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Laura Clifford

Laura Clifford
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
B 78% Uncle Frank (2020) These two wildly different parts of the same film dovetail in an emotionally rewarding way, but that doesn't help the feeling that Ball should have chosen one avenue or the other. ‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2020
B- 72% The Croods: A New Age (2020) a sequel to the 2013 animation that could be seen as a metaphor for our current politically divided country along with its more obvious themes of togetherness vs. privacy, protective parents, bromance and girl power. ‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2020
B+ 98% Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) the late Chadwick Boseman gives us something we've never seen before, breaking our hearts all over again not only with Levee's character arc, but for what we have lost. Viola Davis, too, expands her repertoire as the bold, demanding diva...‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2020
A- 97% Zappa (2020) Winter throws sunlight on the seeds of one revolutionary individual. You don't have to know anything at all about Frank Zappa going in to find this work thoroughly engaging.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
C 86% Happiest Season (2020) Take "La Cage aux Folles"...and slap some tinsel on it and you've got "Happiest Season," minus most of the laughs... Thankfully, Stewart and 'Schitt's Creek's' Dan Levy...keep the holiday spirit alive with a welcome assist from Aubrey Plaza‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
A- 89% Mank (2020) David Fincher, a notorious perfectionist known for his grueling number of takes, has meticulously reconstructed Hollywood of the 1930's and 40's to deconstruct the rot behind a studio system feeding lies to the American public.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
A 100% Collective (Colectiv) (2020) This artfully unfolding documentary is part political thriller, part paean to investigative free press, the whole haunted by Tedy Ursuleanu...who has turned her severe burning and disfigurement into something like national conscience performance art‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2020
B 95% The Twentieth Century (2020) ...what happens in Winnipeg doesn't stay in Winnipeg, here depicted...as a red light district of fetishism where King indulges his used boot fetish by buying one of Ruby's to huff back at home as his oversized cactus ejaculates.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2020
B 96% Sound of Metal (2020) Ahmed doesn't engage in histrionics, instead giving a quiet, internal performance...The man we are left with (in a knockout of a final scene) is very changed from the one we first met. ‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2020
B+ 98% Wolfwalkers (2020) Moore's work is immediately identifiable...and this one is a beauty, its 17th century architecture comprised of geometric shapes, its forest magically rendered in swirling autumnal shades, its undulating wolf pack moving as one.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2020
B+ 68% Ammonite (2020) Winslet is extraordinary here, every year of unappreciated hard work writ across her expression, her mannish way of walking the gait of a laborer...Lee's fashioned a wonderful what-if examination of a little known historical figure‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2020
B- 83% Freaky (2020) Christopher Landon of the "Happy Death Day" series returns with a new gimmick up his sleeve and it's a corker of a concept, one which gives us something we didn't know we needed - Vince Vaughn getting his inner 17 year-old girl on.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2020
B- 45% Fatman (2020) There is a subgenre of Christmas movies that intersect with blackly comic horror...Nelms' film is so off kilter, it doesn't quite line up with those in either the horror or comedy departments, but should appeal to the same audience. ‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2020
B+ 90% The Climb (2020) "The Climb" is not only funny and insightful, but full of cinematic invention, its scenes transitioning on everything from singing gravediggers to pole dancing karaoke to a tracking shot of a dog that takes us from Thanksgiving to Christmas. ‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2020
C 25% Hillbilly Elegy (2020) The 2016 book which many turned to as an explanation for Trumpism has been turned into a contradictory and culturally bland adaptation by "The Shape of Water's" Vanessa Taylor. ‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2020
C+ 79% Let Him Go (2020) ...part old-fashioned Western, and, at its best, a slow burn senior relationship movie before it goes all "Devil's Rejects" in a Dakota motel room at the beginning of its third act, its new fangled violent extremes at odds with its classicism.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2020
B+ 95% The Life Ahead (2020) ...at 86 years of age, Loren returns in an Italian version of the role last played on screen by Simone Signoret in the 1977 French Oscar and Cesar winning "Madame Rosa" and does her son proud with a subtle and moving performance.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2020
B 90% The Dark and the Wicked (2020) I'd go so far as to say Bertino's is the better film [than "Relic"]...if it were not for his literal last second indulgence in a jump scare which undermines his theme of the bravery called upon by love.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2020
B+ 100% City Hall (2020) Wiseman has called his latest documentary 'anti-Trump,' because his subjects believe in democratic norms and indeed, it is a love letter to a functioning government of the people, for the people and by the people. ‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2020
B 92% Nomad: In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin (2020) : In following some of the strands of Chatwin's life, we actually learn just as much about Herzog. ‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
B+ 100% His House (2020) Pay attention to the film's opening minutes which both inform the couple's upcoming haunting and misinform us by leading us to make assumptions which will be shockingly upended.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
B+ 47% The Craft: Legacy (2020) Lister-Jones has developed a story outline which follows the themes of the first...and adds additional new layers of gender and sexual orientation fluidity and how those threaten the patriarchy.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2020
B No Score Yet Fishbowl (2018) imbued not only with the heightened drama of the teenaged girl's point of view of the aforementioned "Virgin Suicides," but the doomed romanticism of "Picnic at Hanging Rock" and the art house horror of "Take Shelter."‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2020
B 100% Beasts Clawing at Straws (2020) Yong-hoon keeps so many plates spinning in the air his pacing will leave you breathless... Best of all, the filmmaker knows just who to leave holding his bag.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
B+ 86% Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) ...while Mikael Pence is never reached, plenty of CPAC attendees barely glance at Cohen beneath his full KKK regalia and Rudy Giuliani, who thought he'd escaped being made a mockery of, is now being investigated for his (really disgusting) behavior...‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
B 62% American Dharma (2019) Morris's conversation with Bannon reveals a lot and is, in fact, a more illuminating look at the man than last year's "The Brink."‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
B 78% Radium Girls (2020) Quinn is riveting as the older, more well read sister Jo, a doomed romantic heroine of high order. It is horrific to watch her deteriorate before our eyes, the filmmakers utilizing just enough gore to emphasize radium's devastating consequences. ‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2020
B 85% White Noise (2020) When confronted with the horrors their words have incited, each waffles, walks back or folds, each and every one a coward of their convictions.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2020
B 40% Rebecca (2020) Everything about this production is dialed up a notch or two and jogged slightly sideways, at times bordering on camp. It is certainly an eye-opening new look at a story we may only think we remember.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2020
B- 96% Shithouse (2020) The film sometimes almost lapses into 'Sundance twee,' but Raiff comes across as so emotionally honest in his performance that as a filmmaker he manages to stay grounded.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2020
B+ 100% White Riot (2019) The resulting film, with its spritely pace, joyous spirit, fanzine aesthetic and punk rock soundtrack, is a hopeful testament to what can be achieved by ordinary citizenry.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2020
B- 83% Martin Eden (2020) What keeps us engaged is Marinelli's commitment, the film's old world romance as conveyed by cinematographers Alessandro Abate and Francesco Di Giacomo and the period trappings of an unspecified era as realized by a bygone one.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2020
C+ 79% Over the Moon (2020) While there are valuable lessons for children to be found in a movie they will surely enjoy, the film is a Frankenstein assemblage from other sources.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
C+ 89% The Wolf of Snow Hollow (2020) Features a seemingly effortless, laugh out loud performance by the late Robert Forster...but Cummings' psychological character study of 'the beast within' in parallel with a serial killing thriller never really meshes.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
B- 45% A Rainy Day in New York (2020) As the Tucson native swept behind the red velvet ropes of New York's movie biz, Elle Fanning is simply a delight, Woody having procured another note perfect female comedic performance.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2020
B 99% Time (2020) Even though we are sometimes left wondering, "Time" does convey an entire generation lived with an absent father in a compact running time.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2020
B+ 95% Dinner in America (2020) What begins as an unpleasant satire of American life turns into a sweet romance without ever sacrificing its punk aesthetic.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2020
B- 88% Save Yourselves! (2020) Mani and Reynolds wield witty dialogue (the line 'The poof is in the cabin' may be my favorite of 2020) with crack comedic timing, making "Save Yourselves!" a delightfully goofball entertainment.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2020
B 94% Possessor: Uncut (2020) Brandon Cronenberg continues to delve into body tourism, this time through the eyes of professional assassin Tasya Vos, a woman who has perhaps put her own personality on ice one time too many.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2020
B 86% On The Rocks (2020) ...a father daughter caper movie that plays like Kay Thompson's Eloise crossed with "Manhattan Murder Mystery..." features the Bill Murrayist of Bill Murray roles ‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2020
B No Score Yet Seniors: A Dogumentary (2020) ... a big-hearted pitch on the benefits of adopting older dogs... the subject matter - and the subjects themselves - are all undeniably tail wag worthy.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2020
A- 90% The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) This momentous cultural event from the end of the turbulent 60's is apt to floor those unfamiliar with the case given the uncanny similarities with events today... The film features a dynamic, sprawling ensemble, one of the best of the year. ‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2020
C 69% The Glorias (2020) What can one say about a Gloria Steinem biopic in which she tap dances in a Black barbershop as a child or meets a cutesy couple of Harley enthusiasts in a diner who gush in admiration of her feminism? Corny, say I. ‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2020
B+ 89% Kajillionaire (2020) Watch as [Evan Rachel Wood] walks behind Jenkins and Winger like an Emirati wife, head down but fingers flying towards any pay phone coin return that crosses her path, her entire body language like a magician's misdirection.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2020
B 100% Oliver Sacks: His Own Life (2020) ...we also get a sense of the man largely through his sense of humor. Sacks confides that his love of the periodic table is so great, its featured on everything from his bedspread to his socks. Then there's that great anecdote about Jello...‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2020
B- 28% Antebellum (2020) While everything comes together in the film's third act, this is the type of film that suffers upon reflection. Still its depiction of slavery presents real, vivid horror and its relevance in today's troubling times is undeniable‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
B 87% The Nest (2020) Nine longs years after his 2011 debut "Martha Marcy May Marlene" writer/director Sean Durkin returns with another unsettling film whose surface belies what lies beneath.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
B- 63% The Secrets We Keep (2020) a thriller that keeps us guessing about Maja's state of mind as well as the concept of vigilantism. While the film's trailer emphasizes the more lurid aspects of the film (kidnapping, torture, war crimes), Adler's execution is far more thoughtful‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2020
B- 64% The Devil All the Time (2020) : ...such an over the top piece of southern fried Gothic it is difficult to tell whether [Campos] intended his faithful retelling as drama or black comedy...a problem of tone and perhaps overreach that Campos never gets his arms around‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2020
C+ 78% The Broken Hearts Gallery (2020) It has some cute ideas, including its conceptual hook, but for the most part it is another formulaic outing with problematic performances from both of its leads. Thankfully supporting players help buoy the material with snappy, flavorful work.‐ Reeling Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2020