Abby Olcese Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
96% The Hate U Give (2018) The drama in The Hate U Give is always necessarily heightened, but with the film at over two hours long, it can sometimes feel exhausting. But it's hard to criticize the film for this, because that exhaustion is part of the point.‐ Sojourners
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
85/100 66% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) The House with a Clock in Its Walls is a thrilling world to spend time in, combining classic elements of a good family horror movie to lovely effect. For kids, parents, and kids-at-heart, it's a great way to kick off the Halloween season.‐ Rave Reviews
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
59% The Front Runner (2018) The Front Runner remains something of an enigma. In the quest to retain the humanity of the characters on all sides of the conflict, Reitman ends up with a film that's not just dramatically inert, but is unclear about what it wants to say.‐ Sojourners
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
8/10 93% Wildlife (2018) It's a film of generous, meditative observation that also happens to be beautifully observed.‐ Slashfilm
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
83% Monsters and Men (2018) The ideas the film explores are worthy, but the execution is disappointing. Monsters and Men feels unfinished... The film contains the start of an important conversation, but the credits roll on an incomplete thought.‐ Sojourners
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
99% Eighth Grade (2018) Crucially, Kayla's emotions are never treated as a joke. Burnham has immense respect for his character's fragility and earnestness, as does Fisher, who brings an uncanny naturalism to her performance.‐ Sojourners
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
93% Sorry to Bother You (2018) Sorry to Bother You is wild and over-the-top. But like all good satire, the paths it takes are still recognizable. Boots Riley is always pointing the finger right back at us.‐ Sojourners
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2018
99% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) Refreshing in its affirmation that Rogers really was the compassionate man we grew up watching. It also proves to be a necessary film in its presentation of love as a practice, one requiring intentionality and constant growth.‐ Sojourners
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2018
86% Tully (2018) An offbeat ode to motherhood.‐ Sojourners
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
84% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Infinity War is a sobering reminder that even the biggest, strongest communities sometimes face adversity that results in sacrifice, uncertainty, and loss. ‐ Sojourners
Read More | Posted May 2, 2018
34% I Feel Pretty (2018) I Feel Pretty, is such a letdown. It's an idea with plenty of opportunities to go to interesting places. Instead, it stays in a spot that feels clichéd, dated, and even narrow-minded.‐ Sojourners
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
65% Come Sunday (2018) Sometimes, the film tells us, there are no good answers. All we can do is sit with our thoughts and do our best to love each other well.‐ Sojourners
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
72% Ready Player One (2018) But more often than not, it falls into the same trap, preferring to throw reference after reference at the screen without exploring why the sources of those references resonate with the characters, or the audience.‐ Sojourners
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
92% Love, Simon (2018) This is a film that believes everyone deserves a sweet, sappy movie love story, especially people who are often denied them.‐ Sojourners
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2018
42% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) A Wrinkle in Time may not be as strong as it could be, but it is well-intentioned, admirably earnest, and gloriously weird in ways that can still connect with audiences. I‐ Sojourners
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
97% Black Panther (2018) Director Ryan Coogler's addition to the Marvel stable is a gorgeously realized experience.‐ Sojourners
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
No Score Yet Scary Stories (2017) The documentary is a fun nostalgia trip, even if it doesn't provide much depth.‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
97% Tigers Are Not Afraid (Vuelven) (2017) Tigers are Not Afraid isn't quite a masterpiece, but it does an admirable job as an international breakthrough for director Issa López. ‐ Birth.Movies.Death.
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2018
91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Rian Johnson's wildly fun and thoughtful entry into the Star Wars canon finds its heroes at a precarious turning point. ‐ Sojourners
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
91% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) It's worth noting that McDormand's performance in the role is one of the best this year; she's raw, grounded, and wickedly funny.‐ Sojourners
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017
97% Coco (2017) Coco is a fun, touching movie, one that takes joy in the culture it depicts and invites viewers from other cultures along for the party, in ways both respectful and educational.‐ Sojourners
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017
84% The Square (2017) [Director Ruben] Östlund's skewering of passive modern culture and our instinct for self-preservation is both relentless and instantly relatable.‐ Sojourners
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
57% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) Kenneth Branagh's new big-screen adaptation of Christie's novel is a diverting, gorgeous-looking film that struggles a little at showing the humbling effect that dilemma has on the great detective.‐ Sojourners
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Director Taika Waititi's Marvel debut bursts at the seams with creative pleasure that communicates the same sense of fun that was clearly present on set.‐ Sojourners
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
28% Suburbicon (2017) It's a setup ripe with allegorical potential, but while Suburbicon is built on good bones, it's an unfocused mess that wastes its opportunity.‐ Sojourners
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) Liberation doesn't have quite the same effect when it's done by white people, for other white people.‐ Sojourners
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2017
69% mother! (2017) The way to respond to a challenging movie like this, and to those who share its worldview, isn't to dismiss them - mother! is far too ambitious and interesting a film for that.‐ Sojourners
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2017
98% Whose Streets? (2017) Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis' film is an unflinching account of the ordinary people who found themselves caught up in the fight for justice following [Michael] Brown's death.‐ Sojourners
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
96% Step (2017) However, there is much about director Amanda Lipitz's movie that feels surface level, a trait that feels particularly troubling when her subjects represent issues (namely poverty and systemic racism) that deserve a much deeper dive than they get here.‐ Sojourners
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
22% The Book of Henry (2017) With a plot far too dark for kids, and an approach that's often too mild to satisfy adults, the result is a film as uneven as the Rocky Mountain foothills.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
98% The Big Sick (2017) The Big Sick is a comedy with real meat and meaning, something that's been lacking from the genre in recent years.‐ Sojourners
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
68% The Journey (2017) Despite occasional plodding, The Journey's overall message is more important now than ever.‐ Sojourners
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2017
93% Baby Driver (2017) It's less a movie than a feature-length exercise in editing and sound design. While that makes for a thrilling picture, the overall result is a movie that feels empty.‐ Sojourners
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2017
93% The Central Park Five (2012) If hindsight is 20/20, the amount of perspective the film's talking heads provide practically amounts to a telephoto lens. It provides a comprehensive and detailed telling of a long-term, complicated series of events.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2017
91% La La Land (2016) While (the film has) an optimistic, positive message, it loses potency by showing just how little room there is for real life - with all its compromises and challenges - in the dreams of its main characters.‐ Sojourners
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2017
86% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) The effect of seeing that character's (Doss) unwavering, steadfast faith instead of the inner struggles it must have taken to get to that point misses a big opportunity for teaching and discussion.‐ Sojourners
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2017
87% The Invitation (2016) The Invitation presents audiences with characters trying to move on from terrible experiences. It also presents two different ways of approaching the healing process, and the failing of a community to support those in pain.‐ Sojourners
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2017
83% A United Kingdom (2017) Unfortunately, the film does its subjects little credit, suffering from directing and writing choices that keep it from achieving its potential.‐ Sojourners
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
98% I Am Not Your Negro (2017) I Am Not Your Negro is a fitting tribute and introduction to James Baldwin - stylish, to-the-point, and full of truths as timely now as they were when Baldwin first put them into writing. It is not to be missed.‐ Sojourners
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
93% Hidden Figures (2017) It's mostly fine but largely forgettable, with a script that suffers from flat characters and which treats its story less like the powerful drama it is and more like a straight line evenly peppered with plot points.‐ Sojourners
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
84% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) There's a certain weight here that hasn't necessarily been present in most of the other films. And that, plus the film's talented, diverse cast, makes Rogue One a truly unique twist on the familiar format.‐ Sojourners
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
95% Moana (2016) The film's qualities go beyond mere positive, escapist fun. Moana's emphatically non-traditional, non-whitewashed take on Disney's princess films make it one of the most important movies of 2016.‐ Sojourners
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
94% Arrival (2016) The level of intelligence and respect the film has for its audience is refreshing. Its moments of emotion (and there are whoppers) feel earned, not forced.‐ Sojourners
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
72% The Birth of a Nation (2016) As art, its message is timely, its harsh images necessary, and its emotion undeniable.‐ Sojourners
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
93% Queen of Katwe (2016) Queen of Katwe is a movie committed to the real people whose story it tells, showing their struggles, strength, love and faith.‐ Sojourners
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
63% The Magnificent Seven (2016) Though it's an unremarkable action movie in many respects, the film has an interesting eye for symbolism that elevates it above whatever lack of freshness it may suffer from (including a lackluster script).‐ Sojourners
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
60% War Dogs (2016) It had the potential be a subversive commentary on the international arms industry... Instead it's a dull slog that feels longer than it is, and essentially accomplishes nothing but a few cheap laughs.‐ Sojourners
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
27% Suicide Squad (2016) The film fails its characters by not leaving room for them to stand out individually, and it fails women by attempting to sell an overtly abusive relationship as romantic.‐ Sojourners
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
74% Ghostbusters (2016) Unfortunately, the film squanders the talents of its cast on a poor script that's bogged down with poor jokes, underdeveloped characters, and a juvenile approach to feminism that doesn't advance the conversation.‐ Sojourners
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
46% Free State of Jones (2016) Free State of Jones contains so much story that it might have been better served in a longer format. But as it is, the film is a mess.‐ Sojourners
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017