Lorraine Ali

Lorraine Ali
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
100% My Favorite Shapes by Julio Torres (2019) "My Favorite Shapes" - part performance art, part stand-up and part therapy session - highlights Torres the twisted storyteller. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
100% Ramy Youssef: Feelings (2019) Egyptian-American comedian Ramy Youssef nails his first HBO stand-up special, Feelings, by tackling universal predicaments from hyper-specific angles. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
50% Amy Schumer: The Leather Special (2017) The dirtier it gets, the less daring it feels. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2019
39% The Dirt (2019) It's as if the film arrived to the streaming service in a bubble, unaware that the culture has moved on and that Netflix is brimming with content written, directed and starring strong women. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
79% Brexit (2019) The film does an impressive job explaining the complicated operation while still delivering a fast-paced and entertaining story. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2019
100% The Judge (2018) It's an exceptional, multi-dimensional look at the culture from the inside. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
91% Brimstone & Glory (2017) But [Brimstone & Glory] deftly captures the skill, passion and peril behind the fireworks, as well as the love of a family whose livelihood is rooted in this booming trade. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2018
100% It Will Be Chaos (2018) The harrowing, on-the-ground and by-sea journeys chronicled in It Will Be Chaos... speaks directly to our own immigration crisis... - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2018
92% John McCain: For Whom the Bell Tolls (2018) McCain's frank discussions about his limited time left here on Earth and the end of a mission of "serving something more important than myself" are profound and moving. - Boston Herald EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2018
33% Fahrenheit 451 (2018) Fahrenheit 451's main problem stems from the fact that it jams a series' worth of story into 100 minutes. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2018
100% Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert (2018) But by the grace of God, or maybe a great cast and lots and lots of expert staging, a great musical became a great TV production. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2018
100% Notes From The Field (2018) Its stories are pulled from intimate accounts of life at the bottom. But the artistic flourishes here let in some light. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2018
74% Gaga: Five Foot Two (2017) A star isn't born here, she's diminished. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
74% The Wizard of Lies (2017) As Ruth, Pfeiffer convincingly portrays a pampered woman left with utterly nothing - she's lost her homes, status and, most important, her relationship with her sons. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
100% Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS (2017) The 100-minute film does a phenomenal job detangling the numerous scenarios that led to Syria's civil war and current bloodbath, dispelling the notion that this conflict is too complicated for those not versed on the Middle East to understand. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
97% Last Men in Aleppo (2017) A tightly focused, on-the-ground account of three men who serve in the White Helmets. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
100% American Jihad (2017) [It] goes beyond the hysteria and fear to offer a smart, measured and methodical look at how these men were indoctrinated into terror organizations such as the Islamic State, Al Qaeda and Shabab. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2017
No Score Yet Rock and a Hard Place (2017) The few times we do get to see cadets outside of drills, lessons and routines are some of the most illuminating. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2017
No Score Yet Dead 7 (2016) The spot-your-favorite-boy quotient here, and the fact that they all appear to be in on the joke, makes Dead 7 a blast to watch. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2016
94% Janis: Little Girl Blue (2015) From this pastiche Joplin emerges as we've never seen her before, articulate, ambitious, torn between her wild self and her desperate need for stability. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2015
91% Dear White People (2014) The complicated narratives don't distract from what this film does best: make you laugh about the things that make you furious. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2014
38% The Liberator (2014) Simple enough for audiences who know nothing about Bolívar, poetic enough for those who grew up reading about El Libertador in school books. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2014