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|75 T9||Annihilation (2018) - Mar 19, 2018
"A very solid, intelligent and thoughtful piece of science fiction, that recalls other recent examples like Arrival (2016) and Blade Runner 2049 (2017). The visual style was really nice, even if not all of the CGI was absolutely perfect. The cast is really good, but they did have some slightly clumsy dialogue to work with. But yeah, just the ideas in the movie were really interesting and thought-provoking. It’s definitely not going to be for everyone, but absolutely worth a go."
|70 T7||Wind River (2017) - Mar 12, 2018
"This is just a really solid murder mystery/thriller. In some ways, there’s not a lot unique about it, but in others, it’s exceptional. The direction is really nice, and they were able to create a lot of unexpected moments. The brutal setting was also integral to the movie, creating beautiful landscapes and feeling like a character in and of itself. I really enjoyed Elizabeth Olsen’s performance - she had a real Clarice Starling vibe. It’s definitely another win for Sheridan"
|50 T3||Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) - Mar 12, 2018
"It feels like a different script that just got the Jumanji name slapped onto it & they inserted a few little references to it. It’s the boring type of bad, where there’s nothing significantly wrong with it & yet, I didn’t enjoy myself. The premise is fine, but they don’t do anything interesting or exciting with it. I don’t mind the cast members as individuals, but they don’t really have chemistry together. Overall, it was just a dull, predictable movie that didn’t try hard enough."
|30 T1||Pitch Perfect 3 (2017) - Mar 08, 2018
"Oh god, this was painful. What a terrible movie. The script was just so bad - cliché after cliché with horrendous dialogue. I think this is meant to be a comedy, but man, is it unfunny. There were one or two okay song moments, but overall, they didn't do much for me. Oh, and the whole thing seemed to be one big commercial for DJ Khaled? I barely know who that is, but I sure heard his name enough in this movie. I wasn't counting, but I'd have to imagine it was between 20 and 3004 times."
|55 T4||Cars 3 (2017) - Mar 01, 2018
"I think this one was a better sequel to Cars than Cars 2 was. And if is this the final entry, I think it works well enough to tie things up. I did quite like what they did with the story at the end. But otherwise, the film didn't do much for me. The animation's good, of course, but I didn't connect to the characters & it wasn't funny. I'll always see every Pixar movie, because they've never made a bad one. And this is no exception, but it's definitely a lesser entry in their oeuvre"
|65 T6||The Post (2017) - Feb 25, 2018
"Impeccably directed. Impressive cast with Streep being the obvious standout. I often enjoy movies about this sort of journalism & the film did a good job at making it seem exciting & important. But the film was a little dry & just a tad dull at other times. I understood & appreciated their attempts to make it a very topical movie & show how it relates to the current state of US politics & journalism but it was pretty damn heavy-handed at points. Still, I liked it overall & I'm glad I saw it."
|55 T4||Darkest Hour (2017) - Feb 19, 2018
"This is by no means a bad film, but I can't say I really liked it much. Maybe the subject matter just doesn't interest me in general, but yeah, I found myself bored for a lot of it. It was at once dry and very sentimental and patriotic. Films about war have to have something a little extra for me. Gary Oldman was good - disappearing into the role and all that. The film looked nice, with the costumes and sets and cinematography, but I didn't really feel entertained or particularly informed."
|75 T9||Call Me by Your Name (2017) - Feb 19, 2018
"This was a really nice, beautiful coming-of-age film. The direction and cinematography are gorgeous. Really good performances from the two leads, and I have to give a shout-out to Michael Stuhlbarg, who really is good in everything he's in. There's not much plot to speak of, but that doesn't matter when it's so elegantly presented - true cinema. And it's great to have a gay romance be the focus of the movie, yet still not be a big deal within the movie."
|60 T5||Lady Bird (2017) - Feb 18, 2018
"Hmm. I'm not sure about this one. On the one hand, it was sweet and honest and relatable, but on the other, it didn't really say much and I felt kinda empty when the credits rolled. The story is fairly thin, which would be fine, but neither the direction or the emotion or anything else really made up for it. The performances were good - Saoirse Ronan is great and so is Laurie Metcalf. I'm afraid I just don't get the hype around this one."
|75 T9||Black Panther (2018) - Feb 15, 2018
"The set design and especially the costumes were gorgeous. Not all of the visual effects were perfect, but not bad to the point of ruin. The characters and performances were good all around. Jordan's character might be one of the best villains from any of the Marvel movies. The actual story is not all that different to your typical Marvel movie, but works just fine. I wasn't affected emotionally very much, and a lot of the humour fell flat, but I liked the film on the whole."