Movie reviews of Alex Brannan

These are all the movies and series that Alex has reviewed. Read more at: CineFiles Movie Reviews.

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Poster for Alita: Battle Angel

Alita: Battle Angel


Alita: Battle Angel has its glossy surface. It has its tactical set pieces. But it is not a story told smoothly. The narrative is not compelling, because everything that needs to be set-up is done so inelegantly. Ultimately, this makes the film read bland, less exciting.

17 february

17 feb

Poster for Isn't It Romantic

Isn't It Romantic


The film is dressed as a parody, yet its comedy comes predominantly from a recognition of its parodic premise, as opposed to parody proper.

14 february

14 feb

High Flying Bird


It is incisive and sharp, and the dialogue cuts through to your attention span and takes control.

10 february

10 feb

Poster for The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part


In the end, The LEGO Movie 2 is an upbeat yet relatively underwhelming sequel. It is fluffy and over-stuffed, and it is a machine of pop culture references and tongue-in-cheek gags.

8 february

8 feb

Poster for Cold Pursuit

Cold Pursuit


A strange tonal experiment that plucks its frigid setting and its crime-comedy mashup straight out of Fargo but fails to thread the needle as effectively.

7 february

7 feb

Poster for Velvet Buzzsaw

Velvet Buzzsaw


Ultimately, this genre exercise yields little in the way of fear, critical dissection, or mystique.

1 february

1 feb

Poster for Miss Bala

Miss Bala


A glamorized Hollywood remake, a shoot-em-up thriller that makes a non-American locale seem exotic and dangerous to Americans and that dabbles in very serious subject matter without nuance.

1 february

1 feb

Poster for The Kid Who Would Be King

The Kid Who Would Be King


The narrative is not particularly novel, but it has its charms.

28 january

28 jan

Poster for Glass



A film that is too hand-holding, too overt in its genre deconstruction, too blunt in its story-telling. And this takes away from what could be enjoyable about the premise.

17 january

17 jan

Poster for The Upside

The Upside


The film can recite familiar feelings, but it doesn’t produce much out of that. It is a film which is soured by its sweetness.

17 january

17 jan

Poster for On the Basis of Sex

On the Basis of Sex


The conflict is ever-present and the persistence of its central figure is inspiring, but the film does not quite rise to the level of inspiration of its real-life subject.

13 january

13 jan

Poster for Escape Room

Escape Room


There is a fun inventiveness to the staging of the escape rooms. It does not grow tiresome when the characters find themselves in the third or fourth room, as each room has an individual aesthetic. For what it is, it is a good time at the movies.

4 january

4 jan

Poster for Vice



Brisk but not breezy. It is well-acted but its characters are not well-drawn. And, most importantly, It intends to indict without carrying out a sentence.

24 december

24 dec

Poster for Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Can You Ever Forgive Me?


We watch Israel’s scheme go awry, and it is compelling irrespective of McCarthy’s wonderful performance.

22 december

22 dec

Poster for Green Book

Green Book


It is a formulaic Civil Rights era period piece that wants to be charming as hell—it is, at times, but that mainly just makes it come across outdated and sanitized.

22 december

22 dec

Poster for If Beale Street Could Talk

If Beale Street Could Talk


Brian Tyree Henry and Teyonah Parris fill the screen with nuance and personality. And Regina King maximizes each second of her screentime with a maternal portrayal that is, in the traditional sense of the word, awesome.

22 december

22 dec

Poster for Roma



Sure, it is very artsy. The stillness of its protagonist. The occasionally obvious visual juxtapositions. The black-and-whiteness of it all. But Cleo’s story is heartbreaking, compassionate, intimate, and elegant.

22 december

22 dec

Poster for The Mule

The Mule


It is such a black-and-white film about a man’s redemption by way of driving drugs across the country, so black-and-white that Eastwood’s rather charming performance almost isn’t enough to make it work.

22 december

22 dec

Poster for The Favourite

The Favourite


Bleakly funny. It is somewhat tragic. It is endlessly dynamic. And, as with all Lanthimos films, it is not for everyone.

20 december

20 dec

Poster for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse


It is a modest budget money-maker made with a creativity-forward mindset.

16 december

16 dec

Poster for Burning



For a lengthy film that is never bashful about taking its time, Burning is an intriguing puzzle throughout most of its runtime.

14 december

14 dec

Poster for The Tale

The Tale


With immense nuance, The Tale explores the multi-faceted and intimately complicated nature of abuse.

14 december

14 dec

Poster for The Sisters Brothers

The Sisters Brothers


Joaquin Pheonix and John C. Reilly portray assassins in a beautifully-captured American west.

14 december

14 dec

Poster for Destroyer



Destroyer yields a similar slow-burn, but the implications of the tension do not amplify in the same manner as The Invitation.

14 december

14 dec

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