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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Number of movie reviews: 391 / 391


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Rights era period piece that wants to be charming as hell—it is, at times, but that mainly just makes it come across outdated and sanitized.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

Poster for Vox Lux

Vox Lux


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.

10 december

10 dec

Poster for The Front Runner

The Front Runner


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.

9 december

9 dec

Poster for Widows



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).

6 december

6 dec

Poster for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald


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.

28 november

28 nov

Poster for Creed II

Creed II


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

27 november

27 nov

Poster for The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs


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

26 november

26 nov

Poster for Overlord



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

13 november

13 nov

Poster for Outlaw King

Outlaw King


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.

1 november

1 nov

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