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Rich Cline
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/5 79% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Skilful filmmaking elevates this far above the last cinematic outing for Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn... the screenplay touches on issues of female empowerment in ways that are genuinely insightful. ‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2020
3.5/5 79% Mr. Jones (2020) Produced on a grand scale, the film sometimes feels over-worthy, making sure the audience understands the historical importance. And the colour-drained aesthetic leaves the story a bit dry and choppy. But it's still powerful.‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2020
4/5 88% Come to Daddy (2020) Each scene is peppered with telling details and amusing touches that deepen both the themes and the film's deranged sense of humour. But the real surprise is how moving it is.‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2020
3/5 72% The Lodge (2020) It's skilfully shot and edited, with a terrific sense of the settings and a steady stream of inventive visual and thematic touches.‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2020
3/5 27% The Rhythm Section (2020) Director Reed Morano and writer Mark Burnell play everything so straight that the film feels pretentious and over-serious, even though it's essentially a mindless action genre piece. ‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2020
4/5 88% Beanpole (Dylda) (2020) It's a beautifully observed story, with characters that connect in unexpected ways. ‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2020
3.5/5 95% The Personal History of David Copperfield (2020) In a demanding, complex role, [Dev] Patel more than keeps up with the shifting tones, creating a lovely character who smoothly traverses the story's starts and stops. He's bright and likeable, creative and funny.‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
3.5/5 56% No Fathers in Kashmir (2019) This is a skilful depiction of the entangled complexity of this region, explored through the eyes of characters who are easy to identify with.‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
4/5 83% Waves (2019) This explosive story is anchored by raw, transparent turns from [Kelvin] Harrison and [Taylor] Russell.‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2020
3.5/5 90% Weathering with You (2020) It may sometimes be a little uneven in its narrative flow, but its complex situations involve evocative imagery and moments of intense resonance.‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2020
3/5 25% The Host (2020) The ensemble cast is very strong, making the most of the sometimes wordy dialog. ‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2020
3/5 25% The Runaways (2020) [Richard] Heap gives the film a gently meandering pace that never overplays the various twists and turns, surprising incidents, perilous encounters and capers along the way.‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2020
3.5/5 No Score Yet Cleanin' Up the Town: Remembering Ghostbusters (2019) Both the interview clips and visual material are edited together very tightly to propel the audience through the story, giving fans a wonderful look at every corner of the movie's production.‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2020
3/5 73% The Gentlemen (2020) Since the characters are holding our attention, the tangled narrative becomes somewhat tedious at times, especially as key moments are withheld to provide surprises later.‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2020
4/5 100% Amanda (2018) It's the kind of movie that explores how all of us are dealing with our own issues in our own ways, getting on with life as best we can in the circumstances. It can't help but offer hope and inspiration.‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2020
3.5/5 93% Long Day's Journey Into Night (Di qiu zui hou de ye wan) (2019) Bi [Gan] creates a sense of atmosphere that's superbly engulfing, filling scenes with subtle touches that add intrigue to a narrative that has very little pace. ‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2019
2.5/5 21% Playing with Fire (2019) This is comfort cinema, undemanding and fully predictable as it veers from fake suspense in action sequences to riotously artificial comedy in extended buffoonery.‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2019
4/5 75% Spies in Disguise (2019) Adults might find the nonstop mayhem exhausting, but it's punctuated with gags that are genuinely clever, including some knowing innuendo that will go over the heads of youngsters who are laughing at comedy nudity and bird-poo jokes. ‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2019
3.5/5 95% Little Women (2019) [Greta] Gerwig skilfully gives her version of this well-known story a bracing sense of how young women seized control of their lives at a time when that simply wasn't acceptable. ‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2019
3/5 91% Clemency (2019) Each scene in this film churns with wrenching emotion, which plays across the actors faces as lips quiver and eyes fill with tears. ‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2019
2.5/5 83% Just Mercy (2020) The film is simply far too familiar, and even derivative. ‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2019
5/5 89% 1917 (2020) The digital effects are utterly invisible, the camerawork astonishing and the sound mix visceral, but it's [George] MacKay's face that tells the story, even though he never seems to be acting at all.‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2019
2/5 36% 6 Underground (2019) It's so over-the-top that it's oddly dull. ‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Romeo and Juliet: Beyond Words (2020) The action moves organically around the town and through the palace chambers, combining elements of drama, action and of course elaborate dance sequences to Prokofiev's classic score. ‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2019
4/5 52% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) The film may feel so carefully sculpted that it lacks a sense of spontaneity or earthy honesty. But its final scenes are beautifully played.‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2019
3/5 20% Cats (2019) It's a brave attempt to do something new, but the result is a movie that will draw an audience simply because it's such a colossal misfire. And whether you think it's good or bad, the film is packed with unforgettable moments.‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2019
2/5 6% The Courier (2019) Aside from [Olga] Kurylenko's steely presence [Zackary] Adler seems only interested in severe grisliness and macho posturing. If the script had even a hint of character nuance, the movie might have been somewhat gripping too.‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2019
4/5 89% Dark Waters (2019) The story is skilfully told, with sharp writing and directing and a strong cast that never overplays the drama. And it really gets under the skin.‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2019
3.5/5 80% A Hidden Life (2019) Some sequences may feel unnecessary or repetitive, but [Terrence] Malick's impressionistic storytelling style carries a strong kick.‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2019
3.5/5 92% Uncut Gems (2019) Intriguingly, it's a personal story without any reverberating themes, and yet it still leaves us shaken.‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2019
4/5 76% Richard Jewell (2019) Recounting a true story with honesty, depth and a proper sense of relevance, this is a quiet gem.‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2019
4.5/5 70% Bombshell (2019) It's a rare movie that's thrillingly engaging, darkly pointed and enormously important.‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2019
4/5 91% QT8: The First Eight (2019) Described as "an overzealous geek", Quentin Tarantino is such a singular filmmaker that it's unusually revealing to watch a documentary about him.‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2019
4/5 97% The Kingmaker (2019) Documentarian Lauren Greenfield has an uncanny way of finding enormous resonance in specific stories. ‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2019
4/5 76% Pink Wall (2019) It's warm, funny, sexy and moving.‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2019
2.5/5 71% Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) It's a terrible movie by any measurement, but it's still entertaining.‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2019
4/5 67% Knives and Skin (2019) Like a fractured fairy tale, this luridly coloured film mixes horror, black comedy and mystery, like a pink-washed Twin Peaks‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
2.5/5 81% Daniel Isn't Real (2019) There's a fascinating idea lurking in this arthouse psycho-horror drama... And it's a bit of a shame that nothing really comes of that, as the film tips over into inventively rendered nastiness, but little more than that.‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
3.5/5 89% After Class (Safe Spaces) (2019) Without indulging in millennial hand-wringing, [Daniel] Schechter knowingly addresses how ideas can make us feel unsafe, rippling out to trigger insecurities in the most unexpected places. ‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
3/5 64% Little Joe (2019) As is, it feels a little too safe, never quite seizing its themes or pushing the ideas over the top, where they clearly belong. Although it's still good fun, a properly chilling bit of well-lit horror.‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
5/5 98% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2020) This is a rare film that takes the breath away with moments of transcendent beauty. ‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
100% Buddies (1985) So not only is this a vital document of a place and time, but it's also a remarkably involving, provocative drama that needs to be seen today.‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet The Last Faust (2019) This feels more like a museum piece than a movie, designed to tease and confront the viewer rather than to recount a coherent story with empathetic characters. Yes, it's very difficult, but Humm's purely bonkers approach is dazzling.‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
3.5/5 93% Ordinary Love (2020) There's nothing particularly surprising in this film. In fact, it's so ordinary that it almost feels slight. But the depths of feeling linger.‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
3.5/5 63% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) Each scene is simply gorgeous, so it's understandable that [Edward] Norton was reluctant to cut it. But a more driving sense of Lionel's journey would have made the film more engaging. Still, this is a skilfully told story packed with wonderful moments.‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
4.5/5 72% I See You (2019) The film is intricately written and directed to build intrigue, dropping inexplicable events into the narrative that build quickly in frequency, freaking out both the characters and the audience.‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2019
3.5/5 100% Greta (2019) Is this a story about the emptiness of being alone? Or maybe the life-altering effects of finding love in an unexpected place? Either way, it definitely gets under the skin.‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
3.5/5 71% Sons of Denmark (Danmarks sønner) (2019) The second half of the film is very difficult to watch, but filmmaker Ulaa Salim refuses to pull any punches, keeping the issues intense and horrific without pushing them over the top.‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
4.5/5 83% Queen & Slim (2019) Even in these extraordinary circumstances, their story has a universality that evokes warmth and meaning, unfolding as a series of surprises that invert the usual narrative. And where it goes is important.‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
4/5 87% The Nightingale (2019) It's a sprawling film, and it sometimes feels too long as the story circles around to its raw conclusion. But it's strikingly well shot in a naturalistic style, with earthy performances that get under the skin.‐ Shadows on the Wall
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019