The Victoria Advocate

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Rating Title/Year Author
3/4 PG: Psycho Goreman (2020) Joe Friar An entertaining and juvenile horror-comedy. The dark side of Sid and Marty Krofft imagined with a little Troma thrown in. Pass the cereal. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2021
4/4 Our Friend (2019) Joe Friar A beautiful and heartwarming film with superb performances. There are plenty of watery-eyed moments but this is not your average tear-jerker but a celebration of life. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2021
3/4 Bloody Hell (2020) Joe Friar You won't find many scares but there is plenty of gore to keep the horror fan satisfied. This film knows it's a dark comedy and embraces the fact. No cheap jump scares, just blood, guts, and laughs making this an entertaining thrill ride. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2021
3/4 The Marksman (2021) Joe Friar Neeson puts in another fine performance as an average guy thrust into a situation he wasn't looking for. There's plenty of action and heart as the film tackles family, honor, and immigration. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2021
3.5/4 News of the World (2020) Joe Friar A new Western classic is born as Hanks and Greengrass reunite. for a period piece that becomes an allegory of the present state of the nation. EDIT
Posted Dec 25, 2020
4/4 Promising Young Woman (2020) Joe Friar Carey Mulligan is cast against type and delivers the best performance of her career. The biting dark comedy uses laughter to tackle the issue of sexual predators without diluting the message. One of the best films of 2020. EDIT
Posted Dec 25, 2020
3/4 Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Joe Friar Patty Jenkins evokes the spirit of Christopher Reeve's Superman films for the sequel that resembles a sentimental comedy at the beginning transforming into the film you're expecting in the final act. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2020
3.5/4 The Midnight Sky (2020) Joe Friar Visually stunning and filled with exceptional performances, the sci-fi thriller keeps the viewer enthralled as the human race hangs in the balance. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2020
4/4 Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) Joe Friar The vivid film swelters from the blazing performances by Davis and Chadwick Boseman. The period piece is heightened by the costumes created by Oscar winner Ann Roth and Tobias Schliessler's gorgeous cinematography. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2020
2.5/4 All My Life (2020) Joe Friar The film attempts an airy tone with all the makings of a romantic comedy (minus the laughs), but it never really works. Rothe and Shum are, however, enjoyable to watch. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2020
3/4 Half Brothers (2020) Joe Friar The culture clash comedy tries too hard at times, but it is funny while examining the stereotypes perpetuated on both sides of the border. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2020
3/4 Princess of the Row (2019) Joe Friar Tackling two heavy issues in one film is a large order. At times Princess tries too hard to drive the competing messages home but the film never wanders into sentimental territory. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2020
2/4 Jiu Jitsu (2020) Joe Friar Nicolas Cage as a paper-hat-wearing hermit and martial artist Tony Jaa as a warrior who must have traveled back in time to raid Chess King for his wardrobe. What's not to love? EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2020
3/4 The Christmas Chronicles 2 (2020) Joe Friar Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn return as Santa and Mrs. Claus for another round of holiday fun for the whole family. Great Christmas viewing for the whole family. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2020
4/4 Sound of Metal (2019) Joe Friar The film thrives in authenticity. Riz Ahmed and Olivia Cooke are first-rate but the film's true gem is actor-musician Paul Raci who was born to play his role. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2020
3.5/4 Wolfwalkers (2020) Joe Friar The dazzling fable blends Irish history with magic in this year's best animated film. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2020
4/4 The Climb (2019) Joe Friar The script is Award-winning strong - it's heartwarming, authentic, and very funny. Complete with musical interludes, the film emits a Wes Anderson vibe. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2020
3.5/4 Freaky (2020) Joe Friar The slasher comedy brings back the spirit of the Scream films with a focus on laughs over frights. Newton kicks butt, Vaughn brings the laughs. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2020
3/4 Synchronic (2019) Joe Friar Intelligent science fiction with a first-rate cast that is determined to blow your mind. Benson & Moorhead are two of the most interesting filmmakers out there. EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2020
3/4 Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) Joe Friar The shock value may have worn off, but Baron Cohen's cringe-watching satire is stronger than ever. EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2020
2.5/4 Rebecca (2020) Joe Friar Wheatley's film works best when you don't compare it with Hitchcock's. While it seems diluted by the classic film's standards, this new adaptation stands its own ground. EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2020
3/4 The Craft: Legacy (2020) Joe Friar Apart from the expected hocus-pocus, the film tackles social issues facing teens adding real depth to these characters. The cast is terrific, but scares are at a minimum. Think Twilight with witches. EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2020
3/4 Come Play (2020) Joe Friar The chiller deals with bullying and there are parallels between the monster and our young protagonist. The talented young cast led by Robertson is a pleasure to watch while Jacobs and Gallagher Jr. turn in solid and genuine performances as the parents. EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2020
3.5/4 Let Him Go (2020) Joe Friar Thomas Bezucha delivers a contemporary Western that drifts along in slow-burn mode as it heads towards a thrilling climax. EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2020
3/4 The Dark and the Wicked (2020) Joe Friar Bryan Bertino isn't messing around. The Texas farmhouse horror thriller is scary as hell. EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2020
3/4 Radium Girls (2018) Joe Friar Features solid performances by the cast as first-time feature directors Pilcher and Mohler blend fact with fictional characters to bring the enlightening story to the screen. EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2020
3/4 Jungleland (2019) Joe Friar The film is filled with tropes we've seen before but like a playlist in shuffle mode, Jungleland feels fresh as it keeps the viewer engrossed thanks to the solid performances by Hunnam, O'Connell, and Barden EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2020
3/4 The Opening Act (2020) Joe Friar The film showcases the struggle of aspiring stand-up comics with an A-list cast that helps deliver the laughs. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2020
4/4 David Byrne's American Utopia (2020) Joe Friar Spike Lee captures Byrne's electrifying Broadway show, a revelation of song, dance, with a sociopolitical theme. It dares you to try and remain seated. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2020
3.5/4 The Forty-Year-Old Version (2020) Joe Friar It's funny, authentic, and thrives on Radha Blank's tour-de-force performance. Radha's debut film can be compared to a thirst trap (in a good way); It's appealing, you watch it, you like it. It's also 100% legit. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2020
2/4 The War With Grandpa (2020) Joe Friar The film has a few bright spots and funny moments, but the roles could have been played by any C or D-list actor. The fact that the cast is made up of top-shelf talent like De Niro and Thurman doesn't make the comedy any better, just interesting to watch. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2020
3.5/4 The Wolf of Snow Hollow (2020) Joe Friar The performances, laughs, and frights, make this the perfect film to cozy up with especially during the month of October. An instant horror classic. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2020
4/4 Yellow Rose (2019) Joe Friar Immigration and country music collide as Broadway star Eva Noblezada and Austin-based musician Dale Watson deliver terrific feature film debuts. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2020
4/4 The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) Joe Friar Writer-director Aaron Sorkin assembles an A-list cast to chronicle the powerful story which parallels the current climate as political unrest once again sweeps across the nation. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2020
4/4 On the Rocks (2020) Joe Friar Murray and Jones are terrific together in Sofia Coppola's ode to New York City. Charming and funny! EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2020
3.5/4 Possessor: Uncut (2020) Joe Friar A visual feast that establishes Brandon Cronenberg's identity as a filmmaker. Sure, his Y chromosome contains his father David Cronenberg's DNA, but the final product is a unique vision from an emerging new filmmaker who's best work is yet to come. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2020
3.5/4 Enola Holmes (2020) Joe Friar Millie Bobby Brown brings the teenage sleuth to life with a spirited performance. It's fun, energetic, and hopefully the first of a series of films. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2020
3.5/4 Kajillionaire (2020) Joe Friar t's quirky, filled with colorful characters, and plenty of laughs. It may not be everybody's cup of tea but if you like your comedy a bit off-kilter, you'll love this film. I thought it was a blast. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2020
3/4 Blackbird (2019) Joe Friar Michell dilutes the heavy subject matter by staying on the surface and never going too deep with these characters' conflicts. The film is rather upbeat despite its terminal illness theme. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2020
3/4 Antebellum (2020) Joe Friar Bush and Renz strike while the iron is hot at a time when the country is divided and the BLM movement is front and center. Monáe is superb but the fascinating premise is diluted by the execution. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2020
3.5/4 The Devil All the Time (2020) Joe Friar A Southern Gothic tale with an exceptional cast. Tom Holland sheds his boyish charm for the darker role as he becomes a different type of Avenger. Pattinson steals scenes as a silver-tongue preacher. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2020
3.5/4 I Am Woman (2019) Joe Friar Tilda Cobham-Hervey is strong and invincible as Helen Reddy in Unjoo Moon's entertaining biopic that's long overdue. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2020
3/4 The Broken Hearts Gallery (2020) Joe Friar The film's big selling point is actress Geraldine Viswanathan who makes the rom-com a pure delight. TBHG forgoes groundbreaking for sharp, sexy, and funny. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2020
4/4 Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President (2020) Joe Friar Wharton's documentary focuses on the vital role music played in Carter's presidency and life. It's also a reminder of the possibility to unite the country with empathy, compassion, and truth. Rock on. EDIT
Posted Sep 8, 2020
4/4 Tenet (2020) Joe Friar The most complex work yet by Nolan with a superb John David Washington as the film's protagonist. Visually stunning as the director layers scenes where others would use flashbacks or non-linear edits. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2020
2.5/4 I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) Joe Friar Charlie Kaufman's disorienting film is a downer despite the amazing cast. Plemons is in top form but his narcissistic character Jake is so annoying that it overshadows the actor's performance. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2020
3.5/4 Mulan (2020) Joe Friar The best live-action Disney reboot, period. Thrilling battles sequences, stunning visuals, and a stellar cast including an excellent Yifei Liu in the title role. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2020
3/4 Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) Joe Friar Bill & Ted may not be able to save our world but it's comforting to see them save theirs. Reeves and Winter round out the trilogy with a film that captures the magic of the first two. Party on, dudes! EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2020
3/4 Chemical Hearts (2020) Joe Friar It would be easy for a film like this to plummet into the stereotypical abyss but writer-director Richard Tanne crafts such an honest portrayal of adolescent complexity that the film easily engages the viewer. Solid performances by Reinhart and Abrams. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2020
3/4 The Pale Door (2020) Joe Friar Austin filmmaker Aaron B. Koontz combines Salem witches with the Old West for this gory hybrid. Should satisfy horror fans over those who fancy a good ole western. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2020