Category Archives: 2020 Films

Reviews: Onward (2020)

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  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Pixar has been known for its incredible world building, but “Onward’s” world is Tolkien lite by way of Dreamworks’ dragons with a lead character who could easily slip into a Keebler elf commercial…
  • Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum
    • Excerpt: It will likely fall into the category of mid-tier Pixar. However, if you’re able to connect with the film’s examination of loss and mending old emotional scars, I think there is a story to be found here that is deeply moving, meaningful, and cathartic.
  • Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal
    • Excerpt: This is an incredibly sweet — and occasionally bittersweet — tale about family and love that will move and entertain audiences of all ages.
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: Even a minor Pixar release is still pretty enjoyable.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: Don’t let the Pixar curve throw you: familiar this quest may be, but it’s full of magic and wonder and humor and melancholy, and set in a fully realized fantasy world. Not a masterpiece but very good.
  • [New] | Dan Lybarger @ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
    • Excerpt: Much of the charm of Pixar’s animated movies comes from the fact that the finished product often sounds like a rejected idea from a pitch meeting. The imagination and wit involved with a lot of their movies can’t be contained in 25 words or less.
  • Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat
    • Excerpt: Onward finds Pixar in full-on weird mode, and it’s a surprisingly good look for the company.
  • Brent McKnight @ Giant Freakin’ Robot
    • Excerpt: Perfectly harmless and benign, and I kind of hated it.
  • [New] | Simon Miraudo @ Student Edge
    • Excerpt: Pixar, not content with simply making kids (and adults already on the edge of mortality crises) confront regular ol’ death in their movies, have pioneered plenty of new methods to make us mourn.
  • Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com
    • Excerpt: While a pretty straightforward entry in Pixar’s usually trendsetting oeuvre, it’s relatable and resonant enough to still best most Hollywood children’s fare.
  • Aaron Neuwirth @ We Live Entertainment
    • Excerpt: A lot of excitement is balanced well by Pixar’s continued ability to generate real emotions in their films.
  • [New] | Frank Ochieng @ Flick Feast
    • Excerpt: Onward is speculative in its whimsy concoction as an increasingly impish supernatural gem that offers charm and treasured wizardly at its escapist core.
  • Eddie Pasa @ DC Filmdom

Reviews: The Night Clerk (2020)

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Reviews: The Invisible Man (2020)

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  • Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews
    • Excerpt: The newest adaptation of the H.G. Wells’ novel works on nearly all levels but does not quite land the ending.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Leigh Whannell aces adapting H.G. Wells’ nineteenth century novel for the modern #MeToo age as a paranoid thriller, low budget effects à la “Paranormal Activity” effecting big chills, Elizabeth Moss excelling as a woman with only herself to turn to.
  • Karl Delossantos @ Smash Cut Reviews
  • Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum
    • Excerpt: Even when the film reaches certian places that feels contrived or silly, you’re still invested in the characters, you’re still compelled by the narrative, and you’re still thrilled by the set pieces. It’s thoughtful, slick, fun, and delivers everything you’d want in a crowd-pleaser horror film.
  • James Jay Edwards @ The Big Smoke America
  • Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal
    • Excerpt: ‘The Invisible Man’ is a terrifying update to the classic Universal horror narrative, creating an intense atmosphere that keeps viewers on the edge of their seats as they search for what can’t be seen.
  • [New] | Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: It has been a while since such a well crafted crafted opening scene grabbed my attention so quickly.
  • Brent McKnight @ Giant Freakin’ Robot
    • Excerpt: Harrowing and resourceful, using ingenuity and imagination rather than unlimited funds, Leigh Whannell skillfully constructs a tight, terrifying horror film.
  • Simon Miraudo @ Student Edge
    • Excerpt: Wanna see a magic trick? Because writer-director Leigh Whannell, screenwriter of Saw, has evolved into a proper illusionist with his old school yet radical retelling of The Invisible Man.
  • Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com
    • Excerpt: The fight choreography and special effects are flawless, but they’re nothing but aesthetic bells and whistles without Moss giving them substantive purpose via her performance.
  • Aaron Neuwirth @ We Live Entertainment
    • Excerpt: The Invisible Man has done well to reveal some positive light on this dark universe.
  • Eddie Pasa @ Gunaxin
    • Excerpt: An unexpected masterpiece from writer/director Leigh Whannell.
  • Joao Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese]
    • Excerpt: Elsabeth Moss is Amazing!
  • Shelagh Rowan-Legg @ ScreenAnarchy
    • Excerpt: Whannell keeps the audience on the seat’s edge in fear and anticipation, desperately searching for the monster that hides in plain sight.
  • Andrew Wyatt @ The Lens