Film Inquiry

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Rating Title/Year Author
Them That Follow (2019) David Fontana When it comes down to it, the film needed a bit more oomph to truly stand out, especially with a cast as talented as the one gathered for this and with a subject as ripe with potential. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Rachael Sampson Once Upon A Time In Hollywood shows us a fictitious world that was undoubtedly plausible. We can always say 'what if...?' - and that is Tarantino's mantra. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
Take Point (2018) Alex Lines Byung-woo has delivered a slick, entertaining package that manages to do something new with a lot of worn elements. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
Otherhood (2019) Maria Lattila The idea is good, but it isn't developed enough to make it a fully fleshed out story with intriguing and multi-dimensional characters. Otherhood ends up being forgettable, boring and at times insulting. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
Teacher (2019) Andrew Stover Teacher will break your heart as much as it will make your heart race. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
Mr. Jones (2019) Sean Fallon Mr. Jones is a harsh, masterful film about being wary of the lies being fed to you by your media and your government. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
Sell By (2019) Stephanie Archer Sell By is a film that checks off every box, delivering a truly modern rom-com of the time. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2019
Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) Kevin L. Lee I defended this film since it released its first trailer back in March. Here I am happily pointing at you through the screen and saying, 'I told you so.' EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2019
The Keeping Hours (2017) Clement Tyler Obropta Those who take a chance will be treated to a pensive, slow-moving story told almost as a play might be - mostly in one location, around three actors, forgoing style and punch to instead mine the depths of the human soul. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2019
Jay Myself (2018) Janet Lee Wilkes crafts an entertaining and heartfelt portrayal of a photographer and artist whose unique eye constantly evolved with The Bank. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2019
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Mark McPherson There's more frill than frights but just enough style and empathy to be admirable if not scary. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2019
See You Soon (2019) Lee Jutton The film isn't without its charms thanks to its unabashedly absurd script and some very amusing references to the real-life world of soccer. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) Emily Wheeler The Peanut Butter Falcon is, seemingly by design, a rather small film, which works perfectly when it's trying to be the gentle hangout movie that it mostly is. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes (2018) Arlin Golden The label is generally considered unparalleled in its impact on music, singular catalogue, and the artistic freedom it afforded its musicians. Or should I say affords, since the film makes abundantly clear that Blue Note is very much alive and well. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
Tommaso (2019) Alex Lines Willem DaFoe effortlessly binds this bubbling memoir together, he's as magnetic and captivating as always, practically appearing in every frame of this overlong drama. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
Koko-di Koko-da (2019) Alex Lines It's a damn shame that metaphor is prioritized over narrative, and its rejection of structure will lead to even the most hardcore arthouse audience to largely reject it. A minor misfire, but not utterly without its episodic merits. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
() Alex Lines Without a trace of degradation or simple-minded reduction of the central sister's feelings, The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão develops into a palpable and poignant profile of two divergent lives linked by love. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
() Zoe Crombie By presenting a comedy with the formal elements of a slasher, Camp Wedding fails to be interesting or entertaining within either genre. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
Nothing Happens (2017) Andrew Stover In Nothing Really Happens, things do happen: characters have personal encounters, stakes are clearly drawn and there's sensibility in the endless haze of perplexity. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
() Janet Lee Despite being framed with a charming style, it unfortunately fails to draw out compelling connections amongst its characters. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
Sword of Trust (2019) Janet Lee Despite the dwindling ending, Sword of Trust still manages to please us with delightful and memorable performances from a talented cast. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
Happy New Year (2017) Sean Fallon With Happy New Year, Colin Burstead, Ben Wheatley has crafted a very funny, very real family drama that shows a simple universal truth: all families are weird. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
This Changes Everything (2018) Tuesday Blue You'll find this documentary to be enlightening if you're previously unfamiliar with the struggles of women in the industry. If you are familiar you'll be comforted by learning about the women fighting to help others. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
El increíble finde menguante (2019) Kristy Strouse Overall, the movie, even in its occasional oblique offering, does its justice in creating something singular and inviting. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2019
Riot Girls (2019) Kristy Strouse It's as much about the intricacies of its characters as it is a violent and music-fueled horror ride. Riot Girls is a throwback, yet inventive. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2019
Depraved (2019) Kristy Strouse The effects and makeup are terrific, the acting superb, and I can't say enough about the driving appeal of The Depraved which is that it makes a story that's been told before somehow fresh. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2019
The Purity of Vengeance (Journal 64) (2018) Alex Lines Like all formulas, it works, even though it tackles some rather weighty issues within its pursuit for unfinished redemption. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2019
Hvítur, Hvítur Dagur (2019) Alex Lines It's a tough experience, for both the audience watching and the characters within, but Palmason's rugged deconstruction of traditional male masculinity is a struggle worth sitting through. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2019
Lying and Stealing (2019) Andrew Stover Matt Aselton doesn't break any new ground with his art heist thriller, but he still packages some fast-paced, B-movie fun. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2019
Blinded by the Light (2019) Alistair Ryder Even if you're not a Springsteen fan, you'll still find yourself rushing to stream his back catalogue as soon as the end credits roll. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2019
Palm Beach (2019) Alex Lines Palm Beach comes close to reaching similar levels of casual comforts that reruns of It's Complicated or The Intern usually provide, but without a firm attachment to anything real. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2019
Judgemental Hai Kya (2019) Musanna Ahmed Judgementall Hai Kya is an intoxicating ride of comic nihilism mixed with social commentary and I would love to take it again. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2019
Super 30 (2019) Musanna Ahmed I wish I had strong emotions watching Super 30, a competently filmed entertainment but a frustrating embroidery of a story already inherent with cinematic value. It's well-intentioned and well-made but highly dubious. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2019
House of Hummingbird (Beolsae) (2018) Soham Gadre Bora certainly knows the nuances of her subject inwards and out and makes sure that we know there is no hero or villain, simply a family trying to find its way around each other. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2019
The Miracle of the Sargasso Sea (2019) Soham Gadre This isn't a case of frustrating ambiguity. The Miracle of the Sargasso Sea does have a conclusive ending, but it's not one that justifies the maze that it takes to get there. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2019
Shooting the Mafia (2019) Soham Gadre This film is as much credited to Longinotto's ability to frame a compelling and convincing narrative around tumultuous life amidst Sicilian crime organizations as it is to Battaglia's immeasurably brave efforts to expose the realities of the mafia. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2019
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Jake Tropila Leitch manages to inject some real excitement late in the proceedings, but it's too little too late for this overstuffed feature. Hobbs and Shaw may have finally received their own film, but it is not the one they deserved. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2019
Supervized (2019) Adam Mock Supervized is a sophomoric comedy which never takes advantage of its own originality. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
The Cat Rescuers (2018) Lee Jutton I think that any animal lover will be inspired by this poignant film and the human faces that it puts on this incredibly important issue. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
Stuck (2019) Tuesday Blue Stuck is a fun comedy about a woman trying to do good but getting side-tracked by her habits and her past. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
Luce (2019) Brent Goldman Luce feels like a rarity. A thriller that succeeds with a relatively small scale. With brilliant performances, it poses questions to its characters and audience that make both feel uncomfortable and question our identities. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
Delirium (2016) Kristy Strouse There are narrative aspects that are inventive, but unfortunately, the movie overextends its grasp. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
The Art of Self-Defense (2019) Brent Goldman It won't be for everyone, but The Art Of Self-Defense is a dark, sharp and poignant take on the current gender roles and expectations in society. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
The Navigator (1924) Amanda Mazzillo The Navigator is a memorable and entertaining comedy exploring reliance on having everything done for you, and the struggles that come with being forced to take care of yourself. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2019
Sherlock, Jr. (1924) Amanda Mazzillo Sherlock Jr. is a remarkable film, which captures the medium of cinema in unique and passionate ways, while maintaining a truth in its characters. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2019
Surviving Confession (2018) Andrew Stover Surviving Confession is very much a lively indie taking place in a lifelessly cramped setting, while bluntly speaking some commendable verities of being human. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2019
Stano (2019) Bree Duwyn This film is riddled with clichés and predictability, but still garners an applause for its heartfelt intent and depiction of real life relationships in times of uncertainty. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2019
Skin (2018) Emily Wheeler The result is a listless film, one that manages a few gripping moments thanks to its cast but can't string them together into something meaningful. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2019
Love, Antosha (2019) Kristy Strouse Love, Antosha is utterly heartbreaking, but competent in showing this very intelligent and talented man whose life was cut short. It is one of the best documentaries of its kind that I've seen this year. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2019
Ladyworld (2018) Amanda Mazzillo Ladyworld manages to capture the perfect balance between the moments of tension and uneasiness with moments of teenage life. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2019