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Murtada Elfadl
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B 75% Manifesto (2017) If you want to watch 13 Cate Blanchetts coming at you at the same time, this is the movie for you.‐ Sundays with Cate
Read More | Posted May 12, 2020
B+ 86% The Aviator (2004) What constitutes risk in acting? What Blanchett does here as Hepburn, daring to take on an icon in the same medium for which she was known and celebrated.‐ Sundays with Cate
Read More | Posted May 11, 2020
C 57% The Gift (2000) Post Elizabeth, Cate Blanchett was trying to subvert expectations and to do something completely different. So she chose this gothic thriller from a director who is known for horror movies. ‐ Sundays with Cate
Read More | Posted May 1, 2020
B+ 90% Little Fish (2006) Cate Blanchett like you've never seen before, gritty and stripped down. Both in look and performance.‐ Sundays with Cate
Read More | Posted May 1, 2020
B 72% The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) Expert voice work from Cate Blanchett, impeccable New Orleans accent, and a tired broken lilt later on indicating how old Daisy is.‐ Sundays with Cate
Read More | Posted May 1, 2020
B 93% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Taika Waititi's irreverent humor makes this film delightful with a tongue in cheek tone. ‐ Sundays with Cate
Read More | Posted May 1, 2020
B+ 77% I'm Not There (2007) Coming the same year as The Golden Age in which she played Elizabeth I, this proves Cate Blancheet's range and cements her reputation as the best of her generation. ‐ Sundays with Cate
Read More | Posted May 1, 2020
C 45% Paradise Road (1997) Never lifts off to anywhere that's profound or moving or interesting‐ Sundays with Cate
Read More | Posted May 1, 2020
B+ 34% The Good German (2007) Cate Blanchett's most underrated performance and the best she's looked on screen.‐ Sundays with Cate
Read More | Posted May 1, 2020
A 83% The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) Definitely the best part Matt Damon's ever had and his best performance. It's also my favorite.‐ Sundays with Cate
Read More | Posted May 1, 2020
B 82% Elizabeth (1998) The emotions are violent in Elizabeth. Everybody's emotions are at such a high level, unlike what we are used to seeing in dramas about British history. ‐ Sundays with Cate
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2020
C- 91% Pulp Fiction (1994) Understandably, some elements of Pulp Fiction have not stood the test of time.‐ Mediaversity Reviews
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2020
B+ 100% Farewell Amor (2020) Writer director Ekwa Msangi is attune to the intricate ways of how people grow apart and find each other again.‐ The Film Experience
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
A+ 96% Atlantics (2019) Atlantics depicts Islam with matter-of-factness: No explanation, no exoticization, nor hiding some of its uglier practices.‐ Mediaversity Reviews
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2020
B 91% Promising Young Woman (2020) Mulligan is engaging and ferocious throughout and the reason to immediately buy a ticket.‐ The Film Experience
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2020
B+ 95% The 40-Year-Old Version (2020) Radha Blank has an authoritative grasp of the hallways, rehearsal rooms and night clubs where art is shaped in NY.‐ The Film Experience
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2020
D 86% Nine Days (2020) There's a very fine line between profound and superficial, what is genuinely revelatory and what is obvious. Unfortunately Nine Days ultimately falls on obvious and unearned, while asking the audience to believe it's profound. ‐ The Film Experience
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
B 99% Miss Juneteenth (2020) Beharie commands the screen with a naturally quiet disposition and the film flows to her rhythm. Sometimes slowing down completely as Turquoise halts to take on another day and challenge and Beharie shows us that with small reticent gestures.‐ The Film Experience
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
A 89% Zola (2020) Zola announces Bravo as a director with a unique sense for story, and kinetic style to spare.‐ The Film Experience
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
C 91% The Climb (2020) .... the characters are so off putting and just plain awful to each other and everyone around them, that by the end I was queasy and regretful of all my laughs.‐ The Film Experience
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2020
C 70% Bombshell (2019) It would be funny if it weren't so horrifying. And therein lies the dilemma of this film. It plays well but with a glib irreverent tone that is completely unsuited to a story of systemic abuse of power and sexual exploitation.‐ The Film Experience
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
B 90% Dark Waters (2019) You know you are in good hands when the actor chosen to come in and jumpstart the plot, give dimensionality to the film, or just wreck the audience hearts is Bill Camp.‐ The Film Experience
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2019
D 96% The Irishman (2019) Technically impressive, well-told, and superbly acted, The Irishman ultimately wastes a golden opportunity to further enhance its story with a deeper exploration of its female characters. ‐ Mediaversity Reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
B 95% Marriage Story (2019) In building intimacy and rancor out of specific precise moments, Baumbach's writing is sublime, his camera is expansive in allowing the actors space to work and the audience room to take it in. More rigorous work was needed in balancing the perspectives.‐ The Film Experience
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
A 96% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) In looking back together, us and him, we cherish the beautiful memories and enduring bond that Salvador and Federico have. We have it with Almodovar and his movies. ‐ The Film Experience
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
B+ 81% Martin Eden (2019) The mercenary charmer as a character study is nothing new but Martin Eden is worth it for the completely alluring and complicated performance by Marinelli.‐ The Film Experience
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
B+ 84% Ad Astra (2019) The thing about having daddy issues is that you can never escape them. No matter how far you travel, even into space. ‐ The Film Experience
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
B 49% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Linklater smoothes over the singular and quirky tone of the novel. He's more interested in the kernel of the ideas in the novel but not the whole. ‐ The Film Experience
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2019
B 55% American Woman (2019) It's a character study of what goes through the minds of these people as they try to survive and weigh their options. That is a double edge sword though, as sometimes we wanted a deeper dive into this story. ‐ The Film Experience
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
B+ 100% Driveways (2019) Driveways tugs at hearts in the best possible way, quietly and introspectively as it builds its narrative one well-observed moment after the other.‐ The Film Experience
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
B 57% The Beach Bum (2019) If you accept the movie on Moondog's cheery terms and go with the flow you'll have a good time. Korine's apparent acceptance of this sort of checking out existence and the story's rejection of societal structures stops short of biting satire. ‐ The Film Experience
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2019
B 98% 3 Faces (2019) Panahi does not comment at all that 3 Faces is his fourth completed feature since he was officially banned from filmmaking by authorities in Iran. He doesn't need to, the connection is apparent.‐ The Film Experience
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2019
C 90% The Souvenir (2019) The film went on past my interest and continued even when my interest had completely evaporated. And no amount of framing artistry or complex characterization can save a movie once that happens.‐ The Film Experience
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
A 93% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) Talbot tells his story with images and tone. His compositions are so precise, one doesn't want to look away even for a second fearing you'll miss a story beat. ‐ The Film Experience
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
B 91% Clemency (2019) CLEMENCY conjures a lot of feelings: Rage and empathy because of its precise and scorching indictment of capital punishment; marvel at Alfre Woodard's fantastic lead performance and her many spot on close ups.‐ The Film Experience
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
C 82% The Report (2019) Written, shot and delivered as a dry information dump. There is almost no tension, not one interesting shot, just scene after scene of heavy exposition.‐ The Film Experience
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
B+ 98% The Farewell (2019) All the characters are finely observed, as are the relationships between them. The friction and love between in-laws, between generations, and between families with different cultural values is recognizable and true.‐ The Film Experience
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
B+ 94% Premature (2020) Zora Howard gives a performance that will make many people ask "Who's that?" I suspect once people know Howard's name, they won't soon forget it.‐ The Film Experience
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
B 80% Late Night (2019) Anytime the movie relies on Kaling's physical comedy it hits gold. She makes her earnest persona the joke and it's a funny one. Kaling's matched well by Thompson who can mine comedy out of even the most banal lines through her expert delivery. ‐ The Film Experience
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
A 95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) I was excited for this film. But I was also afraid. Will Barry Jenkins be able to interpret Baldwin's howls of anger and despair as loud as I heard them reading Baldwin's prose? I needn't have worried.‐ The Film Experience
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
C 62% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Despite attempts at freshening up the material, it comes off stale, another plodding historical drama that is far too familiar to be truly exciting.‐ The Film Experience
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
B 76% Never Look Away (2019) Never Look Away is epic and grand storytelling with a simplicity in narrative. That makes it appealing enough to audiences, it didn't need the neat bow that's given to the proceedings. ‐ The Film Experience
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
C- 44% Write When You Get Work (2018) It's a hodgepodge; a love story, a heist movie, social satire. Yet none of them work. The love story is creepy at times. The heist isn't that exciting and has very low stakes. And the social satire has no bite.‐ The Film Experience
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2018
B+ 96% 1985 (2018) The scope of the film is small and the locations limited, yet its ambition is big.......The sensitive performances and the black and white super 16 cinematography add poignancy and gravity to the intimate interactions between these characters.‐ The Film Experience
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
B+ 96% Ray & Liz (2019) Billingham's Ray & Liz story is precise and rooted in the stark bleak facts of his growing up with alcoholic uncaring parents. He presents those years in a few set pieces written and directed as if a crime were being committed.‐ The Film Experience
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2018
B+ 98% Too Late to Die Young (Tarde para morir joven) (2019) It's a roaming slice of life chronicle that isn't that interested in plot though it has some. It's more a memory of a feeling.‐ The Film Experience
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2018
B 58% Duck Butter (2018) Shawkat, who co-wrote the screenplay with Arteta, is winsome and appealing. Costa's Sergio sometimes plays the cliche of the exotic foreigner with expansive dramatic feeling, but the chemistry between the actresses carries the film through. ‐ The Film Experience
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2018
B 89% O.G. (2018) Jeffrey Wright's deep and full bodied performance is worth the ticket price.‐ The Film Experience
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2018
B+ 99% Faces Places (Visages, villages) (2017) A joy from start to finish. It's worth the price of admission just for recreating the running in the Louvre scene from Godard's Bande A Part (1964), with Varda's age adding poignancy and exuberance.‐ The Film Experience
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2018
B 89% Maudie (2017) Hawkins grabs and holds the scenes, not with overdramatics, but with humour and delectable gestures. ‐ The Film Experience
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2018