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Laura Clifford

Laura Clifford
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B+ 92% The Vast of Night (2020) This audacious debut from director Andrew Patterson is a case of 'it's in the telling, not in the tale.'‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted May 27, 2020
C+ 69% The High Note (2020) a more benevolent take on the star/underling dynamic of many films that have come before it with a surprise up its sleeve which you may not see coming and which helps to alleviate some unfortunate flaws.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted May 26, 2020
B+ No Score Yet Les Choses de la Vie (1970) Under Sautet's direction, "The Things of Life (Les Choses de la Vie)" renders everyday events extraordinarily moving.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted May 22, 2020
A- 100% Cesar and Rosalie (1972) Yves Montand's César is an intoxicating creation, a coarse charmer impossible not to fall in love with, despite 1972's chauvinistic undercurrents.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted May 21, 2020
B+ 91% That Most Important Thing: Love (L'important c'est d'aimer) (1975) there is method to Zulawski's madness as he delves into relationships which include sex without love, love without sex, exploitative sex, sex with multiple partners, extramarital sex, his protagonists groping their way to love's ultimate expression‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted May 20, 2020
B 54% Joan of Arc (Jeanne) (2019) Both sections of the film have a unique tone, the young Joan of Arc of serious and spiritual intent, those who debate her frequently appearing as if they've wandered in from a Monty Python film.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted May 20, 2020
C+ 71% Villain (2020) a gritty English gangster film that, while covering no new ground, is steeped in local atmosphere and a sympathetic performance from Fairbrass...‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted May 20, 2020
C 28% Inheritance (2020) ...a cheesy airport thriller, "Inheritance" gives Simon Pegg an opportunity to play outside his usual lines, but...Kennedy's script serves red herrings and abandoned trails as it sets us up for a big reveal that skids seriously off the rails. ‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted May 20, 2020
B 89% The Trip to Greece (2020) After Winterbottom took his lads to Spain this formulaic foodie franchise felt like it had run out of gas, yet despite the fourth film following exactly the same beats as the three previous entries, Greece turns out to be a much more worthy sendoff.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted May 18, 2020
B+ 96% The Painter and the Thief (2020) the enjoyment of Ree's film lies in turning initial impressions on their head, unfolding revelations better left for the audience to discover... an unlikely tale of human connection where risk delivers many rewards.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted May 18, 2020
A- 97% The Wolf House (La casa lobo) (2018) Simply put, this mind blowing, multi media stop motion animation is like nothing you have ever seen before...combining the tale of the Three Little Pigs with psychological breakdown within the little known history of Colonia Dignidad. ‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted May 11, 2020
C- 79% How to Build a Girl (2020) ...the worst kind of wish fulfillment fantasy, one in which the unethical ambition, spite and betrayal of a sixteen year-old social misfit are repaid with the adoration of a rock star because the screenwriter deems it so...‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted May 8, 2020
A- 98% Vitalina Varela (2020) The film, shot almost entirely at night by cinematographer Leonardo Simões, is breathtakingly beautiful...In one beautiful bit of alchemy, clothespins appear as raised praying hands over black cloaks which dance as Vitalina edges past them.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted May 7, 2020
B+ 87% Spaceship Earth (2020) The documentary is an awe-inspiring account of what can be accomplished when humans cooperate on a common cause... an incredible, decades long journey taken by an impressive and unique cast of characters. Go along for the ride. ‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted May 6, 2020
B+ 91% A Good Woman Is Hard to Find (2020) ...a terrifically entertaining genre film laced with witty black humor and featuring an uncommonly good performance in a role demanding much of its lead Sarah Bolger. ‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted May 5, 2020
B 100% South Mountain (2019) ...everything about this small, intimate film feels so natural, lived in and true, Balsam's performance empathetic and generous.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted May 4, 2020
B 100% Driveways (2019) this isn't just another one of those 'old person/young person transformational friendship movies,' instead a more thoughtful rumination on assessing our pasts and forging new paths told with great sensitivity and a very strong sense of place.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted May 2, 2020
B 84% Deerskin (2020) Dujardin is a great comedic actor capable not only of subtle shading, but of true empathy with his characters, a quality that makes even his most obnoxious ones endearing. ‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2020
B+ 94% Capital in the Twenty-First Century (2020) Perhaps one of the most compelling aspects of Pemberton's documentary is a psychological study that was done with hundreds of Monopoly players... ‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2020
C- 74% The Wretched (2020) frustratingly flawed, the brothers haphazard in establishing both their characters and spatial integrity... any good will is wasted in an overblown climax full of stupid decisions, unlikely coincidences and muddled mythology.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2020
B+ 98% Extra Ordinary (2020) This supernatural romantic comedy is, in a word, adorable. Much of that is due to the incredible charms of cowriter/star/Stephen Fry lookalike Maeve Higgins whose insecure and warm-hearted Rose is in a perpetual quest for romance and her next meal. ‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2020
B- 78% True History of the Kelly Gang (2020) Justin Kurzel along with his "Snowtown" screenwriter Shaun Grant have refashioned the legend of Australia's most notorious outlaw like a cross between Todd Haynes's "Velvet Goldmine" and Gerald Kargl's...1983 Austrian serial killer movie "Angst."‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2020
B+ 82% 1BR (2020) Marmor's film not only goes to unexpected places, it does so by mixing such disparate elements as Scientology, Polanski's 'Rosemary's Baby' and 'The Tenant,' and the black site torture chambers of the Iraq War all set to 60's pop‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2020
B 97% Why Don't You Just Die! (Papa, sdokhni) (2020) Writer/director/editor Kirill Sokolov's splashy debut revels in comedic violence that plays like a live action Itchy and Scratchy cartoon with production design (by Viktor Zudin) that seems to have inspired last year's "Beanpole"‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2020
B- 89% Selah and the Spades (2020) Poe's film exhibits far more originality than we normally see in the genre ... But it is Lovie Simone's cool intensity and Celeste O'Connor's initial smitten bewilderment that turns into her own brand of confidence that ignite "Selah and the Spades."‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2020
B+ 83% The Whistlers (2020) Ten years later [after "Police, Adjective"], Porumboiu's subverting language with music, both with a cheeky soundtrack featuring Iggy Pop and opera and the whistling that allows our protagonist to communicate while escaping detection.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2020
B 85% Sea Fever (2020) a taut little thriller which, while very reminiscent of "Alien," is steeped in its own world aboard a small trawler. It also couldn't be more timely, its themes of sacrifice for the common good especially resonant during the COVID-19 pandemic.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2020
C+ 26% The Story of Us (1999) The screenplay is wildly hit and miss, peaking with dead on marital/relationship observations and plummetting with contrived, groan-inducing sitcom material.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2020
A- 98% Corpus Christi (Boze cialo) (2020) Shooting in beautifully composed 2.39 : 1 widescreen, director of photography Piotr Sobocinski Jr. favors the greens of rebirth accented by Madonna hued bluesBielenia is perfectly cast, his cinematic face capable of appearing both demonic and angelic‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2020
A- 88% Sorry We Missed You (2020) ...may initially seem heavy-handed, its protagonist dealt one bad card after another, but upon reflection one can see that Loach and Laverty are illustrating just what a house of cards many live in...‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2020
A- 91% Bacurau (Nighthawk) (2020) While Blumhouse provided popcorn with their "The Hunt," cowriter/directors Kleber Mendonça Filho and his "Aquarius" production designer Juliano Dornelles offer a three star Michelin meal with this Cannes 2019 Jury Prize winner. ‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
B+ 72% Vivarium (2020) Director Lorcan Finnegan has come up with the creepiest story about parenting (along with screenwriter Garret Shanley) since David Lynch's "Eraserhead."... a surreal look at a literal daily grind ‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2020
B- 91% Banana Split (2020) A little more experience behind the camera would afford that extra bit of polish, but that's a mere quibble given the film's strong cast and energetic filmmaking. "Banana Split" is a refreshing treat. ‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2020
B+ 92% The Wild Goose Lake (Nan fang che zhan de ju hui) (2020) ...a thing of great beauty, a hotel room conflict cast in fuchsia, Dong Jingsong flipping noir's canted window blind lighting on its head and punching up nighttime exteriors with modern neon practicals, playing with his frame like a Lite Brite.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2020
A- 99% Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) With her third film, writer/director Eliza Hittman ("Beach Rats") has proven herself a real auteur, a filmmaker with the uncanny ability to project the inner turmoil of teenagers unable to voice it for themselves. ‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2020
B- 59% The Burnt Orange Heresy (2020) Debicki and Sutherland enjoy a beautiful give and take while Jagger enjoys a sympathy for the devil...But one begins to wonder if Bang is simply being typecast as shallow art world figures or if the actor himself is merely glib.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2020
B- 99% Blow the Man Down (2020) The way Mary Margaret's old waders hold this little town's history is an ingenious device and Harpswell, Maine, standing in for the fictional Easter Cove, couldn't be more steeped in Downeast.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2020
C+ 56% The Hunt (2020) a survivalist horror satire skewering the worst elements of both sides of the U.S. political divide... more popcorn entertainment with some gore ladled on than a serious attempt to get people thinking‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2020
B 95% River of Grass (1995) While this seriously independent film features the blunt editing (by producer/star Fessenden) and unsophisticated sound of low budget filmmaking, Reichardt's amusing aspiring outlaw movie surprises at every turn...‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2020
B 88% Swallow (2020) Bennett... is the real deal as a woman imprisoned by her own truth until she sets herself free, happier flown her gilded cage, and Mirabella-Davis's female body control thriller marks him one to watch.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2020
C 38% Wendy (2020) as pure an example of 'sophomore slump' as I have seen, a muddled reimagining of the J.M. Barrie tale as gritty, retro magical realism with a Peter Pan (newcomer Yashua Mack) more giggling tyrant than free-spirited leader.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2020
B+ 92% And Then We Danced (2020) In one amazing sequence, the camera follows Merab through room after room of David's wedding reception toward his heartbreak before doubling back against the irony of dancing guests... His final, rebellious dance...is a complete show stopper.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
B 88% Onward (2020) Pixar has been known for its incredible world building, but "Onward's" world is Tolkien lite by way of Dreamworks' dragons with a lead character who could easily slip into a Keebler elf commercial...‐ rec.arts.movies.reviews
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
B+ 92% The Invisible Man (2020) Leigh Whannell aces adapting H.G. Wells' nineteenth century novel for the modern #MeToo age as a paranoid thriller, low budget effects à la "Paranormal Activity" effecting big chills, Elizabeth Moss excelling as a woman with only herself to turn to.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
B 48% Greed (2020) Winterbottom encouraged improvisation and Coogan, who has shown a scary affinity for portraying obnoxious gits (albeit highly entertaining one), summons Trump and his ilk... Call it "The Trip to the Roman Empire: The Road to Global Ruin."‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
B- 48% Burden (2020) If only Heckler hadn't weighted Mike's attraction to Judy over the Reverend's hard won influence, he could have made an end run on the oft-lamented 'white savior movie'...but while the film has its flaws, it works more often than not ‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
B 96% First Cow (2020) Cowriter (with novelist Jon Raymond)/director Kelly Reichardt returns to the Pacific Northwest for a simple tale of friendship rooted in the compromised beginnings of American capitalism. ‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
A- 86% Emma. (2020) Knightley's introduction is altogether astonishing, the young man disheveled from a hard gallop stripped down completely before being redressed by his valet to walk to the Woodhouses', a scene usually reserved for women and with far less nudity.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2020
C 35% Seberg (2020) Screenwriters Joe Shrapnel & Anna Waterhouse turn poetic license into dubious fictionalization told with leaden dialogue frequently guilty of speechifying...weighing down Kristen Stewart's delicate performance.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2020
A- 93% Ordinary Love (2020) With screenwriter Owen McCafferty fictionalizing his own experience, directors Barros D'Sa and Leyburn provide a clean, modern aesthetic to their Belfast backdrop for Lesley Manville and Liam Neeson to render "Ordinary Love" extraordinary. ‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2020