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 At Eternity's Gate (2018) Rich Cline It's a gorgeously understated performance that ripples with curiosity and emotion. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
2.5/5 Un Viaje a la Luna (2018) Rich Cline In the final act, the plot stalls badly, wallowing in the premise's gimmicks rather than making the story resonate. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
4/5 Us (2019) Rich Cline It's the thematic twists that give the film a serious kick. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
3.5/5 Eaten by Lions (2018) Rich Cline Aakeel and Carroll hold the film together with strong chemistry. EDIT
Posted Mar 19, 2019
Bruce!!! (2017) Rich Cline This aggressively unlikeable comedy turns too dark and nasty. EDIT
Posted Mar 19, 2019
2.5/5 The White Crow (2018) Rich Cline It's both too specific and overly fragmented, which makes it difficult to engage with. EDIT
Posted Mar 19, 2019
3.5/5 Iceman (2017) Rich Cline The progression of the plot and the spectacular changing landscapes hold the interest, as does Randau's relentlessly inventive direction. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2019
3/5 Benjamin (2018) Rich Cline There are plenty of terrific moments to keep the viewer entertained, even if the film never quite engages on any other level. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2019
2.5/5 Under the Silver Lake (2018) Rich Cline It's like Lynch without the underscoring emotion or Hitchcock without the sharp plotting. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2019
4/5 Sócrates (2018) Rich Cline Thankfully, filmmaker Moratto remains intensely personal about these darkly political themes, keeping cameras tight on Socrates' face to draw out his inner feelings. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2019
3/5 Hmyz (2018) Rich Cline While it's all a bit messy, it's a lively exploration of imagination. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2019
3/5 Ben Is Back (2018) Rich Cline Roberts is terrific as a loving, protective, terrified mother. Her chemistry with Hedges is riveting. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2019
3/5 All Good (Alles gut) (2018) Rich Cline Schwarz is terrific, creating a vivid depiction of a young woman grappling on her own with something far too big to keep bottled up inside. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
4/5 Sofia (2018) Rich Cline Each of the performances is unapologetic and raw, never sweetening anything for the viewer. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
2/5 Holiday (2018) Rich Cline Populated with undefined characters who are reprehensible, it's a difficult film to engage with due to its sketchy and unconvincing plot. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
3.5/5 Untogether (2018) Rich Cline For a comedy, this is all rather grim, but it's also profound. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
2/5 The Aftermath (2019) Rich Cline The corny series of events increasingly feels like a tawdry soap rather than a thoughtful drama. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
3/5 Devil's Path (2018) Rich Cline Even if the final act becomes rather unhinged, the strong attention to character detail pulls the audience into the grisly mayhem. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
2.5/5 2050 (2018) Rich Cline A series of disconnected scenes, rather than a narrative with a sense of momentum. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
4/5 Border (2018) Rich Cline Each scene looks amazing, drawing the audience in just as much as the unpredictable narrative. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
3.5/5 The Kindergarten Teacher (2018) Rich Cline It's a terrific role, and Gyllenhaal finds big moments without ever trying to be flashy. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
4/5 Everybody Knows (2018) Rich Cline This story sometimes feels overwrought in its emotional intensity, both the highs and the lows, but it's also strikingly realistic. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
4/5 Captain Marvel (2019) Rich Cline Even when mindless digital mayhem threatens to swamp the movie, there's always a complex narrative point. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
3/5 The Wedding Guest (2018) Rich Cline There's a visceral kick to the film that grips the attention, mainly in the textured performances and real-world locations. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2019
3.5/5 Signature Move (2017) Rich Cline Refreshingly, director Jennifer Reeder keeps the deeper themes gurgling strongly under the surface and resists preaching to the audience. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2019
3.5/5 1:54 (2016) Rich Cline Emotions are raw and vivid, and there are also moments of earthy humour and hopefulness to balance the story's bleak edges. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2019
2/5 On the Road (2016) Rich Cline The film is unlikely to appeal to the band's fans... and there isn't enough of a story to keep non-fans involved. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2019
3/5 Hannah (2017) Rich Cline Watching Rampling reveal Hannah's emotions is simply stunning. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2019
3/5 The Hole in the Ground (2019) Rich Cline The film is so finely crafted that it's a little frustrating that it has so little subtext. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2019
3.5/5 What They Had (2018) Rich Cline The powerhouse cast and writer-director Elizabeth Chomko's sensitive approach make it both cinematic and warmly involving. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2019
2.5/5 Isn't It Romantic (2019) Rich Cline The script is packed with witty touches, but nothing can divert attention from the predictability of the story. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
4/5 The Sunday Sessions (2018) Rich Cline The real power of this film is the encouragement to listen without prejudice. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
4/5 Sorry Angel (2018) Rich Cline Honore never forces a plot point, letting the events unfold with a rare narrative integrity. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2019
4/5 The Gospel of Eureka (2018) Rich Cline The filmmakers wisely avoid commenting on the issues, cutting scenes together with knowing wit to make an important point, bracingly highlighting the hypocrisy of people who use the Bible to justify bigotry. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2019
4/5 Love and Bullets (Ammore e malavita) (2017) Rich Cline The film has a great time playing with stereotypes, and each character comes to life with a remarkably layered personality. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2019
M (2017) Rich Cline Forestier delivers a disarmingly open-handed performance. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2019
3.5/5 Mektoub, My Love: Canto Uno (2017) Rich Cline While the narrative is far too unstructured for such a long movie, Kechiche never lets the audience get bored. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2019
3/5 Old Boys (2018) Rich Cline The film is at least packed with solidly written and played moments that encourage the audience to laugh at how serious everything seems when we're teens. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2019
4/5 Jellyfish (2018) Rich Cline Filmmaker James Gardner and gifted lead actress Liv Hill make this the kind of movie you can't look away from. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2019
3/5 Piercing (2018) Rich Cline The imagery is freaky and downright insane, as Pesce deploys effects including miniatures, grisly makeup and digital yuckiness. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2019
3/5 Instant Family (2018) Rich Cline The movie is still well worth a look for the solid performances and a textured exploration of an important issue. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2019
4/5 Fighting With My Family (2019) Rich Cline It may be thoroughly formulaic, but it's also hard to resist the cast's relentless charm attack. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2019
3.5/5 Boy Erased (2018) Rich Cline Each performance is textured, creating people who are refreshingly difficult to pigeonhole. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
3/5 Cold Pursuit (2019) Rich Cline The film is beautifully shot, with a real eye for icy landscapes and meters-deep snowdrifts. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
3.5/5 All Is True (2018) Rich Cline These are big ideas, and the script thankfully handles them lightly. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
3/5 Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Rich Cline Cameron and Rodriguez have constructed the world so thoroughly that it's hardly surprising when they reveal at the end that they're already planning a franchise. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
4/5 The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Rich Cline As a knowing salute to the power of collaborative imagination, it's a fabulous blur. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
4/5 How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Rich Cline The animators outdo themselves creating characters who feel present in the simply stunning settings, adding a sharp sense of lighting and epic camerawork to bring each scene to life. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
3.5/5 Don't Come Back From the Moon (2017) Rich Cline While the ending feels a little glib, it still carries an emotional kick. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2019
2.5/5 () Rich Cline Irritatingly elusive thanks to an undercooked script and slack editing. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2019