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Elias Savada

Elias Savada
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/5 No Score Yet The Dark End of the Street (2020) The Dark End of the Street is a fine first feature, filled with good performances that probe the anxieties and suspicions in a small neighborhood. ‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2020
3/5 80% Love Type D (2019) [Love Type D] does have its moments until it rushes to solve one big scientific riddle with a bit of madcap ho hum in its finish.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2020
4/5 98% The Garden Left Behind (2019) Alves seriously explores the trials and tribulations of a young Mexican trans woman's hopes and aspirations in a New York City that doesn't always acknowledge her agenda...‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2020
3.5/5 92% Monos (2019) Monos reflects on the darker side of life, hypnotizing you with its audio and visual stylings. War, even in the smallest space offered here, is not pretty.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
4.5/5 89% Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019) I've always been a fan of her music. With Linda Ronstadt - The Sound of My Voice, I am stricken anew.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
2.5/5 75% The Death of Dick Long (2019) There's a swarth of idiocy running through this so-called dark comedy, but for the most part it fails at being what I had hoped for: funny.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
4/5 86% Where's My Roy Cohn? (2019) Where's My Roy Cohn? could be a soap opera if it wasn't so real.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
4/5 92% Jim Allison: Breakthrough (2019) Jim Allison: Breakthrough is a most enjoyable, and remarkable, ramble.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
3.5/5 83% Going Attractions: The Definitive Story of the Movie Palace (2019) (April Wright) has offered up another loving, exhaustive tribute to the large architectural wonders of indoor entertainment. All hail the Movie Palace.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
4/5 83% Synchronic (2019) Synchronic is the latest crowd pleasing head turner from horror-science fiction filmmakers Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, and it offers up an intimate and slightly grisly spin on the hop backwards this (time travel) sub-genre affords.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
2.5/5 44% After the Wedding (2019) Despite the earnest intentions in how the film works through its melodramatic twists and turns, while touching on notions of regret, fulfillment, and life decisions, there won't be many bouquets tossed for After the Wedding.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2019
4.5/5 95% Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2019) Alice Guy-Blaché was a consummate artist, and Pamela B. Green is gloriously following in her revolutionary footsteps.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
3.5/5 85% Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation (2019) Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation offers rain-soaked memories and affectionate recollections of how it began and ended in a neat-and-clean 97 minutes.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2019
2/5 57% Brightburn (2019) In the end, there's an empty feeling that the filmmakers were just treading water, opting for a sequel money grab.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
3/5 88% American Woman (2019) American Woman has an appreciative, simple grace, but as it glides toward its final curtain, the film just seems to wimper out.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
4/5 77% The Spy Behind Home Plate (2019) While it doesn't hammer another home run for (director Aviva) Kempner, it's a solid triple and a worthwhile salute to a great baseball star, a true American hero...and a spy.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
3.5/5 No Score Yet Unarmed Man (2019) Jackson's direction offers intelligent touches to notch up the tension when needed - quicker edits, closer shots, carefully orchestrated dialogue delivery, the use of longer lenses as the film progresses...‐ Film International
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
4/5 96% Hail Satan? (2019) Never has a Penny Lane film been this funny.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
4.5/5 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) If you've survived all the cliffhangers Marvel has tossed about in its awesome masterplan; pray tell, what happens after the dust has settled? It's epic. Quite somber, but epic.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
3.5/5 87% Depraved (2019) It's not a great film, but it is nice to see how Fessenden has put a nice off-kilter spin on a classic story.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
3.5/5 84% The Brink (2019) Probing Bannon: Alison Klayman and Marie Therese Guirgis on The Brink [interview]‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
4/5 81% 2019 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Live Action (2019) Not particularly child-friendly, this ... features five one-word titles ranging from 17 to 30 minutes in length, with a breakdown that brings two films from Quebec, one from Spain, an Irish entry, and a striking film from the United States.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
4/5 93% 2019 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Documentary (2019) The rather long (143 minutes) Documentary Shorts program offers a solid lineup. Two (Period. End of Sentence and End Game) are available as originals on Netflix.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
4/5 92% 2019 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Animation (2019) The 56 minutes of nominated Animated Shorts has been buffed up with two additional items (Wishing Box and Tweet Tweet) for a respectable 73-minute running time.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
4/5 78% Captain Marvel (2019) Captain Marvel, the latest addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, rallies itself after a sluggish start, and ultimately proves itself an acceptable crowdpleaser.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
3.5/5 98% Rodents of Unusual Size (2018) It's a quirky and well-researched animal documentary about nutrias, those semiaquatic South American natives that, over the last century, invaded the swamplands of Louisiana in the tens of millions...‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
3/5 90% Hal (2018) ...a reflective meditation on the (high) life and (best) films of Hal Ashby, a director of note during the 1970s, when he churned out award-worthy films that now shape this debut documentary from Los Angeles-based editor Amy Stone.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2019
4.5/5 97% Free Solo (2018) Spiderman, move over. There's another fearless warrior on your tail. For those of us who prefer solid, flat earth, take a seat watching Free Solo.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2019
3.5/5 93% The Great Buster: A Celebration (2018) The Great Buster: A Celebration is a fine tribute to a legend everyone should remember.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2019
4.5/5 78% Green Book (2018) The exceptionally crisp performances by Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen are but two of the great things about Green Book, a very solid contender for Best Picture accolades, and much more.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2019
4.5/5 97% Border (Gräns) (2018) However unsettling you may find Border, its grip is as strong as its convictions. ‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2019
3.5/5 No Score Yet Sickies Making Films (2018) It's an admirable history lesson and enjoyable examination of Maryland's long-deceased era of film censorship, a period that extended from 1916 to 1981.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2019
4/5 97% Science Fair (2018) The film embraces friendships across borders and above politics, and showcases teenagers striving for excellence among their peers.... Like its incredible subjects, Science Fair is a winner.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
4/5 84% A Simple Favor (2018) Mystery loves the company of Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively in Paul Feig's head-spinning, twisty-turvy tale of fremily intrigue. Equal‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
3.5/5 100% Chained for Life (2019) Chained for Life's self-awareness about the nature of beauty - and how the World According to Schimberg perceives it - is obvious from the start...an hour-and-a half later, the dialogue on this topic only seems to be just getting started.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
4/5 97% Three Identical Strangers (2018) There's a large part of Three Identical Strangers that is disturbing, even though it's a smile-inducing miracle story about a family reunited, an early variant of the DNA pattern solving tv shows that abound today. ‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
2/5 32% The Catcher Was A Spy (2018) There's an unsettling blandness flowing through The Catcher Was a Spy, a well photographed and impressively designed film about a fascinating character who made a mark in two wildly divergent professions.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2018
4/5 91% Hearts Beat Loud (2018) Haley's look at the lighter, and lightly darker, side of family life between a father and his daughter is a super(b) counterpoint to this summer's blockbusters.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2018
3.5/5 88% Claire's Camera (La caméra de Claire) (2018) As for his style, Hong loves to linger. If he feels his actors are riffing on each other, he'll just let the camera roll. ‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2018
4.5/5 87% Mountain (2018) The word "breathtaking" doesn't do justice to Australian documentarian Jennifer Peedom's Mountain. It's so far beyond that. ‐ Film International
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
3/5 70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Ron Howard may be the person that Disney claims saved Solo, but it's a salvage job that proves less than endearing.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
4/5 84% Deadpool 2 (2018) The comedy is as dark as the blood in Deadpool 2, showcasing a truly inspired character's blend of invincibility and self-deprecation, flinging off one-liners faster than a machine gun spits bullets. ‐ Film International
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
4/5 90% Itzhak (2018) Chernick and her quartet of cinematographers and her probably overworked seamstress, editor Helen Yum, have created an entertaining, crowd-pleasing salute to a virtuoso whose life is truly inspirational.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
4/5 92% The Endless (2018) As the story becomes more unsettling, it's fun to watch how the filmmakers weave their characters into this mind-bending world.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2018
3.5/5 77% I Kill Giants (2018) There's a nice, intelligent air about this film, which offers up a well-crafted coping mechanism for dealing with childhood depression. ‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2018
1.5/5 50% Flower (2018) Here's a movie that might have worked with a female director and writer. Instead, it's a sad excuse for something contrived to creep you out.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2018
2/5 42% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) As a vehicle for self-worth and multiracial empowerment, A Wrinkle in Time scores points, but as a Disneyland ride it slides off the rails into a messy imitation of family fare.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2018
1/5 9% Kill Switch (2017) There is something fascinating in this film, but it can't make up for all that's wrong with it.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2018
1.5/5 65% The Osiris Child: Science Fiction Volume One (2017) The Osiris Child plays as a derivative space western, with escalating excursions into gunfights that are just video game shoot-em-ups. Despite feeling this movie should work, it doesn't.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2018
3.5/5 85% Mayhem (2017) The tongue-in-check, over-the-top aspect of Mayhem, a looney tune of a film from director Joe Lynch, offers a steroid-infused day in the life of a really toxic office environment. ‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2018