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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Good Boys

5.8

People may talk about that raunchy new comedy where 10-year-old boys swear and ride a sex swing (how scandalous!), but it isn’t a particularly lively or fulfilling comedy experience.

15 august

15 aug

Poster for Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

6.7

It is bulky and slightly overlong. It hits onto a somewhat odd tone with how it decides to resolve some of its characters’ arcs (which leads to an even odder sequel-baiting ending). But it is also effectively composed. The character designs are well-executed.

8 august

8 aug

Poster for The Souvenir

The Souvenir

7.5

I guess the easiest place to leave a conversation about The Souvenir is to, in summary, call it complicated. Some already consider it one of the best films of 2019, and I cannot counter this opinion.

8 august

8 aug

Poster for Blinded by the Light

Blinded by the Light

7.5

Yet, while the film does fail to completely craft a coherent two-hour film that can both provide the audience a glimpse at the joy in Javed’s heart when he hears Bruce Springsteen and a glimpse at the pain experienced in Thatcher’s Britain, the final message of the film allows for a resolution where both can still exist, albeit unevenly.

7 august

7 aug

Poster for Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood

Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood

7.5

Tarantino is at his most lively here. He clearly is having fun being able to create this vision of 1969, full with allusions to the period and to the Hollywood products he watched so much of in his formative years.

25 july

25 jul

Poster for The Art of Self-Defense

The Art of Self-Defense

6.7

The Art of Self Defense is a different moviegoing experience in a Summer defined by samey and lackluster films. The film has a certain luster to it, albeit an inconsistent and, at times, derivative one.

25 july

25 jul

Poster for The Farewell

The Farewell

9.1

The Farewell is a genuinely heartfelt and even more genuinely funny piece from Wang.

25 july

25 jul

Poster for The Lion King

The Lion King

4.2

The film is slightly extended from the original, and what is added doesn’t add much beyond time squirming in the seat waiting for the end. What little was altered from the original, outside from Timon and Pumbaa, is underwhelming.

23 july

23 jul

Poster for High Life

High Life

7.5

As an experiential trip through the arrested human psyche, which is trapped in the push-and-pull between innate impulse and rational thought, it is something completely different. And that is refreshing.

15 july

15 jul

Poster for Crawl

Crawl

5.8

It is a film with minimal plot and a small cast of characters, and not much is done to remedy the problems that arise from that set of parameters.

13 july

13 jul

Poster for Stuber

Stuber

5

The superficial genre infusion leads to a shallow plot with shallow emotional payoffs, and the few-and-far-between moments of memorable humor do not keep this narrative afloat.

12 july

12 jul

Poster for Midsommar

Midsommar

7.5

Midsommar is a beautiful and deliberately constructed film.

8 july

8 jul

Poster for Spider-Man: Far from Home

Spider-Man: Far from Home

7.5

What works for Gyllenhaal here is his acute ability to conjure sociopathically faux charm.

4 july

4 jul

Poster for Yesterday

Yesterday

5.8

Instead it’s mostly just a conventional romance set to Beatles music. The intriguing premise seems almost incidental.

30 june

30 jun

Poster for Toy Story 4

Toy Story 4

7.5

Toy Story 4 does not have the cleanest plot. That most characters are left on the backburner and the majority of the story involves going in and out of a single building leaves something to be desired. Most of the substance comes in the subtext. There are strong thematic concepts in the film, to be sure. The question becomes, though, whether or not those themes provide enough substance to overcome the shortcomings.

26 june

26 jun

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Child's Play

5.8

If a remake needed to be done (did it?) this was an admirable way to handle it. It is different enough to be its own thing, and it only slightly leans back on its IP to tell its story.

25 june

25 jun

Poster for The Dead Don't Die

The Dead Don't Die

6.7

While The Dead Don’t Die doesn’t have a coherent message to hang its hat on, it is nevertheless a mildly satisfying genre experience.

20 june

20 jun

Poster for Climax

Climax

7.5

It is a film pulsing with a constant rhythm, and the insanity found within that rhythm is choreographed to perfection by Nina McNeely.

18 june

18 jun

Poster for Men in Black: International

Men in Black: International

5

Men in Black: International is dressed up as a fun science fiction film. The set pieces and comic tone is there. But those set pieces lack a dynamic edge. The tone lacks a personality.

17 june

17 jun

Poster for Dark Phoenix

Dark Phoenix

5

Dark Phoenix has one impressive set piece, and it has a hint of intrigue in its character work. But the overall product of this adaptation is a film that performs a thudding and flat conclusion to a 19-year franchise.

13 june

13 jun

Poster for Rocketman

Rocketman

6.7

Rocketman is likely to provide you what you want and expect out of an Elton John biopic. It has flair. It has pomp and circumstance. It has ornate costume design. It has all the hits that you’d expect. But the film also throws in a surprise or two in its pursuit of musical fantasy that livens things up a bit. It’s better for it.

1 june

1 jun

Poster for Godzilla: King of the Monsters

Godzilla: King of the Monsters

3.3

This story of the kaiju is contrived and uninteresting.

31 may

31 may

Poster for Her Smell

Her Smell

8.3

Alex Ross Perry serves to remind us of what we already know: Elisabeth Moss is a tidal wave of acting talent.

27 may

27 may

Poster for Brightburn

Brightburn

6.7

The resulting sequences run the gamut of quality, but they stem out of a comic book idea of horror violence. It is chintzy, bloody fun, in spite of all the shortcomings.

23 may

23 may

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