Loren King

Loren King
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year
96% The Irishman (2019) Martin Scorsese's "The Irishman" is a rich meditation on the legendary director's longtime obsessions: gangsters, violence, Catholicism, moral conflict and male friendship. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
96% The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open (2019) The story is raw and real and, if one sticks with it, rewarding. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
97% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2019) Portrait of a Lady on Fire... is an unforgettable love story that unspools at a slow burn until the final act, which blazes with an incandescence. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) Bong drags human greed and its consequences into the light with his lacerating wit, unabashed brutality and heart-wrenching tragedy, turning "Parasite" into an audacious and explosive parable for our times. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
96% Marriage Story (2019) Both stars are likely to land Oscar nominations, but keep an eye on the supporting category - and Dern. She packs up the movie in her expensive little Rodeo Drive purse and walks off with it. Effortlessly. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) It helps that the two buddies who are rivals and friends are played by Matt Damon and Christian Bale, who both deliver electrifying performances. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
79% Jojo Rabbit (2019) There is a lot to like about "Jojo Rabbit," not the least of which is Waititi's bold, brave attempt at an irreverent skewering of the mindless acceptance of dehumanization. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
92% Anya (2019) The personal drama of a strange people with entrenched customs may be more interesting than the sometimes confusing science but Anya ambitiously tries to balance both, and mostly succeeds. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
95% Atlantics (2019) What a stunning, original, visually striking feature debut from Mati Diop. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
43% The Addams Family (2019) The message about accepting people as they are... is certainly welcome. But it's far too bland for a movie about a clan that communes with dead relatives... The Addams Family franchise will no doubt survive a mediocre entry. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
93% Honey Boy (2019) As cathartic as it must have been for the actor to revisit and dramatize his trauma, the brutal honesty and occasional humor of exposing his own and his father's demons, without tidy resolutions, shows no small amount of courage. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
73% Harriet (2019) Erivo's stunning performance is the main reason to see "Harriet," a solid, well-crafted film that aims more for education than innovation. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
88% Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019) This entertaining documentary is an irresistible time capsule for anyone who listened to the radio or bought records in the 1970s and '80s. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
75% Serendipity (2019) This personal and profound film is a great introduction to a singular creative force and fascinating person. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019
90% #Female Pleasure (2019) #FemalePleasure is a powerful and inspiring documentary that everyone should see, but it is essential viewing for younger audiences who offer the hope of change. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
86% Where's My Roy Cohn? (2019) The riveting documentary "Where's My Roy Cohn?"... is a lively look at a polarizing figure. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
88% Hustlers (2019) A smart and entertaining caper doused in sisterhood and featuring a sizzling career-best performance by Jennifer Lopez, "Hustlers" is surprisingly good, even if it falls short of great. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
84% Downton Abbey (2019) This is the stuff of fairy tales. Downton the manor will continue and, for better or worse, it looks like the franchise will, too. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
83% Judy (2019) It's anchored by an astonishing performance by Renee Zellweger in a comeback role for the ages that puts her way in front of this year's best actress Oscar race. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
24% The Goldfinch (2019) The film wisely leaves the linear narrative and effectively uses flashbacks to evoke central character Theo's memory of his mother. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
67% Human Capital (2019) Oren Moverman's screenplay is smart and absorbing and director Marc Meyers handles the non-linear structure with skill. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
89% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) "Brittany Runs a Marathon" is remarkable for treading a tonal balance between dark comedy and empowering drama that makes it worthwhile for viewers who like feel-good movies to be a little trenchant. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
97% Tigers Are Not Afraid (Vuelven) (2019) It's a bold and ambitious choice to depict horror and trauma not just through documentary realism but through magical realism. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
80% Good Boys (2019) If viewer expectations are modest, "Good Boys" provides some welcome laughs about the awkward years and just might even make you nostalgic for sixth grade. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
89% Blinded by the Light (2019) The slide into feel-good predictability is disappointing, but "Blinded by the Light" goes down so sweetly and sincerely that it's hard not to mind that, by the end, nearly everyone has seen the light. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
44% After the Wedding (2019) Despite turns into predictability and sentimentality, Moore and Williams never disappoint, especially in their showdown scene. Davis and Astor would be proud. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
99% The Farewell (2019) It's an understated, gentle film with low-key comedy matched by an underlying melancholy that is more powerful because of its restraint. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
87% The Nightingale (2019) "The Nightingale" is visceral and powerful; it's a memorable, accomplished, gut-wrenching film that's not for the squeamish or those super-sensitive to graphic violence onscreen. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) It's a visually stunning, ambitious, confident work that, while still chock full of Tarantino's obsessions, film allusions and perfect period songs, gels stylistically and thematically. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
99% For Sama (2019) If not turning away is how we must confront the violence, inhumanity and senselessness of war, this brutal, heart-wrenching film is essential viewing. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
53% The Lion King (2019) The realness of the imagery, however eye-popping, actually detracts and distracts rather than deepens the enjoyment. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
97% Rosie (2019) Doyle and Breathnach don't preach or moralize; they've told a complicated story with elegant simplicity. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
57% Above the Shadows (2019) There are plenty of contrivances and an ending that is a bit of a head-scratcher but Myers manages the rare feat of examining profound grief and monumental loss in novel, touching way. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
60% Ophelia (2019) (Naomi) Watts is juicily over the top as Gertrude, delivering complexity and providing a twist on these famous tragic figures. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2019
80% Late Night (2019) There is great fun in the odd couple pairing of Kaling and Thompson. It's refreshing and welcome to see two very different, charismatic women commanding the action, which is rare for a mainstream comedy. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
30% Holy Lands (Les terres saintes) (2018) The movie is all over the place, with tones that shift from melodrama to black comedy. But the performances from a veteran cast led by James Caan make it worthwhile. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2019
74% Ghost Light (2019) The lively finale delivers a satisfying twist that honors both theater tradition and haunted tale. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
89% Rocketman (2019) Egerton captures John's vocal style and manner in a way that goes beyond impersonation. He also does his own singing, unlike Rami Malek's Freddie Mercury in "Bohemian Rhapsody." - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
98% Maiden (2019) "Maiden" beautifully captures a time and an experience, and transcends it. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
97% Woman at War (Kona fer í stríð) (2019) Anchored by Geirharðsdóttir's lovely, winning performance, "Woman at War" beautifully balances urgency and absurdity, which is not an easy tone to sustain. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
60% Ask for Jane (2019) Ask For Jane depicts an important chapter in history and reminds us why women risked so much to help one another at a very dark and dangerous time. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
90% Bull (2019) As she proved with her superb, award-winning 2014 short film Skunk, Silverstein portrays marginal lives with unflinching honesty and heart-wrenching humanity. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
81% Long Shot (2019) Long Shot is a pleasant enough romantic comedy about a mismatched couple. But its attempt to balance adult sophistication and adolescent silliness, and the romantic with the raunchy, never quite gels. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
67% Wine Country (2019) Despite its shortcomings, Wine Country has enough laughs and tender moments to make it worthwhile. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
93% Ask Dr. Ruth (2019) It's a revealing look at an accomplished woman whose story is far more complex and compelling than anyone could have imagined. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
60% Charlie Says (2019) The film does capture the isolation and indoctrination of the women once they are under Manson's sadistic control and the need for one another's approval as well as the competition... - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
94% The Mustang (2019) Just who is rescued here is the moving question, and viewers should stay through the credits to see photos of actual inmates and their horses just in case there is any lingering doubt about the answer. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
99% Amazing Grace (2019) Watching "Amazing Grace" feels so raw and immediate that it's hard to believe we're watching an event that took place nearly 50 years ago. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
85% Tater Tot & Patton (2019) Grief in all its messiness, especially as experienced by a middle aged man, is the heart of this sparse, moving indie. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
45% Girls of the Sun (Les filles du soleil) (2019) Husson directs the complex action with escalating tension and horror, though it's likely just a glimpse into what these women suffered, and what they still endure. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019