Sarah Boslaugh

Sarah Boslaugh
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
5/10 96% Marriage Story (2019) It's not a terrible movie, there are things to admire about it, but you leave the theatre underwhelmed and wondering what all the fuss was about. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2019
7/10 100% Liyana (2018) ...a film that can be enjoyed by both children and parents, and which tells a story different from the usual animated children's fare. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2019
7/10 79% Cyrano, My Love (Edmond) (2019) ... a beautifully produced piece of arthouse cinema... - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
6/10 75% New York Stories (1989) Oedipus Wrecks...is a real gift to people who want to see a quintessential Woody Allen movie but only have 40 minutes to spare. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2019
7/10 97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) ...a film that's all about making sense of the present by coming to terms with the past. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
8/10 95% The Queen of Spades (1949) ... full of big ideas and grand feelings along with the psychological intrigue and hint of the supernatural that give this film a special edge. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2019
6/10 No Score Yet The Mind Benders (1963) ...a strange little film that explores what was then a trendy topic (the effects of sensory deprivation on the mind, as presented in a popular novel of the day) in a way that's both disturbing and memorable. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2019
7/10 100% This Magnificent Cake! (Ce magnifique gâteau!) (2019) ...uses satire bordering on absurdity to refer to a horror that, if it were expressed directly, few could bear to watch. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
7/10 86% Where's My Roy Cohn? (2019) ...when Roy Cohn said "Don't tell me about the law, just tell me who the judge is," he wasn't kidding-because if you can't work the law, you can always work the judge. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
7/10 96% First Love (Hatsukoi) (2019) ...a well-made movie crammed with action, humor, and heart, along with ample servings of the director's trademark graphic violence. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
7/10 97% Tigers Are Not Afraid (Vuelven) (2019) ...when life is as crazy as it is for these kids, when right and wrong are as distorted as they are in the politics and power struggles of the world they live in, who is to say what's realistic and is a product of a fevered imagination? - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
6/10 88% Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019) The heart of Epstein and Friedman's film is a series of well-chosen clips of Ronstadt's performances... - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
5/10 83% Official Secrets (2019) There's plenty of drama inherent in the events of this film, but you'd never know it from the final product. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
6/10 60% Them That Follow (2019) ...has enough of interest to make it worth watching, not least the effort it makes to get inside a culture that remains as foreign to most Americans as that of Classical Japan or Imperial Russia. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
5/10 60% Brian Banks (2019) If good intentions and a righteous cause were enough to make a film outstanding, Brian Banks would win all the Oscars come next February. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
6/10 96% Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2019) ...a lively film that incorporates archival materials, contemporary interviews, film clips, animation, and narration by Jodie Foster. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
4/10 64% The Mountain (2019) If you love stylization for its own sake, you might really enjoy The Mountain (and that goes double if you're from the "expressionless means really deep" school of thought)... - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
6/10 No Score Yet The Island of Cats (2019) ...[celebrates] the simple gifts of life and the beauty and calmness of the non-urbanized areas of Japan. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
6/10 79% Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) Even if Cohen is not your man, however, it's worth seeing for its sometimes rather frank discussions of life on Hydra. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
6/10 88% Death Takes a Holiday (1934) The real visual treats in Death Takes a Holiday, however, come from the art decoration by Hans Dreier and Ernst Fegté. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
7/10 72% Shooting the Mafia (2019) Battaglia's photographs are notable not merely for the fact that she had the courage to take them, but also for her strong sense of style, as is evident from the many photographs included in this film. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
4/10 84% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) All the characters seem to be suffering from flat affect, speaking their stilted dialogue in a monotone that suggests they're as if they were as bored with it as we are. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
7/10 86% We Are Little Zombies (2019) ...manages to be at once inventive, self-assured, and psychologically astute. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
5/10 59% Astronaut (2019) ...relies far too much on wishful thinking and has a magpie-like habit of incorporating undigested bits and pieces of better movies into its story line. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2019
6/10 No Score Yet The Wonderland (2019) The best thing about The Wonderland is the inventive visual world created by the animation team, led by concept artist and character designer Ilya Kuvshinov. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2019
6/10 25% Sadako (2019) From the opening frames of Sadako, Nakata demonstrates his mastery of horror tropes, creating suspense through a series of shots that are alternatingly innocuous and threatening. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2019
7/10 80% Chiwawa (Chiwawa-chan) (2019) Writer/director Ken Ninomiya respects his story (adapted from a manga by Kyoko Okazai) and his characters, and the latter certainly seem to be having a lot of fun...even if it also becomes clear that they're all working at it a bit too hard. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2019
7/10 91% Alphaville (1965) ...Godard is having a bit of a laugh...and if everything in this film is just too much of whatever it is, that's totally deliberate on his part. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2019
8/10 97% Bob le Flambeur (1955) Bob is the perfect Jean-Pierre Melville hero...and Bob le flambeur (Bob the gambler) is about as characteristic a Melville movie as you'll ever see. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2019
8/10 97% Dead of Night (1945) ...built around a frame story that's the equal of any of the stories-within-a-story that are the main appeal of most horror anthologies. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2019
8/10 96% Léon Morin, Prêtre (Leon Morin, Priest) (The Forgiven Sinner) (1961) ...a richly rewarding film that ultimately reveals its connections to other works in Melville's opus. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
3/10 32% Being Frank (2019) ...a tonally inconsistent, unsatisfying film that is neither funny nor insightful... - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2019
6/10 89% American Woman (2019) ...[Sienna Miller] almost single-handedly carries Jake Scott's American Woman, an odd movie but a great showcase for her talents. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
7/10 92% Echo In the Canyon (2019) ... one great big lovefest dedicated to some extraordinary music and the fond memories of the people who created it - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
5/10 43% The Tomorrow Man (2019) Unfortunately, the screenplay mainly uses Ed's prepper mentality as setup for a conventional romantic drama... - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
7/10 94% Shadow (2019) While the story is convoluted, the film is actually pretty easy to follow, because great care has been taken to make the principal characters visually distinctive. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
7/10 79% Photograph (2019) ...one of the sweetest, gentlest rom-coms you will ever see. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
7/10 80% Robbery (1967) ...an old-school procedural, expertly shot by Douglas Slocombe... - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
5/10 66% The White Crow (2019) ...constant cutting between three eras of Nureyev's life, in a manner that highlights the cleverness of the screenwriter (David Hare) in a "see what I did there?" manner.. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
6/10 86% The Graduation (Le concours) (2016) ...of inherent interest to those who follow global film, because France is a major player in the film world, and la Fémis is a major player in the French film industry. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
7/10 93% Long Day's Journey Into Night (Di qiu zui hou de ye wan) (2019) ...a film that is just about as arthouse as any film could be. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
6/10 No Score Yet The Man Who Haunted Himself (1970) Everyone is British to the hilt, to the point where you may suspect (as do I) that Dearden is having a bit of fun at his countrymen's expense... - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
4/10 50% The Nightcomers (1972) ...positively reviewed upon initial release, and Brando was nominated for a BAFTA, but I can't for the life of me figure out why. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
6/10 39% Hannibal (2001) Part of the appeal of the Hannibal Lecter novels and films is the complexity of the principal character, who is at once a reprehensible murderer and a moral force for justice. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2019
6/10 81% Hesburgh (2019) ...Hesburgh understood the privilege granted him by virtue of his skin color, the reality of life for those not born with that privilege, and was willing to stick his neck out to articulate the difference... - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
9/10 95% Vertigo (1958) Audiences and critics in 1958 were not prepared to deal with the kind of twisted darkness Vertigo presents so clearly ... but hopefully we're all grown up now and able to deal with it. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
6/10 60% Sunset (Napszállta) (2019) ... deliberately opaque and relies heavily on atmosphere, keeping the viewer in a state of befuddlement similar to that experienced by Irisz herself. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
4/10 68% Stockholm (2019) Stockholm doesn't work as a thriller, lacks psychological insight, and is pretty limited in terms of humor as well... - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
6/10 90% Wild Nights with Emily (2019) I don't know if this latest take on Emily Dickinson is the right one, historically speaking, but it's certainly plausible and a whole lot more fun than the one-note Emily you were probably taught in school. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
6/10 No Score Yet Rainbow Warrior (1993) ...an enjoyable film, with production values well above that of a typical television movie. - TheArtsStl EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019