Rich Cline

Rich Cline
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
California-born journalist living in London since 1992, reviewing films for the BBC, various magazines and radio stations, Shadows on the Wall, Film Threat and others...
Favorites:
La Strada, Rear Window, Star Wars, Apocalypse Now, Citizen Kane, The Stunt Man
Critics' Group: Online Film Critics Society
Location: London, UK
Official Websites: shadowsonthewall.co.uk

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 No Score Yet The Planters (2019) The film is packed with hilariously dry comedy, both visual sight gags and dialog that's laced with irony. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2020
3/5 No Score Yet Masters of Love (2019) Director Roberts keeps the tone relaxed and offhanded, with playful interaction that's silly on the surface and pointed underneath. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2020
3/5 No Score Yet American Fighter (2020) While it indulges in every cliche imaginable, the movie's scrappy, growly charm holds the attention. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2020
4/5 73% Stage Mother (2020) It's fairly clear where the plot is heading, but it's beautifully played and has a superb sense of musicality. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2020
4/5 65% Most Wanted (2020) Writer-director Daniel Roby unfolds the tale in a hard-edged period style, tracing complex connections between people on various sides of the drug trade. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2020
2/5 15% Survive the Night (2020) This hostage thriller has a slickly violent sheen to it, but is essentially a substandard B-movie. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2020
3/5 36% Ghosts of War (2020) The tone is compelling, and the actors add terrific edges to their roles. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2020
3/5 60% Animal Crackers (2017) The animation is wildly colourful and the characters packed with hilariously quirky attitude, so it's likely to keep young children entertained. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2020
3.5/5 73% The Rental (2020) Beautifully shot in a spectacular location, this insidious thriller takes the time to establish its characters before throwing them into a nightmare. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2020
1.5/5 18% Fatal Affair (2020) Slickly produced, this dramatic thriller constructs its plot by numbers, like a half-hearted gender-flipped remake of Fatal Attraction. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2020
3.5/5 57% Dreambuilders (2020) Ambitiously animated with beautiful details, this Danish adventure is a wonderfully vivid flight of fancy that taps into the imagination. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2020
2.5/5 No Score Yet Getting It (2020) ...the cast is naturally engaging, making the most of the movie's low-budget energy. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2020
3.5/5 81% In Bright Axiom (2019) This fascinating documentary takes an inside look into its workings through the eyes of its creators and participants. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2020
4/5 35% The Sunlit Night (2019) Its gently loping pace and continual sideroads may seem a bit random, but it's both funny and surprisingly involving. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2020
4/5 94% Palm Springs (2020) Along with continual laugh-out-loud gags, there's humour that's very close to the knuckle, finding surprising resonance even as the film celebrates the absurdity of everyday life. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2020
2.5/5 No Score Yet DIVOS! (2020) Taking a broad approach, this fast and silly comedy backs up the nuttiness with some serious undertones, which helps make the diverse ensemble of goofy characters genuinely engaging. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2020
3.5/5 No Score Yet Superhuman: The Invisible Made Visible (2020) This zippy, engaging documentary is about expanding our perception to understand the true power of the mind and the interconnectedness of everything. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2020
4/5 No Score Yet Myth (2020) There's a witty idea at the centre of this low-budget drama, which uses the language of cinema itself to add refreshing twists to the audience's perception of what's happening on-screen. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2020
3.5/5 67% Babysplitters (2020) The film is overlong and tells the story from the male perspective, but it's involving, funny and even somewhat provocative. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2020
4/5 94% We Are Little Zombies (2020) Colourful and wildly paced, this Japanese romp assumes a child's eye view as it tackles darkly serious themes with comedy and music. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2020
4/5 90% The Prince (El Principe) (2019) While it's perhaps too full-on for mainstream audiences, the film has a riveting power that brings out some haunting underlying themes. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2020
2.5/5 50% Parallax (2020) An ambitious low-budget thriller, this visually striking freak-out quietly blends a bonkers sci-fi slant into a story that's eerily easy to identify with. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2020
4/5 37% Guest of Honour (2020) Canadian filmmaker Atom Egoyan again adeptly explores the nature of perception, memory and storytelling in this darkly intriguing drama. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2020
3.5/5 99% Saint Frances (2020) Gently observant, this warm comedy has a nicely brittle edge to it, infusing conversations with a terrific sense of honesty. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2020
4/5 100% Mucho Mucho Amor: The Legend of Walter Mercado (2020) A remarkably empowering story about aspiration and fame. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2020
3.5/5 51% Burden (2020) This may feel a bit corny, but it's also timely. And the solid actors add depth to its message of love conquering hate. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2020
2/5 81% The Beach House (2020) Quietly insidious, this low-key horror slowly builds up a head of steam but still leaves characters very sketchy. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2020
3.5/5 79% Greyhound (2020) This is a powerful depiction of a harrowing situation that wasn't uncommon during the war. And the film's strength is in the way it gives the audience what feels like a firsthand experience. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2020
3.5/5 80% The Old Guard (2020) This beefy action thriller grounds its fantastical premise in a gritty globe-hopping plot. The narrative is relatively straightforward, so feels over-stretched, but it builds characters and moves with relentless momentum. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2020
2/5 No Score Yet Arthur & Merlin (2015) ...it feels padded and overlong, with an awful lot of running about that doesn't achieve or communicate much. Despite it attempts to engage a sense of enchantment and mystery, it is successful only in brief bursts, and viewers cannot live on grit alone. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2020
3/5 No Score Yet The Spy (Spionen) (2019) Jonsson makes sure that each scene in the film looks beautiful, showing off the cities, countryside and cast at their glamorous best. But the script is a choppy series of shortish sequences that don't quite flow together into a gripping whole. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2020
3.5/5 100% Cut Off (Abgeschnitten) (2018) Muscular filmmaking, harsh winter weather and medical-grade grisliness give this German thriller an edge even before the script starts digging into the characters' messy emotional states. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2020
3/5 80% Black Magic for White Boys (2020) Fast and chattery, this New York comedy has a huge ensemble and a plot that feels like it's spiralling out of control from the start. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2020
3/5 77% Homewrecker (2019) Bright and cheerful with a grim undercurrent, this deranged comedy thriller follows a twisted encounter between two women. Filmmaker Zach Gayne maintains a light tone even as things turn increasingly freaky... - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2020
3.5/5 50% Four Kids and It (2020) It's well-shot, with some decent effects work, and even though the editing is somewhat manipulative, the story's fanciful flourishes are enjoyably silly. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2020
3/5 64% Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020) A more original narrative would have helped, but this one sticks to the usual beats without that badly needed key change. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2020
2.5/5 No Score Yet The F**k-It List (2020) It's sharply shot and well-acted, but ultimately dodges its own point. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2020
4.5/5 98% Hamilton (2020) Lin-Manuel Miranda's music and words bring the story to life with wit and attitude while galloping through momentous events. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2020
4/5 95% Fanny Lye Deliver'd (2019) Writer-director Thomas Clay inventively creates the period with matter-of-fact visuals and witty details, skilfully shot by Giorgos Arvanitis. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2020
3.5/5 41% Wasp Network (2019) Olivier Assayas tells the story skilfully, with a superb cast and top-notch production values. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2020
3.5/5 66% Ride Like a Girl (2019) This warm and lively Australian drama is a terrific feature directing debut for Rachel Griffiths, with a superb cast of characters who effortlessly engage the audience. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2020
4.5/5 80% Nobody Knows I'm Here (Nadie Sabe que estoy Aquí) (2020) A slow-paced, often silent arthouse film, it's both charming and provocative, beautifully shot by Sergio Armstrong in lush locations and populated with likeably offbeat characters. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2020
4/5 100% On the Record (2020) The film feels like a brave act of confession from these women, and a passionate plea for justice. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2020
2/5 25% Inheritance (2020) There's a grandly gothic tone to this thriller, which uses editing and music to add oomph to an extremely corny plot. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2020
98% Beats (2020) It's packed with honest observations about being young and careless, as well as the understanding that life doesn't go the way we want. It's also both energetic and involving. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2020
40% Irresistible (2020) [Irresistible is] funny and pointed as it skewers both politics and the media, carefully resisting the temptation to take sides. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2020
3.5/5 92% Babyteeth (2020) Strikingly well-acted, and directed by Shannon Murphy with a quirky attention to detail, this unusual comedy-drama has particularly vivid characters and a story that's easy to engage with. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2020
3/5 41% You Should Have Left (2020) Koepp begins unsettling the audience right from the start, with freaky nightmares and menacing shadows that don't let up right to the end. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2020
3/5 70% 7500 (2020) After setting the scene in a relaxed fly-on-the-wall documentary style, this thriller builds tightly contained tension as a dangerous situation unfolds in real time... - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2020
2.5/5 46% Feel the Beat (2020) This kind of script writes itself, including the undeveloped romance and random subplots featuring side characters. - Shadows on the Wall EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2020