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  • City of Lies

    City of Lies

    ★★½

    Johnny Depp actually tries here, but it is painfully obvious that this thing is written by two guys who've basically never written a script before.

    Poor Forest Whitaker is especially victmised by this, as his whole character is a complete mess.
    I happen to find the whole Biggie/Tupac/Suge thing kinda interesting, but to others this must feel so boring to sit through, as they base the whole "conspiracy" on big ifs.

    The cast smells of a made for tv movie,…

  • Us

    Us

    ★★

    The best thing about this was that it featured "I got 5 on it" three times.......but maybe also the worst?

  • Domino

    Domino

    ½

    For the love of God, De Palma, let the actors speak Danish....you've even got a Norwegian screenwriter!! Worst film of 2019 by far, and yes, I can safely say this in May.

  • Light Sleeper

    Light Sleeper

    ★★★½

    Bathed, or maybe blindsided, by eager yet on the money cinematography from Ed Lachmann, and co-piloted by a suggestive and moody soundtrack, we meet Dafoe as the opening credits fade seemlessly into the opening scene; Dafoe in the backseat of a car cruising down a refreshingly ungentrified NYC. I gotta admit, this film had me there and then, and I might have been wavering somewhat in the 3rd quarter or something but thankfully they stuck the landing.

    As I mentioned…

  • Stan & Ollie

    Stan & Ollie

    ★★½

    I've seen a few clips of the shenanigans of Laurel & Hardy, but not nearly enough to be able to say that I'm familiar with their work. Does this mean a biopic would work less for someone like me? I'd argue the opposite, as it shouldn't matter. It's down to the director, writer, actors etc to make the people come alive on the screen no matter how famous or not they were in real life.

    Do they succeed? Weeeeeell, maybe not.…

  • A Simple Favor

    A Simple Favor

    This....."thing" has a 3,3/5 average. Right....okay, tooooooottally makes sense. As much sense as asking someone you know "are you trying to Diabolique me?".
    Hell, at least it was in tune with the francofone soundtrack buzzing around Feig's latest car crash. Yeeeeeeeeeeesh. And, yes, before I forget; stop trying to make Henry Golding a thing! Guy couldn't act his way out of an open front door.

  • The Meg

    The Meg

    ★★

    How small in scale does a film actually have to be, not to mention unambitious, to not think to pander to China? I'm sure there's a scale somewhere, but Turtletaub must not be aware of it.

  • Woman Walks Ahead

    Woman Walks Ahead

    ★★★

    Jessica Chastain, Sam Rockwell, western films........ask me to pick three things to take with me on a deserted island, and all of the above would be somewhere at the top of the shortlist.
    As it turns out, this is more of a period piece than a western, and even if in theory that shouldn't hurt the quality, Woman Walks Ahead is severely lacking any kind of pace and direction. It speaks to the history of Sitting Bull and the fact…

  • Hearts Beat Loud

    Hearts Beat Loud

    ★★★★

    Films like these are why I have to get my behind to Sundance one day.
    The moment I saw the poster, with Nick Offerman and Kiersey Clemons jamming, my heart damn near skipped a beat.
    Putting it on later in the week, and it turns out KC has some proper pipes inside of her, and to top if off even Toni Collette blasts out those high keys at a drunken karaoke session!

    The script itself might not be the deepest…

  • Sicario: Day of the Soldado

    Sicario: Day of the Soldado

    ★★

    The little girl getting way too much screentime in this is called Isabel Moner...........fittingly I moaned every second she appeared.

  • The Girl Who Invented Kissing

    The Girl Who Invented Kissing

    ★★★½

    Suki Waterhouse might just win me over in the long run, but Dash Mihok is the remarkable standout in a decent enough little indie that doesn't quite know how to tell its story.
    That being said, stories from small town America will always have place in my heart, and the surprisingly familiar cast lift the film up from "meh" to bland obscurity, even if it deserves a bit more than that.

    Yes, I fiddled with my phone quite a bit,…

  • Traffik

    Traffik

    ½

    The film claims to be inspired by true events, which I guess roughly translates to the fact that trafficking occurs, so this might have happened.....you know.
    Far and away the worst film I can remember having sat through. Everything is garbage;

    - Paula Patton is the worst leading lady in the history of film.
    - The support cast might just be cast-offs of some c-grade sopa, not including Omar Epps, but he looks like he has lost the will to…