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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The end result can be fun and bombastic, but it also fails on its aspirations to live up to something bigger. Review

6.7

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2019-03-14

2019

Captain Marvel does its job. It front-loads all of the information needed to understand the Kree and their place in the MCU. It ties up continuity threads that have been left dangling. It presents us another hero to add to the hefty Marvel Studios stable. And it has some fun along the way. Review

6.7

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2019-03-08

2019

Alita: Battle Angel has its glossy surface. It has its tactical set pieces. But it is not a story told smoothly. The narrative is not compelling, because everything that needs to be set-up is done so inelegantly. Ultimately, this makes the film read bland, less exciting. Review

4.2

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2019-02-17

2019

The film is dressed as a parody, yet its comedy comes predominantly from a recognition of its parodic premise, as opposed to parody proper. Review

5.8

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2019-02-14

2019

It is incisive and sharp, and the dialogue cuts through to your attention span and takes control. Review

7.5

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2019-02-10

2019

In the end, The LEGO Movie 2 is an upbeat yet relatively underwhelming sequel. It is fluffy and over-stuffed, and it is a machine of pop culture references and tongue-in-cheek gags. Review

6.7

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2019-02-08

2019

A strange tonal experiment that plucks its frigid setting and its crime-comedy mashup straight out of Fargo but fails to thread the needle as effectively. Review

5.8

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2019-02-07

2019

Ultimately, this genre exercise yields little in the way of fear, critical dissection, or mystique. Review

5.8

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2019-02-01

2019

A glamorized Hollywood remake, a shoot-em-up thriller that makes a non-American locale seem exotic and dangerous to Americans and that dabbles in very serious subject matter without nuance. Review

1.6

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2019-02-01

2019

The narrative is not particularly novel, but it has its charms. Review

6.7

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2019-01-28

2019

A film that is too hand-holding, too overt in its genre deconstruction, too blunt in its story-telling. And this takes away from what could be enjoyable about the premise. Review

5.8

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2019-01-17

2019

The film can recite familiar feelings, but it doesn’t produce much out of that. It is a film which is soured by its sweetness. Review

3.3

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2019-01-17

2019

The conflict is ever-present and the persistence of its central figure is inspiring, but the film does not quite rise to the level of inspiration of its real-life subject. Review

5.8

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2019-01-13

2019

There is a fun inventiveness to the staging of the escape rooms. It does not grow tiresome when the characters find themselves in the third or fourth room, as each room has an individual aesthetic. For what it is, it is a good time at the movies. Review

5.8

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2019-01-04

2019

Brisk but not breezy. It is well-acted but its characters are not well-drawn. And, most importantly, It intends to indict without carrying out a sentence. Review

4.2

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2018-12-24

2018

We watch Israel’s scheme go awry, and it is compelling irrespective of McCarthy’s wonderful performance. Review

7.5

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2018-12-22

2018

It is a formulaic Civil Rights era period piece that wants to be charming as hell—it is, at times, but that mainly just makes it come across outdated and sanitized. Review

5.0

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2018-12-22

2018

Brian Tyree Henry and Teyonah Parris fill the screen with nuance and personality. And Regina King maximizes each second of her screentime with a maternal portrayal that is, in the traditional sense of the word, awesome. Review

10

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2018-12-22

2018

Sure, it is very artsy. The stillness of its protagonist. The occasionally obvious visual juxtapositions. The black-and-whiteness of it all. But Cleo’s story is heartbreaking, compassionate, intimate, and elegant. Review

9.1

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2018-12-22

2018

It is such a black-and-white film about a man’s redemption by way of driving drugs across the country, so black-and-white that Eastwood’s rather charming performance almost isn’t enough to make it work. Review

4.2

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2018-12-22

2018

Bleakly funny. It is somewhat tragic. It is endlessly dynamic. And, as with all Lanthimos films, it is not for everyone. Review

9.1

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2018-12-20

2018

It is a modest budget money-maker made with a creativity-forward mindset. Review

8.3

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2018-12-16

2018

For a lengthy film that is never bashful about taking its time, Burning is an intriguing puzzle throughout most of its runtime. Review

8.3

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2018-12-14

2018

With immense nuance, The Tale explores the multi-faceted and intimately complicated nature of abuse. Review

9.1

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2018-12-14

2018

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