Mary Queen of Scots

Mary Queen of Scots

A review in 44 words:

Absolutely stellar performances from Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie.

Yet the “history class set to fast-forward” pace of the narrative is ultimately the undoing of the film. We’ve been spoiled by the slow pace of television where political intrigue can unfold over time.

Final Verdict: 👎

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Ralph Breaks the Internet

Ralph Breaks the Internet

A review in 32 words:

The film raises more questions than it answers.

  1. The Stormtroopers look cool. Why haven’t they let Dave Filoni loose upon Disney Animation?

  2. Where is my Avengers-esque Disney Princess Team-Up Movie?

Final Verdict: 👍

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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

A review in 48 words:

I wish that Rowling had written novels instead. Then she could include every intricate detail and plot. Instead we get Fantastic Beasts, where there’s so much going on that the story and world can’t stop and breathe. Rowling’s storytelling is being encumbered by a medium with a runtime.

Final Verdict: 👎

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Bohemian Rhapsody

Bohemian Rhapsody

A review in 37 words:

It glosses over or rewrites history. The music and lyrics seem to spring from the ether. It even has a borderline absurd Hollywood happy ending. Yes, the film is superficial, but you can’t deny that it’s fun.

Final verdict: 👍

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First Man

First Man

A review in 50 words:

First Man is steadfastly focused on Neil Armstrong. Even in space — usually the effects-laden delight — we are often limited to his point of view. It’s only as the film approaches a singular achievement in human history do we get anything resembling ‘epic’. Even then, it shows restraint and focus.

Final verdict: 👍

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The Miseducation of Cameron Post

The Miseducation of Cameron Post

A review in 49 words:

The film is rather flat and passive, mimicking the emotional lockdown the characters have to undergo as they try to survive the emotional abuses of a 1990s gay conversion camp. This isn’t a film you’ll walk out praising, but one you should be thinking about a few days later.

Final Verdict: 👍

Read Expanded Thoughts on The Miseducation of Cameron Post over at A Rant in Progress.

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BlacKkKlansman

BlacKkKlansman

A review in 36 words:

Sometimes funny, sometimes dramatic, and always feeling like this shouldn't be based on a true story, BlacKkKlansman serves as a timely and depressing reminder that the fools of the past are still here in the present.

Final Verdict: 👍

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