Eleanor Ringel Cater

Eleanor Ringel Cater
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T-Meter Title | Year
95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) The cast overall is fine, but you can't help but be drawn to Hanks. It's essentially a supporting role, but he does it with the same precision and emotional intelligence he brought to "Sully" or "Bridge of Spies." This is a deceptively major performance. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
97% The Irishman (2019) "The Irishman," which I'd hoped would be his piece de resistance, his final say on what he had to say about the gangster genre that, with few exceptions, he pretty much owns, didn't do it for me. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
79% Jojo Rabbit (2019) The picture doesn't feel like an absolute failure or even a cheat. It's more like a movie with too many ideas that hasn't quite figured out how to pull them all together. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
60% The Current War: Director's Cut (2019) 'The Current War: Director's Cut" is impressive in so many ways. Sadly, it's not the movie it could've been. But I've seen much worse. And so have you. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) Perhaps the greatest compliment one can pay "Parasite" is you're never sure what's going to happen next. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2019
69% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) There are some funny lines and a smattering of semi-clever plot twists. But mostly, the movie is stale and sloppy. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019
26% Gemini Man (2019) Overall, "Gemini Man" is oddly cold ad mechanical. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
83% Judy (2019) Overall, it's an unexpectedly safe film. Still, you should see it for no other reason than Zellweger's powerhouse performance. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
84% Ad Astra (2019) "Ad Astra" isn't superficial. Pitt won't allow it to be. And it's not a yawn. Sutherland, Jones and Negga won't allow it to be. But once you take a step back, you realize that, despite its impressive trappings, it just doesn't add up to very much. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
24% The Goldfinch (2019) No matter how many A-Listers director John Crowley ("Brooklyn") brings in, "The Goldfinch" remains inert and dull. One wonders if the material would've been better served as a limited mini-series. It certainly doesn't work as a two-and-a-half hour movie. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
100% Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles (2019) Max Lewkowicz's film, "Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles" demonstrates, with great affection and sometimes exhaustive detail, just how this tale of a poor milkman named Tevye and his relationship with God, became a world-wide hit. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
39% Don't Let Go (Relive) (2019) While it's easy to go along with the sometimes strained concept, there are also moments when you just throw up your hands and wish the movie truly knew what it was doing. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
89% Ready or Not (2019) The premise is utterly preposterous, but somehow filmmakers Tyler Gillett and Matt Bettinelli-Olpin manage to hold it together. And they've been blessed with a leading lady who knows how to wear a blood-smeared wedding gown with grace and style. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
49% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) By the end, we may not care where Bernadette has gone, but we know Blanchett has taken us for a hell of a ride. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
22% The Kitchen (2019) That's the essential problem with "The Kitchen." It's all over the place. Sometimes it's a black comedy, sometimes, it's a hard-edged gangster flick, sometimes it's a feminist tract. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2019
99% The Farewell (2019) Director Lulu Wang based "The Farewell" on her own history and at the very end, she gives us an unexpected and upbeat coda. And like everything else in this unexpected and appealing film, it works. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) "Once Upon a Time In Hollywood" is one of Tarantino's shaggy-dog wish-fulfillment tales. But it's a far kinder, gentler, more optimistic movie. And it's pretty terrific. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2019
98% Maiden (2019) While the women's feat is impressive, the documentary itself is a bit less so. It's the usual mix of archival footage and talking heads (Not that what they say isn't interesting). - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
83% Midsommar (2019) "Midsommar" is a deeply unsettling and, ultimately, truly terrifying piece. The pace is intentionally slow, which only helps the horror build. Plus, Aster isn't without a wicked sense of humor. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
60% The Fall of the American Empire (La chute de l'empire américain) (2019) "The Fall of the American Empire" does only one thing well: fall apart. Gracelessly. Stupidly. And without a shred of self-awareness. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
63% Yesterday (2019) Perhaps the most persuasive argument one can make for seeing "Yesterday" - aside from it being charmingly nostalgic, family-friendly and full of great music - is pretty simple: there's truly nothing else out there like it right now. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2019
56% The Dead Don't Die (2019) There's an excruciating emptiness here, as if Jarmusch is trying to reconfigure his tone and talent for, well, you know, the kids. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2019
80% Late Night (2019) If it had been released in, say, the late '80s/early '90s, "Late Night" might've had more heft. But while its social insights are certainly appreciated and occasionally sharp, mostly this is old news. "Broadcast News," released in 1987, had more bite. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
90% The Souvenir (2019) Their one-sided relationship is painful to watch - intentionally so. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
89% Rocketman (2019) At its sequined core, "Rocketman" seems little more than a jukebox musical (a la "Jersey Boys"), dropping by the movie theaters en-route to its true home on Broadway. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
71% All Is True (2019) (All is True) is like a grad-school thesis written by a gob-smacked drama student. You admire the kid's passion, but you're still embarrassed for him (or her). - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
27% The Aftermath (2019) Though it's decked out impeccably - Knightley, as ever, makes a fabulous clotheshorse - "The Aftermath" is all dressed up with no place to go. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
66% The White Crow (2019) "The White Crow" is one of those films that may not entirely work, but also one you'd rather have seen than not. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
51% Tolkien (2019) Pretty to look at and pretty predictable. But then, I'm not sure what anyone could do with a script as dutiful and dull as this... - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
30% Red Joan (2019) Red Joan is so creakily realized, it may as well have been made in the 1940s. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) Avengers: Endgame is, in every way, Loki deficient. Otherwise, it's a pretty darn good movie. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
44% The Chaperone (2019) The Chaperone truly is a bait-and-switch story. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
55% The Best of Enemies (2019) It's exactly what you expect without, well, being exactly what you expect. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
91% Gloria Bell (2019) If this had come out last year, Oscar winner Olivia Colman would've had a lot more to worry about than Glenn Close. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
93% Us (2019) An astounding double-whammy of a performance by Lupita Nyong'o. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
70% Isn't It Romantic (2019) It's like "The Matrix" for lonely women. And it's often very funny. The problem is...well, maybe it's just my problem. I've never found Wilson funny. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
78% Captain Marvel (2019) Jackson hasn't seemed this engaged in years and his repartee with Larson is delightful. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2019
60% Greta (2019) Alas, despite Huppert's wonderfully weird performance and director Neil Jordan's slick direction, "Greta" slides too easily from shock to schlock. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
78% Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben) (2019) A surprising misfire by Asghar Farhadi. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2019
78% Never Look Away (2019) If the emotional pay-off is slightly less than expected, it's more than out-balanced by the film's rich cornucopia of characters and events. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
92% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) Rarely has a heartfelt film seemed so chilly. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
93% Stan & Ollie (2019) It reminds us why so many loved them for so long in the first place. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) It can't touch "Moonlight." But in its quietly poetic way, it's a hugely courageous one. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
74% Destroyer (2018) It's one of those see-it-twice movies that's more satisfying the second time around. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
74% On the Basis of Sex (2019) On The Basis of Sex is well-acted and thoughtful. Dutiful, you might say. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Much like its title character, "Mary Queen of Scots" is full of noble intentions and grand gestures. And, alas, like her, it somehow loses its head along the way. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2019
66% Vice (2018) Scattershot and smug. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
61% Vox Lux (2018) Interesting idea, but nihilism has rarely been this boring. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
93% The Favourite (2018) You have to be some kind of an actor to steal a movie from both Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone. Well, Olivia Colman is some kind of an actor. - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
78% Green Book (2018) Initially, the film seems doomed to be an annoying Driving Miss Daisy spin on The Odd Couple. But the stars are far too good for that... - Saporta Report (Atlanta) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018