Al Alexander

Al Alexander
Al Alexander's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): The Patriot Ledger
Publications: The Patriot Ledger

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
B+ 97% Knives Out (2019) Throat-slashing, backstabbing and all kinds of pointed jabs are thrust to the hilt in "Knives Out," but it's the whodunit's lacerating comedy that slices to the bone. Bloody good, I'd say. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2019
B+ 100% Mickey and the Bear (2019) The final scene is one of righteously claimed female empowerment, but it's also one we've seen many times before. It's a bit of a copout ... but you go with it because Attanasio has more than earned your investment. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2019
A 97% Marriage Story (2019) Baumbach is speaking from experience, and it's that underlying truthiness that enables "Marriage Story" to pack a wallop. So, no pulling punches, no hiding insecurities -- or affairs. Baumbach, through Driver, puts himself out there, foibles and all. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2019
B+ 93% Honey Boy (2019) LeBeouf is the patient, the film is his couch and we are his shrinks, absorbing what's pouring from his tattered heart, trying to make sense of it and how so many traumas have informed the man -- and the actor -- he's become. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2019
B+ 78% Scandalous: The Untold Story of the National Enquirer (2019) The Enquirer, Trump? It's impossible to separate the two. They are symbiotic, attached at the hip, as Landsman sets out to prove. And his evidence is pretty convincing. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2019
A 96% The Irishman (2019) Yes, it's huge, sprawling and sometimes sloppy, but "The Irishman" is a treasure to be cherished. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2019
C- 43% Midway (2019) More Atari than kamikaze, "Midway" looks all the world like a relic of a video game best left accumulating dust on a shelf. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2019
B+ 95% By the Grace of God (Grâce à Dieu) (2019) Ozon's film is very much like "Spotlight"; what's different is his willingness to dig deep into the never-ending traumas these childhood rapes have visited upon the victims. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2019
B- 60% The Current War: Director's Cut (2019) Fortunately, I didn't see the original cut, so I can't judge how much of an improvement has been made, but I can attest that what's here isn't all that bad. In fact, I'd say it's almost a "cut" above average. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2019
A- 92% Jim Allison: Breakthrough (2019) The Nobel speaks for Allison's extraordinary success. The movie speaks for the extraordinary man behind it. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2019
B+ 97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) It's not an exaggeration to say it's the finest work of Murphy's career, and a lot of that, I think, is because Brewer has presented the Golden Child with a golden opportunity to return to his raunchy origins. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2019
A 97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) "Pain & Glory" is so awash in magnificence it's hard to decide who to praise more: its filmmaker, Pedro Almódovar; or its mesmerizing star, Antonio Banderas. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2019
B+ 96% First Love (Hatsukoi) (2019) Yes, it's zany and overstuffed, so much so, you never know what trick Miike will resort to next. Yet he never fails to pleasantly surprise along a corpse-strewn path toward a marvelously happy ending. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2019
B+ 86% Where's My Roy Cohn? (2019) An absorbing documentary tracing the direct line from the architect of McCarthyism to Vladimir Putin's Charlie McCarthy. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2019
B- 83% Judy (2019) You want to be stirred, but neither the movie nor Zellweger's otherwise all-in performance will allow it. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2019
C 86% Ms. Purple (2019) Mercifully, it only wastes a mere 85 minutes of your life, but that's 85 minutes you could have spent doing more interesting things like copying recipes or paying bills. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2019
B+ 94% Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins (2019) As much of a card as Ivins was, Engel's film hints at the darkness beneath the clown's jovial exterior, most notably her struggle with alcohol. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2019
A- 88% Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019) Amid a parade of music documentaries, "Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice" just might be the sweetest, most wrenching of the bunch. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2019
A- 97% Tigers Are Not Afraid (Vuelven) (2019) Lopez deftly mixes realism and fantasy to create a story of horror that shocks as indelibly as it inspires. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2019
B- 83% Official Secrets (2019) Overwrought, overacted and utterly devoid of subtlety, Gavin Hood's account of Britain's version of Daniel Ellsberg is at once anger-inducing and somnambulant. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
C 88% Aquarela (2019) For a movie about global warming, "Aquarela" leaves you awfully cold. Not just because of the mountains of glaciers captured deconstructing, but because director Victor Kossakovsky's approach is so chillingly distant and aloof. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
A- 89% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) An existential crisis would seem an odd thing to dump on one of Hollywood's funniest women, but Bell accepts the challenge and literally runs with it. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
A- 96% Love, Antosha (2019) Normally, I don't go in for hagiographies, but the effusive "Love, Antosha" is a rare exception, probably because a shooting star like the late actor Anton Yelchin actually deserves such glowing praise. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2019
B 95% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) Endlessly charming thanks to the terrific chemistry between LaBeouf and Gottsagen, a bonafide find by the writing-directing team of Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2019
B+ 91% Tel Aviv on Fire (2019) If Jared Kushner wants to achieve his assigned goal of bringing peace to the Middle East, he could learn a lot from "Tel Aviv on Fire." So could you. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2019
A 98% One Child Nation (2019) The level of depravity Wang reveals in China's ruthless attempts at population control is as barbaric as it is gruesome in revealing a government program placing zero value on human life. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2019
B- 60% Brian Banks (2019) A well-made, anger-inducing lambasting of a corrupt legal system that's more about scoring convictions than seeking the truth, particularly when the accused is a young black male. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2019
A- 90% Luce (2019) Onah and Lee may well be biting off way too many social problems; certainly far too many for one two-hour movie. But these are issues, especially black identity in the age of Trump, that deserve our attention. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2019
A- 92% David Crosby: Remember My Name (2019) Crosby is a raconteur of the finest order. He opens up and Eaton wisely lets him sing. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2019
A- 94% Mike Wallace Is Here (2019) The one constant is a powerful, charismatic guy who forever changed the way we watch the news; and how he unwittingly lent a hand in diminishing something near and dear to every journalist: Your trust. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2019
C 69% Three Peaks (2019) It's said that good things come in threes, a theory German filmmaker Jan Zabiel unwittingly disproves in "Three Peaks," his thin-aired family drama in which three quickly becomes tri-ing -- or, tiring, if you wish to flip those six letters around. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2019
B+ 94% Sea of Shadows (2019) Like all the best documentaries, "Sea of Shadows" makes us fume with anger. But what are we going to do about it? Ladkani defiantly leaves the next move up to us. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2019
B+ 93% Sword of Trust (2019) It's deep, but it's also funny, enlightening and giddy, as we laugh while fighting an unignorable urge to cry. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2019
A- 84% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) You either go with the rampant eclectics or you walk. Me, I ate up every word of an economically written screenplay that verbally lacerates current American culture, especially its insane love for guns. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2019
B+ 79% Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) What emerges is an intensely personal film from the cynic who brought us "Kurt & Courtney" and "Biggie and Tupac." It's also Bloomfield's most emotional work. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2019
B+ 97% The Reports on Sarah and Saleem (2019) By the end, you're breathless and spent, but newly attune to the depth of divisions in a biblical city that is anything but holy. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2019
A- 93% Wild Rose (2019) Buckley brings to the fore the plight of many invisible, impoverished women overwhelmed by the seemingly constant clash of single-motherhood and a longing to be true to yourself. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2019
A- 98% Maiden (2019) The true joy of this story is in listening to the women looking back fondly from the present at the greatest adventure of their lives. Often, they choke up; and so do you. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2019
C 74% The Spy Behind Home Plate (2019) Kempner and his gaggle of commentators consisting of Berg's relatives, teammates and admirers keep telling us how great Moe was, but there's nothing to support it beyond the guy being versatile and brilliant. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2019
B- 92% Echo In the Canyon (2019) The tunes are great, the stories are great, but Jakob Dylan keeps getting in the way, stealing the spotlight to the point of frustration. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2019
B 67% The Quiet One (2019) While watching "The Quiet One," you get the feeling Wyman has seen it all from the perspective of both a participant and an observer. And he has the photos and home movies to prove it. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2019
B- 60% The Fall of the American Empire (La chute de l'empire américain) (2019) The roteness is often cringe-worthy and tone shifts jarring. But darned if I wasn't wrapped up in the altruism Arcand is selling in taking broad swipes at Trump, Trudeau and the loathsome one-percenters who worship at the altar of illegal tax shelters. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2019
C 85% Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation (2019) Coming as it does so close on the heels of Netflix's awesome "Fyre" doc, this chronicle of a music festival boondoggle ain't so groovy, man. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2019
A- 93% Long Day's Journey Into Night (Di qiu zui hou de ye wan) (2019) A fascinating journey into the subconscious, where our broken dreams restlessly lurk on the periphery of reality. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2019
B+ 75% Halston (2019) It's an ideal epithet for an icon sure to be remembered as one of history's most devout men of the cloth. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2019
B- 43% The Tomorrow Man (2019) "The Tomorrow Man" will either leave you giddy with its unmitigated devotion to quirk, or have your eyeballs on a continuous roll in reaction to a seemingly endless string of ridiculous contrivances. Oh, and did I mention there are nuclear bombs? - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2019
B 90% Meeting Gorbachev (2019) "Meeting Gorbachev" fills you with a renewed appreciation for what the man did to advance world peace, even if it also fortifies the notion that no good deed goes unpunished. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2019
B 71% All Is True (2019) Instead of dramatizing another of the Bard's masterworks, Branagh this time takes a different tack by stepping into his hero's pantofles to portray history's finest writer caught at a final-curtain crossroads. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2019
B- 61% Trial by Fire (2019) You can't help wishing Zwick's lockstep depiction of capital punishment felt a lot less like a death sentence. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2019
C 66% The White Crow (2019) What should have been thrilling is rendered clumsily flat-footed by a filmmaker flailing to make sense of a tortured screenplay from playwright David Hare that's felled by an inability to stay on pointe. - The Patriot Ledger EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2019