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
3/5 No Score Yet The Wedding Year (2019) While much of the movie is rather corny and predictable, there are some hilarious sequences along the way, mainly thanks to a cast adept at finding the funny side in their characters. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
2.5/5 83% Ad Astra (2019) [Brad] Pitt's star power gives the film some badly needed oomph... So it's a shame that the stoic father-son stuff ultimately feels so underwhelming. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
2.5/5 87% Hustlers (2019) These women unapologetically love being rich, but they never seem to realise that attacking vile men isn't actually a way forward. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
78% Downton Abbey (2019) It may be a shameless crowd-pleaser from start to finish, but Fellowes is also quietly continuing his exploration of the enduring fragility of the class system. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
3/5 62% The Sound of Silence (2019) [Michael] Tyburski creates a terrific sense of atmosphere... But the story naggingly refuses to come to life, rolling along without generating any sense of momentum or direction. At least the themes keep it intriguing. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
3.5/5 88% Empathy, Inc. (2019) Director Yedidya Gorsetman and writer Mark Leidner have come up with a fantastic story that really gets under the skin. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
3/5 72% Phoenix (Føniks) (2018) The film grabs hold emotionally to create driving tension in a story that has profoundly sad implications. So it's perhaps somewhat troubling that filmmaker Camilla Strom Henriksen offers her characters so little hope. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
4/5 92% Monos (2019) This is bold, vivid storytelling that continually catches the audience off guard with its often full-on depiction of humanity outside the rules. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
3.5/5 67% Cargo (2017) The slow pace and darkly disturbing narrative are sometimes a bit taxing, but the complex, messy characters remain deeply compelling. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
4.5/5 88% The Blonde One (2019) It's an involving, moving exploration of the nature of relationships, transcending the homoerotic set-up to explore deeper human emotions and larger societal issues. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
4/5 63% Scarborough (2019) This is a powerful exploration of the nature of love and relationships, most notably the way we know for sure that we're drawn to someone, even if it might not be a good idea - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
3.5/5 98% Rojo (2019) This period drama quickly gets under the skin thanks to writer-director Benjamin Naishtat stylishly intimate storytelling and understated performances from the cast. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
3/5 16% Night Hunter (Nomis) (2019) Writer-director Raymond often tries to over-complicate things with unnecessary cross-cutting and awkward action sequences. But at the centre, there's some solid dramatic tension in a variety of inter-relationships, both personal and professional. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
3.5/5 62% It Chapter Two (2019) It's a huge movie, even longer than 2017's first chapter, but there's never a dull moment as each scene carries some sort of freak-out. And even though it's corny and far, far too long, there are plenty of scary bits and strong emotions too. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
100% A Good Woman Is Hard to Find (2019) Watching this mamma bear protect her young is frankly exhilarating. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Extracurricular (2019) Director Ray Xue establishes a dark and very serious tone while keeping things authentic with offhanded interaction and complex character detail. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
3/5 75% Spider in the Web (2019) While there are some strong scenes in the final act, the emotional kick simply isn't there. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
4/5 100% Seahorse (2019) Filmmaker Jeanie Finlay takes a bracingly honest approach, never shying away from anything while remaining sensitive to the nuances of [McConnell] Freddy's situation. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
4/5 90% The Souvenir (2019) Swinton Byrne is excellent, underplaying Julie with a riveting attention to detail that allows the audience to see right through her. She's basically an empty shell looking for depth in all the wrong places. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
4/5 33% A Million Little Pieces (2019) James [Frey's] journey through this stint in rehab stubbornly refuses to take the usual route... And it's this sense of realism, combined with the raw performances, that makes the film memorable. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
3/5 94% The Mustang (2019) There's a gentle authenticity to this prison drama that brings out some surprising emotions. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
3.5/5 No Score Yet Southern Pride (2018) With a quietly urgent pace, intimate interviews and a strong sense of social justice, this is an important cinematic work exploring efforts to create LGBTQ events that offer an antidote to hatred coming from the White House. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2019
3/5 75% Feedback (2019) It's a gritty freak-out that horrifically, and entertainingly, feels like it simply won't end. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
3.5/5 79% Memory: The Origins of Alien (2019) It's a thoroughly enjoyable film, with candid interviews with people involved in making the movie as well as various pundits. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
1.5/5 No Score Yet Killers Anonymous (2019) There are some clever touches in the script, from surprising plot twists and dramatic revelations to an askance exploration of mortality. But the way the film is assembled leaves the audience always feeling like they're not privy to the joke. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
3/5 68% Asterix: The Secret of the Magic Potion (Astérix - Le secret de la potion magique) (2018) It's such gleefully ridiculous fun that it's impossible to mind too much. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
3/5 93% By the Grace of God (Grâce à Dieu) (2019) Not only is this film right up-to-date, but [Francois] Ozon has cleverly woven together these stories about real people into a narrative that has a driving but never strident sense of urgent, righteous anger. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
3.5/5 73% Adam (2019) The film offers a bold perspective on how it feels to be outside mainstream society, seeking a community of like-minded people. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
4/5 82% This is not Berlin (2019) [Hari] Sama's filmmaking gets rather fragmented at times, but he thankfully remembers to include several resonant emotional kicks. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
3.5/5 90% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) [Paul Downs] Colaizzo directs the film in a lively, jostling style that adeptly captures Brittany's perception of events around her. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
3/5 18% Hot Air (2019) There isn't an unpredictable moment in this film, but director Frank Coraci is experienced at keeping the pace brisk while making unlikeable characters engaging. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
3.5/5 82% Crawl (2019) Even though it's downright ludicrous, the movie is never played as a parody, homages to Jaws notwithstanding. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
3.5/5 79% Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) There's never much of a question about where it's heading, but there's a lot of gruesome fun to be had along the way. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
3/5 94% The Last Tree (2019) The film is beautiful to look at, and is often moving, but it also feels somewhat incomplete. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
3.5/5 72% The Shiny Shrimps (Les Crevettes pailletées) (2019) The Shrimps are funny on their own, and their bouncy camaraderie is often hysterical, even as it astutely observes how gay men create families with each other. So it's frustrating that the script feels somewhat unfinished. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
4.5/5 No Score Yet Nevrland (2019) [Gregor] Schmidinger channels this material with intent: this young man isn't wallowing in his mental turmoil, he's working a way through it. Which makes the film exhilarating. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
4/5 93% Luce (2019) As the film threatens to become a full-on thriller, it loses some of its dramatic power. But it remans challenging and important, and what it says about the world is seriously wrenching. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
3/5 43% After the Wedding (2019) The story feels melodramatic now, and its twisty plot is underpowered. Still, the surprises pack a powerful emotional punch, played to the hilt by [Julianne] Moore, [Michelle] Williams and company. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
3/5 77% I Trapped The Devil (2019) Confined to a creepy house, the movie has a superb claustrophobic tone, both visually and psychologically. But the pace is slow as it churns along in between some atmospherically freaky moments. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
4/5 100% Bait (2019) The distinctive camerawork and performances create some properly gripping suspense. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
4/5 93% End of the Century (2019) It's remarkably hopeful and deeply moving. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet One Last Night (2019) The film has several good ideas in it, and the characters are intriguing, but [Anthony] Sabet doesn't quite pick up anything and run with it. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
5/5 100% Apocalypse Now: Final Cut (2019) Timeless in every way. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
3/5 94% Transit (2019) [Christian] Petzold's approach is original enough to continually catch the audience off guard, provoking some difficult conversations. But it never quite grabs hold dramatically. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
3/5 27% UglyDolls (2019) Thankfully, the voice cast is packed with popstars who are great at pouring sparky attitude into their performances. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
3/5 79% Good Boys (2019) Viewers who live in this kind of false nostalgia will love it, because it has a steady stream of genuinely funny moments. But life was never like this. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
4.5/5 100% Tu Me Manques (2019) It's a finely written and directed film, packed with clever observations and engaging characters in the present, surreal flashbacks and looking forward to the groundbreaking play, which changed the law in Bolivia. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
5/5 95% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) The movie is of course visually sumptuous, but there's also a confident maturity in the storytelling that makes several moments drop-dead gorgeous. It's, quite simply, a stunner. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
1.5/5 10% ECCO (2019) There's a solid idea undergirding the story, but the plot's shape is obscured as the film flickers between multiple periods, intercut in a way that muddles rather than clarifies - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2019
3.5/5 95% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) With the film's gently loping pace and rather obvious villainous subplot, there's a sense that it was made up as the cast and crew went along. This adds an improvisational charm to the story, even as it twists through some rather predictable beats. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2019