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
C- Ready or Not (2019) Laura Clifford The story of a young bride whose husband played the odds and is now trying to save her from his superstition-bound family isn't scary OR funny. It's like watching someone else play a boring game of Clue with gore thrown in. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2019
B+ Cold Case Hammarskjöld (2019) Robin Clifford The filmmakers do not give definitive answers to the many questions about Dag Hammarskjold's untimely and tragic (for the world) death. And, they raise even more questions as to "why?" EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
B- The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) Robin Clifford You can guess what is going to happen in this odd-couple-buddy-road-trip movie that touches all the necessary points but does it in a likable, good-hearted manner that has you rooting...all the way through. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
B- The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) Laura Clifford undeniably sweet, a little corny and often laugh-out-loud funny...Gottsagen and LaBeouf fall into a wonderful rhythm, a pair of odd couple coconspirators on a distinctly regional American adventure. EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2019
A- Love, Antosha (2019) Laura Clifford Never has the phrase 'labor of love' been more appropriate as it is for this incisive, engrossing and often surprising documentary on the beloved young actor. EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2019
A- Cold Case Hammarskjöld (2019) Laura Clifford With conspiracy theories tumbling out of the Oval Office and a tide of white supremacy risiing across the land, the release of "Cold Case Hammarskjöld" couldn't be more timely. At turns incredibly entertaining and jaw-droppingly horrifying... EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
B+ Good Boys (2019) Laura Clifford Cowriter/director Gene Stupnitsky resists easy gross-out gags, instead guiding his three young stars into distinct performances, the comedy derived from their age and innocence. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
B+ Love, Antosha (2019) Robin Clifford When you watch "Love, Antosha," make note of the long list of family, friends and film colleagues who contributed in their praise for young Yelchin, personally and professionally. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
B Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Laura Clifford the book's comedic, misanthropic vitriol has been toned down in favor of the sweet mother-daughter story and lack-of-artistic-outlet character study at its heart. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
C Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Robin Clifford I do not buy it. It feels, to me, like a paycheck movie. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
B+ Las herederas (2018) Robin Clifford Arun gives a wonderful arc to her character as we watch her grow and change in her amazing debut. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
B+ Las herederas (2018) Laura Clifford As Chela blossoms, her look changes, the character taking more care, her clothing becoming more youthful. Martinessi's film which began shrouded in shadows, interiors like old museums, suddenly brightens... EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2019
C+ Blinded by the Light (2019) Laura Clifford "Light" has too many characters and too many subplots to sustain its throughline momentum, making for an intermittently entertaining but ultimately tedious experience. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2019
B One Child Nation (2019) Robin Clifford One striking thing about Nanfu Wang's interviews with those who were made to enforce the one-child policy is, while they regret what they had to do, they understand why it had to be done. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
B The Nightingale (2018) Robin Clifford If you are looking for a tough, gritty film about misogyny, lust, murder, rape and revenge, then 'The Nightingale" fits the bill. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
C+ Brian Banks (2018) Robin Clifford The telling of Brian's story is, as I said, an earnest effort. But, there is a lack of spirit that is needed to elevate the miscarriage of justice to a higher level. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
B Luce (2019) Robin Clifford Misunderstanding and suspicion of those different from us colors the story of "Luce," which, I feel, is endemic in our society, right now. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
B Tel Aviv on Fire (2018) Robin Clifford That "Tel Aviv on Fire" is able to inject honest and funny humor, and a bipartisan viewpoint, is refreshing. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
C Brian Banks (2018) Laura Clifford Aldis Hodge's fine performance has been done a disservice with pedestrian filmmaking...Brian Banks deserved better, not only from the American justice system, but from this paint-by-the-numbers film. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
B The Kitchen (2019) Laura Clifford In a perverse way, this movie is pretty timely with its white males shaken when strong women, including one of color, prove themselves, usurping their power. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
B+ One Child Nation (2019) Laura Clifford a horrifying look at state sanctioned kidnapping and murder and human rights violations against women whose effects are still being felt by families today even as they defend the practice. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
B- The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) Laura Clifford by couching the story from a dog's point of view overlaid with racing metaphors, it becomes something novel and Curtis and company apply just the right amount of magic. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
B+ Luce (2019) Laura Clifford packs in an awful lot of issues - white liberal saviorhood, cultural identity, black assimilation, victimhood, mental illness shaming, sexual assault - in a psychological thriller which invites debate...rather than providing pat answers. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2019
B+ Da xiang xi di er zuo (2018) Laura Clifford In looking at life in northern China, Bo presents a society that has lost its way, downtrodden, selfish and living in isolation in an industrial landscape devoid of natural beauty...yet for all the film's depressing story lines, Bo achieves hope... EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2019
B Tel Aviv on Fire (2018) Laura Clifford Nashif and Biton work wonderfully together, one cracking scene showing them writing jointly in unison, only to pivot and end up at odds. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
B The Nightingale (2018) Laura Clifford "The Nightingale" has its flaws, but Jennifer Kent's outrage at the brutal injustice doled out to women and minorities burns through every frame. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
C- Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Laura Clifford It says something that the writers felt the need to sidle into the science fiction genre to come up with a story in a franchise that began as a low budget street racing movie. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2019
A- Happy Hour (2015) Robin Clifford Filmmaker Hagamuchi does not waste the five plus hour film time and allows us to get to know, intimately, each of the ladies, their lives, hopes and fears EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2019
B+ David Crosby: Remember My Name (2019) Robin Clifford Unlike many old rock stars still performing, Crosby's voice, despite his years of sex, drugs and rock'n'roll, is still clear as a bell and harkens back to the three part harmony of CSN songs. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2019
B Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Robin Clifford As usual, you have to be on the ball when you watch a QT movie if you want to recognize the many cultural references from the time EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2019
B The Lion King (2019) Robin Clifford "The Lion King" reprises the original's emphasis on "The Circle of Life" (and, I realize now, the filmmakers beat you over the head with that theme). EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2019
B Mike Wallace Is Here (2019) Robin Clifford Mike Wallace had a valid reputation for asking his interview subjects the hard-hitting, and oftentimes controversial, questions EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2019
A Paris Is Burning (1990) Robin Clifford For a little documentary, it has stayed with me for decades. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2019
B+ Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Laura Clifford Tarantino's 'if only' fantasy saves things he cherishes from oblivion with a fortuitous mistake and a devil-may-care bravado emboldened with an acid soaked cigarette. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2019
B+ David Crosby: Remember My Name (2019) Laura Clifford Eaton's changing interview venues keep things fresh and he limits most of his other talking heads to archival footage, allowing Crosby to tell his own story EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2019
C+ Luz (2018) Laura Clifford exhibits artful craftsmanship, especially in its sound design, but its fuzzy storytelling may lose many. EDIT
Posted Jul 21, 2019
A- Paris Is Burning (1990) Laura Clifford All these years later, 'Pose' fans will enjoy tracing its characters (not to mention plots) back to their inspirations... EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
B- The Lion King (2019) Laura Clifford ...the very definition of critic proof, but while others have found the film soulless, it is undeniably beautiful to look at and Seth Rogen as a farting warthog is almost worth the price of admission alone. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
B+ Netemo sametemo (2018) Laura Clifford Hamaguchi himself refers to the divide as the Everyday versus the Unexpected, but his his literal symbolism of Ryôhei as harbor after an earthquake versus Baku's fireworks more aptly translates to safety and solidity versus danger and excitement. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
A- Happy Hour (2015) Laura Clifford Hamaguchi offers great perspectives into the dynamics of friendship, marriage and the unknowability of others, shedding surprising light on the men in these women's lives in his final acts. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
B I Feel Good (2018) Laura Clifford Delépine and Kervern have packed their screenplay with so many gags, the movie is enjoyable just for its surface pleasures, but by the film's musical conclusion they have also proven the joys of a simpler way of life. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2019
B The Art of Self-Defense (2019) Robin Clifford The story, by director Riley Stearns, wears its liberal, pro-underdog heart on its sleeve and, at a time of divisiveness, its feel-good heart and soul gives me hope for the little guy. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
B L'homme fidèle (2018) Robin Clifford The French romantic farce still lives strong! EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
C+ Stuber (2019) Laura Clifford brutally realistic violence of the action scenes at odds with comic elements that range from gentle to slapstick to uninspired. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
B L'homme fidèle (2018) Laura Clifford Garrel's film is both funny and wise, upending our expectations from beginning to end. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
B The Trouble With You (2018) Robin Clifford "The Trouble with You" follows several paths but brings them all together into a coherent whole that does a decent job in keeping things, even serious things, light. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
B+ The Farewell (2019) Robin Clifford I came out of seeing "The Farewell" and my thought was "That was my Nana!" EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
B+ The Art of Self-Defense (2019) Laura Clifford Writer/director Riley Stearns's pitch black comedy is like a feminist take on "Fight Club" had "Fight Club" been addressing toxic masculinity...Jesse Eisenberg's best role since "The Social Network..." EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2019
B- The Trouble With You (2018) Laura Clifford ...the type of commercial French filmmaking which rarely gets released in the U.S., a silly lark which is enjoyable while you're watching it but is immediately forgettable. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2019
B- Sophia Antipolis (2018) Laura Clifford Vernier doesn't so much tell us a specific story as soak into the emotional feel of a place by following several different ones and this park, intended to create an international community, instead has evolved into a microcosm of society's ills. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019