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
3.5/5 The Shiny Shrimps (Les Crevettes pailletées) (2019) Rich Cline The Shrimps are funny on their own, and their bouncy camaraderie is often hysterical, even as it astutely observes how gay men create families with each other. So it's frustrating that the script feels somewhat unfinished. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2019
4.5/5 () Rich Cline [Gregor] Schmidinger channels this material with intent: this young man isn't wallowing in his mental turmoil, he's working a way through it. Which makes the film exhilarating. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2019
4/5 Luce (2019) Rich Cline As the film threatens to become a full-on thriller, it loses some of its dramatic power. But it remans challenging and important, and what it says about the world is seriously wrenching. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2019
3/5 After the Wedding (2019) Rich Cline The story feels melodramatic now, and its twisty plot is underpowered. Still, the surprises pack a powerful emotional punch, played to the hilt by [Julianne] Moore, [Michelle] Williams and company. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
3/5 I Trapped the Devil (2019) Rich Cline Confined to a creepy house, the movie has a superb claustrophobic tone, both visually and psychologically. But the pace is slow as it churns along in between some atmospherically freaky moments. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
4/5 Bait (2019) Rich Cline The distinctive camerawork and performances create some properly gripping suspense. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
4/5 Fin de siglo (2019) Rich Cline It's remarkably hopeful and deeply moving. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
3/5 One Last Night (2018) Rich Cline The film has several good ideas in it, and the characters are intriguing, but [Anthony] Sabet doesn't quite pick up anything and run with it. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
5/5 Apocalypse Now: Final Cut (2019) Rich Cline Timeless in every way. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
3/5 Transit (2018) Rich Cline [Christian] Petzold's approach is original enough to continually catch the audience off guard, provoking some difficult conversations. But it never quite grabs hold dramatically. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
3/5 UglyDolls (2019) Rich Cline Thankfully, the voice cast is packed with popstars who are great at pouring sparky attitude into their performances. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
3/5 Good Boys (2019) Rich Cline Viewers who live in this kind of false nostalgia will love it, because it has a steady stream of genuinely funny moments. But life was never like this. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
4.5/5 Tu me manques (2019) Rich Cline It's a finely written and directed film, packed with clever observations and engaging characters in the present, surreal flashbacks and looking forward to the groundbreaking play, which changed the law in Bolivia. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2019
5/5 Dolor y gloria (2019) Rich Cline The movie is of course visually sumptuous, but there's also a confident maturity in the storytelling that makes several moments drop-dead gorgeous. It's, quite simply, a stunner. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2019
1.5/5 ECCO (2019) Rich Cline There's a solid idea undergirding the story, but the plot's shape is obscured as the film flickers between multiple periods, intercut in a way that muddles rather than clarifies EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2019
3.5/5 The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) Rich Cline With the film's gently loping pace and rather obvious villainous subplot, there's a sense that it was made up as the cast and crew went along. This adds an improvisational charm to the story, even as it twists through some rather predictable beats. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2019
3/5 Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) Rich Cline Essentially live-action but with a cartoonish tone, this jaunty adventure playfully brings the intrepid young explorer into her teens for a silly Indiana Jones-style romp. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2019
3/5 Playmobil: The Movie (2019) Rich Cline It's a full-on mess of a movie, and children will never want it to end. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2019
2.5/5 The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) Rich Cline All the way through, there are oddly misjudged elements that cheerfully trivialise things like career struggles, cancer and death. But as directed by Simon Curtis, it's also as comfortable as an old golden retriever. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2019
3/5 Kings (2017) Rich Cline Indeed, the film's uneven approach is difficult to engage with, but [Deniz Gamze] Erguven has made an audacious movie that vividly places the audience at ground zero in history. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2019
3/5 Blinded by the Light (2019) Rich Cline There's plenty to love about this warm-hearted British period drama, from its exploration of Thatcher-era unrest to its deployment of Bruce Springsteen's back catalog. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2019
2/5 Wicked Witches (2018) Rich Cline There isn't much dialog, the plot isn't terribly complicated, and the directors leave most coherence off the screen entirely. But it's enjoyably cheap and nasty. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2019
() Rich Cline This Tamil-language drama may feel awkward and preachy to Western audiences, but filmmaker Lokesh tackles the topic thoughtfully and honestly. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2019
4/5 Opus Zero (2017) Rich Cline [Daniel] Graham's approach here may feel oddly elusive, swirling around between scenes without anchoring elements into a firm narrative. But there's a raw, emotional truth running through every moment. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2019
3/5 Daddy Issues (2018) Rich Cline The story feels a little out of control, trying to force a fresh idea into a standard film-school script-writing format. But its originality makes it notable. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2019
4/5 Consequences (2018) Rich Cline It's a strikingly bold feature debut for the gifted [Darko] Stante, definitely a filmmaker to keep an eye on. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2019
3/5 () Rich Cline Steve Krikris brings plenty of moody visual style to this dark drama, so it holds the interest as it slowly creeps through a plot that swirls with suggestion. But as the film continues, it becomes increasingly clear that there's very little to it. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2019
4/5 Hard Paint (2018) Rich Cline While some sequences are painful to watch, the film is warm, humane and very sexy EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2019
2/5 Charming (2018) Rich Cline It's a shame that it's so bland, because the idea could have inspired a truly original twist on the genre. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2019
3/5 The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019) Rich Cline It would be nice if it had a little more to say beneath the chaos. But it's fun while it lasts. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2019
3.5/5 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Rich Cline It's deeply corny, but a lot of fun. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2019
3/5 Last Ferry (2019) Rich Cline Director Jaki Bradley and actor-writer Ramon Torres create cleverly enigmatic characters, all of whom have something to hide. But they withhold far too much from the audience, leaving us on the outside looking in. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
3.5/5 The Realm (El reino) (2018) Rich Cline Brisk and labyrinthine, this snappy Spanish political thriller is urgent and edgy, packed with vivid characters and an astonishing picture of the breadth of criminal activity within a government. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2019
3/5 The Operative (2019) Rich Cline The film has all the usual set pieces, but they play out in ways that feel unnervingly real. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2019
4.5/5 Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Rich Cline Like other [Quentin] Tarantino movies, what feels like a period drama is actually another entertaining romp through his own wild world. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2019
4/5 () Rich Cline The naturalistic filmmaking draws remarkably raw, truthful performances from the sparky young cast. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2019
4/5 () Rich Cline Within a brief running time, writer-director Kai Kreuser maintains a tight focus on the shifting balance of power between two central characters, wasting no time on melodrama or the usual gyrations of plot structure. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2019
4/5 The Chambermaid (2018) Rich Cline As not much happens, the film feels overlong, but it's made to a very high standard, revealing a world few moviegoers have experienced. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2019
3.5/5 The Current War (2017) Rich Cline While there's a sense that this movie is breezily skimming the surface, it still manages to raise important issues relating to the struggle between commerce and philanthropy. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2019
3.5/5 The Mountain (2018) Rich Cline [Jeff] Goldblum is tailor-made for this, adapting his larger-than-life persona to a character who is both kind and sinister. He conveys this enigma magnetically. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2019
3/5 () Rich Cline Writer-director Doug Spearman orchestrates the twisty plot with some flair, although the film can't help but feel somewhat simplistic and predictable, especially with an uneven collection of side performances. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2019
3/5 Leo Da Vinci: Mission Mona Lisa (2018) Rich Cline Although the generally goofy tone keeps the film from ever grabbing hold, it's diverting enough while it lasts. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2019
4/5 Hail Satan? (2019) Rich Cline Filmmaker Penny Lane takes a wry approach that reveals them as normal people who simply felt they needed to stand up against corrupt organised religion by invoking the most shocking name possible. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2019
2.5/5 Vita & Virginia (2018) Rich Cline Director [Chanya] Button has a terrific eye and a witty sense of knowing observation, but seems to struggle against the over-written nature of this screenplay. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2019
3.5/5 Gwen (2018) Rich Cline [William] McGregor creates real tension right from the start, stirring in scary images and sounds that build a gnawing sense that something terrible is coming. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2019
3/5 () Rich Cline Aside from some dull sequences that get bogged down in exposition, scenes are jam-packed with random bits of humour, most of which hit the target. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2019
3.5/5 () Rich Cline By allowing the writing and direction to remain sympathetic to Mark, the film actually finds some important things to say about protective childhoods and the way we choose to treat people who are different from ourselves. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2019
4/5 Cassandro, the Exotico! (2018) Rich Cline Texas-born 48-year-old Cassandro is thoroughly engaging, and filmmaker Marie Losier follows him intimately, creating a gently observant portrait of an outrageous man. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2019
3/5 Chain of Death (2019) Rich Cline The film's pacing is a little uneven, and it builds to a climactic sequence that's more than a little preposterous, but the story has some bonkers twists and turns that make it compulsively watchable. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2019
4/5 Varda by Agnès (2019) Rich Cline From her knowing photographs of actors and filmmakers to museum pieces like her cinema shacks, constructed from recycled old prints of her movies, [Agnes Varda] forces the audience to look at both the world and cinema itself from new angles. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2019