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 Eighth Grade

Eighth Grade


This is such a simple concept, but Eighth Grade illustrates it with profoundly elegant precision.

31 july

31 jul

Poster for Teen Titans Go! To the Movies

Teen Titans Go! To the Movies


A scrappy, heart-in-its-hand animated film.

30 july

30 jul

Poster for Mission: Impossible - Fallout

Mission: Impossible - Fallout


No flab, all action, and unapologetic about it.

28 july

28 jul

Poster for Sorry to Bother You

Sorry to Bother You


With this film, he might just be saying too much at once. But too many good things is better than none at all.

25 july

25 jul

Poster for The Equalizer 2

The Equalizer 2


It is a sequence like that one that shows us glimpses of The Equalizer, which is easily a more thrilling low-key action film.

23 july

23 jul

Poster for Unfriended: Dark Web

Unfriended: Dark Web


The plot of the film is a silly game of smoke and mirrors, leading us down a path and then attempting to pull the rug out from under us.

20 july

20 jul

Poster for Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again


Beyond the occasional fun acting performance, though, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is a lacking experience.

20 july

20 jul

Poster for Skyscraper



Two to three set pieces use the eponymous building to good effect. Otherwise, it is an empty action experience without character, wit, or intelligence.

15 july

15 jul

Poster for Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation


Light-hearted and well-intentioned, a wholesome family film with an animation guru pulling the strings.

15 july

15 jul

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

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