Tomas Trussow

Tomas Trussow
Tomatometer-approved critic

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 91% The Night Is Short, Walk On Girl (2018) Lovers of anime are going to love this, and they have every reason to do so. This one packs a chockful of laughs in many places, and it's one of the more inventive animated films of the year.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
3.5/5 91% We the Animals (2018) We the Animals is the promising start [Zagar] was looking for. I think he has a lot to be proud of. Everyone involved in this production does.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
3/5 82% Green Book (2018) Sidelining Shirley even further when he was already so isolated in real life means that the film is not really doing him the honor it thinks it is.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
4.5/5 89% Happy as Lazzaro (Lazzaro felice) (2018) [Happy as Lazzaro] is a true standout: a Super 16mm fugue state that is both elegy and lament for a world that once valued selfless deeds and the humanistic interaction between fellow men above self-preservation and eternal mistrust.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2018
4/5 99% The Guilty (Den skyldige) (2018) The unknown and unseen are continually being plumbed in the world outside the dispatch centre, and you wish you could see its open secrets ... It's as though you're wearing a blindfold and don't know where to tread.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
4/5 100% Minding the Gap (2018) There is no doubt Liu achieves something liberating and empowering here.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
1/5 92% Searching (2018) CTRL+ALT+DEL this nonsense and find a film that knows how to treat you respectfully.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
3/5 91% Hearts Beat Loud (2018) Hearts Beat Loud is a cozy and warm pleasure. Very low-stakes, unencumbered by twisty plotting, and breezily musical at heart.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
4/5 97% Hale County This Morning, This Evening (2018) Beauty does not skip over Hale County, [Ross] seems to say. It flows right through it, tasting of the remarkable and the yet-to-come.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2018
1.5/5 62% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) This film is nothing but window dressing, arranging and rearranging the legend of Freddie Mercury so that it becomes an even larger myth.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2018
4.5/5 93% Blindspotting (2018) [Carlos López Estrada] punctuates Blindspotting with the well-timed syncopations of an impassioned rap performance, finding grooves in which to place the collective anger and hurt of a race and let it spark.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2018
3/5 98% They Shall Not Grow Old (2018) It's a slippery text, this one. Commendable in some areas, but suspicious in others.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2018
4.5/5 92% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) The vast expanse of the Wild West does not prevent those who pass on from being forgotten, and the way their marks are left inscribed within this mythos makes this a film of great philosophical import.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2018
3.5/5 93% CAM (2018) Cam ... [does] not vilify cam models who choose this line of work. It is, rather, more interested in how the mechanics of camming ... can have detrimental effects if not monitored properly.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2018
4/5 100% Shirkers (2018) By making this documentary, piling it with her delightful idiosyncrasies, and reckoning with her dream-thief, [Tan] has finally toppled the structure that had kept her down. A new, confident, and triumphant artist has emerged.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
3.5/5 85% Nancy (2018) Riseborough [has a] gifted ability to surprise even in a film's final moments. She is not one to lay down her cards on the table all at once, and we're all the better for it.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
1.5/5 34% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) Buy tickets to your local dance company's production of this story, instead. Treat your family to the real deal, and leave this imposter behind.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2018
3.5/5 63% Suspiria (2018) A lot of people have already refused this, calling it wasted potential and time. I'm not ready to go that far, even if I come out still preferring the compact simplicity of Argento's take. This Suspiria still has legs to dance on.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2018
4.5/5 94% Private Life (2018) Private Life cycles through opposing emotions and forces, waiting for a break in the circle so that new life can dawn. It also understands that such a dawning may never come, and that we are never alone in such tragedies.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2018
3/5 95% Graduation (Bacalaureat) (2017) Mungiu knows Romania is in sore need of critiquing. The weird thing is, Graduation provides no excitement from such a critique.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
5/5 91% Phantom Thread (2018) It's hard to watch [Anderson's] work now and make comparisons ... because who else out there is turning tortured darkness into such tactical, tactile beauty? And with such an elegant acuity that even a simple dissolve can send you into rapturous ecstasy?‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
3.5/5 100% The Work (2017) I'm glad something so gruelingly powerful came out of that four-day session. Just the sight of seeing these tough-looking guys cheering someone on for pouring their soul out was very touching to me.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
3/5 73% Staying Vertical (Rester vertical) (2017) The largely aimless countryside jaunt that is Staying Vertical is saved from the scrapheap purely because of its intoxicating absurdism.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
4/5 97% Lucky (2017) Lucky is one big, warm farewell to Harry Dean Stanton, a man who didn't hug the spotlight or seek out starring roles, but who made even the smallest parts count.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
3.5/5 90% Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017) I don't even know if I liked this film, or if I'm just impressed by how well Zahler wraps the coils of grindhouse brutality around his fingers, giving it to us in measured drams before throwing caution to the wind.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
2.5/5 31% Pitch Perfect 3 (2017) The fact that this trilogy has concluded is for the best. There's nowhere else for these characters to go.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
3/5 95% Menashe (2017) Menashe has a tenderness to it that is hard to decry, and because it's shorter than your average film, it doesn't have the time to go off the rails and become something it's not.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
5/5 86% Nocturama (2017) A masterful study of political and commercial spaces intersecting to the point of personal crisis, Nocturama is one of the boldest creations you're bound to come across. It's also one of the best, because it never wastes a minute of its time.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
3.5/5 96% After the Storm (Umi yori mo mada fukaku) (2017) [Kore-eda] knows how to give you a tonic for your soul when you most need it ... with scenes that are akin to granules of grace being fed piece by piece.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
1.5/5 55% The Greatest Showman (2017) I might have enjoyed a different version of The Greatest Showman. One where the filmmaking was more adept, the songs more substantial, and the characters given the complexity they deserve. This? This is pap.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
3.5/5 91% The Disaster Artist (2017) The Disaster Artist is more about circumstance and the unexpected virtues of vanity projects than it is about who the people at its center really are. It still comes off as a wildly entertaining ride -- and one I'd happily take again.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
4/5 43% Song to Song (2017) A better-than-expected Malick may not be as good as transcendent Malick. I will take it at any rate.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
4.5/5 87% Madeline's Madeline (2018) I'm content with what Decker achieves here, which is nothing less than singular. It's a film awash in risks, and the rewards are plenteous. The biggest one of all is Helena Howard's introduction to the world.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
4.5/5 97% Thunder Road (2018) It's hard not to laugh at some of the more ridiculous moments, though our laughter abates when we come to recognize the feeling inscribed in Cummings' work. It comes from a deep place, and the hurt never rings false.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
3.5/5 86% The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) Fictional though it may be ... Cameron Post is still divested of the Hollywood-driven tricks that browbeat you into becoming a cheerleader for some manufactured emotional arc. This film stays away from all that disingenuousness.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
4/5 95% BlacKkKlansman (2018) BlacKkKlansman is in constant dialogue with itself, since, like its protagonist, its very method involves pooling available resources and utilizing an oppressive industry as a tool for liberation.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
3.5/5 91% They'll Love Me When I'm Dead (2018) What I do appreciate is the warmth of this piece. Something as simple as Rich Little doing a near-perfect imitation of John Huston, for instance, filled me with much joy.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018
4.5/5 82% The Other Side of the Wind (2018) This is a mirror into the past, but in some truly striking ways, it is our reflection being refracted across a generation, foretold by a man who did nothing else during his earthly life other than trailblaze and set convention alight.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
3.5/5 92% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) The Old Man & the Gun is ... more sweet than savoury. That does not take away from its simple pleasures, and the warmth it provides on a sunless day. Treat it like secret medicine, and its gifts will unfurl like a warm role of greenbacks.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
3/5 96% November (2018) I wish we had more films about Baltic folklore, because some of this stuff trumps a lot of what we get in North America.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
3.5/5 89% The Ornithologist (O ornitólogo) (2017) The fun of watching the film is in trying to decipher the meanings behind each episode, which is probably easier for Christians well-educated in saint hagiography and their religion's vast network of symbolism.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
3/5 97% Last Men in Aleppo (2017) If you've seen other documentaries about [Syria] and its war in the past, I don't think Last Men in Aleppo will provide you with more insight.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
2/5 20% The Cloverfield Paradox (2018) Netflix truly prevailed big time, fooling us into thinking this would be good. Those execs must be laughing themselves silly right now.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
4/5 100% Strong Island (2017) Yance [uses] the contours of the memoir to finally give his brother the justice that he was denied all those years ago. Therein lies its undeniable power.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
3.5/5 86% Professor Marston & The Wonder Women (2017) The taboos of fetishism are overthrown. What we would offhandedly deem as weird or unnatural is shown to be completely natural. Utterly acceptable.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
3.5/5 97% God's Own Country (2017) At its core, God's Own Country is all about our right to tenderness, and with the Yorkshire pastures as a constant backdrop, tenderness flows out from every stitch in the film's fabric.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
4/5 85% Loving Vincent (2017) This is the careful handiwork of human tirelessness and talent from beginning to end. The paintings may not be as perfect as van Gogh's are, but you appreciate why: there was never someone like him again.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
3/5 78% All the Money in the World (2017) I would file this under "nonessential" in Scott's filmography, as it doesn't give you more than a few hours of intrigue.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
3.5/5 82% Casting JonBenét (2017) Even if this crime is solved someday, Casting JonBenet will remain relevant because of how it processes the psychological experience of death, grief and uncertainty.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
4/5 78% Atomic Blonde (2017) The apocalyptic '80s Europop and punk soundtrack constantly in the air should be enough of an indicator to let your hair down.‐ The Lonely Film Critic
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018