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Al Alexander

Al Alexander
Al Alexander's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): The Patriot Ledger

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B 100% The Woman Who Loves Giraffes (2020) "Jane" it's not, but it's no less intriguing in Reid's determination to sing the praises of the largely unsung contributions her subject made to biology and feminism.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2020
A 98% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2020) It's so beautiful you might want to see the movie twice, once for the wrenching story, and a second to bask in the most alluring visual experiences you'll likely encounter in a theater.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2020
B+ 89% The Assistant (2020) A provocative story about traversing the thin line between realizing your dreams and sacrificing your morality.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2020
B+ 87% 2020 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Live Action (2020) This year's crop of live-action shorts are very much about family life, the triumphs and the tragedies. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2020
A- 100% 2020 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Documentary (2020) This year's crop of animated documentaries offers absorbing looks into our increasingly tumultuous world. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2020
A- 95% 2020 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Animation (2020) This year's crop of animated shorts offer moving accounts of the importance of emotional connection. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2020
B+ 84% Les Misérables (2020) Ladj Ly's gritty, Oscar-nominated "Les Misérables" has nothing to do with Victor Hugo's novel of the same name. Yet, it has everything to do with it, particularly in its depictions of intolerance, economic disparity and police overreach.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2020
B+ 91% Clemency (2019) Woodard is deft at not only humanizing Bernadine but in depicting how the barbaric process she's in charge of is slowly eating at the soul she didn't know she had.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2020
A- 89% 1917 (2020) Spellbinding in both its compact storytelling and its significant technical contributions making "1917" perhaps the most immersive war picture you've ever seen. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2020
B 93% Invisible Life (A vida invisível de Eurídice Gusmão) (2019) It's 99-and-nine-tenths pure soap, but the performances by Duarte and Stockler, who really do look like sisters, never fail to save Aïnhouz from his worst instincts. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2020
A- 92% Uncut Gems (2019) It's a full-bodied role born by the Brothers Safdie (Josh and Benny), capitalizing on both Sandler's manic obnoxiousness and tender underbelly. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2019
C+ 80% A Hidden Life (2019) Malick doesn't want to cheapen Franz's story by sentimentalizing it as most Hollywood productions would surely do. But in going to the opposite extreme, he risks reactions of indifference, which is tragic.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2019
B 70% Bombshell (2019) It's basically a candy-colored, go-girl shout-out to the #MeToo movement -- and a pandering one at that.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2019
A- 76% Richard Jewell (2019) Beyond all the underlying politics and rightful criticisms of the FBI and the media, it should be noted that "Richard Jewell" is also one helluva terrific entertainment.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2019
C+ 64% Little Joe (2019) If not for the fine performances from Beecham and Ben Whishaw ... you'd be dousing the screen with Roundup. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2019
B+ 89% The Two Popes (2019) The goal is to humanize two religious icons, not by sowing hosannas but addressing their mortal foibles and the resulting desire for repentance. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2019
B+ 97% Knives Out (2019) Throat-slashing, backstabbing and all kinds of pointed jabs are thrust to the hilt in "Knives Out," but it's the whodunit's lacerating comedy that slices to the bone. Bloody good, I'd say.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2019
B+ 100% Mickey and the Bear (2019) The final scene is one of righteously claimed female empowerment, but it's also one we've seen many times before. It's a bit of a copout ... but you go with it because Attanasio has more than earned your investment.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2019
A 95% Marriage Story (2019) Baumbach is speaking from experience, and it's that underlying truthiness that enables "Marriage Story" to pack a wallop. So, no pulling punches, no hiding insecurities -- or affairs. Baumbach, through Driver, puts himself out there, foibles and all.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2019
B+ 94% Honey Boy (2019) LeBeouf is the patient, the film is his couch and we are his shrinks, absorbing what's pouring from his tattered heart, trying to make sense of it and how so many traumas have informed the man -- and the actor -- he's become. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2019
B+ 79% Scandalous: The Untold Story of the National Enquirer (2019) The Enquirer, Trump? It's impossible to separate the two. They are symbiotic, attached at the hip, as Landsman sets out to prove. And his evidence is pretty convincing.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2019
A 96% The Irishman (2019) Yes, it's huge, sprawling and sometimes sloppy, but "The Irishman" is a treasure to be cherished.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2019
C- 42% Midway (2019) More Atari than kamikaze, "Midway" looks all the world like a relic of a video game best left accumulating dust on a shelf.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2019
B+ 96% By the Grace of God (Grâce à Dieu) (2019) Ozon's film is very much like "Spotlight"; what's different is his willingness to dig deep into the never-ending traumas these childhood rapes have visited upon the victims.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2019
B- 61% The Current War: Director's Cut (2019) Fortunately, I didn't see the original cut, so I can't judge how much of an improvement has been made, but I can attest that what's here isn't all that bad. In fact, I'd say it's almost a "cut" above average. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2019
A- 92% Jim Allison: Breakthrough (2019) The Nobel speaks for Allison's extraordinary success. The movie speaks for the extraordinary man behind it.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2019
B+ 97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) It's not an exaggeration to say it's the finest work of Murphy's career, and a lot of that, I think, is because Brewer has presented the Golden Child with a golden opportunity to return to his raunchy origins. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2019
A 97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) "Pain & Glory" is so awash in magnificence it's hard to decide who to praise more: its filmmaker, Pedro Almódovar; or its mesmerizing star, Antonio Banderas. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2019
B+ 97% First Love (Hatsukoi) (2019) Yes, it's zany and overstuffed, so much so, you never know what trick Miike will resort to next. Yet he never fails to pleasantly surprise along a corpse-strewn path toward a marvelously happy ending.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2019
B+ 86% Where's My Roy Cohn? (2019) An absorbing documentary tracing the direct line from the architect of McCarthyism to Vladimir Putin's Charlie McCarthy.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2019
B- 82% Judy (2019) You want to be stirred, but neither the movie nor Zellweger's otherwise all-in performance will allow it. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2019
C 86% Ms. Purple (2019) Mercifully, it only wastes a mere 85 minutes of your life, but that's 85 minutes you could have spent doing more interesting things like copying recipes or paying bills. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2019
B+ 94% Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins (2019) As much of a card as Ivins was, Engel's film hints at the darkness beneath the clown's jovial exterior, most notably her struggle with alcohol.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2019
A- 88% Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019) Amid a parade of music documentaries, "Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice" just might be the sweetest, most wrenching of the bunch.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2019
A- 97% Tigers Are Not Afraid (Vuelven) (2019) Lopez deftly mixes realism and fantasy to create a story of horror that shocks as indelibly as it inspires.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2019
B- 83% Official Secrets (2019) Overwrought, overacted and utterly devoid of subtlety, Gavin Hood's account of Britain's version of Daniel Ellsberg is at once anger-inducing and somnambulant.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
C 87% Aquarela (2019) For a movie about global warming, "Aquarela" leaves you awfully cold. Not just because of the mountains of glaciers captured deconstructing, but because director Victor Kossakovsky's approach is so chillingly distant and aloof.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
A- 88% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) An existential crisis would seem an odd thing to dump on one of Hollywood's funniest women, but Bell accepts the challenge and literally runs with it.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
A- 96% Love, Antosha (2019) Normally, I don't go in for hagiographies, but the effusive "Love, Antosha" is a rare exception, probably because a shooting star like the late actor Anton Yelchin actually deserves such glowing praise.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2019
B 96% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) Endlessly charming thanks to the terrific chemistry between LaBeouf and Gottsagen, a bonafide find by the writing-directing team of Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2019
B+ 89% Tel Aviv on Fire (2019) If Jared Kushner wants to achieve his assigned goal of bringing peace to the Middle East, he could learn a lot from "Tel Aviv on Fire." So could you.‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2019
A 98% One Child Nation (2019) The level of depravity Wang reveals in China's ruthless attempts at population control is as barbaric as it is gruesome in revealing a government program placing zero value on human life. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2019
B- 61% Brian Banks (2019) A well-made, anger-inducing lambasting of a corrupt legal system that's more about scoring convictions than seeking the truth, particularly when the accused is a young black male. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2019
A- 91% Luce (2019) Onah and Lee may well be biting off way too many social problems; certainly far too many for one two-hour movie. But these are issues, especially black identity in the age of Trump, that deserve our attention. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2019
A- 92% David Crosby: Remember My Name (2019) Crosby is a raconteur of the finest order. He opens up and Eaton wisely lets him sing. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2019
A- 94% Mike Wallace Is Here (2019) The one constant is a powerful, charismatic guy who forever changed the way we watch the news; and how he unwittingly lent a hand in diminishing something near and dear to every journalist: Your trust. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2019
C 69% Three Peaks (2019) It's said that good things come in threes, a theory German filmmaker Jan Zabiel unwittingly disproves in "Three Peaks," his thin-aired family drama in which three quickly becomes tri-ing -- or, tiring, if you wish to flip those six letters around. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2019
B+ 94% Sea of Shadows (2019) Like all the best documentaries, "Sea of Shadows" makes us fume with anger. But what are we going to do about it? Ladkani defiantly leaves the next move up to us. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2019
B+ 93% Sword of Trust (2019) It's deep, but it's also funny, enlightening and giddy, as we laugh while fighting an unignorable urge to cry. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2019
A- 84% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) You either go with the rampant eclectics or you walk. Me, I ate up every word of an economically written screenplay that verbally lacerates current American culture, especially its insane love for guns. ‐ The Patriot Ledger
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2019