Shadows on the Wall

Shadows on the Wall is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Derek Malcolm, Rich Cline
Rating Title/Year Author
4/5 Waves (2019) Rich Cline This explosive story is anchored by raw, transparent turns from [Kelvin] Harrison and [Taylor] Russell. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2020
3.5/5 Weathering With You (2019) Rich Cline It may sometimes be a little uneven in its narrative flow, but its complex situations involve evocative imagery and moments of intense resonance. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2020
3/5 The Host (2020) Rich Cline The ensemble cast is very strong, making the most of the sometimes wordy dialog. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2020
3/5 The Runaways (2019) Rich Cline [Richard] Heap gives the film a gently meandering pace that never overplays the various twists and turns, surprising incidents, perilous encounters and capers along the way. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2020
3.5/5 Cleanin' Up The Town: Remembering Ghostbusters (2019) Rich Cline Both the interview clips and visual material are edited together very tightly to propel the audience through the story, giving fans a wonderful look at every corner of the movie's production. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2020
3/5 () Rich Cline Since the characters are holding our attention, the tangled narrative becomes somewhat tedious at times, especially as key moments are withheld to provide surprises later. EDIT
Posted Jan 6, 2020
4/5 Amanda (2018) Rich Cline It's the kind of movie that explores how all of us are dealing with our own issues in our own ways, getting on with life as best we can in the circumstances. It can't help but offer hope and inspiration. EDIT
Posted Jan 6, 2020
3.5/5 Long Day's Journey Into Night (2018) Rich Cline Bi [Gan] creates a sense of atmosphere that's superbly engulfing, filling scenes with subtle touches that add intrigue to a narrative that has very little pace. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2019
2.5/5 Playing With Fire (2019) Rich Cline This is comfort cinema, undemanding and fully predictable as it veers from fake suspense in action sequences to riotously artificial comedy in extended buffoonery. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2019
4/5 Spies in Disguise (2019) Rich Cline Adults might find the nonstop mayhem exhausting, but it's punctuated with gags that are genuinely clever, including some knowing innuendo that will go over the heads of youngsters who are laughing at comedy nudity and bird-poo jokes. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2019
3.5/5 Little Women (2019) Rich Cline [Greta] Gerwig skilfully gives her version of this well-known story a bracing sense of how young women seized control of their lives at a time when that simply wasn't acceptable. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2019
3/5 Clemency (2019) Rich Cline Each scene in this film churns with wrenching emotion, which plays across the actors faces as lips quiver and eyes fill with tears. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2019
2.5/5 Just Mercy (2019) Rich Cline The film is simply far too familiar, and even derivative. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2019
5/5 1917 (2019) Rich Cline The digital effects are utterly invisible, the camerawork astonishing and the sound mix visceral, but it's [George] MacKay's face that tells the story, even though he never seems to be acting at all. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2019
2/5 6 Underground (2019) Rich Cline It's so over-the-top that it's oddly dull. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2019
4/5 () Rich Cline The action moves organically around the town and through the palace chambers, combining elements of drama, action and of course elaborate dance sequences to Prokofiev's classic score. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2019
4/5 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Rich Cline The film may feel so carefully sculpted that it lacks a sense of spontaneity or earthy honesty. But its final scenes are beautifully played. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2019
3/5 Cats (2019) Rich Cline It's a brave attempt to do something new, but the result is a movie that will draw an audience simply because it's such a colossal misfire. And whether you think it's good or bad, the film is packed with unforgettable moments. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2019
2/5 The Courier (2019) Rich Cline Aside from [Olga] Kurylenko's steely presence [Zackary] Adler seems only interested in severe grisliness and macho posturing. If the script had even a hint of character nuance, the movie might have been somewhat gripping too. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2019
4/5 Dark Waters (2019) Rich Cline The story is skilfully told, with sharp writing and directing and a strong cast that never overplays the drama. And it really gets under the skin. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2019
3.5/5 A Hidden Life (2019) Rich Cline Some sequences may feel unnecessary or repetitive, but [Terrence] Malick's impressionistic storytelling style carries a strong kick. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2019
3.5/5 Uncut Gems (2019) Rich Cline Intriguingly, it's a personal story without any reverberating themes, and yet it still leaves us shaken. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2019
4/5 Richard Jewell (2019) Rich Cline Recounting a true story with honesty, depth and a proper sense of relevance, this is a quiet gem. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2019
4.5/5 Bombshell (2019) Rich Cline It's a rare movie that's thrillingly engaging, darkly pointed and enormously important. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2019
4/5 QT8: The First Eight (2019) Rich Cline Described as "an overzealous geek", Quentin Tarantino is such a singular filmmaker that it's unusually revealing to watch a documentary about him. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2019
4/5 The Kingmaker (2019) Rich Cline Documentarian Lauren Greenfield has an uncanny way of finding enormous resonance in specific stories. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2019
4/5 Pink Wall (2019) Rich Cline It's warm, funny, sexy and moving. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2019
2.5/5 Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) Rich Cline It's a terrible movie by any measurement, but it's still entertaining. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2019
4/5 Knives and Skin (2019) Rich Cline Like a fractured fairy tale, this luridly coloured film mixes horror, black comedy and mystery, like a pink-washed Twin Peaks EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2019
2.5/5 Daniel Isn't Real (2019) Rich Cline There's a fascinating idea lurking in this arthouse psycho-horror drama... And it's a bit of a shame that nothing really comes of that, as the film tips over into inventively rendered nastiness, but little more than that. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2019
3.5/5 Safe Spaces (2019) Rich Cline Without indulging in millennial hand-wringing, [Daniel] Schechter knowingly addresses how ideas can make us feel unsafe, rippling out to trigger insecurities in the most unexpected places. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2019
3/5 Little Joe (2019) Rich Cline As is, it feels a little too safe, never quite seizing its themes or pushing the ideas over the top, where they clearly belong. Although it's still good fun, a properly chilling bit of well-lit horror. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2019
5/5 Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) Rich Cline This is a rare film that takes the breath away with moments of transcendent beauty. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2019
Buddies (1985) Rich Cline So not only is this a vital document of a place and time, but it's also a remarkably involving, provocative drama that needs to be seen today. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2019
3/5 () Rich Cline This feels more like a museum piece than a movie, designed to tease and confront the viewer rather than to recount a coherent story with empathetic characters. Yes, it's very difficult, but Humm's purely bonkers approach is dazzling. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2019
3.5/5 Ordinary Love (2019) Rich Cline There's nothing particularly surprising in this film. In fact, it's so ordinary that it almost feels slight. But the depths of feeling linger. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2019
3.5/5 Motherless Brooklyn (2019) Rich Cline Each scene is simply gorgeous, so it's understandable that [Edward] Norton was reluctant to cut it. But a more driving sense of Lionel's journey would have made the film more engaging. Still, this is a skilfully told story packed with wonderful moments. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2019
4.5/5 I See You (2019) Rich Cline The film is intricately written and directed to build intrigue, dropping inexplicable events into the narrative that build quickly in frequency, freaking out both the characters and the audience. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2019
3.5/5 Greta (2019) Rich Cline Is this a story about the emptiness of being alone? Or maybe the life-altering effects of finding love in an unexpected place? Either way, it definitely gets under the skin. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2019
3.5/5 Sons of Denmark (Danmarks sønner) (2019) Rich Cline The second half of the film is very difficult to watch, but filmmaker Ulaa Salim refuses to pull any punches, keeping the issues intense and horrific without pushing them over the top. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2019
4.5/5 Queen & Slim (2019) Rich Cline Even in these extraordinary circumstances, their story has a universality that evokes warmth and meaning, unfolding as a series of surprises that invert the usual narrative. And where it goes is important. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2019
4/5 The Nightingale (2018) Rich Cline It's a sprawling film, and it sometimes feels too long as the story circles around to its raw conclusion. But it's strikingly well shot in a naturalistic style, with earthy performances that get under the skin. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2019
2.5/5 Charlie's Angels (2019) Rich Cline The movie is still entertaining, but it's no more than fluff. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2019
4/5 A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Rich Cline Like [Fred] Rogers' work, this is a film that cuts directly through surfaces to encourage people to express the truth about being human, even if it's painful. And to like each other exactly as we are right now. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2019
4/5 The Amazing Johnathan Documentary (2019) Rich Cline [The Amazing Johnathan Documentary] provides a fascinating look at art, perception and the nature of truth. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2019
Depeche Mode: Spirits in The Forest (2019) Rich Cline It's a rare movie that explores the way an artist impacts the audience, and vice versa. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2019
4/5 Cold Sweat (Araghe Sard) (2018) Rich Cline Filmmaker Soheil Beiraghi tells this story with urgency and compassion, and the actors create characters who are powerfully authentic. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2019
3.5/5 Into the Mirror (2018) Rich Cline Director [Lois] Stevenson isn't concerned with making it very clear what is actually happening, instead opting for an internal journey that's provocative and darkly involving. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2019
3/5 Kill Ben Lyk (2018) Rich Cline The movie feels very, very thin indeed, especially as it repeats some of its better gags, like killing characters off accidentally. But the genre mashup is inventive, and the general atmosphere is funny enough to make this a cult hit. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2019
3.5/5 Them That Follow (2019) Rich Cline While there's a driving intensity that holds this film together, it's so serious that the earnestness often begins to feel somewhat dull. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2019