Movie reviews of Alex Brannan

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

Number of movie reviews: 670 / 670

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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. Review

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2018-12-22

2018

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

9.1

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2018-12-20

2018

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

8.3

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2018-12-16

2018

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

8.3

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2018-12-14

2018

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

9.1

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2018-12-14

2018

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

7.5

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2018-12-14

2018

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

6.7

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2018-12-14

2018

Vox Lux has flourishes of cinematic loveliness in its on-stage lighting and camera angles, its choreography, and its costume design. The music, provided by Sia, is also quite great. But the film is burdened by a thematic weight that is hard to decipher. Review

5.8

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2018-12-10

2018

Reitman may have the right idea in re-centering the conversation to an earlier date, but the weight of the actual story gets lost in the allegorical retelling of it. Review

6.7

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2018-12-09

2018

Add on the weighted performances of its ensemble cast, particularly from Davis and Debicki, and you have a film that does a lot of things right (loose plot threads be damned). Review

8.3

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2018-12-06

2018

While there is much lacking in the way of characterization and storytelling structure, the end of the film does make one feel invested in the implications for the next film. Review

4.2

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2018-11-28

2018

Creed II is an honorable follow up to the first film, which was an honorable follow up to the Rocky legacy. Review

7.5

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2018-11-27

2018

Screaming middling Coens. Of course, being in the middle of such a list is no punishment. Review

6.7

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2018-11-26

2018

It is a breezy thriller whose hellish elements are best when embraced with the cheekiness by which they were made. Review

6.7

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2018-11-13

2018

A spectacle piece that eschews depth of storytelling for visual depth. Pine and Pugh, although both performing at the top of their game, have little to work with within this structure. Review

6.7

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2018-11-01

2018

The experiential nature of the flight sequences is raw and glorious, and the climax is worth the wait. Review

7.5

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2018-10-22

2018

A great Halloween film. It feels like the heart of fall, when pumpkins glow and shadows make one take pause. At its best, the eerie mood pulls you in and makes you believe that it is October 31st... Review

6.7

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2018-10-21

2018

Takes an ambitious concept and spreads it thin over a 140-minute runtime. Review

5.8

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2018-10-11

2018

As much as this might clash with its ethereal beginnings, both provide intriguing filmmaking from an authentic creative voice. Review

7.5

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2018-10-10

2018

The film hits a roadblock quickly. Instead of swerving around it, it rams straight into it. Review

5.0

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2018-10-08

2018

It isn’t a platform from which a truly noteworthy movie can emerge. Review

6.7

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2018-10-05

2018

Dickey’s performance permeates life across every frame. And Blaze doesn’t require much more than that to be enthralling. Review

7.5

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2018-10-04

2018

No one is interesting. Nothing is novel. 90 minutes pass by unimpeded by fear or intrigue. Review

3.3

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2018-09-30

2018

It is more harm than good. Review

3.3

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2018-09-27

2018

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