Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/4 75% Blue Bayou (2021) Chon's heartfelt performance lets us inside, opening the doors to a world most of us probably never will know. - Reel Honest Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2021
4/4 43% Cinderella (2021) What once was a rather dull and predictable story ...has transformed into a funny, feminist fairy tale with great music that will have you dancing in your living room, laughing aloud and loving this new spin on a tired old one. - Daily Journal (Kankakee, IL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2021
3.5/4 84% Candyman (2021) Candyman isn't your typical bloody horror flick. In fact, there's nothing typical about it. This is a smart and complicated story that gently exposes the ills of the past and how they continue on through the present. - Reel Honest Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2021
4/4 71% Together (2021) The delivery of every scene, the interaction of our two characters, is brutal, frequently humorous, but the undercurrent of reality continually washes over us. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2021
4/4 80% Free Guy (2021) "Free Guy" is pure fun, stirring up the worlds of reality- and video-gaming and giving us one of the most entertainingly hilarious rom-coms ever. - Daily Journal (Kankakee, IL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2021
2.5/4 88% Nine Days (2021) Writer and director Edson Oda takes a chance with this one and while it misses a few notes, the premise--a great companion piece to Pixar's "Soul"--will make you look within and wonder why you are the way you are. - Reel Talk with Chuck and Pam EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2021
3/4 77% Ride the Eagle (2021) Trent O'Donnell directs this gem of a feature co-written by he and Johnson and while the narrative arc may be a predictable one, it's truly a pleasure to watch. - Reel Honest Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2021
1.5/4 79% Black Widow (2021) Pugh and Harbour are a delight in the midst of a film that is nothing more than ordinary in yet another typical super hero film. - Reel Honest Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2021
3/4 50% Long Story Short (2021) "It's a Wonderful Life" meets "Groundhog Day" and "A Christmas Carol" with plenty of room for its own unique flare to become a romantic comedy. - Reel Honest Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2021
1/4 59% F9 (2021) "F9" is a comedy but it just doesn't know it. - Reel Honest Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2021
3/4 62% 12 Mighty Orphans (2021) "12 Mighty Orphans" is a familiar story with its own unique elements reminding us of the definition of family in its truest form. - Reel Honest Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2021
3.5/4 94% In the Heights (2021) "In the Heights" has everyone already humming and with good reason. It's bold, vibrant and intoxicating as it sings its universal song. - Daily Journal (Kankakee, IL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2021
3.5/4 100% Paper Spiders (2021) "Paper Spiders" finds a way to open our eyes and our hearts to better comprehend the need for education, services, and neighbors to look out for one another. - Reel Honest Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2021
3.5/4 93% The Killing of Two Lovers (2021) The Killing of Two Lovers is sheer artistry in storytelling, acting, and directing. - Reel Honest Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2021
3/4 82% What Lies West (2019) "What Lies West" is a heartfelt exploration of friendships and their importance as two young women look ahead in life, leaning on one another to grow and learn. - Reel Honest Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2021
3.5/4 60% Profile (2021) The dangers of Amy's assignment are at the forefront of the story, but it is her carelessness or even recklessness that creates high anxiety throughout the film. - Reel Honest Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2021
.5/4 66% Wrath of Man (2021) While the first few minutes of the film had promise of what I love about Ritchie's movies-the music, the editing, the style-and Statham's magnetism, these elements quickly vanished into thin air much like the substance of the film. - Reel Honest Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2021
3.5/4 68% Monster (2019) Monster takes us into the ugliness of prejudice, poverty, and the criminality associated with it all. ... It's a film to remember-and maybe to better understand our current times. - Reel Honest Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2021
3/4 90% The Outside Story (2020) Charles might have been locked out, but perhaps previously he actually was locked in. Finding his proverbial key to unlock his world and better understand himself is what makes this a memorable and relatable comedic gem. - Daily Journal (Kankakee, IL) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2021
2/4 75% Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) Godzilla vs. Kong does tick all the right boxes of animation, artistry and larger-than-life characters, which will please all of the fans of this universe, but the writing, directing and acting boxes are empty with the exception of Hottle. - Daily Journal (Kankakee, IL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2021
3/4 84% Nobody (2021) Nobody is pure escapism with preposterous situations, clearly defined and represented good guys and bad guys and a special effects team to bring it all to life. - Daily Journal (Kankakee, IL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2021
2/2 44% Shoplifters of the World (2021) Ultimately, the film finds too many dissonant stories and becomes relegated to being just a movie for fans of The Smiths. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2021
3/4 69% Happily (2021) Grabinski takes full advantage of his seasoned and talented comedic cast, but it is his dry wit and timing which throws us that curveball when we least expect it that makes it so much fun. - Reel Honest Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2021
4/4 86% The Courier (2020) While "The Courier" is a historical recreation, it also has tremendous heart thanks again to not only the direction and writing, but the superb performances by Cumberbatch and Ninidze. - Reel Honest Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2021
2.5 75% Pieces of a Woman (2020) Writer Kata Wéber's intimate perspective on the subject of loss during childbirth is chillingly realistic, but the story lacks that intimacy as we enter into the next year of Martha's life. W - Daily Journal (Kankakee, IL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2021
3.5/4 85% Our Friend (2020) There are plenty of moments to laugh, and to cry, as we are captivated by the giggles of the children and relate to the every day moments. "Our Friend" is a perfectly balanced story that rings true to every aspect of life, including facing death. - Daily Journal (Kankakee, IL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2021
2.5/4 84% Let Him Go (2020) "Let Him Go" tries your patience at times, but the premise of the film continually cuts through your gut as you place yourself in their shoes. - FF2 Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2021
4/4 25% Hillbilly Elegy (2020) This family is in every town and this town is in every state. It's a slice of life and one man's story of finding himself as he reclaims his background, better understanding who he is and where he came from. - Daily Journal (Kankakee, IL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2021
3.5/4 89% Dear Santa (2020) I believe. And you will, too, after seeing Dana Nachman's newest uplifting documentary "Dear Santa." - Daily Journal (Kankakee, IL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2021
3/4 80% Safety (2020) Much of this might appear on the surface as being contrived, but it feels nothing but sincere as it connects us to not only Ray Ray and Fahmarr but every coach and athlete we meet. - Daily Journal (Kankakee, IL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2021
4/4 98% Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) The stories, an amalgam of the atrocities we've read about, bring you to tears. It's harsh, emotionally confrontational and still relevant today, unfortunately. - Daily Journal (Kankakee, IL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2021
3.5/4 72% Flora & Ulysses (2021) And yes, "Flora & Ulysses" certainly follows a predictable arc, but the style of storytelling immerses you into Flora's world, and we suspend all belief and just enjoy the ride. - Daily Journal (Kankakee, IL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2021
4/4 57% Malcolm & Marie (2021) The story and our beloved characters fight with love in order to be able to love possibly more deeply - or perhaps to their demise. This narrative arc rises and falls creating an unparalleled story of passion and understanding amidst the chaos. - Daily Journal (Kankakee, IL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2021
3.5/4 96% Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) The film hammers home the disturbing elements of racial injustices as we witness the atrocities unfold. - Daily Journal (Kankakee, IL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2021
4/4 98% The Father (2021) Zeller's brilliant script and direction is at the core of the film readying a talented cast to give us commandingly powerful story. - Daily Journal (Kankakee, IL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2021
3/4 67% Long Weekend (2021) It's a gem of a film that adds just enough novelty to a tried and true genre to make it fresh. - Reel Honest Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2021
3/4 67% Crisis (2021) Oldman and Lilly shine in this crime thriller, but it's the humanity and less obvious situations that are the most captivating of all. - Daily Journal (Kankakee, IL) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2021
2.5/4 80% Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar (2021) This isn't going to win any awards, but what it might do is make you laugh. And for me, that's exactly what I needed. - Reel Honest Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2021
4/4 57% Malcolm & Marie (2021) While the story replicates many familiar age-old arguments with timeless issues among the clutter of their lives, this bold and flawless film dares us all to be honest in love to see where the chips fall. - Reel Honest Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2021
4/4 88% The Dig (2021) The Dig is a work of art, both visually and emotionally thanks to a beautifully complex script, masterful direction, and, of course, a talented cast lead by incomparable lead actors. - Reel Honest Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
3.5/4 85% Our Friend (2020) This heartfelt and original yet universal story with superb performances thanks not only to the talented actors but to a credible script and an intuitive director makes Our Friend a film you need to see. - Reel Honest Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2021
2.5/4 75% Pieces of a Woman (2020) This is a film that will hit home with anyone who has lost a child during birth, but unfortunately, the storytelling element of the film and pieces of it were perhaps lost in the editing of the film or in the screenplay itself. - Reel Honest Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2021
4/4 95% Soul (2020) Soul is the perfect escape to find yourself and while it may appeal more to adults than children, the animation will certainly capture the heart and soul, pun intended, of everyone who watches it. - Reel Honest Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2020
3/4 59% Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) [W]hile the story suffers from becoming the same as almost every other super hero movie, the performances, humor, and ultimately the love story keep you engaged. - Reel Honest Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2020
No Score Yet Grand Unified Theory (2016) Don't miss this brilliant comedy full of heart... - Reel Honest Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2020
4/4 98% Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) Boseman is sensational, perhaps his best role. - Reel Honest Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2020
3.5/4 90% Promising Young Woman (2020) Each character is obviously aptly cast, but of course, the weight of the film rests on Mulligan's shoulders who carries it with ease. - Reel Honest Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2020
3.5/4 92% Another Round (Druk) (2020) With equal parts humor and drama, Another Round is robustly satisfying as it quenches your thirst for life. - Reel Honest Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2020
3/4 80% Safety (2020) The story, more than a decade ago, reminds us of the importance of community and family as we reach out to one another. You can't ask for a better message in our world today, especially as we approach the holiday season. - Reel Honest Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2020
3.5/4 89% Black Bear (2020) You're going to love the surprises that reveal themselves. - Reel Honest Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2020