Rich Cline

Rich Cline
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
California-born journalist living in London since 1992, reviewing films for the BBC, various magazines and radio stations, Shadows on the Wall, Film Threat and others...
Favorites:
La Strada, Rear Window, Star Wars, Apocalypse Now, Citizen Kane, The Stunt Man
Critics' Group: Online Film Critics Society
Location: London, UK
Official Websites: shadowsonthewall.co.uk

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4.5/5 97% Marriage Story (2019) Essentially, this is about two people who deeply love each other but decide to hurt each other anyways. So it will also feel eerily familiar to most viewers. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
3/5 85% Klaus (2019) This animated Christmas comedy has a lot of kinetic energy to it, telling an engaging story with snappy humour and outrageously silly characters. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
3.5/5 60% Driven (2019) It's a twisty, crazy story that would be hard to believe if it didn't really happen. British filmmakers Nick Hamm and Colin Bateman never quite make it feel like a California story, but they give the film a terrific disco vibe. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
3/5 42% Midway (2019) As a bluntly told tale of a battle that turned the tide, this still gets the adrenaline pumping. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
3/5 69% The Good Liar (2019) [Ian] McKellen and [Helen] Mirren have such twinkling energy that they can't help but carry us through pretty much anything the plot throws at us. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
3/5 82% The Aeronauts (2019) There's a lot of awesome aerial scenery and a breezily entertaining story about historical risk-takers who contributed to the body of knowledge we all take for granted today. It's an easy film to enjoy, even if there's not much to take away. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
3/5 51% Last Christmas (2019) The film wobbles in its more heartwarming moments, but thankfully [Paul] Feig never lays anything on thickly. And the fantastic song score keeps it grounded as well. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
4/5 93% Honey Boy (2019) [Shia] LaBeouf's work is astonishing, both writing with such openness and playing James in a sympathetic way that never justifies his considerable flaws. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
3.5/5 63% The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2019) The plot is wacky and meandering, but [Terry] Gilliam infuses it with a gleefully freewheeling tone, taking flights of fancy at every turn. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Cousins (2019) At its core, the film is a remarkably sweet love story. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Spell (2019) Actor-writer [Barak] Hardley gives Benny a likeably ramshackle personality as a cheerful dork who resists pretty much everything that comes his way, but gives in eventually. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
5/5 96% The Irishman (2019) Yes, this is a movie about a very violent segment of US society that is fully ingrained, despite official denials. It's also massively entertaining: funny, emotional, shocking, intense and unnervingly true. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
3/5 76% Doctor Sleep (2019) The story is more suited to a gritty, introspective approach, so the blockbuster elements feel a bit flimsy. And some Kubrickian touches feel like a stretch. But the bold tone builds real tension, especially in some downright brutal moments. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
3.5/5 88% Bloody Marie (2019) It's a haunting drama that skilfully avoids cliches. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
4/5 60% Earthquake Bird (2019) It's the kind of movie that gets into our heads and gleefully messes with our perception of both the thriller genre and the world at large - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
3.5/5 91% The Two Popes (2019) Clever writing and directing, plus two titanic performances, make this fact-based drama both challenging and entertaining. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
4/5 85% Sorry We Missed You (2019) It's an angry rant of a movie, unafraid to travel into dark corners. But it remains grounded in its honest depiction of real-life situations and earthy characters. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
2/5 56% The Beach Bum (2019) Aside from his general joie de vivre, there's nothing likeable about Moondog. So it's very difficult to celebrate him as a poetic hero rather than just a rich jerk who has had far more luck than he deserves. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
3/5 43% The Addams Family (2019) There's frenetic energy in this animated revamp of the iconic comic strip, and it's both engaging and exhausting. Thankfully, along with the kookiness, the filmmakers make sure the film is creepy and spooky. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
1.5/5 51% Black and Blue (2019) Audiences out for a movie that won't make them think might be able to enjoy this, but aside from the fabulous Harris and some beyond-mindless violence, there isn't much to see here. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
3/5 71% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) While the film has a certain popcorn-chomping charm, it ultimately feels somewhat pointless. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet Imperial Blue (2019) Director-cowriter Dan Moss is working with a great idea here, but the script perhaps wasn't quite ready to shoot, as it is riddled with gaps in logic. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
93% Tremors (Temblores) (2019) Complex and very tough, this Guatemalan drama dives into an issue that is hugely contentious in this strongly religious culture, as a family refuses to accept homosexuality as anything other than a sin - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019
4/5 78% Martin Eden (2019) Essentially experimental, [Pietro] Marcello assembles this movie as a collage of imagery and topical themes that are cleverly hooked into a driving central narrative. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019
4/5 83% Ema (2019) It's a riveting cinematic journey, packed with moments that are darkly chilling as well as sweetly moving. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019
3.5/5 58% Matthias and Maxime (2019) The film is vivid and edgy, packed with beautifully played moments and some real emotion. But it ends just when it begins to get properly powerful. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019
4/5 93% And Then We Danced (2019) There's a lovely mix of personal emotion and societal outrage in this sensitive Georgian coming-of-age drama. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019
3.5/5 No Score Yet The Third (2019) With a somewhat cheesy tone, it's nicely shot and edited in an unflashy way that centres on the characters, depicting things in a refreshingly matter-of-fact way - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
2/5 40% Rare Beasts (2019) There's clearly a lot going on here, but this densely stylistic filmmaking works better in a short. At feature length, the audience literally loses the plot. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
3.5/5 60% Dark Encounter (Transience) (2019) The film often feels gimmicky, especially when it's trying to push the emotions, but it's still involving. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
4/5 78% Greener Grass (2019) Drenched in lurid pinks and blues, the film looks simply amazing, and actor-filmmakers Jocelyn DeBoer and Dawn Luebbe pack every moment with witty touches, astutely skewering a society that places value on surface over substance. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
3.5/5 92% The Lighthouse (2019) Once again, [Robert] Eggers proves at expert at bringing elemental cultural touchstones to vivid life on-screen. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
3/5 100% Mystify: Michael Hutchence (2019) It's beautifully assembled by [Richard] Lowenstein, who lets [Michael] Hutchence and his friends, family and colleagues recount his story in remarkable detail. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
3.5/5 88% Non-Fiction (Doubles vies) (2019) Without a central plot, the film swirls around conversations between five main characters whose lives are engagingly intertwined. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
4/5 96% Harpoon (2019) The film is strikingly shot, writer-director Rob Grant layers in strong undercurrents that keep the story staggeringly tense, and the three lead actors are terrific. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
4/5 82% Official Secrets (2019) It's a strikingly well-made film that moves at a gripping pace to uncover a horrific violation of trust by the US and UK governments. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
2/5 40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) As before, it's livened up by super-whizzy Disney effects, plus a cast that goes for broke. But the story is problematic on so many levels that the film isn't easy to watch. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
4/5 97% Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (2019) The blending of rural English farmyard life with a whizzy outer space adventure is remarkably seamless, with massive set-pieces that generate thrills and constant silliness on a variety of layers, aimed at young and old. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
3/5 68% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) It's a snappy, engaging and often hilarious romp, with a few moments of crazed action to liven things up further. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
4/5 54% Wounds (2019) Following on from his inventive Iranian horror Under the Shadow, filmmaker Babak Anvari breathes fresh life into an American-set scary movie. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
2.5/5 88% Vivarium (2019) So overtly allegorical that there isn't much to discover, this enjoyably offbeat Irish thriller is compulsively watchable. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
3/5 78% Judy & Punch (2019) The plot meanders all over the place, and the pacing is rather uneven, but it carries a fierce a kick of righteous anger about some big issues. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
5/5 99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) Bong [Joon-ho] plays merrily with the narrative, spinning it in ways that add clever observations on the themes while deepening characters and keeping the audience both amused and unnerved. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
3/5 50% Farming (2019) Watching this film is like being slapped in the face, which is surely [Adewale] Akinnuoye-Agbaje's intention. What he went through is appalling from any angle. This is a big story, and it's well told, but there's a lot more to it. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
3.5/5 88% American Woman (2019) The film remains remarkably grounded, never tipping into melodrama even when some scenes become emotionally overheated. And director Jake Scott also leads the actors to give unusually raw performances that bristle with honesty. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
4/5 71% The King (2019) The script is so sharp, and the actors so good at finding the textures of their characters, that the story comes to life with some surprising moments of modern-day resonance. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Don't Look Down (Haut perchés) (2019) It's an intriguing look at the idea of toxic relationships, as well as how quickly strangers can connect if they're willing to open up. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
4/5 97% Knives Out (2019) It's enjoyable to watch these privileged snobs squirm. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
4/5 79% Jojo Rabbit (2019) The film is solidly well-made, with a terrific cast of comical geniuses romping through the scenery. So while the mood change from wacky to serious feels abrupt, the central story's pathos strikes a chord. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
3/5 100% Rialto (2019) It's a little too mumbly and mopey to engage properly, and perhaps too deliberately pointed as well. But it's so intimately directed by Peter Mackie Burns that it can't help but be moving. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019