FlixChatter Film Blog

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Rating Title/Year Author
4/5 News of the World (2020) Ruth Maramis Tom Hanks' first western/road-movie is a journey worth riding along with + he's got a great company in newcomer Helena Zengel. Themes of identity + sense of belonging are explored well, capped by an emotionally resonant finale. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2021
4.5/5 Soul (2020) Ruth Maramis Glad Pixar once again comes up with a fresh concept. A soulful film both thematically and in terms of the music genre. Pete Docter + team gives another imaginative insight into our humanity in the most delightful way. EDIT
Posted Jan 5, 2021
3/5 Wander Darkly (2020) Ruth Maramis Wander Darkly is a heavy, somber film that felt experimental at times, but the two leads made it watchable. Despite the film's flaws, I commend Tara Miele for taking such a harrowing personal experience into an art form. EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2020
3/5 Radioactive (2019) Ruth Maramis Marie Curie's story of bravery, intellect + resilience deserves cinematic treatment and Rosamund Pike portrayed her beautifully. Despite its flaws, I still regard this as a heartfelt tribute to a singular heroine & her legacy. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2020
2/5 Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Ruth Maramis At an overlong 2 hours 31 minutes, WW84 feels derivative & preachy, a rehash of the same virtues that's been presented before. Nice to have a memorable villain, but it can't save a poorly-written script + problematic story decisions. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2020
3.5/5 Uncle Frank (2020) Ruth Maramis UNCLE FRANK is a compelling + emotional drama that would definitely spark interesting conversations after you watch it, though at times it feels like an 'agenda film.' Terrific performances from Paul Bettany & Sophia Lillis made it worth watching. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2020
3/5 The Nest (2020) Ruth Maramis I admire Durkin's talent and the film boast terrific performances from its leads, but overall it's not a pleasant film to watch. Shot like a horror thriller, there's a sense of dread throughout, which doesn't always work in its favor. EDIT
Posted Nov 23, 2020
4/5 Mr. Jones (2019) Ruth Maramis A powerful story of a horrific crime rarely told on screen. Brilliantly-directed from a solid script that feels personal, featuring a compelling performance from James Norton that made you invested in Jones' journey right from the start. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2020
4/5 The Sounding (2017) Ruth Maramis Catherine Eaton, co-writer/director/star of the independent film The Sounding, is able to take an idea that could have been so hokey and turn it into something unique and beautiful. EDIT
Posted Oct 27, 2020
3.5/5 Hollywood Fringe (2020) Ruth Maramis As someone who loves films that mixes film and live-theater aspects, I enjoy this movie quite a bit. The pacing could be improved, but overall it's a well-crafted indie film that delivers a thought-provoking message through comedy. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2020
4.5/5 Enola Holmes (2020) Ruth Maramis An enjoyable movie with a spunky, spirited heroine. The female-empowerment message is potent but not preachy. Millie Bobby Brown is fun to watch as Enola, and effortlessly runs circles around the two, older male actors who play her brothers. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2020
4/5 The Social Dilemma (2020) Ruth Maramis Filmmaker Jeff Orlowski potently illustrates the dark side of social media in a creative way. Definitely an eye-opening + sobering film, even downright terrifying at times, which a good a cautionary tale ought to do. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2020
3/5 Tenet (2020) Ruth Maramis While I think Nolan is a talented & visionary filmmaker, with TENET he seems to care more about the fantastical spectacle + time inversion extravaganza than he is about an affecting story, so the result frankly, is a cold, detached film. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2020
4/5 The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019) Ruth Maramis Color blind casting doesn't automatically make a film great, but a vibrant directorial vision + a set of talented actors led by the charismatic & versatile Dev Patel made this one work wonderfully! EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2020
2.5/5 Tesla (2020) Ruth Maramis This unconventional biopic is inventive but surprisingly tedious, overall it just doesn't quite work as well as it should. Ethan Hawke is still interesting to watch as Tesla, but the film offers little insights into the titular inventor. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2020
3/5 Made in Italy (2020) Ruth Maramis Liam Neeson + his real life son star in a drama with an eerie resemblance to their own personal story. The film tackles some heavy themes of loss and regret, but at times the comedic tone makes more flippant than it should be. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2020
3/5 Immortals (2011) Ruth Maramis Immortals is more style than substance, but at least Tarsem did deliver on his promise of Caravaggio meets Fight Club. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2020
4/5 The Lost City of Z (2016) Ruth Maramis An underrated biographical epic featuring a soulful performance from the cast, especially Charlie Hunnam as the protagonist. I appreciate the fact that it's more of a reflective character study than an action-packed adventure film. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2020
2.5/5 The Secret: Dare to Dream (2020) Ruth Maramis In the time of uncertainties amidst a pandemic, I welcome a film with a hopeful & uplifting message, sadly this one is pretty much drowned out by its own schmaltz. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2020
4/5 The Old Guard (2020) Ruth Maramis Love the big action pieces as well as the quiet, introspective moments... thanks to Gina Prince-Bythewood's competent direction. I'm down for the sequel, especially with this fantastic director & cast! EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2020
3/5 The Last Time You Had Fun (2014) Ruth Maramis The film's tiny budget shows in the production quality, but the honest, funny and engaging dialog and naturalistic performances from the entire cast make up for it. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2020
3.5/5 The Trip to Greece (2020) Ruth Maramis Watching this film during a pandemic while under stay-at-home order feels like a fun vicarious experience... makes me so eager to see the world once again. But the banters between the two actors aren't as amusing as it once were. EDIT
Posted Jun 9, 2020
3/5 Deerskin (2019) Ruth Maramis This horror comedy is bizarre to be sure, featuring Jean Dujardin's best deadpan performance. There's also an intriguing, even suspenseful, shift between him and Adèle Haenel's character as to who is actually in control. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2020
4/5 Natalie Wood: What Remains Behind (2020) Ruth Maramis A beautiful tribute to a legend that's equally fascinating and heart-wrenching. As someone who's not familiar with her work, I'm glad this film revealed Natalie Wood as SO much more than just a famous actress who died mysteriously far too soon. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2020
4/5 The Devil We Know (2018) Ruth Maramis An eye-opening and riveting film about the biggest environmental scandals of our time. Highly informative that also feels personal, featuring many victims of the toxic chemical contamination that span generations. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2020
4/5 Dark Waters (2019) Ruth Maramis An eye-opening, unsettling slow-burn drama that shows the arduous David vs. Goliath battle against a giant corporation. There's such a consistent dread that'd make you feel sickened by the toxic PFOA & the audacity of the DuPont executives EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2020
3.5/5 EMMA. (2020) Ruth Maramis A visually distinctive & lush adaptation of Jane Austen's classic that feels fresh with a jolly, upbeat mood. I still highly recommend it despite a few disagreeable casting choices. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2020
1/5 The Last Thing He Wanted (2020) Ruth Maramis The plot of this political thriller isn't actually convoluted on paper, but somehow the muddled script & haphazard direction makes it feel that way. As if the rest of the movie weren't enough of a head-scratcher, the finale is one big WTF moment. EDIT
Posted Feb 23, 2020
3.5/5 The Gentlemen (2020) Ruth Maramis Guy Ritchie's latest crime comedy is more of a battle of wits than full wham-bam-action, boasting fun performances by the ensemble cast, esp. Hugh Grant & Colin Farrell. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
4/5 Knives Out (2019) Ruth Maramis Rian Johnson kept the mood of the movie rather light and seemingly frivolous. But don't let that fool you, it's suspenseful when it needs to be and so delightfully entertaining. That last shot is one of the best cinematic final scenes ever! EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2020
4/5 Just Mercy (2019) Ruth Maramis The talented cast elevates this film above a run-of-the-mill social justice drama. Stylistically, this film is pretty subdued, allowing the inspiring, powerful story to take center stage, as it should. EDIT
Posted Jan 20, 2020
4.5/5 Little Women (2019) Ruth Maramis Greta Gerwig made one of the best literary adaptations in recent memory. A heartfelt, inspiring story presented masterfully by the fantastic cast that I'll want to watch over and over for years to come. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2020
3/5 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Ruth Maramis 42 years after the 1st StarWars opened, the final chapter of the Skywalker saga rides mostly on nostalgia & little innovative storytelling. While enjoyable and rousing at times, when it's over I was left with an overwhelming sense of meh. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2019
2.5/5 The Warrior Queen of Jhansi (2019) Ruth Maramis Created by a mother/daughter team, they seem more concerned about enlightening audience instead of telling a compelling narrative. A phenomenal freedom fighter like Rani Lakshmibai deserves a much more thrilling depiction, but it's still worth a watch. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
3/5 Charlie's Angels (2019) Ruth Maramis An enjoyable action comedy boasted by the great chemistry of the cast. It's especially fun to watch Kristen Stewart's comedic side, though sadly the plot is riddled with cliches, with an eye-rolling 'twist' in its third act. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2019
3.5/5 Motherless Brooklyn (2019) Ruth Maramis Edward Norton's passion project is slow-moving, but still an enjoyable ride with stunning production design of 1950s NYC. I love a good noir mystery that isn't overly grim and violent, and this film fits the bill. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
3.5/5 Go Back to China (2019) Ruth Maramis A charming, enjoyable semi-autobiographical dramedy from Emily Ting, featuring memorable performances from Anna Akana & Lynn Chen, two Asian-American performers I hope to see more of. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2019
4/5 Jojo Rabbit (2019) Ruth Maramis This movie is deceptively-flippant, as there is so much more than meets the eye. A brilliant balancing act of tragedy & comedy. Despite how audacious Taika's Hitler role is, he's able to make us focus on what matters-JoJo's journey in overcoming hatred. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
3/5 Joker (2019) Ruth Maramis Joaquin Phoenix's certainly mesmerizing, but his hypnotic quality soon wears out thanks to Phillips' overbearing direction. It's an unrelentingly grim and bleak affair from start to finish, it'd be tough to put on a happy face after you watch it. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
3.5/5 Downton Abbey (2019) Ruth Maramis Even with certain scenes some period drama fans might consider risqué, overall the movie plays it safe, a feel-good drama that won't ruffle too much feathers. Fans of the series would definitely get the most enjoyment out of this. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
3.5/5 Official Secrets (2019) Ruth Maramis It might not be the most gripping film about whistleblowers, but still a solid drama in which the cast made it well worth a watch. Keira Knightley delivers a pretty convincing portrayal of Katharine Gun, surrounded by a fantastic British cast! EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2019
2.5/5 Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019) Ruth Maramis Though there are parts that I did enjoy, there are plenty of scenes that did not sit well with me. The fact that both his male leads remain the same from beginning to end is perhaps a reflection on Tarantino himself throughout his career. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2019
5/5 The Farewell (2019) Ruth Maramis Lulu Wang's sophomore directorial work is one I can readily describe as masterful. Awkwafina is simply tremendous & mesmerizing. I sure hope the Academy won't overlook this superb film next year. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
4.5/5 Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Ruth Maramis Lighthearted, humorous & fun but not without its poignant emotional moments. Tom Holland rocks as the nimble web slinger who wears his heart on his sleeve & Jake Gyllenhaal in his MCU debut couldn't be more perfectly-cast. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
4.5/5 Late Night (2019) Ruth Maramis Kaling & Thompson are such an intriguing & powerful new dynamic duo who actually displays character resilience that's truly inspiring. It's also refreshing to see a 'coming of age' story of a woman in her 60s for a change. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2019
5/5 Always Be My Maybe (2019) Ruth Maramis Much has been written about THAT Keanu Reeves' cameo, but the secret weapon of the movie is the definitely the charming leads - Ali Wong & Randall Park are now one my of my all-time favorite rom-com couples! EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
3.5/5 Aladdin (2019) Ruth Maramis I went in hoping to be pleasantly surprised and I was! It has its problems, but overall it's a fun affair thanks to its charming leads. Naomi Scott is a revelation with a bold, defiant new song fit for an empowered princess. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
3.5/5 John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Ruth Maramis It's an action franchise where absurdity is the norm given the sheer invincibility of the hero. The ultra-stylized action gets so overblown it's cartoonish, but THAT is precisely the appeal of John Wick movies. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
3.5/5 Long Shot (2019) Ruth Maramis For any rom-com to work, even the most unconventional one, there would have to be chemistry between the two romantic leads. I'd say Charlize and Seth have a good rapport and comedic chemistry. EDIT
Posted May 5, 2019
4.5/5 Avengers: Endgame (2019) Ruth Maramis For a movie with such a compelling premise and a humongous build-up, it would be a shame if the payoff is weak. Thankfully that's not the case here, and for that I'm grateful. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2019