Reviews

 

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Rogue One

Choppily edited throughout that I wonder how I’m supposed to enjoy it? Any of it? Get my drift? Rogue One is just like any other “Star Wars” movie except it having no rhythm in scene transitions […]

 
 

Allied

I tried to convince myself for awhile that I saw a good movie, but I just couldn’t do it. Allied is a World War II film not based on any specific true story […]

 
 

Rules Don’t Apply

I was hoping other reviews were too harsh on it, for I so badly wanted to love a film the establishment doesn’t understand. But the truth is it only works in fits and starts. Rules Don’t Apply turns out to be the Warren Beatty vanity project […]

 
 

Manchester by the Sea

Do we really need an extreme downer about a man who cannot lift himself up? The tough sell Manchester by the Sea is the exact film of devastation and grief that most […]

 
 

Elle (France)

Taboo subject cinema that isn’t that revolting, but I just happen to think it’s bonkers. Elle (France, in English subtitles) is a steely, career-driven woman who gets […]

 
 

Arrival

A superbly orchestrated close encounter movie that’s once elegant, beguiling, and a work of imagination. Arrival easily boasts the best cinematography of the year […]

 
 

Loving

We shouldn’t need so much time warming to a movie, but this one does. Loving has the immediate components for an admirable motion picture, about the interracial couple Richard and Mildred Loving married in Virginia […]

 
 

Doctor Strange

The last ten years have proved that the world’s hugest market is for comic book movies, and contrasting only a small detractor group that despises them. Doctor Strange, in years to come, should be a recommended title […]

 
 

The Accountant

The Accountant was one that I hoped would be entertaining on a superficial level, but it takes its preposterous and incoherent story head on with a dour straight face. Ben Affleck plays an autistic savant great with cracking […]

 
 

The Birth of a Nation

Effective, sometimes thought-provoking and sometimes questionably shallow biopic of the black slave revolter Nat Turner in 1831 Virginia. That makes it a mixed item. Nate Parker has written and directed The Birth of a Nation in a straight-forward […]

 
 

Sully

One of the most effortlessly perfect films I’ve seen in a long time. Sully tells a rough landing story of how Captain Chelsey “Sully” Sullenberger […]

 
 

Snowden

Oliver Stone used to rock us out of our seats and blow our minds (“JFK,” “Nixon”), but I think that fire within him is past now. Snowden is a tempered, yet always compelling piece of storytelling by Stone […]