Pat Padua

Pat Padua
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T-Meter Title | Year
No Score Yet Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome (Dick Tracy Meets Karloff)(Dick Tracy's Amazing Adventure) (1947) An inventive plot goes a long way to making this case stick. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
89% Black Orpheus (Orfeu Negro) (1959) The fantasy is grounded on a boisterous soundtrack that propels its characters as well as its audience. So when the music stops as Orfeo begins to navigate the underworld, the effect is startling. - The DC Line EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
No Score Yet The Well (1951) Plays out much like 21st-century social media, in which the spread of misinformation (both inadvertent and deliberate) can lead to a snowballing outrage throughout the political spectrum. - The DC Line EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
100% One Cut of the Dead (Kamera o tomeru na!) (2019) [It] probably won't frighten you, but it's worth its running time in chuckles. - The DC Line EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
97% First Love (Hatsukoi) (2019) Gives Miike a chance to flex his more playful side, and its inventiveness makes you hope he can crank out another 100 movies. - The DC Line EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
68% Joker (2019) Seems like little more than the bitter vision of an obnoxious, brooding teenager in arthouse clothing, as obvious as the on-the-nose soundtrack cues of seemingly every pop song featuring a clown - The DC Line EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
66% The Day Shall Come (2019) Irreverent and relevant, "The Day Shall Come" is topical comedy that's smart and cynical. - The DC Line EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
76% The Death of Dick Long (2019) A Deep South crime story that evokes Fargo with different accents - The DC Line EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
63% Edie (2019) "[The] mawkish score milks the concept for every last drop of emotion, badgering you with the swelling airs of struggle and triumph - and marring what might have been a moving character study of a resilient survivor." - The DC Line EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
95% In Fabric (2019) ",,,in some ways a blunt anti-consumerist jeremiad...its images are so vivid and unsettling that it becomes a surreal satire." - The DC Line EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
100% Los Reyes (2019) With extreme close-ups of the dogs at rest and at play, Los Reyes is one of the more experimental dog stories you'll see, but it's not without its Hollywood-style arc, making you care about the dogs' welfare. - Washington City Paper EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
93% Monos (2019) Alejandro Landes is skimpy on backstory, which makes the spectacle of young men banding together in the wilderness that much more unsettling. It helps that the dissonant score is provided by Mica Levi. - Washington City Paper EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
97% Tigers Are Not Afraid (Vuelven) (2019) By the harrowing final act, Tigers leans completely into its vision, in both reality and fantasy, leading to an unforgettable conclusion. - Washington City Paper EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
98% Rojo (2019) Naishtat distracts the viewer with subplots that may be irrelevant but contribute to a fevered tension that makes this the strongest of the festival titles we previewed. - Washington City Paper EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
57% Murder Me, Monster (Muere, monstro, muere) (2018) With its brutal, eerie atmosphere, remote setting, and goofy notes (Cruz likes to dance), Murder Me, Monster has shades of Twin Peaks, without the hipster trappings of the Bang Bang Bar. - Washington City Paper EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
88% An Unexpected Love (El amor menos pensado) (2018) You've seen (or avoided) dozens of movies like this, but director Juan Vera, who co-wrote the script with Daniel Cúparo, treats the material with more intelligence than you'll see in the average Hollywood middle-age crisis. - The DC Line EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
81% This is not Berlin (2019) [Its] superficial shock value masks the real pain of finding your voice. - The DC Line EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
87% Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019) Its subject seems willing to analyze herself, but the filmmakers give her mere lip service - The DC Line EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
82% Official Secrets (2019) Will the world remember this whistleblower's tale? Maybe, but it won't remember this movie. - The DC Line EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
94% Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool (2019) This respectful if straightforward documentary errs on the side of caution - The DC Line EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
18% The Fanatic (2019) "The Fanatic" isn't by any cinematic measure a good film, but all by himself, Travolta makes it thoroughly entertaining. - The DC Line EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
3/4 98% Love, Antosha (2019) Mostly, the Antosha of "Love, Antosha" seems like a good kid: someone whose life -- and tragic death -- should inspire us to spend our brief time here as wisely and as well as he did. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
81% Cold Case Hammarskjöld (2019) Smartly demonstrates that a filmmaker's style - from fashion sense to visual approach - can affect how their authority is perceived. - The DC Line EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
97% American Factory (2019) What makes "American Factory" more than just a position paper is the filmmakers' attention to personalities and the inevitable culture clash. - The DC Line EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
83% Line Walker 2: Invisible Spy (2019) May require more than the usual suspension of disbelief, but the breathtaking stunt work will keep viewers too busy to notice - The DC Line EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
88% Blinded by the Light (2019) If you still believe that music can bring the world together, you just might get swept up by its enthusiasm. - The DC Line EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
2.5/4 73% The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019) So "The Angry Birds Movie 2" is not great cinema. But the animated sequel - inspired by the popular Angry Birds games, available on mobile devices and other platforms - goes above and beyond what is to be expected from such things. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
2.75/5 15% A Score to Settle (2019) Suggests something that's just within reach, but isn't there yet. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2019
64% Them That Follow (2019) This indie drama had the potential to shed light on a neglected people, but it turns an impoverished town into the setting for a B-movie. - The DC Line EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
90% Tel Aviv on Fire (2019) An Israeli-Palestinian love story, the movie doesn't seem to see much hope for reconciliation, but humor may be as good a way as any of bridging the two sides. - The DC Line EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
86% The Nightingale (2019) A visceral, provocative story of revenge. - The DC Line EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
3.75/5 94% Jay Myself (2019) This touching, eye-popping documentary could well have been called, Once Upon a Time ... on the Bowery. - Spectrum Culture EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
2/4 43% The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) While Ventimiglia and Seyfried are appealing actors, the story's human element just isn't that interesting. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
94% Mike Wallace Is Here (2019) Who knew the life of a newsman was filled with so much drama? - The DC Line EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
92% David Crosby: Remember My Name (2019) What distinguishes [Croz] from most of his free-loving, drug-experimenting peers is that he's still alive - and that he can tell an instantly endearing story with curmudgeonly flair. - The DC Line EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
69% Three Peaks (2019) Despite a promising setup, Zabeil can't get his actors to generate a human tension on par with the impressive and potentially deadly surroundings. - The DC Line EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) There's a touching idealism in his revisionist history. - The DC Line EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
93% Sword of Trust (2019) Even if the characters are believable, the scenario in which they find themselves is not, and the city folk's victory over country folk finally seems smug and divisive. - The DC Line EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
83% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) If Eisenberg is essentially playing the same character he always plays, nobody else personifies the 21st-century nerd like he does. - The DC Line EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
97% The Reports on Sarah and Saleem (2019) Muayad Alayan creates a raw, tense environment in which the lovers seek to break out of their cultural roles, but bodily desires are clearly not the answer to forging peace in this troubled region. - The DC Line EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
79% Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) Ihlen never quite comes into focus as a person, and neither does the relationship that is the ostensible purpose of the documentary. - The DC Line EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
67% The Quiet One (2019) More crucial than even concert recordings is footage of Wyman silently at work...preserving artifacts for the generations who will want to learn all about what his friends accomplished. - The DC Line EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2019
62% Yesterday (2019) The chemistry between Patel and James keeps the love story going when the success story loses steam. - The DC Line EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
100% Midnight Family (2019) With the rush of nighttime traffic and dashboard cameras that capture the Ochoas rushing to beat rivals and police to their targets, Midnight Family is a real-life thriller and a dangerous reality show. - Washington City Paper EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2019
2/4 32% Being Frank (2019) Unfortunately, in the filmmaker's narrative-feature debut, she takes the theme of betrayal and turns it into fodder for a sitcom, and not a particularly funny one at that. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2019
2.5/4 100% 5B (2019) "5B" is ultimately about survival, and the struggle at its center is undeniably a heartbreaking one. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
75% Halston (2019) Tcheng uses the glitchy, fuzzy [videotape] aesthetic to accurately convey what this media darling looked like in the media of the time. - The DC Line EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
2.5/4 94% Echo In the Canyon (2019) "Echo" recalls a fertile era in the history of American pop music. But all too often, it wanders out of the very canyon that defines it. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
2.5/4 74% The Spy Behind Home Plate (2019) The film has more than enough true material to fuel an effective thriller, but director Aviva Kempner doesn't quite manage to bring this fascinating figure to life. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
2.5/4 51% The Sun Is Also a Star (2019) [Y]ou don't have to be a lovesick adolescent to fall, just a little, for its goofy energy. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019