a virtual one take à la "Birdman" turns his movie into a videogame where our heroes move forward across a varying landscape stopping for episodic incidents to unfold. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2019
A- Little Women (2019) Laura Clifford Gerwig takes an approach both modern and Austenian, emphasizing the connection between money and freedom in the lives of nineteenth century women. The hugely talented Ronan has never been better while Florence Pugh wrangles a refreshing take on Amy... EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2019
C+ Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Laura Clifford unnecessary exposition delivered with the pummeling speed of a tennis ball machine, colliding logic, lack of consequence for momentous setbacks and a sense of inevitability...make J.J. Abrams' capper to the original saga a disappointment. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
B Bombshell (2019) Robin Clifford I was quite familiar with Roger Ailes reputation, politically at least, and my only regret is that he did not live to get his just desserts. But, then again, with the latest news about Harvey Weinstein, Ailes may have gotten away with it all. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2019
B+ A Hidden Life (2019) Laura Clifford Diehl and Pachner are extraordinarily lovely together, their marriage projecting a kind of sensual purity. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2019
B+ Bombshell (2019) Laura Clifford a stomach churning experience EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2019
B Richard Jewell (2019) Laura Clifford Paul Walter Hauser, so impressive in an amusing supporting role in "I, Tonya," ably shoulders the lead as the oddball mama's boy, bullied for his weight, who dreams of a job in law enforcement EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2019
B 63 Up (2019) Robin Clifford For me. It is a fascinating sociological study that would have a dramatically different demographic if started today. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2019
B Richard Jewell (2019) Robin Clifford Clint Eastwood has always proven to be a good, reliable storyteller and, here, he tells a good, reliable story. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2019
A Uncut Gems (2019) Laura Clifford may be unlike anything you've experienced, as if the helicopter sequence in Martin Scorsese's "Goodfellas" were extended to feature film length... Be prepared to strap yourself onto a cinematic rocket. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2019
B In Fabric (2018) Laura Clifford Featuring a standout performance from Strickland regular Fatma Mohamed, looking like the female Vogue version of Coppola's "Dracula" while delivering the most deliciously tortured formal dialogue, "In Fabric" is a hoot. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2019
B Little Joe (2019) Laura Clifford a thought provoking piece of paranoia horror where everyone around us is viewed with suspicion. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2019
C+ The Aeronauts (2019) Laura Clifford This is 2019's answer to Robert Zemeckis' 2015 film "The Walk" with one major problem - it's not in 3D. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2019
B+ The Two Popes (2019) Laura Clifford The main pleasure of "The Two Popes" is watching Hopkins and Pryce play off each other, the two actors absolutely delightful. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2019
B+ Varda by Agnès (2019) Laura Clifford stuffed with wisdom, joy and insights into creating art. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2019
B Knives Out (2019) Laura Clifford This murder mystery, which tips its hat to Sherlock Holmes, Edgar Allan Poe, Agatha Christie and Clue, features a sprawling cast of characters, almost all of whom are pegged as up to no good within the film's first twenty minutes. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2019
B A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Laura Clifford In one of the film's best scenes, we see Hanks as Rogers discuss the importance of a beloved childhood toy and cannot help but recognize the irony of "Toy Story's" Woody telling us this. EDIT
Posted Nov 24, 2019
B Dark Waters (2019) Laura Clifford Haynes makes a radical departure from the lushly produced period films where he's explored the personal ramifications of societal norms with this bleak investigative procedural laying bare the personal ramifications of taking on corporate America. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
B The Aeronauts (2019) Robin Clifford where I found I was losing myself in the story was in the exciting set pieces as the pair face great danger, hypoxia, black outs and, for Amelia alone, a terrifying crisis at 36000 feet. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2019
B Frozen II (2019) Laura Clifford If "Frozen" yawed toward fairy tale romance threatened by magic, its sequel rights the ship with magic bringing everyone back down to earth. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2019
B Honey Boy (2019) Laura Clifford LaBeouf, sporting a balding pate mullet, walks a tightrope as his fictionalized father, the actor never turning us against the man despite his often hateful behavior. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2019
B The Rabbi Goes West (2019) Robin Clifford "The Rabbi Goes West" gives an interesting and detailed microscopic look at the Jewish faith and culture in a place where one (a former Christian like me) would not expect there to be a Jewish faith and culture - I mean, it is Montana EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2019
B The Rabbi Goes West (2019) Laura Clifford By the end of "The Rabbi Goes West," you may feel quite differently about the exuberant rabbi you met at the beginning. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2019
A- Waves (2019) Laura Clifford [Shults'] third outing proves as dazzling as his first, a film split in two by its tragic midpoint climax, its first half both visually and aurally unsettling, its second calmer and hopeful. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2019
B+ Waves (2019) Robin Clifford is a gripping story that does not go as expected and that is what makes "Waves" a cut above. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
B The Report (2019) Robin Clifford ...making for a near epic tome of a heinous CIA program and its cover-up and the dedicated investigators that brought it to light. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
B+ The Report (2019) Laura Clifford Cross cutting back and forth between the present dreary institutional settings of the U.S. government in Washington D.C. and the past horrors of unidentified black sites...Burns creates atmospheres of hidden secrets, one light the other dark. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
B+ Ford v Ferrari (2019) Laura Clifford Mangold's film could be seen as a metaphor for his own industry, Shelby a producer trying to protect his creative talent, engineer and driver Ken Miles (Christian Bale), from the big studio (Ford) holding the purse strings. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
B () Robin Clifford I never was a fan of the rag but I, like most everyone who has seen the National Enquirer banner, would give it a look whenever the chance. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2019