Reviews: Official Secrets (2019)

Here are review links for this film submitted by our members: Frederic & Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice Excerpt: A true story about conscience as a catalyst to change, a spur to morality, and a source of hope. Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews Excerpt: while the story itself is often riveting, Hood’s execution is often bumpy, some aspects presently dryly, others too abruptly…The film’s brightest note is Ralph Fiennes who gives a puckish quality to his portrayal of human rights lawyer Ben Emmerson James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture [New] | MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com Excerpt: Not a spy […]

Reviews: Running with the Devil (2019)

Here are review links for this film submitted by our members: Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum Excerpt: The film is competently made, and balances several threads well, but lacks the energy to keep the intricate plotting engaging. James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture Dan Lybarger @ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Excerpt: Despite featuring gunplay, nudity, illicit drugs and a setting that crosses two continents, Running With the Devil feels more like a leisurely, chemically enhanced stroll. Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See Excerpt: Nicolas Cage is weirdly subdued here. Fortunately, Laurence Fishburne’s sped-up, cocaine-fueled sex montage makes up for that. Eddie […]

Reviews: Abominable (2019)

Here are review links for this film submitted by our members: Andrea Chase @ KillerMovieReviews.com Excerpt: As bland as its eponymous character. Worse, it’s one long déjà vu experience of pre-fab whimsy and schmaltz whose greatest virtue is its very forgetablity. Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews Excerpt: Taking advantage of appealing to a Chinese audience, the filmmakers fashion their story around a virtual tour of China and it is that aspect of “Abominable” where the film’s beauty sings. Roxana Hadadi @ Chesapeake Family Excerpt: The heartwarming ‘Abominable’ has moments of beautiful animation but a too-familiar story. Mark Hobin @ Fast […]

Reviews: Haunt (2019)

Here are review links for this film submitted by our members: [New] | Karl Delossantos @ Excerpt: You can maybe derive some genre thrills out of the sticky situations — you’ll get that pun if you watch it — the characters get themselves into. There’s also some great gore and creature design. Still, Haunt is all bark and no bit. Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum Excerpt: A reasonably fun distraction for the Halloween season, especially for fans of slashers. [New] | James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture [New] | Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See Excerpt: Haunt’ delivers precisely […]

Reviews: Downton Abbey (2019)

Here are review links for this film submitted by our members: Siddhant Adlakha @ Polygon Excerpt: A hilarious, decadent fantasy that views the grotesqueness of the past through rose-tinted glasses. [New] | Rick Aragon @ Excerpt: It’s all very pretty, but what is it about? Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice Excerpt: Sequel to the TV series in which the beloved characters face new challenges and discover new joys. Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews Excerpt: an enjoyable reunion with a beloved television series for those who followed it faithfully, but it fails to convince a big screen […]

Reviews: Ad Astra (2019)

Here are review links for this film submitted by our members: Michael Barrett @ PopMatters Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice Excerpt: A thought-provoking parabolic science fiction film about the transformation of an astronaut hobbled by a wounded feeling function. Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews Excerpt: …Gray has gone with the slowly paced, visual razzle dazzle of a “2001.” Unfortunately, the 124 minute film…tells a story which could be conveyed with one sentence. Some may rhapsodize, others will be bored to tears. Rob Daniel @ Electric Shadows Karl Delossantos @ Smash Cut Reviews Excerpt: What Ad Astra […]

Reviews: Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019)

Here are review links for this film submitted by our members: Frederic & Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice Excerpt: A top-drawer documentary about the longtime reigning queen of pop music. Marilyn Ferdinand @ Alliance of Women Film Journalists Excerpt: During the 1970s, Linda Ronstadt was the most popular female singer in the United States. The round-faced phenom from Tucson deserves a great documentary, and she gets one with Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice. Candice Frederick @ Remezcla Nell Minow @ rogerebert.com Excerpt: There are too many clips of talking heads telling us how great Ronstadt is […]

Reviews: The Goldfinch (2019)

Here are review links for this film submitted by our members: [New] | Rick Aragon @ Excerpt: The Goldfinch really should have been called The Turkey. Chris Barsanti @ Slant Excerpt: Its inquisitiveness gives all the melodramatic incidents more of a charge and a purpose for keeping our attention. Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews Excerpt: there is much to admire about director John Crowley’s (“Brooklyn”) movie, which despite its stripped down adaptation still projects the book’s themes largely due to many affecting performances in his sprawling ensemble… Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie Excerpt: Nicole Kidman’s death-ray stares are just one […]

Reviews: Hustlers (2019)

Here are review links for this film submitted by our members: Andrea Chase @ KillerMovieReviews.com [French] Excerpt: has all the subtlety of a pole dance, but it also displays the artistry of a well-executed one. Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews Excerpt: like the before and after economic realities of 2008, the movie is a lot more fun while things are on the upturn, the women’s manipulation of men feeding on greed something to cheer, their donning of sheep’s clothing to become wolves of Wall St. unsettling. Karl Delossantos @ Excerpt: Hustlers is an incredibly complex movie. Not only is it […]

Reviews: The Fanatic (2019)

Here are review links for this film submitted by our members: [New] | Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews Excerpt: The Fanatic may be the worst film in human history. Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum Excerpt: John Travolta throws a lot into his performance, but the film is simply a thin and unpleasant experience. [New] | Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat Excerpt: The Fanatic is one of the worst films of the year. It’s also one of the most entertaining films of the year, albeit not in any of the ways it’s trying to be. C.H. Newell @ Father […]