Alexa Dalby

Alexa Dalby
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Dog and Wolf

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
5/5 100% For Sama (2019) Don't miss this moving, award-winning documentary, either in the cinema or on television. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
4/5 95% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) Pain and Glory is a compelling film which makes us sympathise with a complex, sensitive human being, his loves, friendships and regrets. He is someone who missed so much of life, yet created so much. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
2/5 42% Opus Zero (2017) Willem Dafoe does his best to make sense of an incoherent, pretentious film. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
4/5 79% Photograph (2019) Photograph is a kind, gentle, slowly unfolding possibility of love. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
4/5 63% Yesterday (2019) Though the film is a predictable, though undeniably very enjoyable, one-trick pony, it has lots of nice little touches and is genuinely great, feel-good entertainment. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
3/5 47% Tell It to the Bees (2019) It's an unsatisfactory film, a strange mixture of pedestrian scene-setting, an uncertain tone and an overarching and overused metaphor of the bees, which at one point takes off into magic realism. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
5/5 98% Varda by Agnès (2019) Unmissable. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
4/5 80% Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) Their story is compellingly told. Cohen's life is well-known but now at last, through Broomfield's wonderful film, Marianne too gets the recognition she so richly deserves. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
2/5 31% Summer in February (2014) The film is clearly a labour of love, but it never really transcends its safe Sunday telly atmosphere and sadly it feels like a missed opportunity. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2019
4/5 72% Renoir (2013) As a slice of life of the great artist over the course of a year or so of his great old age, Renoir, the film, is structured like a series of beautiful, softly lit tableaux of his paintings. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2019
3/5 41% Vita & Virginia (2019) Vita and Victoria could have been a wonderful addition to feminist literary film. But it's just so disappointing. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2019
4/5 91% Support the Girls (2018) Though the filmmaker (Andrew Bujalski, Funny Ha Ha, Computer Chess) is gloriously on their side, society certainly doesn't seem to be. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2019
4/5 96% In Fabric (2019) If you loved Strickland's two earlier films Berberian Sound Studio and The Duke of Burgundy, you'll like In Fabric too, but perhaps not so much. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2019
5/5 93% Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story By Martin Scorsese (2019) Dylan remains typically enigmatic throughout, but the film is always fascinating on many levels. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
4/5 91% A Season in France (Une Saison en France) (2017) A Season in France compassionately presents two of the tragic human stories at the heart of the migration crisis in Europe, giving them a face and an identity in a kind of Ken Loach way. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
3/5 57% Amin (2018) Amin is a quiet but inconclusive glimpse into a contemporary situation that increasingly defines the European/African experience. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
3/5 91% Gloria Bell (2019) Sadly, Gloria Bell and Julianne Moore's persona, did not work their uplifting magic on me. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
4/5 87% Sometimes Always Never (Triple Word Score) (2019) It's universally well acted and it's directed with an inventive, original visual style that matches the audacity of basing a film on Scrabble, by TV director Carl Hunter. The end result is unusual, intriguing and endearing. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Dead Fred (2019) All told, Dead Fred is a bright, professional film production, well acted, with clear, straightforward direction by Deanna Dewey. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
4/5 97% Dirty God (2019) Dirty God is an intimate, moving human story that is genuinely inspiring - and must never happen to anyone again. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
4/5 99% Wadjda (2013) Wadjda isn't angry or sentimental. Rather it ends up being a heart-warming and positive story with some laughs and tears along the way. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
3/5 59% The Bling Ring (2013) It's a fun film and Coppola leaves the inexplicable up to us to ponder. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
3/5 74% Kelly + Victor (2012) Well-acted and creatively directed, Kelly + Victor is... what happens when two worlds collide. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
3/5 78% Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013) His film has a poetic feel, it's a fully realised imaginary world, but it is a fictional world that we know mainly from other films. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
3/5 64% La religieuse (The Nun) (2013) If only the whole film had maintained this pared-down dramatic aesthetic. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
3/5 65% Filth (2014) It's a transgressive, transcendent jumble that takes you on an extraordinary journey at a breakneck pace, though it's one that may leave audiences divided. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
5/5 91% Nebraska (2013) Nebraska is a bleak view of contemporary America but also a loving one. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
4/5 92% Child's Pose (2014) It's an acting tour de force and she (Gheorghiu) carries the film in a terrifying portrayal of both obsessive mother-love and also the symbolic privilege of her position - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
4/5 94% All Is Lost (2013) Hollywood legend Redford holds our attention singlehandedly and though it is only him and the sea, the suspense never flags. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
4/5 60% Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013) Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom is a carefully made, respectful, chronological account of what made Mandela who he was and the price he had to pay. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
4/5 67% The Railway Man (2014) It's a very British film which, behind its initially stiff upper lip, connects with deep emotions that make it a quietly moving story of forgiveness and redemption. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
5/5 95% 12 Years a Slave (2013) 12 Years A Slave is such a powerful film that it leaves you overwhelmed by the horror of its truth. It's a faithful adaptation of the real-life memoir of Solomon Northup. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
3/5 68% The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (2015) Perhaps it was the disarming, cumulative effect of a combination of deadpan black comedy, witty dialogue and one ridiculous slapstick event after another. Go with it. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
3/5 70% The Keeper of Lost Causes (Kvinden i buret) (2016) The Keeper of Lost Causes is genuinely gripping, even though the direction is fairly standard and the main plot elements are predictable. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
4/5 76% Welcome To New York (2015) It's a harshly colored film, an unambiguous statement of disgust, an experiment in how far one can go in vilifying a thinly veiled real person. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
4/5 93% Le passé (The Past) (2013) A slow-burning, thought-provoking ending to an absorbing film. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
3/5 69% Visitors (2014) Ultimately, despite its technical accomplishments, it does not seem to reach the same heights as Reggio's earlier work. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
3/5 51% Half of a Yellow Sun (2014) Overall, it's a fascinating slice of modern history that may be unfamiliar to some, which can also give us an insight into the making of contemporary Nigeria. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
4/5 96% The Lunchbox (2014) The Lunchbox has a wonderful sense of place and real life going on - the city, the trains, the tedious offices, the suburban flat. It's full of humor and humanity. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
3/5 96% We Are the Best! (2014) We Are the Best is a warm-hearted crowd and critics pleaser about coming of age, and female friendship that passes the Bechdel Test. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
2/5 25% The Informant (Gibraltar) (2014) Whilst as a thriller it has its moments of tension and toughness, The Informant is ploddingly and confusingly. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
3/5 96% Blue Ruin (2014) Despite a plot hole in the otherwise well-plotted and enticing thriller, it's an ace calling card for its director and lead actor. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
4/5 92% Frank (2014) Michael Fassbender as Frank is extraordinary. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
4/5 80% The Two Faces of January (2014) It's a bumpy ride - however, screenwriter Hossein Amini's directing debut is assured and smooth, and the result is classy, compelling, intelligent film noir with a contemporary feel that keeps us guessing to the end. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
4/5 59% Heli (2014) All the parts are played by non-professional actors, except for Ramon Alvarez, and Escalante gets powerful performances from them. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
4/5 94% Fruitvale Station (2013) It's a film that shines with passion and truth, and which you can't help feeling ought to be compulsory viewing. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
3/5 88% Cheap Thrills (2014) It's good cheap quickfire shock-horror genre thrills, appropriately well directed and well scripted, a potential cult classic, with some blacker than black humour thrown in. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
4/5 81% Miss Violence (2013) Though beautifully shot, and with great artistic merit, Miss Violence is also an unremittingly harsh, disturbing movie to watch, and it leaves its taint behind in the memory. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
3/5 76% The Young And Prodigious T.S. Spivet (2015) It's an enchanting, imaginative film that is at times pure enjoyment, one you can watch with childlike, eye-popping wonder. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
4/5 97% Two Days, One Night (2014) [It] is a beautifully acted, compelling parable about the viciousness of capitalism, the invidious decisions it forces on ordinary people and the self-interest it engenders. - Dog and Wolf EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019