Loren King

Loren King
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year
90% #Female Pleasure (2018) #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
87% 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
85% 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
65% 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
88% 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
79% 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
88% 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
43% 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
86% 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
100% 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
59% 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
79% 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
73% 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
66% 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
94% 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
59% 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
96% Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2019) An important contribution to making sure no one ever again asks "Who?" at the mention of Alice Guy-Blaché. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
57% Pet Sematary (2019) "Pet Sematary" doesn't explore in any original way King's deeper themes of loss and grief and the primal urge to reconnect with a dead loved one. Instead, this screen version is just another zombie movie. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
47% Dumbo (2019) Dumbo's big, expressive eyes and soft features give voice to his emotions, like a silent movie. It's too bad that the rest of Burton's "Dumbo" doesn't have the same dignity and restraint. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
No Score Yet Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema (2018) Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema goes a long way toward correcting a glaring omission. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
94% Carol (2015) Christmas movie: the melancholy, the longing, the flashes of joy and anticipation, the rushes of despair. And, finally, hope - as a new year unfolds and love steps out of the shadows. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
79% Sadie (2018) As a portrait of adolescent angst, "Sadie" doesn't offer any new insights. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
50% The Things We've Seen (2017) Tre Manchester's The Things We've Seen, mixes elements of thriller, noir and melodrama, which is pretty ambitious for a film with obvious budget constraints. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
93% Us (2019) One can appreciate "Us" for its ambition in layering a zombie thriller with substance and darker themes. Or, one can ignore the bigger issues and just go along for the roller-coaster descent into a nightmare. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
94% Blowin' Up (2018) The film shines a light on the rare workings of a legal system that exists to help, not punish; to advocate, not to judge; and to genuinely find a way to change the bleak lives of the mostly young, marginalized women. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
99% Faces Places (Visages, villages) (2017) If "Faces Places" is indeed Varda's final film, it's an eloquent grace note to her already rich legacy. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
83% For Now (2017) Shot on a bare-bones budget over the course of seven days, the film's loose, improvised style has its pitfalls but mostly it works, thanks to the engaging cast. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
97% Working Woman (2019) "Working Woman" realistically depicts the commonplace-ness of sexual harassment and, without preaching or resorting to melodrama, shows why women can't or don't simply leave their jobs or report a harasser. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
91% Gloria Bell (2019) With subtlety and grace, Moore captures Gloria's joie de vivre and her determination to keeping dancing as long as the music moves her. - Newport This Week (RI) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
100% Roll Red Roll (2019) The Stubensville community has a lot to answer for, but Roll Red Roll, without being didactic, implicates by extension much of American culture in the sex shaming of women and the excusing of men, particularly boys and men of stature. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019