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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
70% The Last Vermeer (2020) [Claes] Bang and a realistic supporting cast are very good, but it's Guy Pearce as van Meegeren that you really want to see. ‐ Niagara Gazette
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2020
95% The Life Ahead (2020) Rosa has her methods and her mannerisms. Momo has the things he prefers to do. She shares the stories of her heartbreaking life and tells him about the promise all humans are allowed‐ Niagara Gazette
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2020
95% The Birds (1963) Suzanne Pleshette, as forlorn school teacher Annie Hayworth, shines. Jessica Tandy is perfect as Mitch's brittle, suspicious mother. ‐ Niagara Gazette
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2020
94% Rope (1948) "Rope" is a wonderful exercise in technique and the party guest characters are performed deliciously. Pay attention to the spectacular panorama of Manhattan's gleaming skyline.‐ Niagara Gazette
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2020
96% Psycho (1960) For a report on what audiences experienced while watching "Psycho" when it was first released, listen to my own mother. My mom, Geraldine Calleri enjoyed seeing Hitchcock's films. You couldn't have found a more appreciative audience.‐ Niagara Gazette
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2020
85% Us Kids (2020) Snyder shows the students turning the horrific event into a call for voter activism. Every single day of their post-Feb. 14 lives was a day the students had to re-visit the past, and then move forward. ‐ Niagara Gazette
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2020
86% On The Rocks (2020) Coppola, who is extraordinarily capable of placing attention-getting storyline accents that will expand and contract as needed, keeps us interested because she turns her film into a clever adventure in suspicion.‐ Niagara Gazette
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2020
97% David Byrne's American Utopia (2020) [Byrne] understands ritual and routine, and enjoyed these aspects of living, but he also talks about too much sameness and the isolation of so many lives crying out for, and in need of, new energy and vision.‐ Niagara Gazette
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2020
90% The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) Director-writer Aaron Sorkin's wickedly Marxian (as in Groucho, Harpo, and Chico) "The Trial Of The Chicago 7" has a bit of the prankster in it.‐ Niagara Gazette
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2020
82% The Boys in the Band (2020) The vibrant, good-looking film jolts and surprises in many ways.‐ Niagara Gazette
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2020
69% The Glorias (2020) Steinem's biography, "My Life on the Road," has been turned into a time-hopping film that glows like a pop art daydream.‐ Niagara Gazette
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2020
100% The Gunfighter (1950) "The Gunfighter" is an early example of a new style of dark, nihilistic westerns, which examined the deeper mythology of the outlaw. The infamous Ringo returns to his hometown to reclaim a sense of morality and calm. ‐ Niagara Gazette
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
100% Stuntwomen: The Untold Hollywood Story (2020) There are enough highlights to make Wright's documentary worthwhile. I think it may serve as an inspiration for girls to learn stunt work.‐ Niagara Gazette
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
76% 12 Hour Shift (2020) Keep the kids out of the room when you watch the film. It may be wickedly funny, but there's also a monumental amount of madness, which equals mayhem. ‐ Niagara Gazette
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
60% A Chef's Voyage (2020) The message in the movie is this: Let your children cook. There is great joy, and there's a grand feeling of accomplishment, in the process. You see this in the eyes of Manresa's extraordinary cooking talent.‐ Niagara Gazette
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2020
94% Alone (2020) [Alone] becomes something better than merely being a "woman on the run picture." It turns into a terrific study of survival.‐ Niagara Gazette
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2020
67% The Burnt Orange Heresy (2020) Mick Jagger plays manipulative art dealer Joseph Cassidy, a man of wealth and fame, in "The Burnt Orange Heresy," an elegant thriller that carefully builds to a rather surprising conclusion.‐ Niagara Gazette
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2020
74% Mulan (2020) I think I know why Disney decided to stream the movie rather than wait for theaters to open across the country. There had to have been a recognition that for all its $200,000,000 budget and promotional possibilities, this "Mulan" is remarkably ordinary. ‐ Niagara Gazette
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
92% Desert One (2020) The movie is riveting because there is a legitimately great director behind the camera. Putting the pieces of the historical puzzle together is documentarian Barbara Kopple, who's a living legend in the field.‐ Niagara Gazette
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2020
No Score Yet Enter the Forbidden City (Jin Jing Cheng) (2018) The sweep of the movie and its epic production values, with its breathtaking cinematography and gorgeous costuming, are astonishing.‐ Niagara Gazette
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2020
60% Tesla (2020) "Tesla" is one of the quirkiest movies I've seen. Ethan Hawke is absolutely wonderful as a Nikola who believes in sharing.‐ Niagara Gazette
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2020
47% Unhinged (2020) What follows is an extended road rage movie that never quite finds its reason for being. "Unhinged" is overwhelmingly cruel for the sake of cruelty. ‐ Niagara Gazette
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2020
49% Made in Italy (2020) Made In Italy is the feature directing debut of actor James D'Arcy, who also wrote the screenplay. In choosing to frame the story around the relationship between father and son, he takes the so-called "Tuscan villa" movie to a welcome new level.‐ Niagara Gazette
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2020
100% You Never Had It: An Evening With Bukowski (2020) "You Never Had It" is an evening well-spent for fans of the iconoclastic novelist, poet, and essayist Charles Bukowski.‐ Niagara Gazette
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2020
95% Marley (2012) When "Marley" was originally released, the rare concert footage and previously unheard music tracks were an exuberantly received revelation.‐ Niagara Gazette
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2020
98% The Fight (2020) This is a movie for everyone who believes in the law, who appreciates the complex American legal system, and who relishes judicial combat.‐ Niagara Gazette
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2020
81% The Painted Bird (2020) The movie version of "The Painted Bird" is a journey through a shock corridor the likes of which has rarely been seen in a film.‐ Niagara Gazette
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2020
76% The Rental (2020) The setting for the relaxing weekend is magical, but there has to be a fly in the ointment. That fly exists in the guise of the caretaker of the property. ‐ Niagara Gazette
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2020
69% Amulet (2020) [Romola] Garai's greatest success regarding "Amulet," which she wrote, is to take some traditional horror tropes (literary and cinematic) and play with them, thus toying with the audience's expectations. The screenplay is carefully constructed. ‐ Niagara Gazette
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2020
53% Waiting for the Barbarians (2020) The beautifully photographed movie - double Academy Award-winner Chris Menges is the cinematographer - has a tight screenplay by [J. M.] Coetzee himself and is well-directed by Ciro Guerra. It's superbly acted.‐ Niagara Gazette
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2020
92% The Outpost (2020) The film is so well-constructed that you can't help but be swept up by the fierce action.‐ Niagara Gazette
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2020
74% The King of Staten Island (2020) The film doesn't reveal to us why Davidson wanted his seriously conflicted life to be fodder for laughter - truth be told, there isn't much of that. ‐ Niagara Gazette
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2020
8% Artemis Fowl (2020) "Artemis Fowl" has acceptable visual appeal, but regarding its story, pacing, and sense of adventure, it falters.‐ Niagara Gazette
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2020
78% Tommaso (2020) This is a movie about one man's shattering anxieties. The good news is that to play Tommaso, Ferrara has cast one of my favorite actors, Willem Dafoe, who is, in a word, brilliant.‐ Niagara Gazette
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2020
88% What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael (2019) "What She Said" is a scintillating visual class in cinema studies.‐ Niagara Gazette
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2020
No Score Yet Land of Little Rivers (2019) Fly fishing also has secrets. And long-time friendships. The camaraderie is astonishing. The bonds seem unbreakable. To a person, these are true conservationists. They want their cold waters clean and filled with trout.‐ Niagara Gazette
Read More | Posted May 24, 2020
44% Robert the Bruce (2019) In "Robert The Bruce," which is directed by Richard Gray and written by Eric Belgau and Angus Macfadyen, the story being told is less about myth and more about reality. ‐ Niagara Gazette
Read More | Posted May 19, 2020
71% Our Mothers (Nuestras Madres) (2019) Ernesto's journey in this well-made, dramatic, and uncompromising movie reveals facts he believes all Guatemalans need to know. [Director Cesar] Diaz's story is personal and drawn from what happened to his own family.‐ Niagara Gazette
Read More | Posted May 6, 2020
74% The Wretched (2020) The strong screenplay is rich in character development. The audience is following Ben, the fellow holding their flashlight, and because he's relatable, the movie is given an extra layer of believability. "Peter" isn't crying wolf here.‐ Niagara Gazette
Read More | Posted May 6, 2020
79% True History of the Kelly Gang (2020) [George] MacKay's manically vibrant performance is startling at times. Kelly's gang is pursued by a relentless constable (a superb and borderline deranged Nicholas Hoult) who is up to the challenge of matching Kelly cruelty for cruelty.‐ Niagara Gazette
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2020
96% Beyond the Visible - Hilma af Klint (2020) Astonishing shapes draw your attention as you look at the paintings of Hilma af Klint, the Swedish artist who rejected her beginnings in the school of naturalism and invented - yes, you read that correctly - invented abstract art. ‐ Niagara Gazette
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2020
75% The Other Lamb (2020) The females are all under the control of a mesmerizing, highly sexualized, and youngish father figure who calls himself The Shepherd. He's both spiritual leader and solo decision maker. His numerous off-spring include the youngest members of his enclave. ‐ Niagara Gazette
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2020
56% Resistance (2020) "Resistance" is a gripping thriller with a very unique main character at its core. Jesse Eisenberg, a watchable actor who shines at performing a quiet nervousness, is excellent as Marcel. ‐ Niagara Gazette
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2020
38% Wendy (2020) Is this all a dream? Or is it merely the imaginative manifestation of the nighttime story the mom has been telling her children? We are in the land of magical realism. We are compelled to follow the adventure, but things begin to fragment.‐ Niagara Gazette
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2020
88% Onward (2020) Ian and Barley then do what alluring adventurers must do best. They go on an extended quest. We're watching an appreciation of magic and magical spells, as well as a road movie.‐ Niagara Gazette
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2020
35% Seberg (2020) There is literally no sense of who Jean Seberg was. No understanding of her vitality and importance. Her passion for acting is given lean brushstrokes.‐ Niagara Gazette
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
92% The Assistant (2020) From the lowest worker bee to production executives, there is a sliver of fear emanating from all of them. They don't quite cower, but they do shiver. This is a film about a culture of dread.‐ Niagara Gazette
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2020
78% Buffaloed (2020) I've seen movies set on Mars that are more in touch with their location than "Buffaloed."‐ Niagara Gazette
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
75% The Gentlemen (2020) This brings me to the scalawag in the syrup ( ... ) Fletcher, a curious sort with a gleam in his eye, who pops about taking photographs of everybody we're watching. [Fletcher] is acted by a terrific Hugh Grant.‐ Niagara Gazette
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
40% The Song of Names (2019) Drama isn't supposed to be comfortable. Comedy is comfort food. Drama is for adults who can handle a few roadblocks.‐ Niagara Gazette
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020