Alan French

Alan French
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T-Meter Title | Year
3/4 47% Dumbo (2019) I can happily report that Dumbo surprised me in a big way. It also marks a return to form for Burton, as his most personal and visually engaging film in more than a decade. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2019
3/4 82% Avatar (2009) The digital world of Pandora is spellbinding. The imagination on display from Cameron and his visual effects team is breathtaking. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
4/4 92% Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) The heightened world of foxes, marriage, family, greed, and mid-life crisis became one of Anderson's greatest works. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
3/4 78% The Hangover (2009) Galifianakis went from being an alt-comedy idol to a mainstream pop culture figure. The Hangover still feels like a breath of fresh air. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
4/4 88% Inglourious Basterds (2009) However, despite the aspects that can make loving Tarantino a slog, he has moments of true cinematic greatness that cannot be ignored. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
4/4 94% Us (2019) Us showcases Peele's step forward as a director and confirms that Lupita Nyong'o is a generational star. Us has a lot to say about America and the individual. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
2/4 57% The Highwaymen (2019) Hancock does a great job with the technical aspects of the film. However, the pacing is too slow and becomes a disservice to the story. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
1/4 39% The Dirt (2019) It falls into the tropes of the musical biopic but ignores music through most of the story. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
2.5/4 71% Triple Frontier (2019) The movie struggles because it cannot keep up momentum. It stalls out after the actual heist, which could reasonably find its way into the pantheon of fun action sequences. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
3/4 No Score Yet Chasing the Thunder (2018) Settling into this specific story and eschewing the superfluous context of the situation helps drive home the emotional intensity. This makes Chasing the Thunder an exciting ride from start to nearly finish. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
3/4 78% Captain Marvel (2019) While Marvel really needed to focus on building this one character (instead of many at once), the power of Larson, Jackson, and more pull the picture together. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
3/4 95% MEMORY - The Origins of Alien (2019) With the 40th anniversary of "Alien" around the corner, "Memory" delivers as a love-letter and film essay to O'Bannon, Scott, and Giger's collective imagination. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
3/4 100% The Silence of Others (2019) "The Silence of Others" carries an essential message for this moment and for the victims of past crimes. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
3.5/4 98% Apollo 11 (2019) The footage assembled simply astounds. Yet the sound design and score elements are integral to the success of the feature. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
3/4 No Score Yet The Weight of Water (2018) The struggle to stay above the water can be harrowing. Brown and Masser capture the beauty of the journey and emotional stakes of Erik's journey. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
3/4 100% Los Reyes (2018) The slice of life documentary makes for a fantastic exploration. While it suffers from pacing issues at times, "Los Reyes" stands out as an incredible work of art. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2019
3.5/4 91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Luckily for everyone, the franchise lives up to the considerable standard it set for itself, pushing CG animation to new heights. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2019
1.5/4 68% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) While there are some funny sequences, the horror really struggles to live up. Worst of all, this movie drags, despite the movie only lasting an hour and forty minutes. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2019
2/4 85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) It never fully comes together without breaking up the forward momentum, and sadly that means it doesn't work. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2019
2/4 60% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Alitasuffers from an overly wordy screenplay that spoon-feeds the audience. Perhaps worst of all, the story suffers from being repetitive. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
3.5/4 89% Big Hero 6 (2014) Big Hero 6 may not have the heft of other commentaries on the superhero genre, but it has an emotional heart unlike any other. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
4/4 95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) Jenkins explores the psychological trauma of being black in America but also showcases joy and hope. It's a beautiful duality, a feat that would make James Baldwin proud. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
2.5/4 63% Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) The campy and exaggerated display of the modern art community thrives with comedic beats. Sadly, the film is not the full-on parody you want. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
3.5/4 88% Clerks (1994) This remains Smith's masterpiece, and demands our attention 25 years after its premiere, just as it did when it released. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
3/4 89% Tito and the Birds (Tito e os Pássaros) (2018) Tito and the Birds stands out as one of the best foreign animated films in recent memory. The story hits home, and with some special animation, it rises to the occasion. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
3/4 90% Fyre (2019) Smith uses Fyre to tell a story about wealth, arrogance, and privilege in the world, and it sticks the landing wonderfully. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2019
1.5/4 78% Fyre Fraud (2019) Trying to use pop culture as shorthand can be helpful, but in this case, it turns the issues into actual cartoon characters. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2019
1.5/4 38% Glass (2019) Shyamalan shoots Glass as dully as possible. The budget on the film was only $20 million. Frankly, the movie looks cheaper. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2019
4/4 99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) Shoplifters quickly becomes one of the most heartwarming and gratifying pieces of cinema from 2018. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2019
3.5/4 80% Ruben Brandt, Collector (2019) Seek this one out as one of the most visually imaginative films of the year. A mashup of noir, heist, action, and surrealist films yields a wholly original concept. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
2/4 67% Vice (2018) The movie really thinks it is dunking on the Bush administration, like Jordan over Mutombo. In reality, Vice is closer to being Bill Murray from Rushmore . - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2019
3.5/4 92% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) Like a song, a relationship can change depending on the context. Pawlikowski approaches this premise and created one of the most personal and masterful films of the year. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
2.5/4 65% Aquaman (2018) While Wonder Woman reveled in the intimacy of Themyscira, Aquaman and director James Wan paints the largest picture possible. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
3/4 73% On the Basis of Sex (2019) With strong direction from Mimi Leder, the snapshot of the life of Ruth Bader Ginsberg lets its stars show off their charisma. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2018
3/4 63% Bird Box (2018) Bullock delivers an incredible performance of strength and emotion. She never gives up, and her need for survival is only outweighed by the survival of her children. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2018
3.5/4 96% Roma (2018) Even for someone as accomplished as Cuarón, Roma stands out as one of more remarkable pieces of filmmaking in recent memory. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2018
3/4 63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) While the film cannot quite get enough out of the men, the women tower over the production and make Mary Queen of Scots one of the most interesting features of the year - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2018
2.5/4 79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Rather than continuing to tell a unique and inventive storytelling, the film defaults to tell a story that is all too familiar. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
3.5/4 93% The Favourite (2018) The moment that Hoult opens his mouth, the level of profane and vile language clues you into what you're watching: an elaborately set up and executed parody of the genre. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2018
3/4 85% Dumplin' (2018) The movie also benefits from Dolly's participation in a big way. Her music, including a very good original song 'Girl in the Movies,' helps sell the overall vibe. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
4/4 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Following a young teenager named Miles Morales through the streets of Brooklyn might be the happiest I've been in a theater in years. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
3.5/4 91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Islands are rented out, a fairytale wedding will make for one of the most beautiful ever captured on film, and you will get lost in the beauty of Singapore. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
1.5/4 51% Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (2018) Some may find pleasure in Serkis' meditation on the world of the jungle. Yet, there are no many new paths taken by the story. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
2/4 59% The Front Runner (2018) Understanding the importance of strong, principled journalists should be a cause for celebration. Yet here, the media is depicted as a force, hell-bent on destruction. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
2/4 78% Green Book (2018) Thanks to a blazing performance from Mahershala Ali, you might even believe that Green Book is good. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
3/4 89% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) The exploration of the internet falls short of the joys that made the first film so compelling. At the same time, it will be a fun romp that should bring joy to the family. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
3.5/4 84% Creed II (2018) Creed II should be seen as a highlight of the series, easily becoming one of the best sequels in franchise history... Jordan shines again and again. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
4/4 91% Widows (2018) This might be the deepest ensemble of any film of the year, giving each character a standout moment that makes you hold your breath. No one stands out more than Viola Davis. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
3/4 89% The Night Is Short, Walk On Girl (2018) Featuring a strong woman as a rebuff to traditional anime issues, it [Night is Short, Walk On Girl ] serves as a funny and fancy romantic narrative. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
2.5/4 41% MFKZ (2018) Regardless of what you think of the actual substance of the movie, MFKZ can be stunning to watch. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018