Orlando Weekly

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Rating Title/Year Author
2/5 Trial by Fire (2018) Cameron Meier Zwick's film certainly makes sense. What it doesn't make, regrettably, is an aesthetic impact. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2019
2/5 Tolkien (2019) Asher Luberto There's a laughable irony to the film. It preaches imagination the way a fundamentalist preaches the Ten Commandments, yet exhibits so little of it. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
3/5 Family (2018) David Reidel Family mostly works. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2019
4/5 Avengers: Endgame (2019) Thaddeus McCollum For the most part, Endgame delivers on the unique brand of humor, action and drama that Marvel has down to a science at this point. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2019
3.5/5 Teen Spirit (2018) Thaddeus McCollum If you've ever seen an underdog movie, be it The Karate Kid or The Mighty Ducks, you know how this story goes. But Teen Spirit's strength lies in how it goes about bringing life to this particular iteration of the age-old story. EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2019
3.5/5 Gloria Bell (2018) Thaddeus McCollum It treats its subjects - older adults trying to navigate the world of singlehood - with respect rather than forcing the film to be a formulaic romcom. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2019
3.5/5 The Dirt (2019) Steve Schneider Like the Crüe itself, the finished product is more entertaining than actually "good," yet occasionally not just good but great on its own lurid, anything-for-a-reaction terms. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
2.5/5 Us (2019) Kiko Martinez The ambiguous makeup of Peele's sweeping ideas - as much as it allows audiences to explore and interpret multiple themes on their own... feels excessive and detached at times. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
3.5/5 Captain Marvel (2019) Seth Kubersky Captain Marvel lives up to her billing as the heroine we need right now, even if she's not one fragile fanboys deserve. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
1/5 Greta (2018) Cameron Meier In the title role, Isabelle Huppert is miscast, mediocre and never in the least bit scary. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2019
1.5/5 Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Cameron Meier Too underdeveloped, derivative and poorly scripted for adults, and too violent and adult-oriented for children. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2019
3/5 Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) Cameron Meier Velvet Buzzsaw is a refreshingly offbeat and irresistibly quirky comedy, with a dash of drama and a heap of horror. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
2/5 Cold War (2018) Cameron Meier A cold, passionless, underwritten tale of a relationship wrecked by circumstance. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2019
4/5 Stan & Ollie (2018) Cameron Meier Featuring uncannily transportive performances by Steve Coogan as Laurel and John C. Reilly as Hardy, Stan & Ollie is one of the most magical films of the last year. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2019
3/5 Glass (2019) Cameron Meier Glass glints just enough for a drink. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2019
3.5/5 Welcome to Marwen (2018) Cameron Meier Admittedly, a couple of plot points either go unresolved or fall flat, but the story itself is emotionally powerful. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2019
3/5 On the Basis of Sex (2018) Cameron Meier Though the film, unlike its subject, is neither exceptional nor surprising, this juror is returning a thumbs-up verdict. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2019
4/5 Ben Is Back (2018) Cameron Meier A powerful, personal tale of a young man in the throes of addiction, with only his mom to help him. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2018
4.5/5 Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Seth Kubersky Mary Poppins Returns turns out to be a practically perfect companion piece that not only honors the spirit of the hallowed original, but even improves on it in some important ways. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2018
4.5/5 Roma (2018) Cameron Meier Roma is one of the year's best movies. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2018
3.5/5 The Favourite (2018) Cameron Meier Lanthimos' production is one of the most beautiful and intriguing of the year - though it's unlikely to be your favorite. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2018
4/5 Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Thaddeus McCollum Easily one of the funniest family films to come out of the Mouse House in years. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2018
4/5 Green Book (2018) Cameron Meier Mortensen is simply wonderful, bringing accessibility and humor to a role that, in another actor's hands, might have been relegated to a meathead racist stereotype. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2018
3.5/5 Boy Erased (2018) Cameron Meier [A] slightly predictable but nevertheless meaningful portrait of a depraved belief system. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2018
2/5 Widows (2018) Cameron Meier The cinematic equivalent of a half-baked turducken. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2018
3/5 The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) Cameron Meier The Coens... have experimented with shorts before (just not in their own theatrically released feature). But, as usual, they make it seem fresh. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2018
3.5/5 The Last Suit (2017) Cameron Meier The film succeeds on both a metaphorical and literal level thanks to clever writing and Miguel Ángel Solá, who gives the festival's best performance. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2018
3/5 Sammy Davis, Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me (2017) Cameron Meier Sammy's spirit and talent does shine through. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2018
3/5 Laces (2018) Cameron Meier By the end, expect a punch in the emotional gut. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2018
1.5/5 Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel (2018) Cameron Meier It falls flat both journalistically and cinematically. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2018
3/5 Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Cameron Meier The film is the cinematic equivalent of a rudimentarily assembled greatest-hits compilation when we instead needed a collection of deep album cuts. Nevertheless, Rhapsody will rock you. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2018
4/5 Suspiria (2018) Peg Aloi I loved it. But I did not love all of it. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2018
White Boy Rick (2018) Cameron Meier The production design is... impressive and, when combined with the pitch-perfect performances, overcomes a screenplay that is somewhat uneven, especially in its final act. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2018
2/5 Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) Cameron Meier Van Sant seems to employ disjointed editing as a stylistic crutch. That style might come across as challenging or charming to some viewers, but it lessens the emotional impact and breeds unnecessary narrative confusion. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2018
3/5 Colette (2018) Cameron Meier Colette succeeds, despite its flaws, because of Knightley's powerhouse performance, Michael Carlin's sumptuous production design and Giles Nuttgen's sensual cinematography. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2018
3.5/5 The Old Man & the Gun (2018) Cameron Meier Redford... is eminently enjoyable, infusing his character with relatability and humor. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2018
2/5 The Oath (2018) Thaddeus McCollum If you're for some reason wondering if a heated Facebook comment battle would make a good movie, writer-director Ike Barinholtz's new comedy, The Oath, is here to assure you that it wouldn't. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2018
4.5/5 First Man (2018) Cameron Meier Thanks to the abundance of space movies, Chazelle isn't left with many new things to say, but he does find new ways to say them. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2018
A Star Is Born (2018) Cameron Meier Every generation needs its Star, and the latest version - starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga - is a worthwhile addition to the series. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2018
4/5 The Little Stranger (2018) Cameron Meier This unexpectedly deep film leaves you thinking - not just about the destiny of its characters but the destiny of England. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2018
3/5 Juliet, Naked (2018) Cameron Meier Juliet, Naked is often thoughtful, sweet and complicated. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2018
2/5 BlacKkKlansman (2018) Cameron Meier Structurally flawed, conceptually challenged and tonally troubled. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2018
4.5/5 Eighth Grade (2018) Thaddeus McCollum Burnham gets a knockout performance from Elsie Fisher - heretofore mainly known for voice work in the Despicable Me movies and the English dub of Russian children's cartoon Masha and the Bear. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2018
3/5 Whitney (2018) Cameron Meier What sets Whitney apart is the extraordinary cooperation of the singer's family, friends and collaborators, who often stare straight into the camera with an intensity rarely seen in documentary filmmaking. EDIT
Posted Jul 4, 2018
Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) Steve Schneider I have to admit I'm secretly hoping the latter gets to say, "We can't just snap our fingers and solve this," because wouldn't that be several kinds of awesome? EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2018
2/5 Hearts Beat Loud (2018) Cameron Meier Despite the film's sweetness and comfortable familiarity, Haley's ambition has overwhelmed his ability. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2018
4/5 First Reformed (2017) Cameron Meier For Schrader, ideas are paramount, and he packs in plenty, none less profound than the proposition that, to survive, we must hold hope and despair in our minds simultaneously. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2018
3/5 Deadpool 2 (2018) Cameron Meier Deadpool 2 is funny. Maybe not quite as funny as the first film, but the barrage of jokes - some obscured because the audience was still laughing at the last one - should stand up to multiple viewings. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2018
4/5 Tully (2018) Cameron Meier As usual, Cody's dialogue crackles, but never for the sake of mere amusement. Her insightful subtext stays with you after the laughs fade. EDIT
Posted May 2, 2018
5/5 A Beautiful Day (2017) Peg Aloi In You Were Never Really Here, Lynne Ramsay's status as an artist of uncompromising originality and skill is stronger than ever. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2018