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Robin Clifford

Robin Clifford
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
A- 85% What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael (2019) Sit tight when the credits run and see just how many movies, great and not so great, she wrote about. The number, like Kael herself, is impressive.‐ Reeling Reviews
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B 38% Seberg (2020) Kristen Stewart does a fine job in embodying the titular star as she unwittingly comes under FBI scrutiny because of her humanity and desire to help people.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
B 90% Beanpole (Dylda) (2020) This mixture of horror and normalcy makes this an interesting study of war and humanity.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
B 75% The Photograph (2020) The feel good, happily ever after tale benefits from its supporting cast, especially Lil Rei Howery, as Mike's brother Kyle, and his wife Asia (Teyonah Parris)‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2020
B 100% América (2018) "America" will have particular meaning to anyone who has had and loved an elderly grandparent - my own Nana was with us until she was 99 1/2 and I miss her still.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
B 96% Come As You Are (2020) All of the characters grow and change during the journey and things do not quite end up as expected. This makes for a remake tale that has its own dynamic and flow ‐ Reeling Reviews
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B- 100% The Woman Who Loves Giraffes (2020) I was educated and entertained and, once again, the film shows the desperate need for true equality between the sexes, even today.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
B 89% The Assistant (2020) The matter-of-fact, day in the life of a studio assistant story is straightforward with just hints of what is happening behind the scenes. These hints, though, are chilling...‐ Reeling Reviews
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B- 94% Citizen K (2019) Gibney, maybe, should have given us two, companion docs - one on the former oligarch and another on the most dangerous man in the world,‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
C 0% John Henry (2020) While I like seeing Terry Crews in a different and dramatic role and really like Ken Foree as his house-bound dad, BJ, the problem I have with "John Henry" is the bad guy‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
B- 83% Just Mercy (2020) Jordan is more a sounding board for his clients as he tries to maneuver thru hate, prejudice, racism and a gross miscarriages of justice,‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
B- 43% Three Christs (2020) This is an interesting look into a real mental health study that tried to break new ground in psychiatric treatment that were meant to cure, not just subdue and vegetate, the subject. ‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2020
B+ 86% Cunningham (2019) There is a distinctive similarity between this dance documentary by first-time feature director Alla Kovgan and the beautifully rendered 2011 documentary by Wim Wenders, "Pina," about another famed choreographer, Pina Bausch.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2020
B 70% Bombshell (2019) I was quite familiar with Roger Ailes reputation, politically at least, and my only regret is that he did not live to get his just desserts. But, then again, with the latest news about Harvey Weinstein, Ailes may have gotten away with it all.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
B 98% 63 Up (2019) For me. It is a fascinating sociological study that would have a dramatically different demographic if started today.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
B 76% Richard Jewell (2019) Clint Eastwood has always proven to be a good, reliable storyteller and, here, he tells a good, reliable story.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
B 72% The Aeronauts (2019) where I found I was losing myself in the story was in the exciting set pieces as the pair face great danger, hypoxia, black outs and, for Amelia alone, a terrifying crisis at 36000 feet.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
B No Score Yet The Rabbi Goes West (2019) "The Rabbi Goes West" gives an interesting and detailed microscopic look at the Jewish faith and culture in a place where one (a former Christian like me) would not expect there to be a Jewish faith and culture - I mean, it is Montana‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2019
B+ 83% Waves (2019) is a gripping story that does not go as expected and that is what makes "Waves" a cut above.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
B 81% The Report (2019) ...making for a near epic tome of a heinous CIA program and its cover-up and the dedicated investigators that brought it to light.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
B 79% Scandalous: The Untold Story of the National Enquirer (2019) I never was a fan of the rag but I, like most everyone who has seen the National Enquirer banner, would give it a look whenever the chance. ‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
B+ 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) The filmmakers show, very well, both the rivalry of the two marques and the excitement and thrills of GT racing.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
A- 96% The Irishman (2019) Martin Scorsese has created an epic tome that covers modern history and theorizes on the life and times of Frank Sheeran.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
C+ 38% Primal (2019) With a possessive big game hunter and a rare cat, combined with a smart, psychopathic killer on the loose aboard a ship at sea, you can kind of figure out where this adventure yarn is going.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
B- 86% Synonyms (Synonymes) (2019) The story is about Yoav coming to face what his life really is - and it is not what he ever imaged.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2019
C 58% Frankie (2019) The impression I get from Ira Sachs's relocation to Portugal is that the filmmaker did not know what to do with his location.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2019
A- 80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) Whatever expectations I had before watching "Jojo Rabbit," they are nowhere near what Waititi and his cast and crew have accomplished in this fresh, funny and sad story about a boy and his mom.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
B- 82% Memory: The Origins of Alien (2019) The second half of "Memory" is solely focused on the infamous alien-creature-bursting-out-of-the-chest-of-Kane (John Hurt) scene. You, know, the one that we have all seen a zillion times over the years.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
b+ 100% Midnight Traveler (2019) While the obstacles that face the Fizili family are daunting and, sometimes, heartbreaking and dangerous, the thing I got most out of this well-made and personal document is the stability and perseverance of the tiny family.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2019
B 96% By the Grace of God (Grâce à Dieu) (2019) The David versus Goliath battle for justice - the abuse victims versus the stonewalling by the Vatican - does not end as I expected. Then again, with the Church's not so enviable track record, maybe it is just what I expected.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2019
B- 43% The Addams Family (2019) It may not grab the old fans, but it does open it up to a new younger audience that holds allegiance to no camp.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
A- 97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) Pedro Almodovar, with "Pain and Glory," brings us into his life and presents all the baggage he carried, both physically and emotionally, through that life and long career.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
C+ 61% Dilili in Paris (Dilili à Paris) (2019) First off, let me praise "Dilili in Paris" for its outstanding CGI animation that captures perfectly, the City of Lights."‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
B 86% Where's My Roy Cohn? (2019) What I got out of "Where's My Roy Cohn" is that everything I thought of dead-eyed soul-less manipulator of evil is well founded.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
B+ 95% Ága (2019) The slice of life story has the look and feel of a documentary work and, as it immersed me in Nanook and Sedna's daily struggle, I felt I was living it with them.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
C+ 81% Abominable (2019) "Abominable," though not original, is entertaining, mostly for kids.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
B- 83% Official Secrets (2019) The telling of this true story is a straightforward, almost perfunctory, procedural‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
B+ 88% Get Out Your Handkerchiefs (Préparez vos mouchoirs) (1978) will leave it to you to enjoy this absurdist and silly, goofy and fun little comedy as it unfolds. The extras on the blu-ray are scant, at best.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
B- 84% Villains (2019) All, in front and behind the camera, make for an honestly funny black comedy.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
B+ 100% Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles (Buñuel en el laberinto de las tortugas) (2019) You have to see this homage to the director to find out how Bunuel played with the details of his promise - all for the sake of the film image.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
C+ 92% Monos (2019) It is, under the surface, an intro to something more from the filmmakers.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
B+ 82% Judy (2019) Renee is so compelling and riveting in her portrayal that the background characters, though well played by all, never get the chance to shine, overshadowed by the film's star. ‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2019
B 84% Downton Abbey (2019) My take on the reason for this big budget, big scale revisit to the now-famous abbey and its denizens is two fold - to give the fans a grand closing to the Granville family story and to make money, which it very likely will.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2019
B 87% Hustlers (2019) Men, in this world, are incidental and solely a means to an end for these ladies to take as much money from them as possible - and get away with it.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
B+ 94% Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins (2019) That the lady had an incredible wit - she could have been another Lenny Bruce - makes listening to her Texas twang and her many stories a lot of fun.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
B+ 100% Honeyland (2019) Find out for yourself about what happens to Haditze, her mom and her beloved bees. It is very much worth the effort.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
B+ 95% Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes (2018) Anyone who has a real love for music will want to see and learn from "Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes" and the many amazing talents those two old white German Jewish immigrant refugees brought to us all.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
B+ 82% Cold Case Hammarskjöld (2019) The filmmakers do not give definitive answers to the many questions about Dag Hammarskjold's untimely and tragic (for the world) death. And, they raise even more questions as to "why?"‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
B- 96% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) You can guess what is going to happen in this odd-couple-buddy-road-trip movie that touches all the necessary points but does it in a likable, good-hearted manner that has you rooting...all the way through.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
B+ 96% Love, Antosha (2019) When you watch "Love, Antosha," make note of the long list of family, friends and film colleagues who contributed in their praise for young Yelchin, personally and professionally.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019