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: 350 / 350


Poster for Ant-Man and the Wasp

Ant-Man and the Wasp


The action serves its necessary function. The comedy is more effective than your average action venture.

6 july

6 jul

Poster for The First Purge

The First Purge


Gives us characters worth rooting for in an environment that is actively trying to suppress them, both textually and subtextually.

4 july

4 jul

Poster for Uncle Drew

Uncle Drew


A chuckle here and there. But ultimately it is boilerplate plotting, derivative comedy, and airless depictions of basketball.

30 june

30 jun

Poster for Sicario: Day of the Soldado

Sicario: Day of the Soldado


Narratively divorced, Soldado remains a tough sell. It is hard on the soul, bleak for the sake of bleak, its only justification appearing to be that the world really is that bleak anyway.

29 june

29 jun

Poster for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom


The only genuine aspect is the action set pieces. They are flashy and loud and violent and, occasionally, quite effective. Everything else feels phoned in.

19 june

19 jun

Poster for Won't You Be My Neighbor?

Won't You Be My Neighbor?


The documentary may read at large stretches like a greatest hits reel of Rogers’ program, but in a sense that is enough to make the point.

19 june

19 jun

Poster for Incredibles 2

Incredibles 2


A really good Pixar movie. It is a fairly good superhero movie. As a long-awaited follow up to The Incredibles, it doesn’t stack up as strongly.

16 june

16 jun

Poster for Tag



A light, high concept comedy with a loose script and charismatic actors who are playfully working to hide the looseness.

15 june

15 jun

Poster for SuperFly



The numerous issues with Superfly, surprisingly, do not take away from what makes the film compelling.

13 june

13 jun

Poster for First Reformed

First Reformed


Undoubtedly a film whose intensity and psychological weight are palpable, unshakable entities.

10 june

10 jun

Poster for Ocean's Eight

Ocean's Eight


The strong acting, the lavish costume design, the snappy editing. It all adds up. But it isn’t the well-oiled machine that it thinks it is.

9 june

9 jun

Poster for Hotel Artemis

Hotel Artemis


We get a great cast wielding an offbeat, close-quarters action story.

8 june

8 jun

Poster for Hereditary



Does a lot of stuff brilliantly.

8 june

8 jun

Poster for The Rider

The Rider


It isn’t style over substance, nor is it narrative over form. It is a seamless integration of great style and great narrative.

3 june

3 jun

Poster for Action Point

Action Point


The jokes run thin early. The plot is uninspired and fails hard when it decides to play the heartstrings.

2 june

2 jun

Poster for Upgrade



As much as the tone struggles to mesh, the core of Upgrade is jam-packed with entertainment value.

1 june

1 jun

Poster for Adrift



A fine little survival picture retelling the story of an undoubtedly resourceful and determined person.

1 june

1 jun

Poster for Solo: A Star Wars Story

Solo: A Star Wars Story


It has the sense of being a dispassionate and inessential part of this ongoing Star Wars machine.

25 may

25 may

Poster for Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451


Strains to tap into contemporary technophobia, but it never grounds that in the source material that it borrows from.

21 may

21 may

Poster for RBG



Unless you’re a critic who dislikes partisanship even when it lines up with his political views, you will likely either love it or hate it.

20 may

20 may

Poster for Deadpool 2

Deadpool 2


Overall the comedy here is fairly tight. In a cinematic landscape that is bombarded with superhero movies of various quality, Deadpool is the IP we need right now.

18 may

18 may

Poster for Life of the Party

Life of the Party


Seeds are sown for characters to have genuine relationships with each other. These are largely abandoned, replaced with lackluster punchlines.

17 may

17 may

Poster for Breaking In

Breaking In


A no frills thriller that isn’t ashamed of its lack of depth.

11 may

11 may

Poster for Bad Samaritan

Bad Samaritan


There wasn’t enough juice in the premise to take the plot across the finish line.

4 may

4 may

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