Movie Buff - 307 Film Ratings
Member Since: Apr 11, 2014
Location: California, USA
Bio: New Review: "John Wick: Chapter 2” (2017)
|60 16%||John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) - Aug 13, 2019
"Action packed and brutally violent, "John Wick: Chapter 2" is Keanu Reeves at his best. Director and stuntman Chad Stahelski does a great job at getting a great performance by Reeves, the action scenes are brilliantly choreographed and the mayhem never stops. Adrenaline filled and full of non-stop action, "Chapter 2" is really entertaining. A bloody action flick that could have had a better story and dialogue, Stahelski and Reeves still prove that they are a great team. "
|66 29%||Creed 2 (2018) - Aug 12, 2019
"Very cliche and really predictable, "Creed 2” brings nothing new to the big screen but is still exciting prize fight entertainment. This film almost feels like a re-make of "Rocky IV" (1985) but not as cheesy. I enjoyed this film better than "Creed" (2015), Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone are a real knockout. The lack of originality and obvious predictability does make the film suffer, but if your a fan of "Rocky" films, in the end you should be satisfied. "
|69 42%||Raw (2017) - Aug 11, 2019
"Director Julia Ducournau's debut feature film is a feast for the eyes with images that will stick with you long after the credits role. A French-Belgian horror drama that may not be for everyone but is still bloody fascinating. A haunting performance by Garance Marillier as Justine, a young vegetarian and her first year at veterinary school. Ducournau does an excellent job at getting great perfromances from her actors. A graphic cannibal movie definitely not for the sqeamish. "
|66 29%||Wonder Wheel (2017) - Aug 09, 2019
"Not one of Woody Allen's best films but certainly not his worst. A wonderful and powerful performance by Kate Winslet. A film that feels like a stage play, Allen's screenplay is probably better than the actual movie. An under appreciated film that I think will age better with time. The settings and cinematography is great to look at, a modern Woody Allen movie with solid acting. "Wonder Wheel" was a box office bomb, this film was actually a lot better than I thought it was going to be. "
|70 46%||A Private War (2018) - Aug 08, 2019
"Led by a brave and powerful performance by Rosamund Pike as journalist Marie Colvin, “A Private War” is a fascinating story and very underrated film. Great cinematography by the great Robert Richardson with extraordinary camera work. Documentary filmmaker Matthew Heineman’s debut feature film is an incredible true story. Pike becomes hard drinking and chain smoking Marie Colvin in an award worthy performance and maybe the best of her career."
|80 72%||Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019) - Aug 07, 2019
"It may not be one of Quentin Tarantino's best films, but "Once Upon A Time" is still super entertaining. Leonardo DiCaprio is terrific as actor Rick Dalton. Tarantino's tribute to 60's Los Angeles is memorable and the settings and locations are really cool. The story is a bit silly and over the top, it seems like Tarantino is sometimes out of control with his creativity. While some scenes are brilliant, others seem ridiculous. It's a Tarantino film, so there is still much to be appreciated. "
|60 16%||Alita: Battle Angel (2019) - Aug 05, 2019
"A cyberpunk science fiction action film directed by Robert Rodriguez. With way too much CGI, busy visual effects and a weak screenplay. "Alita: Battle Angel" may come off cheesy at times, but still has it's action packed fun moments. Good all around performances by Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz and Mahershala Ali. "Alita" should be appreciated for it's ambitious storytelling and special effects, Rodriguez still does good at bringing this Japanese action manga series to life on the big screen. "
|60 16%||Pet Sematary (2019) - Jul 13, 2019
"Maybe better than the 1989 film version, "Pet Sematary" still struggles to adapt Stephen King's story successfully to the big screen. Good performances by Jason Clarke and John Lithgow. The movie really relies on jump scares rather than gore or too many special effects. A mediocre movie that is creepy, but not scary. With the spirit of the original movie and the basic idea of the book, this modern remake should've been more terrifying. The ending is still pretty satisfying and unforgettable."
|74 52%||Midsommar (2019) - Jul 09, 2019
"Ari Aster's folk horror film "Midsommar" is a terrifying experience. Aster's sophomore effort after "Hereditary"(2018) is graphic and unforgettable with images that will stick in your head long after the credits role. Like watching an Ingmar Bergman film on acid, "Midsommar" is a nightmare that may take a few hours to let the dread wear off. Aster is brilliant at scaring viewers in the broad day light and it's uncomfortably creepy, this film is a cult classic or at least a classic of cults. "
|58 7%||Molly's Game (2017) - Jul 06, 2019
""Molly's Game" is Aaron Sorkin's directorial debut, a movie that in the end is just too long and exhausting. While Sorkin's writing is good, his directing of the film could have been a lot better. Jessica Chastain is incredible as Molly Bloom and Idris Elba is good as her criminal defense lawyer. The chemistry between Chastain and Elba is powerful and brings out some of the more memorable scenes of the film. Chastain's acting makes this movie worth watching, but that's about it. "