Laura Clifford

Laura Clifford
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Reeling: The Movie Review Show has been produced by Robin and Laura Clifford at the Malden, Massachusetts cable access television station, MATV, since March 16,1991. Reeling is also cablecast on these cable access stations in Massachusetts: Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Somerville, Medford, Wakefield, Belmont, Waltham, Salem and Lowell with more on the way. Robin and Laura have attended film courses at Emerson College and workshops in 16 mm film production at the Boston Film and Video Foundation.
Favorites:
Red Sid and Nancy Aguirre, the Wrath of God The Decalogue The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Being There The Wizard of Oz
Location: Boston, MA
Official Websites: reelingreviews.com

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
C+ 81% Ad Astra (2019) ...Gray has gone with the slowly paced, visual razzle dazzle of a "2001." Unfortunately, the 124 minute film...tells a story which could be conveyed with one sentence. Some may rhapsodize, others will be bored to tears. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
B- 80% Downton Abbey (2019) an enjoyable reunion with a beloved television series for those who followed it faithfully, but it fails to convince a big screen upgrade was necessary. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
B+ 100% Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles (Buñuel en el laberinto de las tortugas) (2019) It reveals a Buñuel consumed with jealousy of Dali, insistent that he is the preeminent Spanish surrealist, as well as obsessed with death, morbidly so when it comes to the animals of the mountainous northern territory. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
B 88% Get Out Your Handkerchiefs (Préparez vos mouchoirs) (1978) Blier's writing is sharp, his use of space mined for its comedic potential, his casting meticulous, especially in his return pairing of Depardieu and Dewaere whose bromance here is the film's highlight. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
B- 89% Villains (2019) amusing little black horror comedy gets most of its laughs from Skarsgård's inspired performance, his porn-stached Mickey a good-natured if cowardly doofus with surprising flashes of inspiration triggered by his girlfriend's devoted belief. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2019
B 88% Hustlers (2019) like the before and after economic realities of 2008, the movie is a lot more fun while things are on the upturn...their donning of sheep's clothing to become wolves of Wall St. unsettling. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
B 92% Monos (2019) The film's single most stunning achievement comes from composer Mica Levi ("Under the Skin"), her original score comprised of wavering call and response whistles and thunderous drum rolls which sound forged from rippling metal sheets. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
B- 26% The Goldfinch (2019) there is much to admire about director John Crowley's ("Brooklyn") movie, which despite its stripped down adaptation still projects the book's themes largely due to many affecting performances in his sprawling ensemble... - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
B- 100% One Cut of the Dead (Kamera o tomeru na!) (2019) Take one hypochondriac, an alcoholic, the overly committed wife of the director and his daughter, an aspiring director... combined with routine on set mishaps, and witness how mistakes and imagination aid the filmmaking process. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
B+ 85% Judy (2019) If Goold's film feels a little small for its outsize subject, Zellweger's performance is not contained nor restrained by it. She's a marvel and her "Judy" will inspire both cheers and tears. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
B+ 99% Honeyland (2019) Stefanov took pictures of Hatidze on a scouting expedition and the filmmakers decided to make her their focus, leading to one of the most fortuitous if heartbreaking natural dramas of the cinematic year. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
C+ 62% It Chapter Two (2019) At least returning screenwriter Gary Dauberman sets up a running gag about Bill's inability to end any of his books well, a charge that could be leveled at King...whose source material is, frankly, one of these films' biggest problems. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
B- 80% Official Secrets (2019) while the story itself is often riveting, Hood's execution is often bumpy, some aspects presently dryly, others too abruptly...The film's brightest note is Ralph Fiennes who gives a puckish quality to his portrayal of human rights lawyer Ben Emmerson - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2019
B+ 93% Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins (2019) unless you are a hardcore Republican, or maybe even if you are, her words will have you rolling in the aisles. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2019
B 95% Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes (2018) Even if jazz is not your thing, Huber's rich musical history of its preeminent label is something to sink into. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
A- 95% Ray & Liz (2019) The overall effect of "Ray & Liz" is something like early Terence Davies Gothic, the nostalgia of his post-war reminisces of working class Liverpool replaced with the cold harshness of Thatcher's England, yet just as eerily beautiful. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
B 90% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) [Colaizzo's] found his perfect star in Jillian Bell...who has proven she was more than ready to step up from supporting roles that proved her comedic chops into a dramatic lead leavened with humor. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
C- 88% Ready or Not (2019) The story of a young bride whose husband played the odds and is now trying to save her from his superstition-bound family isn't scary OR funny. It's like watching someone else play a boring game of Clue with gore thrown in. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2019
B- 95% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) undeniably sweet, a little corny and often laugh-out-loud funny...Gottsagen and LaBeouf fall into a wonderful rhythm, a pair of odd couple coconspirators on a distinctly regional American adventure. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2019
A- 98% Love, Antosha (2019) Never has the phrase 'labor of love' been more appropriate as it is for this incisive, engrossing and often surprising documentary on the beloved young actor. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2019
A- 82% Cold Case Hammarskjöld (2019) With conspiracy theories tumbling out of the Oval Office and a tide of white supremacy risiing across the land, the release of "Cold Case Hammarskjöld" couldn't be more timely. At turns incredibly entertaining and jaw-droppingly horrifying... - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
B+ 79% Good Boys (2019) Cowriter/director Gene Stupnitsky resists easy gross-out gags, instead guiding his three young stars into distinct performances, the comedy derived from their age and innocence. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
B 46% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) the book's comedic, misanthropic vitriol has been toned down in favor of the sweet mother-daughter story and lack-of-artistic-outlet character study at its heart. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
B+ 97% The Heiresses (Las Herederas) (2019) As Chela blossoms, her look changes, the character taking more care, her clothing becoming more youthful. Martinessi's film which began shrouded in shadows, interiors like old museums, suddenly brightens... - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
C+ 88% Blinded by the Light (2019) "Light" has too many characters and too many subplots to sustain its throughline momentum, making for an intermittently entertaining but ultimately tedious experience. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
C 59% Brian Banks (2019) Aldis Hodge's fine performance has been done a disservice with pedestrian filmmaking...Brian Banks deserved better, not only from the American justice system, but from this paint-by-the-numbers film. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
B 22% The Kitchen (2019) In a perverse way, this movie is pretty timely with its white males shaken when strong women, including one of color, prove themselves, usurping their power. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
B+ 99% One Child Nation (2019) a horrifying look at state sanctioned kidnapping and murder and human rights violations against women whose effects are still being felt by families today even as they defend the practice. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
B- 43% The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) by couching the story from a dog's point of view overlaid with racing metaphors, it becomes something novel and Curtis and company apply just the right amount of magic. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
B+ 93% Luce (2019) packs in an awful lot of issues - white liberal saviorhood, cultural identity, black assimilation, victimhood, mental illness shaming, sexual assault - in a psychological thriller which invites debate...rather than providing pat answers. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
B+ 95% An Elephant Sitting Still (Da xiang xi di er zuo) (2019) In looking at life in northern China, Bo presents a society that has lost its way, downtrodden, selfish and living in isolation in an industrial landscape devoid of natural beauty...yet for all the film's depressing story lines, Bo achieves hope... - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2019
B 92% Tel Aviv on Fire (2019) Nashif and Biton work wonderfully together, one cracking scene showing them writing jointly in unison, only to pivot and end up at odds. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
B 86% The Nightingale (2019) "The Nightingale" has its flaws, but Jennifer Kent's outrage at the brutal injustice doled out to women and minorities burns through every frame. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
C- 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) It says something that the writers felt the need to sidle into the science fiction genre to come up with a story in a franchise that began as a low budget street racing movie. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
B+ 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Tarantino's 'if only' fantasy saves things he cherishes from oblivion with a fortuitous mistake and a devil-may-care bravado emboldened with an acid soaked cigarette. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
B+ 92% David Crosby: Remember My Name (2019) Eaton's changing interview venues keep things fresh and he limits most of his other talking heads to archival footage, allowing Crosby to tell his own story - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2019
C+ 85% Luz (2019) exhibits artful craftsmanship, especially in its sound design, but its fuzzy storytelling may lose many. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2019
A- 100% Paris Is Burning (1991) All these years later, 'Pose' fans will enjoy tracing its characters (not to mention plots) back to their inspirations... - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
B- 53% The Lion King (2019) ...the very definition of critic proof, but while others have found the film soulless, it is undeniably beautiful to look at and Seth Rogen as a farting warthog is almost worth the price of admission alone. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
B+ 75% Asako I & II (Netemo sametemo) (2019) Hamaguchi himself refers to the divide as the Everyday versus the Unexpected, but his his literal symbolism of Ryôhei as harbor after an earthquake versus Baku's fireworks more aptly translates to safety and solidity versus danger and excitement. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
A- 100% Happy Hour (Happî awâ) (2015) Hamaguchi offers great perspectives into the dynamics of friendship, marriage and the unknowability of others, shedding surprising light on the men in these women's lives in his final acts. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
B No Score Yet I Feel Good (2018) Delépine and Kervern have packed their screenplay with so many gags, the movie is enjoyable just for its surface pleasures, but by the film's musical conclusion they have also proven the joys of a simpler way of life. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2019
C+ 42% Stuber (2019) brutally realistic violence of the action scenes at odds with comic elements that range from gentle to slapstick to uninspired. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
B 79% A Faithful Man (L'homme fidèle) (2019) Garrel's film is both funny and wise, upending our expectations from beginning to end. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
B+ 83% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) Writer/director Riley Stearns's pitch black comedy is like a feminist take on "Fight Club" had "Fight Club" been addressing toxic masculinity...Jesse Eisenberg's best role since "The Social Network..." - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
B- 83% The Trouble with You (En liberté!) (2018) ...the type of commercial French filmmaking which rarely gets released in the U.S., a silly lark which is enjoyable while you're watching it but is immediately forgettable. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
B- 100% Sophia Antipolis (2018) Vernier doesn't so much tell us a specific story as soak into the emotional feel of a place by following several different ones and this park, intended to create an international community, instead has evolved into a microcosm of society's ills. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
B- 74% Lords of Chaos (2019) That it succeeds as well as it does is largely due to Culkin, director of photography Pär M. Ekberg's striking visuals and its truth-is-stranger-than-fiction story about artists who prize image over all. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2019
B+ 96% The Reports on Sarah and Saleem (2019) charts how a misguided affair becomes a matter of national security while also exploring privilege, power and gender and cultural disparity. - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2019
B 91% Coincoin and the Extra-Humans (Coincoin et les Z'inhumains) (2018) It is not quite as satisfying as the first and will be even less so for those just coming aboard, but there is still much to enjoy in the warped wisdom of Van Der Weyden and the comical silent reactions of his trusty lieutenant Carpentier - Reeling Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2019