Movie Buff - 357 Film Ratings
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Location: California, USA
Bio: New Review: "Richard Jewell" (2019)
|69 42%||Richard Jewell (2019) - Jan 18, 2020
"With a great cast and solid directing, "Richard Jewell" is another good film to add to Clint Eastwood's directing filmography. Paul Walter Hauser and Sam Rockwell are terrific, but it's Kathy Bates' performance that steals the show. The film depicts the 1996 Centennial Olympic Park bombing and is based on the "Vanity Fair" article "American Nightmare: The Ballad Of Richard Jewell". Although the film was considered a box office flop, this is still one of Eastwood's better modern directed movies."
|90 94%||The Lighthouse (2019) - Jan 08, 2020
"A psychological horror film directed by Robert Eggers, "The Lighthouse" is a bizarre mind trip into madness. Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe's performances are haunting, mesmerizing and powerful. Shot in beautiful black and white, it looks like a modern film that was made in the 1930's. The cinematography and set pieces are amazing. Eggers directing and screenplay is unlike anything you've ever seen. "The Lighthouse" is a haunted masterpiece and one of the best films of the year. "
|80 74%||Monos (2019) - Jan 05, 2020
""Monos" is a haunting and surreal cinematic experience. Loosely inspired by the novels "Lord Of The Flies" by William Goulding and "Heart of Darkness" by Joseph Conrad. Alejandro Landes' directing is wonderful and the cinematography by Jasper Wolf is breathtaking. Winner of the "World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award" at the "Sundance Film Festival". "Monos" is beautifully filmed and masterfully directed with incredible acting performances. One of the best films of the year. "
|64 24%||The Report (2019) - Jan 01, 2020
"Partly based on the "Vanity Fair" article by Katherine Eban, "The Report" is a decade's worth of real-life political intrigue. Adam Driver is terrific as Daniel Jones and Annette Bening is memorable as Dianne Feinstein. "The Report" is a film that struggles to keep the viewer entertained, the lack of excitement and suspense makes for a very dull viewing. The acting and cast is good, it's Scott Z. Burns' screenplay that could have been a lot less boring and a lot more thrilling. "
|66 30%||Dark Waters (2019) - Dec 31, 2019
""Dark Waters" is a legal thriller directed by Todd Haynes, with a remarkable performance by Mark Ruffalo. Based on "The New York Times Magazine" article "The Lawyer Who Became DuPont's Worst Nightmare" by Nathaniel Rich. A well made film that can be more appreciated by the acting performances than by the story. Ruffalo is corporate defense attorney Robert Bilott, not since "Spotlight"(2015) has Ruffalo been this good. "
|56 6%||Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker (2019) - Dec 22, 2019
""The Rise Of Skywalker" is a disappointing conclusion to the nine part "Star Wars saga". As big a let down as "The Phantom Menace"(1999) and not any better than "Return Of the Jedi"(1983). "Rise"is not at all original, bringing nothing new to the Star Wars universe with the same old rehashing of past "Star Wars" movies. The movie tries too hard to please the fans and does the complete opposite. A terrible ending to a saga and one of the biggest disappointments of the year. "
|76 58%||Ad Astra (2019) - Dec 21, 2019
"James Gray's "Ad Astra" is a thrilling space adventure about the relationship between a father and son. The themes of the film can be compared to Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey"(1968) and Andrei Tarkovsky's "Solaris"(1972). Brad Pitt and Tommy Lee Jones as father and son both deliver incredible performances. Hoyte van Hoytema's cinematography along with Gray's superb directing makes "Ad Astra” one of the most visually striking films of the year. "
|72 49%||The Two Popes (2019) - Dec 21, 2019
"Excellent acting by Anthony Hopkins as Pope Benedict and Jonathan Pryce as Pope Francis, "The Two Popes" takes serious subject matter and makes it enjoyable, humorous and highly entertaining. Fernando Meirelles brilliantly directs his actors and gets incredible performances from Hopkins and Pryce. The conversations between the two popes is brutally honest, funny and really fascinating. A spiritually uplifting movie experience with powerful acting and great directing. "
|70 45%||Diamantino (2018) - Dec 20, 2019
""Diamantino" is a bizarre and surreal comedy fantasy film. Winner of the Grand Prize at the "Cannes Film Festival". A fairy tale about soccer, refugees and giant puppies. Diamantino is the spitting image of Portuguese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo and it's comical. A weird and over the the top character study, in the end the movie is just too ridiculous and outrageous. "Diamantino" is one of the strangest and most unique cinematic experiences of the year. "
|72 49%||The Nightingale (2019) - Dec 19, 2019
"Extremely shocking, brutally violent and very hard to watch at times, "The Nightingale" is definitely not for everyone. The film has strong depictions of rape and murder which lead to 30 people walking out of the theatre at the "Sydney Film Festival". Director Jennifer Kent has said the film is about a need for love, compassion and kindness during dark times. If you can get past all the rape and murder, "The Nightingale" is a very well made movie with outstanding acting performances. "