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: 581 / 581

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As gaudy as the action is, as bland as the story is, and as lackluster as most of the performances are, Detective Pikachu has ambition. Review

6.7

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2019-05-10

2019

There isn’t anything particularly enlightening in this dance. But I guess it keeps the meme alive. Review

2.5

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2019-05-06

2019

Ultimately, this makes for a hollow experience, one in which we may root for the character, but we root for her to do anything other than what she chooses to do. Review

5.8

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2019-04-25

2019

For all the cynicism and fatigue that I personally face when it comes to the superhero genre, I believe Marvel has made the long ride to Endgame worthwhile. Review

7.5

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2019-04-25

2019

The personal story of redemption, which is the most promising, is ultimately unfulfilling. The result is a film with high aspirations and low yield. Review

5.0

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2019-04-18

2019

Even if you can find some scenes to grasp onto to fuel your enjoyment of the film, the utter lack of cohesion in the narrative, the tepid attempts at cheeky humor in the dialogue, the grotesque audio-visual landscape, and the lazily conventional character development will make it difficult to see the entire product as anything worth recommending. Review

3.3

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2019-04-15

2019

Transit is intensely effective. It takes comedic and heartfelt relationships and twists them, perverts them in the mire of oppression, until they come out the other side colored only by strife. Review

8.3

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2019-04-12

2019

The overall experience of Pet Sematary is a lackluster one, and I would not fault someone who is too jilted by the first hour to enjoy the festivities in the second. Review

5.0

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2019-04-05

2019

The bottom line with Dumbo is that it is a competent addition to the live action Disney universe. While none of these Disney reimaginations have been thoroughly compelling, a handful of them have sufficed. Review

6.7

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2019-04-03

2019

There is fun to be had, a contact high during the journey, but the film sags under its own freewheeling carelessness. Review

5.8

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2019-04-02

2019

Us

Us is a wild ride bolstered by Peele’s vision and a crucial ensemble cast. Lupita Nyong’o, in particular, gives a flooring performance that provides both an emotional current and a ceaselessly unsettling atmosphere. Additional noteworthy nodes in this horror romp: cinematographer Mike Gioulakis and composer Michael Abels. Review

8.3

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2019-03-23

2019

In the end, Captive State is not the bombastic-yet-heady science fiction spectacle Wyatt set out to make. But it is dense with plotting and incident and intrigue. A fan of the genre may find themselves immersed enough in the world to ignore its numerous shortcomings. Review

6.7

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2019-03-15

2019

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

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