Paula Fleri-Soler

Paula Fleri-Soler
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Times of Malta

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 71% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Sarah Connor/Linda Hamilton resets the bar for female action heroes the same way she did in 1984, and boy are we glad that she is back! - Times of Malta EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
4/5 83% Judy (2019) Judy is a beautiful homage to the woman being celebrated, powered by an astonishing central performance. - Times of Malta EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
4/5 69% Joker (2019) Director Todd Phillips does not let up on the bleakness at any point. It is a film firmly grounded in humanity and ordinary and basic human vulnerabilities and needs in moments of challenge. - Times of Malta EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
4/5 84% Ad Astra (2019) Some unexpected, well-executed action pieces ratchet up the pace - and the tension - considerably, resulting in another worthy entry to the canon of space-set films. - Times of Malta EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
2/5 39% Angel Has Fallen (2019) It is only Nick Nolte, as Banning's gruff and grubby estranged father, who registers and makes the film a tad bearable. Pity his scenes are few and far between. - Times of Malta EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
4/5 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) This is probably Tarantino's most personal film yet -- a loving homage to Hollywood itself, home of the art form that he's worshipped since childhood, and that informed his career. - Times of Malta EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
4/5 31% The Current War (2019) If the story doesn't quite gel, and the characters are not given the depth they deserve, at least the performances are strong enough to keep the audience's interests from fading. - Times of Malta EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Hobbs & Shaw blasts open a new door in the Fast & Furious universe. - Times of Malta EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
3/5 53% The Lion King (2019) Director Jon Favreau gives the story much less attention to detail and nuance than he gives the visuals, and so allows little time for the viewer to engage on a visceral level. - Times of Malta EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
2/5 64% Annabelle Comes Home (2019) As the end credits roll you are in no doubt that Annabelle Comes Home is by far the weakest in the franchise, shorn of the horror that has permeated many of the previous titles in favour of something tamer -- Annabelle Lite, if you will. - Times of Malta EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
4/5 63% Yesterday (2019) [Patel] effortlessly carries the film with his easy charm and hits both the heartfelt and the humorous notes with consummate ease. - Times of Malta EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
2/5 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) It is testament to the legacy of the films that have gone before that this is such a searing disappointment. The series, which has soared exceptionally high -- despite reaching some lows -- deserved a much better conclusion. - Times of Malta EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
2/5 41% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Somewhat predictably, that message has been diluted over the decades - to the point that here, the use of nuclear weapons is celebrated as a good thing, with nary a hint of subtlety or solemnity about their repercussions. - Times of Malta EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
4/5 89% Rocketman (2019) Hats off to [Fletcher for] his overall imaginative and colourful execution of Lee Hall's excellent script. Yet it would all have come to nought had its lead performance not been as moving, funny and powerful as Egerton's. - Times of Malta EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
2/5 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) We had reason to engage with the character in the past, despite his penchance for violence, yet here it is nothing more than a video-game rendition of the character. - Times of Malta EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
2/5 50% A Dog's Journey (2019) The screenplay consists of some terribly clichéd dialogue... - Times of Malta EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
5/5 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) Mind-blowing and nail-biting doesn't begin to describe it as the biggest assemblage of Avengers we have seen approach endgame, to provide the perfect send-off for the billions of fans worldwide who have been with them all the way. - Times of Malta EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2019
2/5 17% Hellboy (2019) Like pretty much everything else, the chemistry between Harbour and his sidekicks Lane and Dae-Kim never really ignites...failing spectacularly to live up to the film's promise that "Hellboy is back, and this time he's on fire!" - Times of Malta EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
63% Son of a Gun (2015) It's not a setup we haven't seen before, yet Son of a Gun trots along at an effective pace, resulting in what is simply a good old-fashioned crime drama. - Times of Malta EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
3/5 47% Dumbo (2019) When Dumbo soars, so does the film. That it is lamentably only for a few very brief scenes only serves to underline the ordinariness of everything else. - Times of Malta EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
3/5 44% What Men Want (2019) In sum, we never actually do get to know what men want (apart from the obvious). And neither is it really illustrated how, even if she did know, Ali could change things. - Times of Malta EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
3/5 80% Boy Erased (2018) Edgerton also wisely does not give in to the temptation of painting Jared's parents as one-dimensional, evil beings. Both Kidman and Crowe give them depth and nuance. - Times of Malta EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
20% Transcendence (2014) Disappointingly, despite the top-notch cast headlining the film, Transcendence does not quite live up to its potential. The narrative is too clunky and the characters are a tad superficial. - Times of Malta EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
26% Brick Mansions (2014) The film is characterized by a dull plot, uninspiring acting and thinly-sketched characters. - Times of Malta EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
91% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) Given the type of tight storytelling we are used to from Marvel, Guardians feels like it could have used a little tweaking, both narratively and character-wise. - Times of Malta EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
28% Deliver Us from Evil (2014) Deliver us from Evil offers too much of the same thing... may future horror films deliver us from the evils of repetitiveness. - Times of Malta EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
77% The Boxtrolls (2014) Despite its shortcomings, The Boxtrolls boasts enough to add up to an eccentric and overall rather entertaining entry in the animation canon. - Times of Malta EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
100% Simshar (2014) Cremona has delivered something that has been well worth the wait, resulting in a motion picture that is a worthy ambassador for Malta's film industry. - Times of Malta EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
21% Sabotage (2014) The story boasts a dramatic personae of larger-than-life characters that are physically imposing but have little by way of personality. - Times of Malta EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
27% Pompeii (2014) If the film lacks energy up to this point, it more than makes up for it hereon in, saving this disaster film from being a complete and utter disaster. - Times of Malta EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
20% Tarzan (2014) It all looks suitably nice and colorful and jungle. But is never spectacular in the sense that it takes your breath away, and the humans are a little bland and personality-free. - Times of Malta EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
18% Ride Along (2014) This is a film rife with buddy comedy/opposites collide/fish-out-of-water clichés that by now have been done to death and so fail to really register on any level let alone a comedy one. - Times of Malta EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
25% The Other Woman (2014) The Other Woman looked promising, it doesn't quite escape the confines of predictability. Instead, it is sadly a squandered opportunity to carry the funny torch ignited by Bridesmaids. - Times of Malta EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
42% Divergent (2014) The story is told in a much too clinical fashion. - Times of Malta EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
91% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) It is certainly a magical and childlike way of storytelling, even if the content is a little more adult. - Times of Malta EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
75% Godzilla (2014) The film suffers exposition overload and the plot threads unravel somewhat; the script by Max Borenstein veers off in one direction too many. This is no fault of the cast, a solid mix of the veteran and the new. - Times of Malta EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
90% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) The excellent script by Simon Kinberg, and the assured direction by Singer, ensure that each character does their job, and never feels extraneous. - Times of Malta EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
35% Labor Day (2014) This works is also down to Winslet and Brolin. They certainly share smoldering chemistry, which helps no end, but they also add depth and meaning to roles which in others' hands could have easily been flat. - Times of Malta EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
91% The Great Beauty (2013) The director certainly makes the most of Rome and its great beauty, making the city as much a protagonist as Jep. - Times of Malta EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
37% The Quiet Ones (2014) With its intelligent approach to its story, a solid cast, and just enough scares to keep the interest from flagging, The Quiet Ones is a worthy if slightly flawed entry into the Hammer canon. - Times of Malta EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
83% The Double (2014) It is always refreshing to be able to witness something that lies outside the box of the conventional. The Double always fascinates and, despite the confusing narrative. - Times of Malta EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
90% Calvary (2014) The setting and the plot form the basis of an exquisitely-written script that provides great fodder for the exceptional ensemble of characters; many of them bit parts, each of whom however gets their moment to shine. - Times of Malta EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
33% A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) Good idea, indeed, but the lazy writing resorts to tiresome clichés, thinly-sketched characters, gags that for the most part miss their mark, sloppy narrative and a script in which most lines feature the F-word and derivatives thereof. - Times of Malta EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
43% Postman Pat: The Movie (2014) [It's] ends up juggling too many issues, and can't decide whether it's a modernizing of a popular children's character. - Times of Malta EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
53% Maleficent (2014) While it may in moments be a bit dark for very young ones, it is a great family film, worthy of the Disney canon. - Times of Malta EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
14% Blended (2014) There is only so much one can swallow the same shtick film after film. - Times of Malta EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
4/5 76% Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014) It is always provocative, often clinical, rarely titillating. However, the film itself is so much more than that, that it would be unfair to rate it purely on its sexual content. - Times of Malta EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
3/5 70% Cold Pursuit (2019) It is a film full of quirks, but of little depth. - Times of Malta EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
85% Under the Skin (2014) It is a challenging role for the actress and she [Scarlett Johansson] rises to it seamlessly. - Times of Malta EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
84% 22 Jump Street (2014) Tatum and Hill share remarkably good chemistry and both fall back into their respective roles of lovable if slightly dim jock and self-conscious nerd with ease. - Times of Malta EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019