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 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

Poster for First Man

First Man


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

22 october

22 oct

Poster for Halloween



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...

21 october

21 oct

Poster for Bad Times at the El Royale

Bad Times at the El Royale


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

11 october

11 oct

Poster for Mandy



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

10 october

10 oct

Poster for Venom



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

8 october

8 oct

Poster for A Star Is Born

A Star Is Born


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

5 october

5 oct

Poster for Blaze



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

4 october

4 oct

Poster for Hell Fest

Hell Fest


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

30 september

30 sep

Poster for Fahrenheit 11/9

Fahrenheit 11/9


It is more harm than good.

27 september

27 sep

Poster for Assassination Nation

Assassination Nation


The film is like Spring Breakers meets The Purge but with more on its mind. Yet its ultimate message does not live up to its lofty satiric ambitions.

24 september

24 sep

Poster for Lizzie



Armed with a well-known, inherently engaging story. But it doesn’t do much with it.

22 september

22 sep

Poster for The House with a Clock in Its Walls

The House with a Clock in Its Walls


An entirely adequate horror-fantasy adventure for children.

21 september

21 sep

Poster for The Wife

The Wife


It is sharply written and packed with tense emotions. When the film is not directly informed by Close’s performance, however, it quickly loses its way.

16 september

16 sep

Poster for A Simple Favor

A Simple Favor


Not a good film, per se. In some instances, it is barely coherent. But it is an experience, one that kept me rapt until the very end.

16 september

16 sep

Poster for The Predator

The Predator


More of a comedy than the sci-fi-horror-action hybrid that the franchise is known for. And most of this comedy is groan-worthy, at best.

14 september

14 sep

Poster for White Boy Rick

White Boy Rick


Comes off as a derivative true crime film that has been filled to the brim with acting talent to hide the fact that the characters have no character to them.

10 september

10 sep

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