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: 672 / 672

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The tension and squirm-inducing scenarios director Christian Tafdrup is able to squeeze out of this premise is impressive. Review

7.5

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2022-07-30

2022

While I could see this film being less effective upon second viewing, the mood piece that is Skinamarink is designed to get under your skin. It got deep under mine — etched its way below the surface and then started scratching. Review

8.3

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2022-07-26

2022

The hokey hard-boiled dialogue. The lack of a compelling story line. The belabored final set piece, burdened by a flashback structure that reveals an inconsequential and uninteresting twist. Review

1.6

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2022-07-24

2022

Deadstream is a horror comedy that does a good job parodying the annoying, opportunistic online creators who stage reckless and exploitative stunts for a quick buck. Review

6.7

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2022-07-24

2022

This ultimately left the last act of the film somewhat wanting, as I found myself searching for depth in a character who had become flattened into an archetype. Review

5.8

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2022-07-24

2022

With gorgeous animation and a heartfelt story, The Girl From the Other Side is brimming with color and emotion. Review

8.3

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2022-07-24

2022

Give Me Pity uses its abstract qualities to create a disquieting tension, allowing von Haselberg’s performance to slowly crescendo into debilitating mental anguish. Review

7.5

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2022-07-23

2022

It doesn’t all hang together cohesively, but individual moments are interesting tonally, and the performances are consistently good. Review

6.7

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2022-07-23

2022

The film is not perfect. The second act lags, and overall entertainment value hinges on how one takes to the campy tone. But it is hard to deny that the film is visually impressive. Plus, the score kicks ass. Review

8.3

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2022-07-23

2022

The ending of Please Baby Please feels like a true ending. A statement of intent. An emotion put to music as good as any musical could do it. I’m enamored with it. I’m enamored with Please Baby Please. Review

8.3

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2022-07-23

2022

I preferred this crime mystery to the horror set pieces, which are few and far between and pretty standard fare for a low-budget ’70s horror film. Perhaps one does not work without the other, but King’s manic performance and Lieberman’s clever use of scene transitions propel the mystery forward better than how the film utilizes the horror elements. Review

6.7

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2022-07-20

2022

There is something to the way the flashback sequences are shot that is queasy yet aesthetically pleasing. Not to mention Simon Yam’s excessively dialed up performance as the killer, which really makes the film. All in all, though, the tone did not sit right with me. Review

5.8

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2022-07-20

2022

The unique world De la Iglesia creates for Mutant Action is undercut by these final two acts, leaving me with little to chew on as I watch unseemly characters doing unseemly things. Review

5.8

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2022-07-20

2022

The film is lightly charming but also somewhat tedious and repetitive. In any case, it is certainly the most heartfelt film about misplaced genitalia I’ve ever seen. And that is about the most ringing endorsement I can give for this odd little film. Review

7.5

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2022-07-19

2022

When the two styles meet in the second half of the film, the result is fairly electric fight choreography. Review

7.5

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2022-07-19

2022

Veronique Jadin’s film is adequately humorous, but its increasing lunacy grows somewhat tiresome. Review

5.8

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2022-07-18

2022

For all of its conventionality, Special Delivery is nevertheless entertaining. Well-paced and exciting in spurts, it makes good use of reliable tropes for an experience that flies by. And the first extended driving sequence is a wonderfully staged set piece. Review

7.5

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2022-07-18

2022

Swallowed blends dialed down body horror into a crime thriller story. Taking place in a handful of spare locations, the film feels adequately claustrophobic as it slowly winds to a dark second half. Review

6.7

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2022-07-18

2022

Stafiej has produced a formally dynamic film worth considering. Review

7.5

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2022-07-15

2022

The Witch: Part 2 is not as cohesive as one would hope from a sequel to the much loved The Witch. But on a technical level, it surpassed my expectations, leading to some great sequences. Review

6.7

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2022-06-11

2022

The problem with Crimes of the Future is not depravity; it is the lack of a cogent follow-through on its shock value. For all of its incisions, it just doesn’t cut very deep. Review

5.8

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2022-06-11

2022

It’s all been done before. But it is executed cleanly and convinces you to invest in the characters just as Sugarman invests in Cruz. Review

6.7

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2022-06-10

2022

But Maverick cannot carry the film that shares his name on his own. The plot really needs other characters to step into the forefront, and the script calls on two or three to do just that. And it really doesn’t work for me. Review

6.7

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2022-05-28

2022

Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers is a light bit of entertainment with enough clever moments to keep it afloat through a manageable runtime. In other words, it’s harmless fun. Review

6.7

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2022-05-23

2022

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