Category Archives: 2018 Films

Reviews: Anna and the Apocalypse (2018)

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  • Steve Biodrowski @ Hollywood Gothique
    • Excerpt: It’s a gory zom-com – with songs. Lots of songs. More songs than zombies. Too many songs, really.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews [Romanian]
    • Excerpt: What’s not to like about a zombie Christmas musical set in Scotland? More than you would imagine, as it turns out.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: A zombie musical comedy set at Christmas should be a can’t miss. But this one isn’t scary or funny; its characters are one-note, and the whole shebang — blah songs included — is emotionally flat.
  • Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See
    • Excerpt: Anna and the Apocalypse is earnest, adorable, toe-tapping, bloodier than your average musical, and packs a handful of legitimate emotional wallops.
  • [New] | Frank Ochieng @ The Critical Movie Critics
    • Excerpt: Admittedly original for a horrific holiday hoot, McPhail’s off-kilter Scottish musical plays a delightful naughty note for those looking to celebrate the end-of-the-year seasonal greetings with an (un)deadly bang.

Reviews: Destroyer (2018)

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Reviews: Monsters and Men (2018)

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Reviews: On the Basis of Sex (2018)

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  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Leder returns to the big screen with an effort that feels intended for the small screen. While it tells a great story…”On the Basis of Sex” feels like a Lifetime movie.
  • [New] | Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: By focusing on a tax case, On the Basis of Sex doesn’t stir the emotions as it should. The chronicle doesn’t seem vital enough for anyone other than her most ardent admirers in need of an idealized portrait.
  • Courtney Howard @ FreshFiction.tv
    • Excerpt: Mimi Leder has crafted a solid biopic – not just for the modern era, but for future generations who will carry on the torch of Ginsburg’s wisdom, tenacity, and humanity.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: Coasts on the awesomeness of Ruth Bader Ginsburg in a way unadventurous if solidly crowd-pleasing. But the depiction of her incredibly supportive marriage to a feminist man is intensely satisfying.
  • [New] | Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com
    • Excerpt: [Its convention never] detracts from the film’s purpose of getting its message out about how important a figure Ginsburg is to America’s hope for real egalitarianism.

Reviews: Stan & Ollie (2018)

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  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly are simply astonishing in these roles, Coogan capturing Laurel’s meek, innocent befuddlement while Reilly counters with Hardy’s steam-venting exasperation and clipped diction.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Stan & Ollie follows their gradual descent, more gravitational than graceful. A career’s worth of baggage provides enough material to chew on, but this is more nostalgic remembrance about another time rather than a celebration.
  • [New] | Jared Mobarak @ BuffaloVibe
    • Excerpt: With two-thirds of the run-time dealing in their joy of being on-stage, you might be surprised to discover just how poignant things will soon get.
  • Aaron Neuwirth @ We Live Entertainment
    • Excerpt: There’s some real movie magic at work and a lot of minds in the right places when it came to placing Coogan and Reilly as Laurel and Hardy
  • Frank Ochieng @ Screen Anarchy
    • Excerpt: A reverential and resourceful dramedy biopic. Stan & Ollie’s flashiness exists in its low-key premise of two gifted men bound at the Hollywood hip in mutual admiration and quieted strife. We are elated to see Stan & Ollie get us all in another fine mess
  • Don Shanahan @ Every Movie Has a Lesson
    • Excerpt: Stars Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly recapture and remake that brand of magic with equal shimmer and shine calling upon more than enough art of their own.

Reviews: Cam (2018)

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Reviews: Ben Is Back (2018)

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  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: It’s small in scale, essentially a two-hander between Roberts and Hedges, and they are both at the top of their game here, Roberts fierce and unrelenting in her efforts to protect her son, Hedges keeping us guessing as to his true intentions.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Peter Hedges found a creative way to explore how the opioid crisis destroys families every single day and for the first half of his film, he almost achieves it. Unfortunately, the second half transformation into a mystery thriller obscures the family drama momentum ensuring the film’s impact misses the mark.
  • Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer
    • Excerpt: Ben is Back might be the most depressing Christmas movie since It’s a Wonderful Life. But if there is a Jimmy Stewart in Hollywood today, his spirit endures in Julia Roberts’ infectious smile.
  • Aaron Neuwirth @ We Live Entertainment
    • Excerpt: What starts as a story of a family reunion eventually becomes a thrilling journey to set things right.
  • [New] | Bev Questad @ It’s Just Movies
    • Excerpt: Peter Hedges, the writer/director/producer, exposes the single core issue in America today that is more immediate and more important than any other: the ugly, dangerous, brain-changing addiction that is metastasizing throughout our nation.

Reviews: Vice (2018)

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Reviews: Shirkers (2018)

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  • Alan Mattli @ Maximum Cinema [German]
    • Excerpt: A fascinating, multi-layered, and deeply touching film about such a wide array of topics – cinema, art, childhood dreams, growing up, power dynamics, the country of Singapur – that revisiting it is almost inevitable.
  • Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com
    • Excerpt: The stuff about Cardona is obviously the draw [but seeing its] potential historical importance in hindsight is to weep for those never-made works it wasn’t here to inspire.
  • [New] | Bev Questad @ It’s Just Movies
    • Excerpt: If the assignment was to make a movie about nothing, this would be it.
  • [New] | Ruben Rigaud @ Cocalecas.net [Spanish]

Reviews: Zama (2018)

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