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
3/5 The Planters (2019) Rich Cline The film is packed with hilariously dry comedy, both visual sight gags and dialog that's laced with irony. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2020
3/5 () Rich Cline Director Roberts keeps the tone relaxed and offhanded, with playful interaction that's silly on the surface and pointed underneath. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2020
3/5 American Fighter (2019) Rich Cline While it indulges in every cliche imaginable, the movie's scrappy, growly charm holds the attention. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2020
4/5 Stage Mother (2020) Rich Cline It's fairly clear where the plot is heading, but it's beautifully played and has a superb sense of musicality. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2020
4/5 Target Number One (2020) Rich Cline 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. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2020
2/5 Survive the Night (2020) Rich Cline This hostage thriller has a slickly violent sheen to it, but is essentially a substandard B-movie. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2020
3/5 Ghosts of War (2020) Rich Cline The tone is compelling, and the actors add terrific edges to their roles. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2020
3/5 Animal Crackers (2017) Rich Cline The animation is wildly colourful and the characters packed with hilariously quirky attitude, so it's likely to keep young children entertained. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2020
3.5/5 The Rental (2020) Rich Cline Beautifully shot in a spectacular location, this insidious thriller takes the time to establish its characters before throwing them into a nightmare. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2020
1.5/5 Fatal Affair (2020) Rich Cline Slickly produced, this dramatic thriller constructs its plot by numbers, like a half-hearted gender-flipped remake of Fatal Attraction. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2020
3.5/5 Dreambuilders (2020) Rich Cline Ambitiously animated with beautiful details, this Danish adventure is a wonderfully vivid flight of fancy that taps into the imagination. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2020
2.5/5 () Rich Cline ...the cast is naturally engaging, making the most of the movie's low-budget energy. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2020
3.5/5 In Bright Axiom (2019) Rich Cline This fascinating documentary takes an inside look into its workings through the eyes of its creators and participants. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2020
4/5 The Sunlit Night (2019) Rich Cline Its gently loping pace and continual sideroads may seem a bit random, but it's both funny and surprisingly involving. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2020
4/5 Palm Springs (2020) Rich Cline 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. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2020
2.5/5 Divos! (2020) Rich Cline 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. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2020
3.5/5 Superhuman: The Invisible Made Visible (2020) Rich Cline This zippy, engaging documentary is about expanding our perception to understand the true power of the mind and the interconnectedness of everything. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2020
4/5 Myth (2020) Rich Cline 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. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2020
3.5/5 Babysplitters (2019) Rich Cline The film is overlong and tells the story from the male perspective, but it's involving, funny and even somewhat provocative. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2020
4/5 We Are Little Zombies (2019) Rich Cline Colourful and wildly paced, this Japanese romp assumes a child's eye view as it tackles darkly serious themes with comedy and music. EDIT
Posted Jul 21, 2020
4/5 The Prince (2019) Rich Cline While it's perhaps too full-on for mainstream audiences, the film has a riveting power that brings out some haunting underlying themes. EDIT
Posted Jul 21, 2020
2.5/5 Parallax (2020) Rich Cline 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. EDIT
Posted Jul 21, 2020
4/5 Guest of Honour (2019) Rich Cline Canadian filmmaker Atom Egoyan again adeptly explores the nature of perception, memory and storytelling in this darkly intriguing drama. EDIT
Posted Jul 21, 2020
3.5/5 Saint Frances (2019) Rich Cline Gently observant, this warm comedy has a nicely brittle edge to it, infusing conversations with a terrific sense of honesty. EDIT
Posted Jul 21, 2020
4/5 Mucho mucho amor (2020) Rich Cline A remarkably empowering story about aspiration and fame. EDIT
Posted Jul 21, 2020
3.5/5 Burden (2018) Rich Cline This may feel a bit corny, but it's also timely. And the solid actors add depth to its message of love conquering hate. EDIT
Posted Jul 21, 2020
2/5 The Beach House (2019) Rich Cline Quietly insidious, this low-key horror slowly builds up a head of steam but still leaves characters very sketchy. EDIT
Posted Jul 21, 2020
3.5/5 Greyhound (2020) Rich Cline 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. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2020
3.5/5 The Old Guard (2020) Rich Cline 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. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2020
2/5 Arthur & Merlin (2015) Rich Cline ...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. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2020
3/5 The spy (2019) Rich Cline 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. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2020
3.5/5 Cut Off (Abgeschnitten) (2018) Rich Cline 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. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2020
3/5 Black Magic for White Boys (2017) Rich Cline 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. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2020
3/5 Homewrecker (2019) Rich Cline 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... EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2020
3.5/5 Four Kids and It (2019) Rich Cline 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. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2020
3/5 Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020) Rich Cline A more original narrative would have helped, but this one sticks to the usual beats without that badly needed key change. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2020
2.5/5 The F...-It List (2020) Rich Cline It's sharply shot and well-acted, but ultimately dodges its own point. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2020
4.5/5 Hamilton (2020) Rich Cline Lin-Manuel Miranda's music and words bring the story to life with wit and attitude while galloping through momentous events. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2020
4/5 Fanny Lye Deliver'd (2019) Rich Cline Writer-director Thomas Clay inventively creates the period with matter-of-fact visuals and witty details, skilfully shot by Giorgos Arvanitis. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2020
3.5/5 Wasp Network (2020) Rich Cline Olivier Assayas tells the story skilfully, with a superb cast and top-notch production values. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2020
3.5/5 Ride Like a Girl (2019) Rich Cline 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. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2020
4.5/5 Nobody Knows I'm Here (2020) Rich Cline 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. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2020
4/5 On the Record (2020) Rich Cline The film feels like a brave act of confession from these women, and a passionate plea for justice. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2020
2/5 Inheritance (2020) Rich Cline There's a grandly gothic tone to this thriller, which uses editing and music to add oomph to an extremely corny plot. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2020
Beats (2019) Rich Cline 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. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2020
Irresistible (2020) Rich Cline [Irresistible is] funny and pointed as it skewers both politics and the media, carefully resisting the temptation to take sides. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2020
3.5/5 Babyteeth (2019) Rich Cline 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. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2020
3/5 You Should Have Left (2020) Rich Cline Koepp begins unsettling the audience right from the start, with freaky nightmares and menacing shadows that don't let up right to the end. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2020
3/5 7500 (2019) Rich Cline 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... EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2020
2.5/5 Feel the Beat (2020) Rich Cline This kind of script writes itself, including the undeveloped romance and random subplots featuring side characters. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2020