Movie reviews of Richard Alaba

These are all the movies and series that Richard has reviewed. Read more at: CineMuseFilms.

Number of movie reviews: 340 / 340

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It works as a thriller, keeping viewers wondering if Daniel will be uncovered. It has dramatic strands of deceit, violence, sadness, love and faith, and can also be viewed through a coming-of age-lens. But if the film has a higher purpose, it is the way it poses existential questions about an ancient church in modern times. Review

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6 november

6 nov

While the pace may be uneven, the filming offers ample visual pleasure adorned with typically rich Italian colours and textures. Review

8.0

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4 september

4 sep

The intensity of the film rests entirely on Milla. While it has a strong supporting cast in the roles of Moses, Henry, and Anna, none of them are particularly likeable, which leaves every inch of emotional space for Milla. Her cheery wide-eyed optimism, defiance, and yearning to feel everything she possibly can before her clock stops makes this story both gut-wrenching and a tear-jerker. Review

8.0

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17 august

17 aug

The King of Staten Island misses the opportunity to be a probing portrait of a young man’s delayed journey to adulthood and is compromised by grasping at low-hanging comic fruit. Review

5.0

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11 august

11 aug

While Stanley and Fred adequately anchor an ‘old dog-young dog’ fable, it is the dynamic between Shirley and Rose that generates the tension which holds the film together. Review

6.0

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17 july

17 jul

It is not a joyful viewing experience, but it does offer an insightful glimpse into a future that should sound alarm everywhere. Review

8.0

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14 june

14 jun

The only saving grace of Downhill is the visual beauty of the alps and the film’s relatively short run time of one hour and twenty-six minutes. Review

5.0

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18 march

18 mar

The best that might be said of this film is that Elizabeth Moss performs terrified expressions very well. Other than that, low production values and a more is never enough directing style means that despite a few good ingredients, this film achieves little of lasting value. Review

6.0

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5 march

5 mar

This may appear to be a lightweight women’s film but that would sell it short. It’s a film about the power of music, the importance of friendship in times of need, the emotional cost for those who send loved ones to war, and the trauma of separations and reunions. Review

8.0

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25 february

25 feb

The rest of the cast and the pace of direction make this a well-filmed, gripping, David and Goliath narrative. Review

8.0

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19 february

19 feb

Thanks to its talented female ensemble, Bombshell is effective in showing the painful moral dilemma faced by career women who must deal with toxic males... Review

7.0

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8 february

8 feb

While entertaining in its own right, it is hard to watch A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood without reflecting on the erosion of human values in today’s world. That’s the whole point of the film. Review

8.0

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29 january

29 jan

Despite the lack of historical authenticity, character development, and consistency of narrative purpose, 1917 is an outstanding example of excellence in cinematography. Review

7.0

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17 january

17 jan

Despite the enjoyable visuals, this film struggles to be a great work because of its uneven direction. Review

7.0

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9 january

9 jan

Jojo Rabbit may have worked had it opted for clarity or gravity of purpose; its stellar cast make little difference. It is a mashup of so many genres that any meaningful message is lost, and all is sacrificed to low brow gags. Review

4.0

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28 december

28 dec

In its honesty, intimacy, and artistic expression, this film is the nearest thing to cinematic art in years. Review

10

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23 december

23 dec

Marriage Story is an insightful, witty, and sad portrait of how easily a marital fairytale can turn to a nightmare. Review

8.0

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18 december

18 dec

Those looking for higher narrative purpose may find it in the tension between vengeance and justice, or the struggle of good over evil, or the assertion of feminist agency. On the other hand, fans of the thriller genre simply looking for unpredictability will find that The Good Liar offers much to keep them guessing. Review

7.0

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13 december

13 dec

Despite the desk-bound inaction and dialogue-heavy script, this is a riveting and important film. Its tension curve is driven by the enormity of CIA criminality and Adam Driver’s ability to portray a humble David who took on an arrogant Goliath. Review

8.0

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6 december

6 dec

The sole redeeming feature of this film is its forensic attention to reproducing the sets, fashion, styles, and social mores of the 1960s. Review

6.0

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2019.11.30

2019

Phoenix single-handedly drives this film and he deserves critical acclaim. It was risky to bypass the usual magical fantasy of super-heroes and super-villians and take a serious look at a serious issue. Review

9.0

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2019.11.06

2019

Garland’s story has been told many times, and those who do not know about it generally don’t care. In times of turbulence, this film is hardly a celebration of enduring American values. Knowing the ‘true story’ behind the Garland legend shatters illusions and empowers new generations to be wary of the Hollywood dream factory. Review

8.0

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2019.10.28

2019

A stellar ensemble cast supports Emma Thompson in one of her most powerful character portraits in years. Review

7.0

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2019.10.15

2019

As a piece of soccer history, the story is told well, aided by excellent acting and cinematography. The sets, costume and mood of the times are artfully constructed, although the pace and the weaving of sub-plotlines into the main frame loses balance at times. If the storytelling can be faulted at all it is the tendency to gloss over dark corners and shine fairy lights onto the heart-warming side of the tale. Review

8.0

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2019.10.03

2019

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