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Laura Clifford

Laura Clifford
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B 75% The Photograph (2020) ...quiet and pensive with an undertow of melancholic regret and a light topping of comic relief all set to Robert Glasper's elegant jazz score. Issa Rae and Lakeith Stanfield create a tentative romance, its unspoken emotions simmering into a full boil‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
B 96% Come As You Are (2020) ...feels surprisingly fresh, favoring the warmth and humor derived from real friendship and romance over the more obvious sexual hijinx one might expect.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
C- 39% Downhill (2020) What was left ambiguous and threatening in the original here is flatly stated or weakly joked upon, like this film's literal dumping of its ending.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
C+ 72% The Lodge (2020) ...the film's themes of Christian guilt don't amount to much in the end, its climax more of a been-there, done-that deflation. "The Lodge" gets more mileage out of a creepy bowl of sea monkeys in a clear case of style over substance.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2020
B- 88% Come to Daddy (2020) ...while the film can be wedged into the horror genre, it's more of a darkly comedic psychological thriller which, unfortunately, devolves into an ultra violent gross-out spectacle, almost entirely losing the father-son reunion story at its heart.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
B 80% The Traitor (2020) Marco Bellocchio's ("Vincere") epic tale of the man who brought down the Italian mob is probably easier to dive into in its home country where one presumes Buscetta's story is as well known as Whitey Bulger's is in Boston. ‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
B+ 100% América (2018) ...a beautiful portrait of familial love nestled within an eldercare drama.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2020
A 98% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2020) This luscious lesbian romance often recalls classic works of art, Claire Mathon's cinematography rich in her use of color and composition while Sciamma's...screenplay gives her tale a modern edge with her theme of a woman's right to choose.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2020
C+ 27% The Rhythm Section (2020) It's an entertaining diversion, but the commitment provided the production far outweighs its content... Lively's all in, once again proving herself capable of elevating undercooked material. ‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
B+ 89% The Assistant (2020) One of the smart things about Green's screenplay and direction is its quiet subtlety. There is no one big moment here, nor an outright smoking gun, instead a steady build of small injustices...‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
B+ 95% 2020 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Animation (2020) The Czech Republic's Daria Kashcheeva's stop motion puppet animation is the first of three stop motion animations to be nominated, each using a different medium... This is my pick for the Oscar.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
B+ 100% 2020 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Documentary (2020) Dysinger's uplifting look at how women are finding poor young girls in Kabul and giving them...courage and confidence by teaching them how to skateboard, Is an infectious and uplifting work which I'm betting will take the Oscar. ‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
B+ 87% 2020 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Live Action (2020) Tunisia is the setting for two of this year's Live Action shorts in film, one a searing drama beneath the shadow of ISIS, the other a comedy involving a mule listening to the wrong music...‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
B+ 94% Citizen K (2019) a fascinating piece of work, at once a highly unusual biopic and a solid primer on recent Russian history.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
C+ 0% John Henry (2020) While the film's narrative is shaky at best, Forbes exhibits quite a bit of style with an obviously low budget, making him a filmmaker to watch. ‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
B- 85% Color Out of Space (2020) Stanley has crafted a beautiful production combining shocking pink CGI effects and practical mutations...with a nostalgically appointed rural farm ... But don't expect "Mandy"-level Cage outrageousness here‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2020
B- 76% Bad Boys for Life (2020) ...a welcome January surprise, Lowrey and Burnett a lot more fun to hang with than Hobbs and Shaw.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
C+ 15% Dolittle (2020) Oddly, the film continually seems to echo "Pirates of the Caribbean" with its star, a once great independent artist now selling out to franchises eccentrically outfitted and weirdly accented‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
C 43% Three Christs (2020) Despite a strong cast, the film is narratively disheveled, introducing subplots only to drop them and coming to no strong conclusions about the success of Stone's experiment.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2020
B 91% Give Me Liberty (2019) That their cast of non-professionals and unknowns represents immigrants, minorities and the disabled in such a unifying and uplifting work is all the more reason to embrace an independent film that just might restore your faith in humanity.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2020
B- 91% Clemency (2019) In a chilling scene, [Woodward] recites execution day steps to Anthony like an automaton, her voice rising like a customer service rep making a sales pitch whenever he is allowed to choose an option.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2020
B 100% Celebration (2019) ten years after Saint Laurent's death, a reedited version of the film has finally been released and it is a fascinating, if sometimes frustratingly impressionistic, fly-on-the-wall look at the last years leading up to presenting his last collection.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2020
C+ 83% Just Mercy (2020) Cretton delivers his most disappointing work to date, a mediocre, cliché ridden, speechifying tale of the fight to free an innocent black man railroaded by racist Southerners.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2020
A- 84% Les Misérables (2020) Ly had been filming on his own streets since the age of fifteen...so it is notable that while his feature film debut echoes Hugo's classic for modern times, it is also a fine example of the French policier procedural. ‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2020
B 93% Invisible Life (A vida invisível de Eurídice Gusmão) (2019) The two actresses are both engaging, although the vivacious Stockler has the advantage of a more fully developed character.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2019
B 86% Cunningham (2019) One of the most distinctive works is an early rotating presentation of individual dancers...all performing different works, as we listen to Cunningham describe the risk of performing something that he didn't wholly know about in advance.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2019
C+ 89% 1917 (2020) The film has many standout moments, but Mendes' decision to film this...as a virtual one take à la "Birdman" turns his movie into a videogame where our heroes move forward across a varying landscape stopping for episodic incidents to unfold.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2019
A- 95% Little Women (2019) Gerwig takes an approach both modern and Austenian, emphasizing the connection between money and freedom in the lives of nineteenth century women. The hugely talented Ronan has never been better while Florence Pugh wrangles a refreshing take on Amy...‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2019
C+ 52% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) unnecessary exposition delivered with the pummeling speed of a tennis ball machine, colliding logic, lack of consequence for momentous setbacks and a sense of inevitability...make J.J. Abrams' capper to the original saga a disappointment.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
B+ 80% A Hidden Life (2019) Diehl and Pachner are extraordinarily lovely together, their marriage projecting a kind of sensual purity. ‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
B+ 70% Bombshell (2019) a stomach churning experience‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
B 76% Richard Jewell (2019) Paul Walter Hauser, so impressive in an amusing supporting role in "I, Tonya," ably shoulders the lead as the oddball mama's boy, bullied for his weight, who dreams of a job in law enforcement‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
A 92% Uncut Gems (2019) may be unlike anything you've experienced, as if the helicopter sequence in Martin Scorsese's "Goodfellas" were extended to feature film length... Be prepared to strap yourself onto a cinematic rocket.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
B 94% In Fabric (2019) Featuring a standout performance from Strickland regular Fatma Mohamed, looking like the female Vogue version of Coppola's "Dracula" while delivering the most deliciously tortured formal dialogue, "In Fabric" is a hoot.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
B 64% Little Joe (2019) a thought provoking piece of paranoia horror where everyone around us is viewed with suspicion.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
C+ 72% The Aeronauts (2019) This is 2019's answer to Robert Zemeckis' 2015 film "The Walk" with one major problem - it's not in 3D. ‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
B+ 89% The Two Popes (2019) The main pleasure of "The Two Popes" is watching Hopkins and Pryce play off each other, the two actors absolutely delightful. ‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
B+ 99% Varda by Agnès (2019) stuffed with wisdom, joy and insights into creating art. ‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2019
B 97% Knives Out (2019) This murder mystery, which tips its hat to Sherlock Holmes, Edgar Allan Poe, Agatha Christie and Clue, features a sprawling cast of characters, almost all of whom are pegged as up to no good within the film's first twenty minutes.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
B 95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) In one of the film's best scenes, we see Hanks as Rogers discuss the importance of a beloved childhood toy and cannot help but recognize the irony of "Toy Story's" Woody telling us this. ‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2019
B 89% Dark Waters (2019) Haynes makes a radical departure from the lushly produced period films where he's explored the personal ramifications of societal norms with this bleak investigative procedural laying bare the personal ramifications of taking on corporate America.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
B 77% Frozen II (2019) If "Frozen" yawed toward fairy tale romance threatened by magic, its sequel rights the ship with magic bringing everyone back down to earth.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
B 94% Honey Boy (2019) LaBeouf, sporting a balding pate mullet, walks a tightrope as his fictionalized father, the actor never turning us against the man despite his often hateful behavior.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2019
B No Score Yet The Rabbi Goes West (2019) By the end of "The Rabbi Goes West," you may feel quite differently about the exuberant rabbi you met at the beginning.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2019
A- 83% Waves (2019) [Shults'] third outing proves as dazzling as his first, a film split in two by its tragic midpoint climax, its first half both visually and aurally unsettling, its second calmer and hopeful.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2019
B+ 81% The Report (2019) Cross cutting back and forth between the present dreary institutional settings of the U.S. government in Washington D.C. and the past horrors of unidentified black sites...Burns creates atmospheres of hidden secrets, one light the other dark. ‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
B+ 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) Mangold's film could be seen as a metaphor for his own industry, Shelby a producer trying to protect his creative talent, engineer and driver Ken Miles (Christian Bale), from the big studio (Ford) holding the purse strings.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
C 63% The Good Liar (2019) Most of us enjoy a good twist, but they only work when you don't see them coming and this film goes to such extraordinary lengths to pull the plot out from beneath our feet it twists itself into a convoluted knot.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
A- 95% Marriage Story (2019) [Baumbach's] latest, an at times joyous but more often frustrating and painful exploration about how the blind spots wired into our perception of the world have unintended consequences, is simply the best thing he has ever done.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2019
B 77% Doctor Sleep (2019) In adapting Stephen King's "The Shining" sequel, writer/director Mike Flanagan has pulled off the rarity of creating a film which bests its source material. Far better than either chapter of "It," "Doctor Sleep" isn't perfect...‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019