Category Archives: Member Reviews

Reviews: The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020)

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  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: This momentous cultural event from the end of the turbulent 60’s is apt to floor those unfamiliar with the case given the uncanny similarities with events today… The film features a dynamic, sprawling ensemble, one of the best of the year.
  • [New] | Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum
    • Excerpt: For better and for worse, all of Aaron Sorkin’s idiosyncrasies on full display. It is elegant, energetic, and entertaining, but I also found the film and its messaging to be hollow.
  • [New] | Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: No argument that Aaron Sorkin is great at writing courtroom dramas, but the jury is still out on his skills as a director.
  • [New] | Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat
    • Excerpt: Even if a couple of the characters get short shrift, the film’s examination of the impact of protest is both fascinating and eerily timely.
  • Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com
    • Excerpt: It’s a project tailor-made for Aaron Sorkin [that] was surely catnip to write. No wonder its 129-minute runtime flies by like nothing.
  • [New] | Matt Oakes @
    • Excerpt: ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’ showcases both Aaron Sorkin’s great skill and his great shortcomings. Telling the true story of a rambunctious American kangaroo court trial, Sorkin’s script is as precise and laser-honed as one would expect but his developing skill as a director still keeps audiences arm’s reach from the emotional core of the material.
  • [New] | Josh Taylor @ www.forgetfulfilmcritic.com
    • Excerpt: Aaron Sorkin’s sophomore effort in the director’s chair – after 2017’s Molly’s Game – is just as compelling, erudite, and masterful as his first. The Trial of the Chicago 7 is one of the best movies of the year so far.

Reviews: The Glorias (2020)

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  • Sarah Boslaugh @ TheArtsSTL
    • Excerpt: Presenting both Steinem’s life and times in a single film thus presents particular challenges, but Julie Taymor and Sarah Ruhl are more than up to the challenge in The Glorias, an unconventional film that is part traditional biopic and part wild experiment, ticking off key events of Steinem’s life (even the adoption of her famous aviator glasses) while engaging in flights of fancy and mixing time periods so that the Glorias of different ages are able to interact with each other.
  • Andrea Chase @ KillerMovieReviews.com
    • Excerpt: From the first frame we are put on notice that this will be a film in which the emotional truth of her life is given equal weight with the factual truths that, while, accurate, cannot hope to convey the same power
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: What can one say about a Gloria Steinem biopic in which she tap dances in a Black barbershop as a child or meets a cutesy couple of Harley enthusiasts in a diner who gush in admiration of her feminism? Corny, say I.
  • RIch Cline @ Shadows on the Wall
    • Excerpt: Refreshingly, the script refuses to pull punches, facing big issues head-on while keeping the story personal
  • [New] | Amir Siregar @ Amir at the Movies [Indonesian]
    • Excerpt: Though feels like a highlight reel at times, the movie never loses its focus and its powerful grip on the viewer’s emotions. Glorious.
  • Josh Taylor @ www.forgetfulfilmcritic.com
    • Excerpt: Once we get to Steinem kicking the patriarchy’s ass – which began when she wrote an undercover piece about the awful working conditions of the “bunny” cocktail waitresses at New York’s Playboy Club in the 1960s – the movie sabotages its own momentum by doubling back to one of the less interesting segments.

Reviews: Honest Thief (2020)

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  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Honest Thief is a dispiriting let down of what may have been something bordering on intriguing in favor of low-rent action trash and a complete of waste of Liam Neeson’s talents and our time.
  • [New] | Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat
    • Excerpt: A mediocre execution of a well-worn revenge formula.

Reviews: Beats (2020)

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  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Brian Welsh’s timely film celebrates civil disobedience through a coming-of-age lens at a time when authoritarianism is on the rise and the youngest generation is at the forefront of the human rights battle… The moving, central heartbeat of “Beats” is how Welsh lets us see Spanner through Johnno’s eyes.
  • Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum
    • Excerpt: I was quite charmed and affected by it. It has a very big heart, one that beats as hard and loud as the music itself.
  • [New] | Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: A touching story of two unlikely pals in the UK during the 1990s who simply want to attend a rave.
  • Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See
    • Excerpt: Beats captures the highs and lows, the simultaneous hope and desolation, and, most of all, the wild, anarchic freedom of youth and having no idea what you’re doing, but plowing full speed ahead, consequences be damned.
  • James Wegg @ JWR
    • Excerpt: “Sometimes, we’ve all just gotta jump”!

Reviews: Death of Me (2020)

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  • [New] | M Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com
    • Excerpt: Maggie Q and Luke Hemsworth star in Death of Me as a couple on holiday caught in a surreal, nightmarish mystery of bafflingly creepy stares, eerily-congratulatory salutes and a sadistic cult’s spine-tingling ritual.
  • [New] | Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: After this mystery-horror effort presents a creepy-enough hook, “Death of Me” deflates, growing less interesting the deeper it gets into the weeds.
  • Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat
    • Excerpt: Death of Me opens with a killer premise that grabs you by the throat. From there, it proceeds to gradually squander all the potential of that premise.
  • [New] | Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage
    • Excerpt: What happens during and after the climax vacillates between faith having power and “faith” stealing power. You can’t have both.
  • [New] | C.H. Newell @ Father Son Holy Gore
    • Excerpt: The screenplay inadvertently plays into worn out Orientalist tropes depicting Americans under siege by threatening Others in a foreign land.

Reviews: The Devil All the Time (2020)

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  • Emmanuel Báez @ Cinéfiloz [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: ‘El Diablo a Todas Horas’ es un relato de maldad y corrupción que no adquiere fuerza por un guion débil
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: …such an over the top piece of southern fried Gothic it is difficult to tell whether [Campos] intended his faithful retelling as drama or black comedy…a problem of tone and perhaps overreach that Campos never gets his arms around
  • Rich Cline @ Shadows on the Wall
    • Excerpt: Watching it is like binging a grisly rural crime miniseries with so many intriguing characters and plot-strands that we’re not quite sure where to look
  • Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum
    • Excerpt: I don’t think the film comes close to achieving the ambitions of its heavy themes, but I admired that it was willing to take a swing. The filmmaking and performances remain engrossing.
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: Murder as many people you like in a movie and nobody bats an eye, but kill a dog and you’ve gone too far. You have been warned.
  • Jeremy Kibler @
    • Excerpt: Grim all the time but purposefully so, “The Devil All the Time” is a sordid, oft-brutal Southern Gothic tale about the evil among us.
  • [New] | Luiz Santiago @ Plano Crítico [Portuguese]
  • Amir Siregar @ Amir at the Movies [Indonesian]
    • Excerpt: The unsettlingly bleak film is confidently directed, handsomely produced, and impeccably acted by its spectacular cast that includes Tom Holland, Robert Pattinson, Sebastian Stan, and Bill Skarsgård.

Reviews: Enola Holmes (2020)

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  • RIch Cline @ Shadows on the Wall
    • Excerpt: Snappy and sometimes downright goofy, this comical adventure is fast and entertaining, loaded with messages about empowerment
  • [New] | Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum
    • Excerpt: It is thoroughly delightful, and a ton of fun, even if there isn’t a whole lot going on under the surface. Millie Bobby Brown is incredibly charismatic.
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: Actress Millie Bobby Brown is delightful and charming as title character.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Unconnected with the larger Sherlock world, Enola relies more on idiosyncratic quirks and twitchy editing at the expense of a more quixotic mystery to solve.
  • [New] | Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: “Enola Holmes” is a total delight and so light on its feet that it would be a real mystery if one didn’t like it.
  • [New] | Amir Siregar @ Amir at the Movies [Indonesian]
    • Excerpt: Enola Holmes’ isn’t out to be a clever reinvention but this flick is fun. It starts out fun, never stops being fun, and everything about it is fun.
  • Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
    • Excerpt: ENOLA HOLMES should be the beginning of a fun film franchise. Something good is afoot!

Reviews: Possessor (2020)

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Reviews: The War with Grandpa (2020)

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  • [New] | Andrea Chase @ KillerMovieReviews.com
    • Excerpt: . It’s almost worth enduring for the sight of Walken in full Santa regalia trying to put the little girl oh his knee at ease. Almost.
  • Rich Cline @ Shadows on the Wall
    • Excerpt: This high-concept comedy is essentially a barrage of dopey jokes and inane slapstick
  • [New] | Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Hopefully the cast had a great time making “The War with Grandpa” because it’s a groan-inducing chore to watch for those still suffering from 2010’s putrid “Little Fockers.”
  • [New] | Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat
    • Excerpt: The best DeNiro movie with the word “grandpa” in the title, although that’s only because Dirty Grandpa is a thing that exists.

Reviews: Kajillionaire (2020)

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  • Sarah Boslaugh @ TheArtsSTL
    • Excerpt: I know I was in good hands in the opening scene, which features a yellow city bus contrasted against the pastel teal of a post office exterior, and many more visual delights are presented over the course of Kajillionaire.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Watch as [Evan Rachel Wood] walks behind Jenkins and Winger like an Emirati wife, head down but fingers flying towards any pay phone coin return that crosses her path, her entire body language like a magician’s misdirection.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Miranda July makes her most accessible film yet about the most inaccessible of characters
  • [New] | Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Through all of the idiosyncrasies on display here, “Kajillionaire” is a true oddball of a gem with a warmth and kindness that sneaks up on you.
  • Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat
    • Excerpt: The movie makes you laugh and breaks your heart at the same time.
  • Matt Oakes @
    • Excerpt: Miranda July’s oddball opus ‘Kajillionaire’ uses quirk to speak to the distancing of humanity from itself, creating a weirdly tender and wholly otherworldly dramedy that’s lit up by great performances.
  • Ronald wilkinson @ itsjustmovies.com
    • Excerpt: Richard Jenkins holds up his end of the deal as the rest of the gig crashes.