Shadows on the Wall

Shadows on the Wall is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Derek Malcolm, Rich Cline
Rating Title/Year Author
4.5/5 Marriage Story (2019) Rich Cline 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2019
3/5 Klaus (2019) Rich Cline This animated Christmas comedy has a lot of kinetic energy to it, telling an engaging story with snappy humour and outrageously silly characters. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2019
3.5/5 Driven (2018) Rich Cline 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2019
3/5 Midway (2019) Rich Cline As a bluntly told tale of a battle that turned the tide, this still gets the adrenaline pumping. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2019
3/5 The Good Liar (2019) Rich Cline [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. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2019
3/5 The Aeronauts (2019) Rich Cline 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2019
3/5 Last Christmas (2019) Rich Cline 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
4/5 Honey Boy (2019) Rich Cline [Shia] LaBeouf's work is astonishing, both writing with such openness and playing James in a sympathetic way that never justifies his considerable flaws. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
3.5/5 The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018) Rich Cline The plot is wacky and meandering, but [Terry] Gilliam infuses it with a gleefully freewheeling tone, taking flights of fancy at every turn. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2019
4/5 Cousins (2019) Rich Cline At its core, the film is a remarkably sweet love story. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2019
4/5 Spell (2018) Rich Cline 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2019
5/5 The Irishman (2019) Rich Cline 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2019
3/5 Doctor Sleep (2019) Rich Cline 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2019
3.5/5 Bloody Marie (2019) Rich Cline It's a haunting drama that skilfully avoids cliches. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
4/5 Earthquake Bird (2019) Rich Cline 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 EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
3.5/5 The Two Popes (2019) Rich Cline Clever writing and directing, plus two titanic performances, make this fact-based drama both challenging and entertaining. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2019
4/5 Sorry We Missed You (2019) Rich Cline 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. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2019
2/5 The Beach Bum (2019) Rich Cline 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. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2019
3/5 The Addams Family (2019) Rich Cline 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. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2019
1.5/5 Black and Blue (2019) Rich Cline 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. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2019
3/5 Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Rich Cline While the film has a certain popcorn-chomping charm, it ultimately feels somewhat pointless. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2019
2/5 () Rich Cline 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. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
Tremors (Temblores) (2019) Rich Cline 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 EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2019
4/5 Martin Eden (2019) Rich Cline Essentially experimental, [Pietro] Marcello assembles this movie as a collage of imagery and topical themes that are cleverly hooked into a driving central narrative. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2019
4/5 () Rich Cline It's a riveting cinematic journey, packed with moments that are darkly chilling as well as sweetly moving. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2019
3.5/5 Matthias & Maxime (2019) Rich Cline 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. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2019
4/5 And Then We Danced (2019) Rich Cline There's a lovely mix of personal emotion and societal outrage in this sensitive Georgian coming-of-age drama. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2019
3.5/5 () Rich Cline 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 EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
2/5 Rare Beasts (2019) Rich Cline 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. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
3.5/5 () Rich Cline The film often feels gimmicky, especially when it's trying to push the emotions, but it's still involving. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
4/5 Greener Grass (2019) Rich Cline 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. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
3.5/5 The Lighthouse (2019) Rich Cline Once again, [Robert] Eggers proves at expert at bringing elemental cultural touchstones to vivid life on-screen. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
3/5 Mystify: Michael Hutchence (2019) Rich Cline It's beautifully assembled by [Richard] Lowenstein, who lets [Michael] Hutchence and his friends, family and colleagues recount his story in remarkable detail. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
3.5/5 Double Lives (2018) Rich Cline Without a central plot, the film swirls around conversations between five main characters whose lives are engagingly intertwined. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
4/5 Harpoon (2019) Rich Cline 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. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
4/5 Official Secrets (2019) Rich Cline 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. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
2/5 Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Rich Cline 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. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
4/5 Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (2019) Rich Cline 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. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
3/5 Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Rich Cline It's a snappy, engaging and often hilarious romp, with a few moments of crazed action to liven things up further. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
4/5 Wounds (2019) Rich Cline Following on from his inventive Iranian horror Under the Shadow, filmmaker Babak Anvari breathes fresh life into an American-set scary movie. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
2.5/5 Vivarium (2020) Rich Cline So overtly allegorical that there isn't much to discover, this enjoyably offbeat Irish thriller is compulsively watchable. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
3/5 Judy & Punch (2019) Rich Cline 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. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
5/5 Parasite (2019) Rich Cline 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. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2019
3/5 Farming (2018) Rich Cline 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. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2019
3.5/5 American Woman (2018) Rich Cline 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. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2019
4/5 The King (2019) Rich Cline 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. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2019
3/5 () Rich Cline 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. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
4/5 Knives Out (2019) Rich Cline It's enjoyable to watch these privileged snobs squirm. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
4/5 Jojo Rabbit (2019) Rich Cline 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. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
3/5 () Rich Cline 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. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019