Reviews: The Strangers: Prey at Night (2018)

Here are review links for this film submitted by our members: Matt Donato @ We Got This Covered Excerpt: The Strangers: Prey At Night is a feature-length homage to Carpenter’s best, and albeit familiar in structure, Johannes Roberts’ execution strikes with brute ferocity. It’s more Carpenter than if Carpenter himself Carpentered his Carpenteriest (down to the goshdang credits font). James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture [New] | Federico Furzan @ Cinelipsis [Spanish] Excerpt: Una secuela vacía y estilizada de una película que no requería tantos filtros para ser efectiva. The Strangers: Prey at Night invalida una franquicia potencial. Darren Mooney @ the […]

Reviews: Tea with the Dames (2018)

Here are review links for this film submitted by our members: Ken Bakely @ Film Pulse Excerpt: The film’s greatest asset is its ability to convey the lively spirit of the conversations without feeling selective or artificially emphasizing points, beyond spare bursts of archival footage or the occasional question posed from [director Roger] Michell himself. Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality and Practice Excerpt: Entertaining conversations among four grand Dames of the English theatre and film scene about their public and private lives. Courtney Howard @ FreshFiction.tv Excerpt: While no one actually drinks any tea in director Roger Michell’s […]

Reviews: Bad Times at the El Royale (2018)

Here are review links for this film submitted by our members: Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews Excerpt: [Godard’s] assembled a strong cast where the lesser known actors make the strongest impressions, but his screenplay leans too heavily on coincidence, multiple nefarious back stories converging in a free-for-all climax. [New] | MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com Excerpt: A self-indulgent, faux-woke mashup of noir crime, black comedy, and Tarantino-esque ultraviolence. Some great performances, including a spectacular feature debut from Cynthia Erivo; shame they’re so wasted. [New] | Alan Mattli @ Maximum Cinema [German] Excerpt: Goddard may not quite find closure to his intriguing […]

Reviews: First Man (2018)

Here are review links for this film submitted by our members: [New] | Caio Bogoni @ Cine Grandiose [Portuguese] Excerpt: The bland result of an exaggeratedly reticent narrative. David Crow @ Den of Geek Excerpt: The result is a film that at times can be a little too happy in its own company, and one that is less passionately engrossing than Whiplash or La La Land. Yet it most definitely will engross, carrying you well beyond that first step. [New] | MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com Excerpt: Damian Chazelle finds a dreamlike reverie amidst rocket-powered mechanical brawn. As wonderfully, nerve-wrackingly exhausting […]

Reviews: Blaze (2018)

Here are review links for this film submitted by our members: [New] | Alex Brannan @ CineFiles Reviews Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews Excerpt: One of the most beautiful and moving films ever made about a musician, “Blaze” reveals its cowriter (with Sybil Rosen)/director Ethan Hawke as a true romantic and its star, musician Ben Dickey, as an extraordinarily natural performer. Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie Excerpt: Blaze feels like an Ethan Hawke passion project, the kind where a filmmaker hears about a legend, digs in to find out more, and discovers a movie underneath it. Blaze’s story and Ben […]

Reviews: A Star Is Born (2018)

Here are review links for this film submitted by our members: [New] | Caio Bogoni @ Cine Grandiose [Portuguese] Excerpt: Competent tale plagued by mistakes that could have been avoided after three previous versions of the same story. [New] | Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice Excerpt: Love story about two musicians finding it difficult to believe in themselves and their unique voices. Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews Excerpt: The actors’ support for each other translates on screen as real communion and their musical performances together are the film’s highlight. David Crow @ Den of Geek Excerpt: […]

Reviews: Venom (2018)

Here are review links for this film submitted by our members: Caio Bogoni @ Cine Grandiose [Portuguese] Excerpt: The catastrophe most had already been awaiting for. [New] | Andrea Chase @ KillerMovieReviews.com Excerpt: The most interesting thing about VENOM is Eddie’s phone. It survives punishing battle and a prolonged dip in San Francisco Bay without ill effect. A film about its exploits, now that’s a superhero flick that I could have gotten behind. [New] | Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum Excerpt: The film is a mostly dull mess, but depending on your mood, and the nonsense you’re willing to sit […]

Reviews: RBG (2018)

Here are review links for this film submitted by our members: David Bax @ Battleship Pretension Excerpt: Ginsburg is an inspiring figure but this movie is only for the already inspired. Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie [New] | Alan Mattli @ Facing the Bitter Truth Excerpt: West and Cohen paint an engaging portrait of an arresting personality, a brilliant legal mind, and a conscientious professional using the established mechanisms of the law to tackle the complex systems of oppression that underpin said law. Jared Mobarak @ BuffaloVibe Excerpt: It’s easy to champion or dismiss someone of [RBG’s] stature based solely […]

Reviews: Smallfoot (2018)

Here are review links for this film submitted by our members: [New] | Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum Excerpt: Smallfoot doesn’t have those extra touches that made previous WB animated efforts great, but it’s a very enjoyable romp with more on its mind than you’d expect. Courtney Howard @ FreshFiction.tv Excerpt: With a genuinely heartening message that’s never cloying or condescending, Smallfoot is the feel-good movie of the fall, perfect for the entire family. [New] | Dan Lybarger @ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Excerpt: Despite a voice cast full of marquee actors and some solid animation, the film is pleasantly dull. Brent […]

Reviews: Night School (2018)

Here are review links for this film submitted by our members: [New] | Chris Barsanti @ PopMatters Excerpt: Yes, Tiffany Haddish and Kevin Hart are too good for this by-the-numbers mess, but that’s modern comedy: Throw some stars out there and see what they can do. [New] | Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum Excerpt: There’s just enough laughs from the supporting characters to not make the film terrible, but it’s still a mediocre comedy that wastes Hart and Haddish. Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie Excerpt: Night School may carry over the director, breakout star, and crew from Girls Trip, but […]