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Reviews: The Assistant (2020)

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  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: One of the smart things about Green’s screenplay and direction is its quiet subtlety. There is no one big moment here, nor an outright smoking gun, instead a steady build of small injustices…
  • Candice Frederick @ The Wrap
  • [New] | Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal
    • Excerpt: ‘The Assistant’ is a real-life horror docudrama portraying a young woman made to feel helpless to stop the daily abuses of power she witnesses.
  • Charlie Juhl @
    • Excerpt: The Assistant stares at a recent college grad’s first real-world moral dilemma – what will you do when your black and white ethics lessons confront the gray areas of innuendo, the behavior of powerful men, and the inevitability of personal consequences should you challenge the system.
  • [New] | Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com
    • Excerpt: Green wants us to experience the silent prison of knowing the truth and being helpless against it. A palpable, tense drama exists beyond the mundane day-to-day of all victims.
  • [New] | Frank Ochieng @ The Critical Movie Critics
    • Excerpt: Solidly telling in its methodical truth, Green’s film is unassumingly dazzling in its low-key observations. The Assistant is impressively potent without the overstated exclamation of acrimony.

Reviews: The Lodge (2020)

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  • [New] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: …the film’s themes of Christian guilt don’t amount to much in the end, its climax more of a been-there, done-that deflation. “The Lodge” gets more mileage out of a creepy bowl of sea monkeys in a clear case of style over substance.
  • Karl Delossantos @
  • Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum
    • Excerpt: The filmmakers know how to set a mood, and while the story is engaging in the moment, especially with Riley Keough’s performance, it doesn’t have much lasting impact.
  • [New] | Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat
    • Excerpt: See this movie and prepare for it to mess you up.
  • Aaron Neuwirth @ We Live Entertainment
    • Excerpt: It’s a shame the film ultimately has little else to offer beyond its slow-burn eeriness and psychological chills.
  • Matt Oakes @
    • Excerpt: Led by a strikingly gloomy performance from Riley Keough, ‘The Lodge’ uses the power of psychological warfare and brutal natural elements to spook up a dark cabin fever horror story that refuses to let up.

Reviews: Downhill (2020)

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Reviews: The Photograph (2020)

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  • [New] | Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: …quiet and pensive with an undertow of melancholic regret and a light topping of comic relief all set to Robert Glasper’s elegant jazz score. Issa Rae and Lakeith Stanfield create a tentative romance, its unspoken emotions simmering into a full boil.

Reviews: Sonic the Hedgehog (2020)

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Reviews: Birds of Prey (2020)

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Reviews: 2020 Oscar Nominated Shorts (2020)

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  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews [Animated]
    • Excerpt: The Czech Republic’s Daria Kashcheeva’s stop motion puppet animation is the first of three stop motion animations to be nominated, each using a different medium… This is my pick for the Oscar.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews [Documentary]
    • Excerpt: Dysinger’s uplifting look at how women are finding poor young girls in Kabul and giving them…courage and confidence by teaching them how to skateboard, Is an infectious and uplifting work which I’m betting will take the Oscar.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews [Live Action]
    • Excerpt: Tunisia is the setting for two of this year’s Live Action shorts in film, one a searing drama beneath the shadow of ISIS, the other a comedy involving a mule listening to the wrong music…
  • [New] | Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews [Documentary]
    • Excerpt: Features Oscar winner “Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl).”
  • [New] | Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews [Live Action]
    • Excerpt: Let’s hear it for Tunisia! The North African country actually figures in two out of the five films nominated in 2020.
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews [Animation]
    • Excerpt: This year’s animated shorts are about the connections that form a family.
  • [New] | MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com [Animated]
    • Excerpt: My pick: I haven’t seen a short film this year that is as full of pure joy as “Hair Love.” I’d like to think that its sweet positivity will be the thing that, at this awful moment, gives it an edge.
  • [New] | MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com [Documentary]
    • Excerpt: My pick: “Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl),” a tremendous ode to the power of sports to boost girls’ self-esteem and set them free from the shackles of the limited expectations.
  • [New] | MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com [Live Action]
    • Excerpt: My pick: The gorgeous “Brotherhood” opens up reductive notions of Middle Eastern cultures in the Western imagination while telling a moving story of family and forgiveness that is quite universal.
  • Charlie Juhl @
    • Excerpt: This year’s Doc Short nominees share common themes even though they range from skateboarding girls in Afghanistan to the South Korean ferry disaster and even a Ferguson, Missouri state legislator.
  • Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight
  • Michael Ward @ Should I See It [Animation]
    • Excerpt: All masterfully made, this year’s Oscar nominated Animated Short Films address emotional topics and issues that bridge the gap between fantasy and reality.
  • Michael Ward @ Should I See It [Documentary]
    • Excerpt: Tissues at the ready, this year’s slate of Oscar nominated Documentary Short Subject films are important, topical works of impassioned conviction that are hard to shake and ride a rollercoaster of emotions.
  • Michael Ward @ Should I See It [Live Action]
    • Excerpt: This year’s Oscar nominees for Best Live Action Short Film represent stories told from around the world, but all unify around the power of human interaction, no matter your age or where you come from.

Reviews: The Rhythm Section (2020)

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  • [New] | James Jay Edwards @ The Big Smoke America
  • [New] | Courtney Howard @ FreshFiction.tv
    • Excerpt: While it moves at its own pace, and gets sidetracked, Director Reed Morano and star Blake Lively creatively capture a catchy lo-fi tempo.
  • [New] | MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: Poor Blake Lively does her de-glammed best in this poor Xerox of much better Turn The Urchin Into A Spy thrillers. But there isn’t a single human interaction in this hamfisted movie that rings true.
  • [New] | Charlie Juhl @
    • Excerpt: Director Reed Morano adeptly conveys grime and confronting a soul full of garbage, but the needlessly complicated plot does nothing to separate her film from any other ‘revenge is tricky’ story.
  • [New] | Frank Ochieng @ Flick Feast
    • Excerpt: …[a] drawn-out action drama in search of its staged contemplative mojo. Sadly, The Rhythm Section sings an all-too-familiar tune in terms of its labored “harried heroine seeking revenge mode”.

Reviews: Gretel & Hansel (2020)

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Reviews: The Gentlemen (2020)

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  • [New] | Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum
    • Excerpt: It’s pure classic Guy Ritchie, for better and for worse. Despite some flaws, the film is entertaining, but you wish Ritchie could grow more as a filmmaker.
  • [New] | James Jay Edwards @ The Big Smoke America
  • [New] | Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal
    • Excerpt: While the opening half of this film lacks some of the clever grit of Ritchie’s earlier offerings, it slowly gets into the groove before going full-tilt with falling bodies, meaningful threats and classic gun play.
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: Most people wouldn’t compare George Cukor’s ‘The Women’ (1939) with Guy Ritchie’s ‘The Gentlemen” but I’m not most people.
  • [New] | Blake Howard @ Dark Horizons
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: Guy Ritchie ups his game on his signature subgenre with a hilariously sublime crime comedy that acts as mirror on the legit world and oozes with crackling cynicism about culture and politics as well.
  • [New] | Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com
    • Excerpt: For every top notch set-piece comes two or three moments of misguided exposition dumping that lean on lazy jokes and verbose dialogue to screech any momentum gained to a halt.
  • Aaron Neuwirth @ We Live Entertainment
    • Excerpt: Here’s a film with a healthy dose of meta self-awareness to go along with the occasionally humorous lens Ritchie views his gangsters through.
  • Eddie Pasa @ DC Filmdom
    • Excerpt: Witty, funny, and more well-rounded than his previous efforts, Guy Ritchie delivers in The Gentlemen his most complete and – dare I say – moving film.