Gary M. Kramer Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
88% Under the Wire (2018) This riveting documentary about war correspondent Marie Colvin and photojournalist Paul Conroy provides a solid companion piece to A Private War.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2018
59% Outlaw King (2018) David Mackenzie's hyper-violent story of Robert The Bruce is absorbing and features action aplenty.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
38% Viper Club (2018) Cynics may feel that Viper Club is a contrived, Lifetime TV movie dressed up as Oscar bait, but this affecting drama is classier than that. Keshavarz is balances the heavy emotions without overwhelming the characters or the audience. ‐ Cinema76
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
87% What They Had (2018) What They Had is a stubborn film. A family drama about Alzheimer's, it is hard to recall if the disease is ever actually mentioned by name. Writer/director Elizabeth Chomko, making her debut here, frontloads What They Had with didactic exposition.‐ Cinema76
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
62% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) [Any]drawbacks will be forgotten once Mercury takes the stage at Wembley and delivers an electrifying performance. "Bohemian Rhapsody" redeems itself by letting the music speak volumes. And Malek's show-stopping concert performance makes the film sing.‐ Philadelphia Gay News
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) "Can You Ever Forgive Me?" is mostly a good time about bad behavior. ‐ Philadelphia Gay News
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
87% A Private War (2018) The parts of this episodic biopic of esteemed war correspondent Marie Colvin are so strong, they create a terrific whole.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
88% MATANGI/MAYA/M.I.A. (2018) [H]er music is infectious. But this documentary about M.I.A., is, like its subject, provocative and problematic. She is absolutely fascinating; the film, however, is only intermittently interesting.‐ Cinema76
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2018
100% Weed the People (2018) An inspirational documentary that gives the 411 on using 420 to treat children with cancer.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
No Score Yet Bitter Melon (2018) Mendoza adroitly sneaks in other messages, such as thoughtful discussions of both racism and effeminacy in the gay community. The cast is uniformly strong with Schneider particularly appealing as Declan, the perhaps-not-so-moral center of the family.‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
89% Diamantino (2018) This bonkers film features body-altering genetic procedures, evil twins, political satire and - cuteness overload! - giant, fluffy puppies. The parts may be greater than the whole, but "Diamantino" is a wild and truly original film.‐ Philadelphia Gay News
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
100% Tea With the Dames (Nothing Like a Dame) (2018) Tea with the Dames will enchant fans of the actresses, and it is nice to see them for who they are, swapping acting tips, or talking about milestones in their careers. It's a nice documentary, but it is also far too slight and polite.‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
71% Galveston (2018) Laurent's film is gripping throughout. The filmmaker shrewdly frames each scene to convey the characters' loneliness and isolation without being too obvious.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
90% A Star Is Born (2018) The problem is whenever Cooper turns the film away from his best asset (Gaga) and into a vanity production. ‐ Salon.com
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
91% Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex Fashion & Disco (2018) The film effectively captures the magic of this magnetic, charming and flirtatious figure in the fashion industry. ‐ Philadelphia Gay News
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2018
89% All About Nina (2018) This film about a feisty standup female comic is no laughing matter-and that ultimately works in its favor.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
88% Love, Gilda (2018) Love, Gilda provides a terrific showcase for Radner's humor.... Dapolito's film is smile-inducing; it provides a sweet trip down memory lane. ‐ Cinedelphia
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
64% Lizzie (2018) The feminist suppositions made in the film are not uninteresting, but one wishes they were delivered a bit more forcefully. ‐ Philadelphia Gay News
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
83% Eldorado (2018) Superb... [A] potent, heartfelt film.‐ Salon.com
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2018
90% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) Luminously shot in black and white, with every frame artfully composed, Pawel Pawlikowski's powerful "Cold War"....casts a spell over audiences.‐ Salon.com
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2018
76% Dogman (2018) Matteo Garrone's unflinching character study... has a strong chance at the Oscars because of Fonte's expressive performance‐ Salon.com
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2018
93% Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) (2018) Outstanding.... "Birds of Passage" is closer in tone to "Narcos" than any telenovela.... Gallego and Guerra keep the story consistently absorbing as the action plays out and the bodies pile up.‐ Salon.com
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2018
94% Girl (2018) Dhost's nonjudgmental film doesn't traverse new territory for a trans film, and it features too much dancing, but it benefits from its authenticity. ‐ Salon.com
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2018
96% Border (Gräns) (2018) This supernatural romantic thriller constantly shifts genres, but its slow burn approach keeps things intriguing. Abbasi establishes and maintains an unusual, internal logic that will satisfy viewers who go along with every strange twist.‐ Salon.com
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2018
99% Free Solo (2018) This breathtaking doc about free solo phenom Alex Honnold will inspire both amateur and armchair climbers.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
0% Ya Veremos (2018) The comedy is neither funny enough nor clever enough to sustain the film's brief running time.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
38% I Am Vengeance (2018) The formulaic I Am Vengeance might satisfy fans of low-budget, British-based action films. But it won't quite break Bennett out to become a name action star.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
91% We the Animals (2018) "We the Animals" is a tough story, but also life-affirming. It races along like a child going every which way before stopping in its tracks and landing an emotional wallop.‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
91% 1985 (2018) 1985 may moralize a bit, but the film is quite moving. Smith gives a strong, subtle performance, and Madsen is heartbreaking as his mom. Bring Kleenex.‐ San Francisco Bay Times
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
89% Far From the Tree (2018) It is impossible not to be inspired by the humanity on display in the film. The dignity of these individuals, all of whom want the right to just be who they are, comes across clearly. That is the strength of this very flawed, but highly compelling film.‐ Cinedelphia
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
50% Postcards From London (2018) Witty and visually dynamic...Postcards from London unfolds as a series of clever tableaus.‐ San Francisco Bay Times
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
100% Mario (2018) This absorbing film sneaks up on viewers and packs an emotional wallop.‐ San Francisco Bay Times
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
99% McQueen (2018) While "McQueen" may be a mix of hagiography and cautionary tale, the film - like the designer's shows - generates real emotions.‐ Philadelphia Gay News
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
92% A Prayer Before Dawn (2018) This gritty adaptation of Billy Moore's memoir benefits from a breakout performance by Joe Cole and a strong sense of place.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
96% Hale County This Morning, This Evening (2018) [Ross] creates a sparsely beautiful film; his shots of insects at night, or cars waiting for an animal to clear the road, are hypnotic‐ Film International
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
88% Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood (2018) Scotty Bowers, the film suggests, led a remarkable life. But at this late date, neither that life nor Bowers himself comes off as particularly remarkable. And that's a significant point all on its own.‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
86% The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) "The Miseducation of Cameron Post" is a somber drama that builds to a quietly powerful conclusion. In an age where gay conversion therapy still exists - and remains a threat to LGBTQ youth - Akhavan's film is as timely as ever‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
65% A Midsummer Night's Dream (2018) Ah, the course of true love never did run smooth, as Lysander has tattooed on his arm. Yet Mott can't help but show off how damn clever he is with in-jokes ad nauseum‐ Cinedelphia
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
94% Custody (Jusqu'à la garde) (2018) Custody deliberately keeps viewers on tenterhooks as the story plays out to its spellbinding conclusion. In expanding upon his short, Legrand has made a feature that improves upon the original.‐ Cinedelphia
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
81% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) The modest quality of the film's musical numbers is not the problem; it's the lack of emotion, energy, and excitement. [The film] has all the glitz of a Carnival Cruise ship revue, only audiences are not docking at Kalokairi when the songs end.‐ Cinedelphia
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
No Score Yet Bixa Travesty (2018) "Bixa Travesty" aka "Tranny Fag," is a bold film about the unabashed MC Linn da Quebrada, a transgender performer, as well as her friends and family. The concert scenes are fantastic, and da Quebrada's charisma extends off-stage as well.‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
94% Good Manners (As Boas Maneiras) (2018) "Good Manners" is a strange and wondrous fable. A Brazilian fantasy and stinging social commentary, it features motherhood, lesbian passions, and werewolf instincts, plus a few musical numbers thrown in for good measure.‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
77% Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) Van Sant doesn't milk Callahan's story for uplifting moments of inspiration, though there are some of those. Instead, he tells a story about self-love and self-worth that enlightens as it entertains.‐ Philadelphia Gay News
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
92% A Skin So Soft (Ta peau si lisse) (2018) "A Skin So Soft" walks a tightrope in how it presents the vanity of these guys, practically fetishizing them and asking viewers what makes these six men beautiful, erotic, or perhaps even grotesque.‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
79% Love, Cecil (2018) The film is a magnificent showcase for Beaton's work as well as his thoughts about style and his impressions of people‐ Gay City News
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
65% Ideal Home (2018) "Ideal Home" offers a droll spin on queer family values. It may not be deep, but it is frequently quite funny. ‐ Philadelphia Gay News
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
100% Night Comes On (2018) Fishback is riveting throughout... Spiro's film is full of smart details and compelling performances.‐ San Francisco Bay Times
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
86% Tully (2018) Obviously, something is not quite right with Tully, and something is also not quite right with Tully, either. There are too many head-scratching moments that will pull viewers out of the action. ‐ Cinedelphia
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
96% The Death of Stalin (2018) Directed and co-written by Armando Iannucci (of In the Loop and Veep fame), the film incorporates farce, wordplay, sight gags, and satire into one hilarious Molotov cocktail.‐ Cinedelphia
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
89% You Were Never Really Here (2018) Lynne Ramsay's astonishing film, You Were Never Really Here, adapted from Jonathan Ames' noir novella is a taut, hypnotic drama. It is also one of the best films of the year. ‐ Cinedelphia
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018