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Frank J. Avella

Frank J. Avella
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
A- 91% Lean on Pete (2018) To put it plainly, Lean on Pete is writer-director Andrew Haigh's best work. ‐ Edge Media Network
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2020
B 53% Postcards From London (2018) {Director} McLeon liberally and unabashedly borrows from filmmakers like Derek Jarman, Rainer Werner Fassbinder (Genet's Querelle, especially) and Stanley Kubrick (A Clockwork Orange, in particular) ‐ Edge Media Network
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2020
A- 79% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) {The film} serves fans what they want and expect, but also ratchets things up a notch and, consequently, casts a spell all its own. And those end credits are worth the price of admission alone!‐ Edge Media Network
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2020
B+ 86% The Wife (2018) Masterfully adapted by Jane Anderson from Meg Wolitzer's novel, the film and Close's performance demonstrate that the slow-burn-approach is often the best and most effective one.‐ Edge Media Network
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2020
B+ 55% Book Club (2018) Jane Fonda has a blast playing a boozy Samantha-like hotel owner who flees from intimacy. Her Vivian may start out cartoonish, but Fonda can't help but show us the fear and desire hidden under her hard and abrasive veneer.‐ Edge Media Network
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2020
C 67% My Big Gay Italian Wedding (Puoi baciare lo sposo) (2018) There are giddy moments that show what the film could have been, specifically the very final scene where wacky lunacy takes over. If only the film had started there.‐ Edge Media Network
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2020
B- 55% Reinventing Marvin (Marvin) (2017) Sometimes it feels like the script doesn't go quite far enough, skimming the surface of some daring themes but never actually delving deeper.‐ Edge Media Network
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2020
B- 81% Boy Erased (2018) ...in the end it feels too lofty and self-important and the stakes never feel high enough. There are two major reasons to see "Boy Erased": Lucas Hedges and Nicole Kidman. ‐ Edge Media Network
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2020
B 91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) ...the heart of the film is Yeoh, who is finally getting her due...Eleanor could have easily been dismissed as a stereotypical villain, but Yeoh gives her great nuance, and her backstory demands we have empathy for her.‐ Edge Media Network
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2020
C 62% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) it's telling that one of the most compelling characters in the film is Mary's gay husband, Henry, played in a refreshingly honest manner by Jack Lowden...he is often more interesting than the two queens.‐ Edge Media Network
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2020
A- 82% Ben is Back (2018) ...Julia Roberts delivers a deeply nuanced turn as Holly, a mother trying to hold her world together and, especially, keep her son, Ben, from imploding.‐ Edge Media Network
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2020
B 91% Every Act of Life (2017) Every Act of Life is a very entertaining and sometimes illuminating documentary about Terrence McNally, one of the most prolific and underappreciated playwrights of our time.‐ Edge Media Network
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2020
A 77% Never Look Away (2019) Donnersmarck has fashioned an epic yet intimate tale about the transcendent nature of art, spanning several decades and delving into the infrequently-probed world of post-WW2 survival for Germany's ordinary citizens.‐ Edge Media Network
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2020
A 49% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Linklater is a filmmaker who continues to grow and make distinct and singular features that are often sublime, like Bernadette, an absolute triumph of a film about artists and the way they're treated (and mistreated by most of society).‐ Edge Media Network
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2020
B+ 100% Chained for Life (2019) Chained is more than a bit of a scathing indictment of Hollywood portrayals of anyone with a disability or who doesn't conform to traditional matinee idol looks...and cinematic mindfuckery to boot.‐ Edge Media Network
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2020
A+ 89% 1917 (2020) 1917 isn't just a nail-biting war movie, it's a vital and timeless account of heroism and a depiction of humanity at its most desperate yet hopeful. We need stories like this one, especially now.‐ Edge Media Network
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2020
C- 84% Big Time Adolescence (2020) ...the film borrows liberally from better films like Richard Linklater's Dazed and Confused without saying anything new or all that interesting‐ Edge Media Network
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2020
B+ 98% The Farewell (2019) The Farewell may be a difficult sit for anyone who has lost a loved one, but it's a worthwhile one as it keenly captures the glorious awfulness and fabulous ridiculousness of family.‐ Edge Media Network
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2020
C- 60% The Current War: Director's Cut (2019) Shamefully, the women in the film don't seem to matter a damn. Neither spouse (played by Tuppence Middleton and Katherine Waterston) is given enough to do. It's ironic and telling that this was one of the last Weinstein Company films.‐ Edge Media Network
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2020
A- 87% Synonyms (Synonymes) (2019) Synonyms is a brazen dark comedy that blasts our ever-growing worldwide class divide and keenly satirizes notions of assimilation. It's a treat to watch from the eye-popping opening to the final ironic image. ‐ Edge Media Network
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2020
A 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) ...it happens to be great filmmaking and features an intense and richly developed script, as well as two dazzling lead performances.‐ Edge Media Network
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2020
C- 42% Midway (2019) This incarnation does have Woody Harrelson, Patrick Wilson and Luke Evans trying their best to transcend the cliché trappings of Wes Tooke's lousy screenplay.‐ Edge Media Network
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2020
B+ 90% Je t'aime moi non plus (I Love You, I Don't) (1976) ...an oddball tale of unlikely love, bizarre infatuation, raging jealousy and real pain...‐ Edge Media Network
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2020
B 82% Judy (2019) One gets the feeling that Zellweger was able to tap into her own topsy-turvy life and career to channel the artist. She will certainly be rewarded with an Oscar nomination (and probably the award itself).‐ Edge Media Network
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2020
A 95% Marriage Story (2019) The film captures a palpable love gone awry with a young boy caught in the crossfire. It's a telling, emotionally devastating, yet somehow cathartic work.‐ Edge Media Network
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
B- 63% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) ...a pointed, moody, meandering work that is often entertaining and quite biting.‐ Edge Media Network
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
B+ 82% The Report (2019) This is important storytelling because it also provides specks of hope that sometimes the truth wills itself out when it's given galvanized shoves by those who still give a damn, even in a democracy that's gone to hell.‐ Edge Media Network
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
B+ 83% Waves (2019) A wildly cinematic feast that completely envelops the viewer.‐ Edge Media Network
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
B 90% The Lighthouse (2019) The film is a head-scratching, exhilarating and just damned bonkers work that is richly singular in execution. ‐ Edge Media Network
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020