Lisa Trifone

Lisa Trifone
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/4 96% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) The final shot of Pedro Almodóvar's achingly beautiful Pain and Glory is the stuff that cinematic perfection is made of. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
3/4 80% A Faithful Man (L'homme fidèle) (2019) Carrière's script succeeds as it finds truth in both life's heaviest moments and its most absurd. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2019
3.5/4 92% Monos (2019) Landes and cinematographer Jasper Wolf create a breathtaking sense of place in the lush natural scenery of the mountains and the jungle, landscapes teeming with life even as the characters struggle to survive. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2019
3/4 97% First Love (Hatsukoi) (2019) If the comedy sprinkled throughout doesn't do it for you, the action sequences alone are worth the price of admission, gunfights and car chases aplenty. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2019
2.5/4 90% Give Me Liberty (2019) In his first foray into filmmaking, Mikhanovsky exhibits a strong sense for personal connection and certainly plenty of ambition in his style. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2019
3/4 88% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) It's all held beautifully together by Bell, who proves to be a talented dramatic actress after a career built on comedy. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
3.5/4 100% For Sama (2019) For Sama should be seen by as many people as possible, people with hearts that break and consciences that demand better for our collective humanity. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
1/4 43% After the Wedding (2019) Despite the best efforts of the two women charged with holding up the whole messy affair, this version of the film is boring and misguided at best, convoluted and manipulative at worst. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
4/4 86% The Nightingale (2019) It is brutal and intense, devastating and unflinching. It is also essential, and features perhaps one of the best performances of the year. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
3.5/4 100% The Chambermaid (La camarista) (2019) It's the sort of film that draws you in slowly, only to beautifully earn your attention with unexpectedly poignant moments throughout. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
2.5/4 64% Them That Follow (2019) The film certainly captures one's attention, thanks in large part to the strong cast. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
3/4 85% Luz (2019) Singer's original story certainly thrills...but it's the performances that really seal the deal. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
3/4 94% Mike Wallace Is Here (2019) Perhaps for the first time, much is revealed about a man who spent his life uncovering everyone else's stories. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
2.5/4 77% Skin (2019) The tension is palpable, thanks in part to strong performances by Bell, Macdonald and a supporting turn by Vera Farmiga. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
3/4 93% Sword of Trust (2019) For a film that fills nearly every moment with dialogue, not a single scene feels superfluous - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
3/4 83% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) Things get really weird, in intense and intelligent ways that establish The Art of Self-Defense for what it is: a sharp satire on tribalism, toxic masculinity and group think. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
3.5/4 99% The Farewell (2019) These ensemble scenes let Wang's craftsmanship shine, as her cast elevates her smart, witty script to something special. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
3.5/4 96% Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019) It's nevertheless beautiful to hear: Toni Morrison, she is loved. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
4/4 98% Maiden (2019) It's surely a good sign if, when a film ends, your first thought as the credits roll is that you wish there were more. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
2/4 62% Yesterday (2019) Though there are more than a few fun touches to the world created within the film, each step forward seems thwarted by an inexplicable misstep. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
3.5/4 93% Wild Rose (2019) Harper and Taylor have fun infusing what could've been a cookie-cutter film with personality and heart, thanks in no small part to Jessie Buckley's star-making turn at the center of it. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
3/4 88% In the Aisles (In den Gängen) (2019) The film's several layers hold one's attention, from the chemistry between Christian and Marion to character developments both tragic and otherwise. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2019
3.5/4 80% Late Night (2019) Kaling isn't shy about flexing her storytelling muscles in ways that add layers rather than filler. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
4/4 93% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) The Last Black Man in San Francisco displays a confidence of perspective and an inventiveness in storytelling that, once it's done breaking your heart, will only leave you wanting more. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
2.5/4 56% The Dead Don't Die (2019) ...painfully self-aware, desperate to be funny and so utterly pointless it's weirdly enjoyable. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
2.5/4 54% Ma (2019) Spencer is a joy to watch as she indulges in Ma's worst tendencies; her ability to flip between doe-eyed sweetness and sheer fury and evil is uncanny. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
3/4 85% Pavarotti (2019) The end result is a quite fascinating, strikingly personal chronicle of a man made up of much more than his fame. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
2/4 57% The Highwaymen (2019) The Highwaymen is made for a movie night in; unlike some of the platform's other offerings, no one will make the argument that you must see this perfectly OK film on the big screen. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
3/4 80% Knife + Heart (Un couteau dans le coeur) (2019) The film combines the uninhibited sexuality of the '70s with the slasher films of the era to create a pulsing narrative that's as captivating as it is graphic. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
3/4 81% The Gospel of Eureka (2019) One of the film's only shortcomings is its brief length; Palmieri and Mosher would've been well served to dig deeper into the lives of some of the performers at either production. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
3/4 93% Diane (2019) With a thoughtful touch, [Kent] Jones and his ensemble cast offer a highly relatable slice-of-life character study. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
2/4 66% Peterloo (2019) Peterloo takes on far too much-too many characters, too many conflicting plot lines-to ever hope to have any kind of collective impact. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
3.5/4 81% Fast Color (2019) Fast Color has been labeled a "superhero origin story" in much of its marketing materials. But that characterization is much too narrow for what the film encompasses. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
3/4 83% Her Smell (2019) Of the recent trend in female-driven fictional music-centric movies, writer/director Alex Ross Perry's Her Smell revels in an approach that is as crowded and cramped as the main floor of a general admission show. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
2/4 81% Hesburgh (2019) A glossy compilation of talking heads, archival footage and a narration based on Hesburgh's own journals, the film would feel right at home on a Sunday afternoon on the History Channel. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
3/4 79% Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben) (2019) Everybody Knows is a gorgeous film that features some truly wonderful moments of interpersonal connection, tucked as they are in between a stilted storyline. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
2.5/4 78% Never Look Away (2019) For every laudable moment in Never Look Away where the filmmaker finds truth in his characters and their reality, there's another that removes us so far from caring for them that it's hard to find our way back. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
2.5/4 80% Ruben Brandt, Collector (2019) Krstic has achieved quite a lot, putting on screen a style unlike anything else seen in the year's best animated films. That the storyline in the end distracts from such an impressively drawn film may be a dealbreaker for some...or it may not. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
3.5/4 91% Gloria Bell (2019) Lelio's adaptation stays essentially faithful to his original, finding its tension and emotional stakes in relationships rather than circumstances. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
3/4 97% Woman at War (Kona fer í stríð) (2019) What can one person do to combat the forces of climate change and globalized industry? Quite a bit, as Benedikt Erlingsson would have us believe in Woman at War. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
2.5/4 74% On the Basis of Sex (2019) As biopics go, On the Basis of Sex tells her story in an appropriately approachable, pleasant way. What it lacks in cinematic ambition, it more than makes up for with admiration for its subject. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
4/4 95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) If Beale Street Could Talk is a near perfect film, one that marries Baldwin's poetic, evocative narrative with Jenkin's lyrical, stirring filmmaking to create a film so captivating it immediately establishes itself as essential viewing. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
4/4 90% Capernaum (Capharnaüm) (2018) Labaki and cinematographer Christopher Aoun take a no-holds-barred approach to immersing us in Zain's rough and tumble world of poverty, predators, hustlers and meaningless, frustrating bureaucracy. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
3/4 74% Destroyer (2018) Destroyer mostly successfully channels the crime and cop dramas that come before it... But as the film tries to wind down, it somehow takes itself far too seriously. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
3/4 74% El Angel (El ángel) (2018) Though it suffers from a bit of a self-indulgent runtime, it's inherently a highly engaging portrait of a young man entirely devoid of a conscious and the people who enable his grizzly escapades. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
4/4 92% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) There's a reason it's landed on many year-end Best Of lists and remains a front runner in the Foreign Language Oscar race, and it's because Pawlikowski has crafted a work of art. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
3/4 96% On Her Shoulders (2018) Bombach's film, and Nadia's willingness to participate in it, reminds us that what happens a world away is happening to us, to all of us as humankind. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
3/4 63% Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) Velvet Buzzsaw may not be a film we're still talking about in a year, but as a biting commentary on art, criticism and egos run amuck, it's equally stinging and entertaining. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
2.5/4 92% Hal (2018) Hal is a fittingly well-built tribute to a man who's best known for his masterful films... And as a primer for a decade's worth of must-see films, particularly for those among us who profess to know a thing or two about the art form, it's essential. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
3.5/4 78% Green Book (2018) At turns poignant, heartwarming and funny, you'll be able to take your petulant teen, your fussy in-laws and everyone in between to this simple yet powerful story of resilience, growth and friendship. - Third Coast Review EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019