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: 521 / 521

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Special Actors might not reach the highs of One Cut of the Dead, but it is nevertheless a humorous and wholly engaging experience. Review

7.5

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21 august

21 aug

As interesting and idiosyncratic as the world is, it is less fascinating to learn about the world than it is to see how it resembles our own. There are parallels established that make this a very clear satire of our technological existence, yet the film’s plot rarely lends itself to this satire. Review

6.7

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20 august

20 aug

The film is fairly engaging, particularly if you do not know the full story of Pepe. Review

7.5

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16 august

16 aug

Yummy is a charming, nasty little horror comedy. It presents clever twists on familiar horror movie tropes and strings along a plot with a number of pleasant (and morbidly delectable) surprises. Review

6.7

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14 august

14 aug

Sleep is quietly engaging, not the least of which because of the great lead performance from Gro Swantje Kohlhof. Review

6.7

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14 august

14 aug

As much as I may be quibbling with the minutiae of this story world as it relates to larger interpretation of the human condition, She Dies Tomorrow does provide a specific, singular vision that is engrossing. Some of the performances may waver in tone, but Sheil and Adams feel consistently in the pocket of what this script is going for. Review

7.5

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3 august

3 aug

Brie's presence alone adds an emotional dimension that is lacking at the script level. But that is not enough to salvage what is ultimately a less-than gripping thriller with uneven plotting and an uncompromising, yet thoroughly unsatisfying, climax. Review

5.0

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2020-07-20

2020

The Old Guard is stylishly directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, but it struggles to get off the ground due to the script’s inability to develop these characters in a real meaningful way. Review

6.7

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2020-07-10

2020

In the end, though, Guest of Honour is fettered by its own nested design. Review

5.8

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2020-07-06

2020

While the film, when taken as a whole, does not contain the most efficient or focused narrative, this underlying tension remains compelling. As such, Mr. Jones is a powerful watch, if not an uneven one. Review

7.5

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2020-06-17

2020

It is a crude depiction of an industry, populated by crudely-drawn characters, with crude tone shifts that do not complement one another. Review

2.5

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2020-06-15

2020

The King of Staten Island survives on its emotional heft, not its comedy or narrative. In moments, the tone and narrative cohere into something that borders on poignant, but often the film is an oscillating pendulum filled with tonal inconstancy. Review

6.7

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2020-06-12

2020

It is elegance painted with a thick brush, but that, still, is elegance. Review

7.5

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2020-06-10

2020

The adeptness of the two poster performers can only do this movie so many favors. In the end, Becky falls under the weight of its own violent simplicity. Review

4.2

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2020-06-06

2020

This is a sloth of a movie, trudging through an insane 150-minute runtime with no sense of pacing or narrative intent. Review

0.0

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2020-06-05

2020

Shirley is a fascinating character study. The emotions it deals in are intense and fraught, and the atmosphere created by Decker’s formalism puts these emotions in a disquieting light. Review

8.3

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2020-06-03

2020

With great leads and a more-than-capable director, the potential of this film outweighs the results. The script does not provide consistent humor, putting forward plenty of out-dated references but rarely a genuinely clever joke. It does better work fleshing out a grounded relationship for its eponymous pair, but even this falls short of emotional effectiveness. Review

5.0

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2020-05-22

2020

Despite following a well-worn generic path, however, there are kernels of novelty in Arkansas. Review

5.0

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2020-05-04

2020

Bull is a measured film which takes its time situating the viewer within its isolating setting. That its narrative ultimately leads to an oblique and disappointing conclusion is a shame given how strong the performances are. Review

6.7

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2020-03-17

2020

The Invisible Man succeeds in reorienting the Universal Monster brand, and it does so by telling a grounded story with potent stakes and an emotionally resonant central performance. Review

7.5

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2020-02-28

2020

Downhill pales in comparison to its inspiration. Viewed in a vacuum, however, it is only worthwhile for two things: Julia Louis-Dreyfus and the film’s central premise. Outside of this vacuum, no one on this production can claim credit for this central premise. Review

5.8

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2020-02-17

2020

The Photograph may not boast a unique story, but it at least aspires to provide this substance. Review

6.7

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2020-02-14

2020

Where the narrative fails, the style does occasionally rise up to pick up the slack. Review

5.8

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2020-02-06

2020

Gretel & Hansel may have grand compositions and set design, but the pacing is less nurturing of the constricting unease required to do what The Witch does so deftly. What results is more of a daydream than a nightmare, a film whose spell you fall in and out of in equal measure. Review

7.5

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2020-01-31

2020

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