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|57 16%||Izzy Gets the Fuck Across Town (2017) - Jan 17, 2019
"Izzy Gets the Fuck Across Town has a lot of the trademarks of an indie flick; title cards, shouty actors, split frames. I didn't enjoy the film for two reasons; first the occasional wittiness and poignancy gets lost in the sea of quirkiness; second the film dragged. As vignettes of hectic adventures, Davis shows her skill, though the energy is often determined by her scene partner. Osment, Coon and Shawkat were good. "
|64 50%||The Kindergarten Teacher (2018) - Jan 16, 2019
"Gyllenhaal is bewitching in The Kindergarten Teacher, though the film's perspective makes for a perplexing conundrum. The film writes poetry as if it's a noble goal or a mark of excellence, though its visual portrayal is one of pretentious pretenders. Gyllenhaal's character isn't unlikable or unsympathetic because she kidnaps a child, but because of her desire for intellectual companionship, talent by proxy, and a legacy during her mild mid-life crises; thus comedic notes accompany her downfall."
|79 94%||Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) - Jan 16, 2019
"In a market saturated by superheroes, Into the Spider-Verse manages to deliver one of my favourite origin stories in a film that feels innovative and fresh. The animation, music and voice acting are all excellent. Rather than following the trend of diving into a genre, this film embraces its comic book origin both stylistically and narratively, and refreshingly doesn't try to be the definitive Spider-man. The plot has its flaws, but makes up for it with its focus on character and its heart."
|64 50%||Overboard (2018) - Jan 13, 2019
"I wasn't aware of the original until after I watched this version. While the plot may be troublesome with its casual gaslighting and probable rape, it is also ridiculous, nonsensical and so implausible that any concerns based in reality can be dismissed by the film's implicit association with fantasy. All things considered, it's a silly light-hearted movie that made me laugh. Debrez is great, bringing a soap-operatic energy that works well. His chemistry with Faris is middling but not essential."
|63 40%||Stonehearst Asylum (2014) - Jan 11, 2019
"Stonehearst Asylum pairs good acting with mediocre writing. The result is a film with a few interesting ideas, but no suspense or surprise. As a critique of Victorian style healthcare, the film as merit. As an entertaining movie, less so. "
|58 18%||Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (2018) - Jan 11, 2019
"The first Goosebumps was already flawed, and this sequel does nothing to course correct, resulting in a film that is almost instantly forgettable. Jeong was the only one who garnered a laugh (or an emotive response of any kind). Lacking both substance and style, this movie feels more like a made-for-TV Halloween special, than it does an attempt at blockbuster cinema."
|65 59%||Support the Girls (2018) - Jan 09, 2019
"Support the Girls is a slice-of-life film that firmly believes comedy is born from tragedy. Exposition is out, and the context of most of what occurs during the film is only ever alluded to; a deliberate stylistic choice, though one I found a little alienating. Hall and Richardson are great, and their characters compelling. McHayle was a little uneven. The women in this film are strong, flawed and determined; but ending the film with them screaming from the rooftop felt like a cop-out."
|59 20%||The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) - Jan 08, 2019
"Another movie in which Americans rampage through Europe unabated. The opening scene intertwines a conventional male driven action sequence with our female protagonist's desolate birthday party. The former edited to have a muted colour palette to let you know it is neither important nor fun. There are a few genuine laughs, but overall the movie relies on its quirkiness to distract from the nonsensical cliché-ridden plot. If you're in the mood for McKinnon, you're covered otherwise avoid."
|65 59%||Destination Wedding (2018) - Jan 07, 2019
""Trite, trivial, tiresome, tone-deaf narcissists." At least the characters in Destination Wedding are acutely aware of how they are perceived (or written). Ryder and Reeves do a great job of conveying the pithy complaint-ridden dialogue they're given; a good thing as this is the only substance of the film. Though they are more jaded misanthropes than nihilists. Cinematically, an interesting use of framed shots with no tracking, mirroring stilted characters. A love-it or hate-it film."
|63 40%||Time Freak (2018) - Jan 06, 2019
"Time Freak is a mixed bag. Essentially, the film is about acceptance and moving on; a theme toyed with several times before taking a central role in the final act. Unfortunately the ending undermines this with a couple that aren't that exciting to watch. Butterfield is good, Turner is surprisingly decent and Gisondo grows on you, but there's something lacking with the chemistry. Some of the designs are cool, but for every strong moment in the film there is one that is equally as weak or dull."