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Average User Score: 7.1Nov 11, 2018I heard good things about 'Overlord.' I wish I hadn't. It would've saved me fifteen bucks.
The writing is lame and while I enjoyed WyattI heard good things about 'Overlord.' I wish I hadn't. It would've saved me fifteen bucks.
The writing is lame and while I enjoyed Wyatt Russell's performance in 'Ingrid Goes West,' I think this role exposes him as a poor man's Jason Clarke. Furthermore, 'Overlord' uses a dozen different tropes that have already been used a thousand different times before, so the film feels more like a mashup of worn out plot points than anything innovative or original.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.0Oct 30, 2018'Mid90s' is largely a reflection of first time writer/director Jonah Hill himself--smart, grounded, and oftentimes nostalgic. The film delves'Mid90s' is largely a reflection of first time writer/director Jonah Hill himself--smart, grounded, and oftentimes nostalgic. The film delves into the ubiquitous skate culture of the 1990's replete with all the trimmings, including Discmans, WWF buddy pillows, and Big Brother magazines. Hill took inspiration from other street culture movies that were actually made during the period in which this film is set, most notably Harmony Korine's 'Kids,' though 'Mid90s' is far less visceral and provocative, which is to be expected considering Korine presumably has a chapter written about him in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.
Though a handful of scenes would've played out better had Hill chosen a slightly older actor to play the lead, his camera work is top notch and the film picks up steam along the way, resulting in a pleasing and somewhat evocative debut.… Expand
Average User Score: 5.0Oct 17, 2018'Thunder Road' is a deftly presented tragicomedy by writer/director/star Jim Cummings. Winner of multiple film festival awards--including'Thunder Road' is a deftly presented tragicomedy by writer/director/star Jim Cummings. Winner of multiple film festival awards--including SXSW's Grand Jury Award--the movie is a hidden gem amongst a crowded autumn release schedule.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.5Oct 15, 2018Damien Chazelle's perfect record remains intact. His third feature film, 'First Man,' is an extraordinary achievement in filmmaking andDamien Chazelle's perfect record remains intact. His third feature film, 'First Man,' is an extraordinary achievement in filmmaking and immediately becomes a front-runner for best movie of the year.
The technical aspects of the film are flawless. Everything from the writing to the cinematography to the sound design and score are as compelling as they are precise. Yet it's the pacing and emotion of the film--which are directly a result of Chazelle's exceptional directing--that complete the package, making 'First Man' his most audaciously planned and executed project to date.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.8Oct 8, 2018The trailer for 'A Star is Born' makes it feel like the film is going to be the duet version of 'Crazy Heart,' which would be an improvementThe trailer for 'A Star is Born' makes it feel like the film is going to be the duet version of 'Crazy Heart,' which would be an improvement in my opinion, though it also wouldn't be as popular if it were. Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga are so tremendously talented that their pairing makes for a powerful procession of musical performances. It's just unfortunate that handful of the plot points in between those performances often tease the boundaries of credulity.
Still, as the writer, director, and star, Cooper has duly earned every bit of success that the film is garnering, placing an even brighter spotlight on an already radiant star.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.7Aug 12, 2018Chloë Grace Moretz has been squarely on our radar since 2011's phenomenal 'Hugo.' In 'The Miseducation of Cameron Post,' she plays a highChloë Grace Moretz has been squarely on our radar since 2011's phenomenal 'Hugo.' In 'The Miseducation of Cameron Post,' she plays a high school junior who gets caught in the back seat of a car with another girl during prom and is subsequently sent to a religious gay conversion facility.
Playing a gay character is a rite of passage for many young actors and actresses. At its most poignant, such a performance brings the potential for an Academy Award into the realm of possibility (Tom Hanks in Philadelphia is one such example). In 'Miseducation,' Moretz puts her acting chops on full display and we couldn't be happier to see her continuing to push the boundaries of her talent. While the film itself is superb, it's also likely to fly too far under the radar to land Moretz any awards. However, the expectations for her to someday have enough hardware to fill up her mantle have never been higher.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.1Aug 3, 2018Fashion designer Alexander McQueen was no doubt a generational talent, one of those burn too bright and die too soon sensations that makeFashion designer Alexander McQueen was no doubt a generational talent, one of those burn too bright and die too soon sensations that make great material for a documentary.
In turn, the problem for documentarians is trying to create a piece of work that lives up to the real-life hype. Co-directors Ian Bonhôte and Peter Ettedgui have done an admirable job at capturing the light-and-dark duality of the designer's extraordinary career. However, the first half of the documentary was so zoomed in on everything they were featuring on screen that it's actually burdensome on the eyes, and the rest of the film, while certainly worth the price of admission, is far less groundbreaking than the man they set out to memorialize.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.0Jul 29, 2018Bo Burnham's 'Eighth Grade' is just as nuanced and sweet and achingly grounded in reality as one would expect from the Youtube star, comedian,Bo Burnham's 'Eighth Grade' is just as nuanced and sweet and achingly grounded in reality as one would expect from the Youtube star, comedian, and musician.
The opening monologue from Kayla, played by Elsie Fisher, posits that she has a lot to say but nobody really to say things to. However, one quickly realizes that it's through these monologue-style social media vlogs that Kayla is really speaking to the audience, and in turn, the socially awkward and conflicted eighth grader that resides in all of us.
Burnham's crystal clear characterization of pubescent life is to be expected. His magnificent camera work, however, is very much a pleasant surprise. Numerous static shots are perfectly composed, while other times the camera's movement adds to the emotional zenith of a scene, such as the apprehension one would inevitably feel in joining a middle school pool party. Add to this a brilliant soundtrack and it's obvious that Burnham has a genuine knack for feature filmmaking, with hopefully many more projects to come.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.2Jul 9, 2018'Damsel' is bold and rather peculiar offering from the Zellner brothers that threads together the notion of a western, comedy, and drama.'Damsel' is bold and rather peculiar offering from the Zellner brothers that threads together the notion of a western, comedy, and drama.
Robert Pattinson and Mia Wasikowska are entertaining as hell to watch and the film is unequivocally beautifully shot--equal credit needs to be given to both the location scout and the cinematographer. However, it becomes clearer and clearer as the film unfolds that the story isn't quite fully fleshed out. While there are a handful of meaningful themes and existential musings that the Zellners work into the plot, they never leap off the screen and burrow as thoughts that further germinate inside one's mind after leaving the theater.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.0Jul 4, 2018The first twenty minutes of 'Sicario 2' feels like it's produced by Breitbart for the specific purpose of serving as border gore porn forThe first twenty minutes of 'Sicario 2' feels like it's produced by Breitbart for the specific purpose of serving as border gore porn for their ill informed readers.
The meandering storyline is a surprise given that the film was written by Taylor Sheridan, who wrote the first installment before following that up with 'Hell or High Water,' our #10 pick for best movies of 2016.
Both Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin are riveting to watch here, as they are in just about everything they do, but neither are able to deliver the pure magnetism that Emily Blunt brought to the original 'Sicario.'
Lastly, the complete non-ending in which the story is abruptly cut off for the sole purpose of setting up 'Sicario 3' is insulting to every last person who spent the time and money going to see a movie that presumably included a beginning, middle, and ending. Evidently Lionsgate wants to treat their audience like suckers by taking their wallets for another spin on this franchise, but they won't be getting any of mine. Thanks to their little cliffhanger stunt, 'Sicario 3' is getting the boycott treatment.… Expand