Diane Carson

Diane Carson
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: KDHX (St. Louis)

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) As with his earlier works... [director Joon-ho Bong] embeds a biting social critique in a dynamic narrative with unexpected risks and satisfying surprises. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) Director James Mangold's Ford v Ferrari roars loudly and thrillingly out of the gate. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
82% Cyrano, My Love (Edmond) (2019) The other actors, especially Thomas Solivérès as Edmond, Olivier Gourmet as Coquelin, and director Michalik himself as playwright Georges Feydeau, give fine performances, clearly totally committed to the style and approach. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
79% Jojo Rabbit (2019) JoJo's mother, a superb Scarlett Johansson, navigates a delicate balance. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
61% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) Motherless Brooklyn requires relaxing into this noir world and rewards those, include me, who are ready for the ride. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
92% The Lighthouse (2019) Shocking and a lot of fun. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2019
97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) As always with Almodóvar's films, the art direction vibrantly expresses the environment for each scene, with credit to Maria Clara Notari's expressive design. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
95% End of the Century (2019) Beautifully shot by cinematographer Bernat Mestres with a still camera and a leisurely pace. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
No Score Yet Making Coco: The Grant Fuhr Story (2018) Making Coco: The Grant Fuhr Story presents an entertaining, informative profile of an NHL superstar. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
83% Judy (2019) As Judy, Renée Zellweger expresses Garland's painful vulnerability and powerful desire to please along with the extraordinary talent to do so. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
76% Britt-Marie Was Here (2019) A great deal of the credit for the film's success goes to the wonderful Pernilla August as Britt-Marie, as unusual a protagonist as she is welcome. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
88% Aquarela (2019) Pays homage to the majesty and power of water, along with the danger and tragedies global warming has caused. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
88% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) Quick-witted and funny, Brittany is likable because she embodies so many insecurities everyone experiences. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
99% Honeyland (2019) More a rich metaphor than a full-bodied story, Honeyland hangs by a thread on Hatidze. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
98% Too Late to Die Young (Tarde para morir joven) (2019) We observe, invited to share if we can escape our conventional world for theirs. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
80% Suburban Birds (Jiao qu de niao) (2019) [An] impressive but elusive feature film debut. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
99% One Child Nation (2019) One Child Nation takes personal experiences and state policy on with courage. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
95% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) It is timeless and a triumph. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
43% After the Wedding (2019) After the Wedding sinks under its own artless design. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
91% Luce (2019) The drama works because of the convincing performances, even when some events feel false. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
93% Millennium Actress (Sennen joyû) (2001) Co-writer/director Satoshi Kon's 2002 Millennium Actress comes close to achieving the highest artistry while delivering a bittersweet, deeply moving narrative. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
91% Tel Aviv on Fire (2019) Salam had me rooting for him throughout. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
40% The Operative (2019) The Operative gets lost in its own machinations and clichés too much for me to highly recommend it. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Once Upon a Time . . . in Hollywood really is, with apologies to Faulkner, a lot of sound and fury, essentially signifying nothing. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2019
84% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) At best a cartoonish lampoon, it exaggerates its nerdish protagonist and lacks needed, nuanced development. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2019
98% Maiden (2019) Watching Maiden is a thrilling realization of just such impossible dreams achieved. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
59% Ophelia (2019) Ophelia tries too hard to maintain emotional distress and nonstop momentum. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
60% The Fall of the American Empire (La chute de l'empire américain) (2019) Even at a slightly too long two hours plus, the well-acted, unconventional (albeit flawed) escapade has more on its mind than most heist films. I do wish it had more effectively presented its arguments. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2019
93% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) Told with unique artistry and poignant compassion. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
97% Toy Story 4 (2019) Toy Story 4 is absolutely delightful for adults and children. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
88% Non-Fiction (Doubles vies) (2019) French filmmakers keep proving they have a knack for burrowing into personal and professional relationships, the latest exhibit being Non-Fiction. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
100% Black Mother (2019) The impression is of a dreamlike blend, some shots repeated, inspected at leisure with an implicit critique of colonial exploitation, contemporary sociopolitical circumstances, and gender inequality. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
100% The Russian Five (2019) For all of us who can never get enough hockey, count me in, 'The Russian Five' is an incredibly enjoyable film. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
90% The Souvenir (2019) Some stories are important to tell but boring in their unfolding. That's how I felt for the entirety of Joanna Hogg's The Souvenir. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
94% Shadow (2019) A mesmerizing film. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
71% All Is True (2019) For my money, there's no one who communicates Shakespeare's ideas and emotion as well as Branagh. All Is True is an aesthetic treasure. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
94% The Wild Pear Tree (Ahlat agaci) (2019) Beautifully composed, with music that adds ambience, and with acting so convincing it feels like a documentary, The Wild Pear Tree is a remarkable film. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
79% Photograph (2019) It takes aim at the heartstrings, and for those who can relax into a slowly paced, hour 45 minute character study, it succeeds. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
91% The Biggest Little Farm (2019) Overall, the story of Apricot Lane Farm should be both a warning and an invitation to those who want to "return to nature." - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
66% The White Crow (2019) David Hare's screenplay gives the dialogue a literate vitality, with convincing delivery of the drama depending on the superb Russian ballet dancer Oleg Ivenko as Nureyev. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
100% Knock Down the House (2019) [Director Rachel Lears] captures the energy, the intelligence, and the optimism that fuels our best representatives in her animated, well shot, and edited documentary. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
60% Sunset (Napszállta) (2019) [Irisz Leiter's] hypnotic, dream-like movement can cast a spell, as it did for me, though abandoning hope of any narrative drive or logic is required. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
84% The Brink (2019) Those who support and those who disagree with Bannon will learn a lot from The Brink as it reveals why and how this 64-year-old political operative works and what makes him tick. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
94% Barbara (2012) Nina Hoss as the title character Barbara gives a sterling, complex performance, convincingly combining wary guardedness with steely determination. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
43% The Chaperone (2019) As Louise, Haley Lu Richardson brings a welcome jolt of joie-de-vivre to her character, not an easy achievement given Brooks' fame. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
99% Ash Is Purest White (2019) Tao Zhao as Qiao delivers an equally superb, multifaceted performance, moving from ebullient dominance to mind-numbing depression. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
60% Saint Judy (2019) Director Sean Hanish and writer Dmitry Portnoy both have their values in the right place. What they lack is an elegant dramatization of their ideas without a didactic subtext. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
55% Yardie (2019) The pace editor Justine Wrights sets keeps the action clipping along, with some striking cross cutting. And yet, over all, Yardie feels for all the world like a familiar ride to nowhere new. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
96% Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) (2019) This is a unique, amazing, beautiful film. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
94% The Mustang (2019) Matthias Schoenaerts gives a convincing, frightening performance as a feral beast himself. Bruce Dern offers a complement as Myles, alternately cajoling and correcting inmates. - KDHX (St. Louis) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019