Movie reviews of Richard Alaba

These are all the movies and series that Richard has reviewed. Read more at: CineMuseFilms.

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Long Shot

5

Anything for a laugh is a golden rule in show business, and there are a few funny moments in this film, but that’s all folks.

14 may

14 may

The Chaperone

6

Beautiful cinematography and period sets are the film’s redeeming features. Moderately entertaining, if at times melodramatic, it has ample visual pleasures despite a finalé devoid of climactic satisfaction when this too long film simply comes to a halt.

5 may

5 may

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Sometimes Always Never

8

In place of a forward-moving narrative it offers a portrait of a dysfunctional family torn apart over guilt and the inability to emotionally connect.

29 april

29 apr

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The Aftermath

8

If history is only written by winners it will always only be half-true. The Aftermath is an essay about the other half, blending sufficient historical insight into a romantic drama to hold our interest without emotional sledgehammers. There are minor lapses of pace, maybe a narrative digression or two that dilutes momentum; but overall, this is a satisfying film that takes an uncommon view on unexplored cinematic territory.

24 april

24 apr

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Woman at War

7

Both absurdism and intelligent humour seeps into every part of this film and the ever-present band and singers are constant counterpoints to the stark reality and danger in what Halla is doing.

14 april

14 apr

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The Guilty

8

Swift pacing, sharp editing, and hold-your-breath tension makes this a standout film that also offers instructive glimpses into the work of emergency personnel.

20 march

20 mar

Poster for If Beale Street Could Talk

If Beale Street Could Talk

8

This is not an entertainment experience, but a serious film that rewards investment. And like all poetic works, its message lies well beyond what we see.

25 february

25 feb

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On the Basis of Sex

7

An important and worthwhile film, but maybe a good story that could have been told better.

18 february

18 feb

Poster for Free Solo

Free Solo

8

Regardless of what message you take, this is a riveting story, brilliantly filmed amongst some of the most stunning mountain scenery you will ever see.

13 february

13 feb

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Green Book

8

The entire weight of this film rests on an intelligently humorous script and sensitive delivery by Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali.

4 february

4 feb

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The Front Runner

7

Political dramas like The Front Runner teach as well as entertain.

30 january

30 jan

Poster for Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Can You Ever Forgive Me?

7

Whether this is an important or worthwhile story is a matter of opinion. Melissa McCarthy’s acting, however, is award-worthy.

16 january

16 jan

Poster for The Favourite

The Favourite

8

A thoroughly entertaining film, brilliantly acted, and dominated by complex and ambitious women.

9 january

9 jan

Poster for Vice

Vice

8

Aside from the entertaining insights into the Bush era and Christian Bale’s commanding performance, what is the takeaway from this film?

29 december

29 dec

Poster for The Coming Back Out Ball Movie

The Coming Back Out Ball Movie

9

A heart-warming, uplifting film, full of humour and humanity. It is impossible to see it and not be moved.

10 december

10 dec

Poster for The Children Act

The Children Act

8

Ticks all the boxes for a thought-provoking film that keeps you engaged to its final scenes.

1 december

1 dec

Poster for Boy Erased

Boy Erased

7

Despite these reservations, it is a well-made, important, and engaging film that shines some light in a very dark place.

23 november

23 nov

Poster for Three Identical Strangers

Three Identical Strangers

7

While the film could have achieved more if it knew what it wanted to achieve, it does raise intriguing questions about what shapes our personality.

13 november

13 nov

Poster for A Star Is Born

A Star Is Born

9

It’s the performances and music that leave their mark. The film has things to say about the misery of addiction and it teases out high-art music against pop pulp.

29 october

29 oct

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First Man

8

The combination of brilliant acting, stunning set design, excellent cinematography, and most important, a measured approach to examining human frailty, makes this a standout production.

23 october

23 oct

Poster for Custody

Custody

8

If it were possible to plot the tension curve of this film, it would start just off the floor then work its way through the roof.

15 october

15 oct

Poster for The Seagull

The Seagull

7

It reads equally as tragedy, romance, and comedy of manners, but falls away as Russian period drama.

9 october

9 oct

Poster for Foxtrot

Foxtrot

9

This is powerful cinema, the kind that can sweep you up with its characters, emotions, and story.

3 october

3 oct

Poster for Ladies in Black

Ladies in Black

9

Entertaining, heart-warming, and a visual feast of nostalgia.

25 september

25 sep

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