Sara Clements Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 79% Judy & Punch (2020) Judy & Punch is indeed punchy, with themes that have hard-hitting relevancy as writer-director, Mirrah Foulkes, reimagines an old, misogynistic tale into what she calls, 'a feminine inversion of the traditional hero's journey.'‐ Daily Dead
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2020
87% Shirley (2020) Shirley says she's a witch, and it would come as no surprise, as Decker's latest has you bound by some sort of spell from its very first moments.‐ Pay Or Wait
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2020
9/10 92% The Vast of Night (2020) The Vast of Night is a showcase of ingenuity in creating atmosphere and tension that's out of this world.‐ Next Best Picture
Read More | Posted May 20, 2020
6/10 57% Valley Girl (2020) Is Valley Girl true to its tagline, 'the awesomest love story ever told'? No. It's predictable with a familiar narrative and familiar conflicts, but it's feel-good and highlights not the stereotypes of the era, but its boisterous energy.‐ Next Best Picture
Read More | Posted May 11, 2020
79% How to Build a Girl (2020) In the end, it's the film's message that fails it. It's something the script tries to fix in its conclusion, but, to whichever teenager decided to stick around, the ending doesn't fix the damage that's already done. ‐ Pay Or Wait
Read More | Posted May 8, 2020
3.5/5 90% Blood Quantum (2019) Its plot feels quite generic for the genre, but its incorporation of Indigenous imagery and culture, and overall representation, makes this zombie horror feel like something special. ‐ Daily Dead
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2020
6/10 81% To the Stars (2020) The camaraderie between the leads, the touching friendship that develops feels like comfort food and really saves a film that eventually leans into tropes and presents the lesbianism of its narrative in the most exhausted and dangerous way.‐ Exclaim!
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2020
7/10 90% The Willoughbys (2020) While the images in Lowry's novel are in black and white, director Kris Pearn, along with writer Mark Stanleigh, refuse to settle for a dreary orphan tale. No, it's a sugar-coated explosion of a Skittle filled rainbow.‐ Next Best Picture
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2020
3.5/5 79% True History of the Kelly Gang (2020) Stories can easily be rewritten, and True History of the Kelly Gang plays with this mythicism with dramatic flair.‐ Daily Dead
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2020
5/10 42% Endings, Beginnings (2020) Becoming intertwined with two guys should create a narrative of great tension and drama, but instead, the film's direction and writing by Doremus, along with Jardine Libaire, create a dull and lifeless episode of The Bachelorette.‐ Exclaim!
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2020
4/5 73% The Other Lamb (2020) Director Małgorzata Szumowska and writer C.S. McMullen create an incredibly dark look at coming of age that feels much more real than that depicted in any teen comedy.‐ Daily Dead
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2020
71% Vivarium (2020) It leaves much to be desired in the end as it becomes a slog and seems it no longer knows what to do with itself about halfway through. The intrigue and fight for survival dissipate quite quickly, which results in a pretty disappointing ending. ‐ The Mary Sue
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2020
88% Banana Split (2020) Banana Split, a clever name for the love triangle between these three vanilla scoops, is an exploration of a complicated yet genuine female friendship that's rare to see in a film of the genre.‐ The Mary Sue
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2020
3.5/5 73% Lost Girls (2020) Lost Girls would have been better as a true-crime series, but it speaks of its subjects with sensitivity and reminds the audience that sex workers' lives are just as valuable as our own.‐ Daily Dead
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2020
8/10 88% Swallow (2020) Writer and director Carlo Mirabella-Davis's first feature is both a superb and distressing pastel-colored portrait of the crumbling psyche of a housewife. ‐ Next Best Picture
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2020
3/5 100% True Fiction (2019) True Fiction is incredibly true to its title, as writer/director Braden Croft blurs the line between what's real and what's not, for both the film's protagonist and the audience, creating an interesting, but an often confusing mind game.‐ Daily Dead
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2020
66% All the Bright Places (2020) All the Bright Places feels like your typical teen romance, but with a narrative steeped in mental illness, which is told with a surprisingly careful hand.‐ Thrillist
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
4/5 96% Blood on Her Name (2020) Blood on Her Name is an impressive first feature and a noir that, like its predecessors, succeeds in showing the dark side of human nature and its consequences.‐ Daily Dead
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020
6/10 36% The Night Clerk (2020) We have to support Ana de Armas in everything she does even if that means watching mediocre movies.‐ Exclaim!
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2020
8/10 100% Kuessipan (2019) Myriam Verreault excels at crafting a film told through an Indigenous lens that discusses universal themes of friendship, identity, love, and heartbreak.‐ Exclaim!
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2020
5/10 69% Children of the Sea (Kaijû no kodomo) (2020) It's so consumed in its pretty, colourful sequences that you begin to feel disoriented and struggle to come up for air. It's a pretty frustrating watch at times, as the narrative begins to feel incoherent. ‐ Exclaim!
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
7/10 75% CRSHD (2019) It's a narrative that we've seen dozens of times before, but what makes it different is the creativity in its storytelling through its use of digital media. ‐ Exclaim!
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
4/5 78% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Birds of Prey is a celebration of women in their most real and flawed form, badass and unencumbered by the need to impress anyone -- especially men.‐ The Reel Roundup
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2020
4/5 91% Beanpole (Dylda) (2020) Beanpole gives a much-needed female face to war and PTSD.‐ Flick Feast
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
2.5/5 12% The Turning (2020) The Turning is a good, really solid film...until it's not. While it presents some hard-hitting themes, it tries to impress us with a twist like The Others, but, unfortunately, not everyone can execute that so flawlessly. ‐ Flick Feast
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
7/10 86% Color Out of Space (2020) Color Out of Space is truly out of this world psychedelic. It's worth a watch just for the visuals alone, with its anxiety-inducing and trippy SFX. It's a tornado of color that often feels like you're watching a 3D movie without glasses. ‐ Next Best Picture
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
6/10 51% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) The changing of Rey's origins really hinders the kind of epic conclusion this could have been.‐ Next Best Picture
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2020
10/10 94% Carol (2015) Carol is a timeless love story between two women in 1950s New York with absolutely stellar performances from its cast, beautiful writing from Phyllis Nagy and exquisite craftsmanship from Todd Haynes. ‐ Next Best Picture
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2020
4.5/5 No Score Yet Ode to Nothing (2018) Ode to Nothing is an incredibly unique look at the effects of loneliness and an exploration of the human need for connection. Pokwang delivers one of the best performances of the year. ‐ Flick Feast
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2020
2.5/5 43% Three Christs (2020) Three Christs is a film that sits between being good and being bad. It's good in its choice of actors and fascinating exploration of the human mind, but it's bad because it's a slog and the female characters feel like objects. ‐ Daily Dead
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
3/5 21% Like a Boss (2020) Like a Boss truly succeeds in being a wonderful and touching story of female friendship, and this is all thanks, in part, to its leading ladies, who are in their top comedic form. ‐ The Mary Sue
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
2/5 21% Cats (2019) Francesca, sweetie, I'm so sorry. ‐ The Reel Roundup
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
2/5 36% 6 Underground (2019) There are scenes in 6 Underground that fail to carry their emotional weight because of their poor execution.‐ The Mary Sue
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2019
98% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2020) It's a period drama of burning intensity that brilliantly captures the collaboration of creator and muse through its gaze. Sciamma delivers a bittersweet, subversive, and honest depiction of lesbian love of the highest caliber. ‐ Thrillist
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
97% Knives Out (2019) Toying with the classic elements of films like Clue, Murder By Death, and the countless Agatha Christie adaptations, Rian Johnson crafts a clever puzzle that is relevant and political. ‐ The Simple Cinephile
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
94% Klaus (2019) Klaus' warmth, wrapped up in classic 2D and tied together with magic and joy, makes it a perfect family holiday viewing affair that might just become a Christmas classic. ‐ Thrillist
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
3/5 52% Charlie's Angels (2019) An impossible mission with a clever hand, Charlie's Angels is a satisfying experience and a revitalization of a story for a new audience of Angels.‐ The Reel Roundup
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
7/10 93% The Ground Beneath My Feet (Der Boden unter den Füssen) (2019) The Ground Beneath My Feet is writer-director Marie Kreutzer's take on the 21st century working woman. It's a jarring confrontation, a mirror placed in front of the audience to show how we're working ourselves to death.‐ Exclaim!
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
100% Philophobia: Or the Fear of Falling in Love (2019) Tyler Cole's debut feature is unlike any breakup movie before it.‐ Flick Feast
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2019
4/5 80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) Drawing on his own experiences with prejudice growing up Jewish, writer-director Waititi makes a powerful and humorous satire of Nazi culture, a statement against hate, and a look at the absurdity of violence. ‐ The Simple Cinephile
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
2/5 13% Prey (2019) Despite the suspenseful premise, Prey turns in one of Blumhouse's weaker productions, which all comes down to unoriginality and an underdeveloped backstory.‐ Daily Dead
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
4/5 85% Sea Fever (2020) Neasa Hardiman's latest feature is a triumph in atmospheric horror. Sea Fever is a thrilling ride that excites and frightens. It's a slow burn, or more like a slow drowning, that's bound to make you seasick.‐ Flick Feast
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
3/5 100% Spiral (2019) Director Kurtis David Harder, producer of Harpoon and What Keeps You Alive, has crafted a film whose title, Spiral, is symbolic of the endless cycle of hate that plagues the world and America in particular.‐ Daily Dead
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
3.5/5 67% Almost Love (2020) Drowning in Robert Wise's Pinterest board of apartment aesthetics is a narrative of equal parts wit and sentiment - a touching, funny tale of modern love. ‐ Gay Essential
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2019
3/5 40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) It's the star power and performances by its cast that result in the film being a satisfactory fantasy dish.‐ Flick Feast
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
3.5/5 39% The Song of Names (2019) [François] Girard proves once again that he's a master of music. By weaving both original compositions and classic works flawlessly into the film, The Song of Names becomes a solemn reflection on war and a lost brotherhood.‐ Flick Feast
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
6/10 59% Frankie (2019) Frankie, while about a family, is also a portrait of a woman face to face with her own mortality, and how, no matter our stage of life, we desperately try to avoid the inevitable.‐ Exclaim!
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2019
8/10 86% Arab Blues (Un divan à Tunis) (2019) Arab Blues is an entertaining Tunisian culture clash comedy‐ Exclaim!
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2019
9/10 83% Official Secrets (2019) Hood succeeds in producing one of the best films of the year, a story of heroism by a woman who had nothing to gain, but everything to lose.‐ Exclaim!
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
3.5/5 69% Pelican Blood (Pelikanblut) (2019) If someone decided to make a documentary about those mothers who go on Dr. Phil to talk about how their young child is trying to stab them in their sleep, it would probably look something like Katrin Gebbe's Pelican Blood.‐ Daily Dead
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019