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FilmFestivals.com is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Moira Sullivan
Rating Title/Year Author
Overripe The Tree of Life (2011) Moira Sullivan A young couple raises three boys in the 1950s. Both Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain as the couple function from textbook gender roles, like Father Knows Best with an axe to grind. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2011
3.5/4 King Kong (2005) Moira Sullivan Why make a King Kongfilm now? Since it has been recycled several times, trotting out a new version exposes the story to how it still uses black and white tropes. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2006
B+ Brokeback Mountain (2005) Moira Sullivan If Brokeback Mountain is not about 'gay cowboys', perhaps it should be seen as a film about hate crimes and bullying against gays. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2006
5/5 The Player (1992) Moira Sullivan An enticing, brilliantly scripted film about the movie industry and how the deals are made. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2004
5/5 Delicatessen (1991) Moira Sullivan Sublime, edible film with exquisite art direction. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2004
A Monster (2003) Moira Sullivan "Monster" is no "Pretty Woman" or Cinderella story and Theron's role is a fuse that ignites controversy. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2004
3/5 High Fidelity: The Guarneri String Quartet (1989) Moira Sullivan Too hard to follow. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2003
2/5 Ulysses' Gaze (1995) Moira Sullivan This ambitious film fails to compel. Too many closeups of disposed Lenin statues. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2003
4/5 Gummo (1997) Moira Sullivan It's an underground wonder. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2003
5/5 Laura (1944) Moira Sullivan A classic murder film worth seeing over and over. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2003
2/5 Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992) Moira Sullivan Not as good as the TV show, not one episode. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2003
5/5 Georgy Girl (1966) Moira Sullivan Quote not available. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2003
1/5 Dead Ringers (1988) Moira Sullivan Trite, weird, ridiculous, uneventful, sick. Cronenberg at his worst. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2003
C Musikk for bryllup og begravelser (Music for Weddings and Funerals) (2002) Moira Sullivan Straume is excellent in creating mood with objects, such as a study of intrusion, a bathroom, complete with the accouterments of a male guest or the cold design of interior landscapes. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2003
C Japan (2002) Moira Sullivan The sacrificed female body is used to resurrect a condemned soul and with her ascension comes the spiritual renewal of (The) Man. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2003
A- A Huey P. Newton Story (2001) Moira Sullivan The film is one long monologue of Huey's inner mind , culminating in a riveting shadow boxing dance by Smith, who then sits down for the final end. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2003
A Secret Ballot (2001) Moira Sullivan The sophistication of the Western democratic machinery seems absurd and its elaborate schemes for representation unreal by comparison. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2003
3/5 Shaft in Africa (1973) Moira Sullivan Slow action film with Roundtree misplaced, overdone, overshown. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2003
C+ And Your Mother Too (2001) Moira Sullivan The allegorical name of the beach (Mouth of Heaven) is one of several obvious sexual innuendoes of the film but in the fantasy of world Cuaron, they all seem ordinary and predictable. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2003
5/5 The Absent Minded Professor (1961) Moira Sullivan Fun! EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2003
C- Domestic Violence (2001) Moira Sullivan So why is Wiseman afraid to call this 'violence against women' in such a lengthy expose? EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2003
A The Magdalene Sisters (2002) Moira Sullivan Mullan's film is strong, and his philosophy is powerful: "teenage girls are an exploited 'ethnic group'", said the director at the 59th Venice Film Festival. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2003
2/5 The Bodyguard (1992) Moira Sullivan The relationship between Houston and Costner is mighty strange one, albeit profoundly problematic. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2003
Swimming Pool (2003) Moira Sullivan At the press conference for Swimming Pool, the wondrous Ozon is asked "How many women will you put in your film next time?" "I will think about it", he laughs. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2003
4/5 For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943) Moira Sullivan Ingrid Bergman in an unusual role as an enabler to stoic Cooper during the Spanish Civil War. EDIT
Posted May 11, 2003
3/5 Nixon (1995) Moira Sullivan The film could have worked. There was Hopkins and Allen to make it work. But maybe the curse of Nixon had a whammy effect. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2003
B+ Madame Satã (2002) Moira Sullivan Karim Aïnouz' Madame Satã has the exquisite cinematography of Walter Carvalho and a unique structure that breaks up narrative linearity. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2003
B+ L.I.E. (2001) Moira Sullivan Cuesta has succeeded in making a clear and captivating narrative involving the issues of trust, loss and deceit, all of which take place within the space of a week. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2003
B+ The Warrior (2001) Moira Sullivan Cross between Sergio Leone and Akira Kurusowa,The Warrior was made during 11 months in the Rajasthan desert with 600 'extras': horses, camels, scorpions, wild dogs. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2003
4/5 Barton Fink (1991) Moira Sullivan Hopelessly depressing epic starring John Turturro and John Goodman. The Coen brothers have perfected the dark comedy to an art form. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2003
5/5 They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969) Moira Sullivan Jane Fonda and Michael Sarrazin portray one of the more sordid depression stories about survival on a dance floor to bring home the bacon. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2003
5/5 Bonnie and Clyde (1967) Moira Sullivan Some scenes are violent even by today's standards. Robbing during the depression is highly glamourized, especially with the youthful good looks of Beatty and Dunaway. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2003
5/5 Salt of the Earth (1954) Moira Sullivan Unavoidable classic on a 1950 mine strike, made by McCarthy era blacklisted filmmakers. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2003
A- Stranger Inside (2001) Moira Sullivan STRANGER INSIDE 'Dunye puts into question how issues of race and class have become a caste system for the incarcerated. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2003
4/5 Lenny (1974) Moira Sullivan Dustin Hoffman succesfully transmits to screen some of the rage of Lenny Bruce, a hard role to digest and project. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2003
4/5 Help! (1965) Moira Sullivan It really was phenomenal for the time, but even then, a bit thin around the edges. Our boys got to joke and meander about in a spy time spoof. Fun. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2003
3/5 Jean de Florette (1986) Moira Sullivan Beautiful, carefully groomed, French epic. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2003
5/5 A Cry in the Dark (1988) Moira Sullivan 'Set in Australia, a couple is hurled into the media spotlight, unsuspecting of its power to twist the truth overnight. Streep proves she is a towering inferno of an actress.' EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2003
4/5 A Time to Kill (1996) Moira Sullivan Gripping suspense in this southern set drama. Sandra Bullock is oddly matched to McConaughey who lights the fire. Unfortunately, Samuel L. Jackson waits in the wings. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2003
5/5 Total Recall (1990) Moira Sullivan While it may seem dated today, the film showcases Sharon Stone, evil wife to Schwarzenegger. You may want to take notice of how precious air is after seeing it. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2003
5/5 Woyzeck (1978) Moira Sullivan Klaus Kinski is exceptional and Herzog's narrative captivating. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2003
B+ By Hook or by Crook (2001) Moira Sullivan It's a buddy movie, albeit the queerest buddy movie ever that makes Midnight Cowboy look tame in comparison. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2003
A Lilya 4-Ever (2002) Moira Sullivan Victorious is this Swedish director who succeeds in playing with dream and reality where fantasy and oblivion are welcome reprieves from harsh daily life. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2003