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Film-Forward.com is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Kent Turner, Nora Lee Mandel, Phil Guie, Phil Hall, Rania Richardson
Rating Title/Year Author
3/4 The Kingmaker (2019) Kent Turner If viewers find it easy to scoff at the pretensions of the former first lady, they'll think twice when the tone and focus shift midway ... and expand into a bigger picture of the recent Filipino political scene EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2019
2/4 The Report (2019) Kent Turner With plenty of details about names and places thrown at viewers, the film demands close attention-and coffee. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
3/4 Ford v Ferrari (2019) Kent Turner The movie offers, to quote Miss Somerset from Thornton Wilder's 1942 play The Skin of Our Teeth, "good entertainment with a message you can take home with you." EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
2.5/4 () Kent Turner Sharp-eyed and affable EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2019
2.5/4 () Kent Turner At 75 minutes, the movie is short and sharp. Lunch continues to look back, and forward, in anger. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2019
2/4 () Kent Turner He Dreams of Giants is like an extended making-of documentary: typical for international co-productions, there are money worries, and the production also falls behind schedule. Yet there is little interaction with the actors. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2019
3/4 The Irishman (2019) Kent Turner Though this is a lucidly told and often engrossing labyrinth of a tale, it's also a bit hollow at its center. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
3.5/4 Letter to the Editor (2019) Kent Turner News junkies should make the pleasurable Letter to the Editor a priority. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
3/4 () Kent Turner Director Laurie Lynd's illuminating and arresting documentary will make you rethink the established recorded history of the early days of the AIDS epidemic. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
4/4 Marriage Story (2019) Rania Richardson Noah Baumbach digs deep to explore the facets of modern uncoupling. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
3/4 Freedom (2019) Kent Turner The film has a strange, almost hypnotic pull, while turning its watchers into complicit voyeurs. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2019
3.5/4 Varda by Agnès (2019) Rania Richardson A master class that brings valuable insights to Varda's significant career, more than six decades after it began. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2019
3/4 The Cave (2019) Kent Turner Briskly paced and with many incredibly intense moments. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2019
3/4 Grâce à Dieu (2018) Kent Turner Methodically and steadily, French writer-director François Ozon builds an efficient and damning case. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
3.5/4 Parasite (2019) Kent Turner An unmistakable crowd pleaser ... featuring a linear steel trap of a script. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2019
3/4 A Girl Missing (2020) Kent Turner A steadily absorbing crime thriller with at least two satisfying twists. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2019
2/4 () Kent Turner The slice-of-life vignettes introduce intriguing, credible characters, who stand out in contrast to the imposed ambiguity of the tight-lipped ending. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2019
2.5/4 Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) Kent Turner After a visually dazzling and nimble first half, the momentum deflates in the second hour as the film becomes more conventional. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2019
2.5/4 Atlantics (2019) Kent Turner [Diop's] movie stands out for its combination of tones and moods ... along with a terrific melancholic and spacey score by Fatima Al Qadiri. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2019
2/4 Young Ahmed (2019) Kent Turner A novella of a film that introduces a premise but then doesn't quite expand upon it. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2019
4/5 Gift (2018) Phil Guie McKenna does not play favorites, judging all of her subjects to be as deserving of sympathy and admiration as any of the others. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2019
5/10 Ad Astra (2019) Nora Lee Mandel While richly imagines practical and interpersonal aspects of settlement on the moon and beyond, the insights on human nature are on the simplistic level of pop psychology. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
3/4 Judy (2019) Kent Turner If the movie needs a justification at all, it has that, in spades, in Zellweger's exhaustive and soulful interpretation. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
3/4 Australian Dream (1987) Kent Turner An essential film on race and sports, and of the emotional and professional cost of a person of color speaking up and taking a stand. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2019
2.5/4 Frankie (2019) Kent Turner The scenery here is not just part of the show, it's the main event. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
2/5 Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) Phil Guie Brittany Runs a Marathon does have some strengths, starting with Bell, who often makes scenes funnier by playing them as straight as possible. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
5/5 Fin de siglo (2019) Phil Guie [The] real star of the film is Castro, who captures the deliberate rhythms of a life lived in the moment. EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2019
7/10 What You Gonna Do When The World's On Fire? (2018) Nora Lee Mandel Close trust between director and residents gives viewers unusually revealing experience of stressful #BlackLivesMatter summer...Finds hope and optimism against enormous. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
6/10 After the Wedding (2019) Nora Lee Mandel Saved from cloying melodrama by the heartfelt anguish seeping through grown-up dialogue spoken by fine actors, gorgeous scenery photographed by cinematographer Julio Macat. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
3/4 The Nightingale (2018) Kent Turner If Kent's first film, The Babadook (2014), had a sinister undercurrent, her new and more multifaceted film unleashes it in full force. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2019
5/5 The Distant Barking of Dogs (2017) Phil Guie Director Simon Lereng Wilmont offers an intimate view, in which the mundane and terrible often co-exist uneasily. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
7/10 The Great Hack (2019) Nora Lee Mandel Individuals profiled are involving guides to some of legal, ethical, social, and individual ramifications on theme: personal data is now a commodity more valuable than oil. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
6/10 Tel Aviv on Fire (2018) Nora Lee Mandel Incendiary title plays with the one subject both have in common: the love of soap operas...Zoabi achieves his goal: films with Palestinians & Israelis together can be funny. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
5/5 For Sama (2019) Phil Guie The point of view belongs entirely to journalist and co-director Waad al-Kateab, whose status as a mother significantly raises the stakes of an already high-risk situation. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2019
2.5/5 Skin (2018) Kent Turner The screenplay emphasizes-beatdown by beatdown-Widner's attempts to flee from the white separatists and the ways in which they retaliate. An inevitable showdown awaits him, but not an insightful psychological breakthrough. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2019
5/10 Mike Wallace Is Here (2019) Nora Lee Mandel Superficially reveals how he stayed on top and the impact of his aggressive tactics on television journalism. Some hints was really the investigative producers' show. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
3/4 De lo mio (2019) Kent Turner A fine family drama of regret and remembrance. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
2.5/4 So Pretty (2019) Kent Turner A low-key, languid, slice-of-life take on a queer intellectual household in Brooklyn. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
3.5/4 Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Kent Turner Though the director's rendering of history in this movie and Inglourious Basterds is of his own making, his characters are convincingly made of flesh and blood. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
6/10 David Crosby: Remember My Name (2019) Nora Lee Mandel Another tale of sex, drugs & rock 'n' roll, told in terms of 12-steps admission of guilt and music by a founding member of boomer-faves...Musical memories are of most value. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
4/5 Luz (2018) Phil Guie Singer is clearly adept at creating atmosphere, and there is more than a little David Cronenberg influence visible in the way he distorts the human body to disturbing effect. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
8/10 The Reports on Sarah and Saleem (2018) Nora Lee Mandel Serious and grimly realistic take on romance between Israelis and Palestinians...Risks of private human folly...contrasts privilege, class, bitter politics in stark relief. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
4.5/5 The Farewell (2019) Phil Guie Wang [suggests] that how one feels about families telling the truth--whether they must be forthright with one another at all times--depends on the culture they have been immersed in. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
3/3 Ray & Liz (2018) Kent Turner An epiphany-free zone. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
6/10 Back to the Fatherland (2017) Nora Lee Mandel Looks sympathetically but superficially to past and present of internal family dynamics for Israeli 3rd generation in Germany/Austria from Holocaust survivor grandparents . EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2019
5/5 Maiden (2018) Phil Guie The film doesn't hesitate to present Edwards in an unflattering light; several crew members admit that the pressures around making the team a reality made her incredibly unpleasant to be around. But there is also no denying her determination. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2019
6/10 Wild Rose (2018) Nora Lee Mandel Social realism dissipates into a fantasy lifted by Jessie Buckley's charisma...bursting with a force that outshines a familiar story, puts across any country song with verve EDIT
Posted Jun 23, 2019
8/10 High Life (2018) Nora Lee Mandel Confined setting for the space crew to explore their primal physical and emotional needs...Tensions escalate...but images that stick are...warmth...of tender paternal love. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
1/5 Endzeit (2018) Phil Guie Hellsgård coaxes committed performances out of her two main leads, and Dyrholm... is wonderfully creepy and stoic. But so much else is a let-down. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2019
2.5/4 This One's for the Ladies (2018) Kent Turner As if realizing that a G-string can only be stretched so far, Graham uses the strip-a-thon as a gateway ... Essentially, the director profiles a panting sisterhood of mostly middle-age African American women, the self-described Classy Nasty Ladies. EDIT
Posted Jun 15, 2019