Movie reviews of Rachel Willis

These are all the movies and series that Rachel has reviewed. Read more at: Maddwolf.

Number of movie reviews: 118 / 118

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Perhaps not as profound as thematically similar films, Ali & Ava serves as a nice reminder that sometimes love is more powerful than hate. Review

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3 august

3 aug

With a film that spins so many possibilities, it’s nearly impossible to land on explanations that will satisfy everyone. Some things are better left to the imagination, but it can be hard to leave loose ends untied. The film falls victim to wanting to find some reason for its events. Those reasons will rivet some and disappoint others. For a film like this, it’s best to enjoy the journey rather than the destination. Review

7.0

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11 july

11 jul

In a film with so many wonderful moments, the minor flaws are easily forgiven and adolescence in all its incongruous beauty is put on magnificent display for us to either relive or relate. Review

8.0

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14 june

14 jun

A Sexplanation offers a non-judgmental safe space for the questions that many of us (okay, probably all of us) have had when it comes to masturbation, sexual proclivities, and the whole exciting and wonderful topic that is sex. Review

7.0

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8 june

8 jun

If Chait had managed to strike a better balance or had fully embraced the adventurous elements, Wolf Hound might have been more compelling. Instead, it’s an uneven mix that relegates the one component that sets it apart to little more than a gimmick. Review

4.0

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31 may

31 may

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Like its characters, Unplugging gets lost about halfway through and never finds its way back. That it’s light on the humor only makes it harder for those of us who unplugged to watch the movie to keep our hands off our phones. Review

5.0

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26 april

26 apr

McGrath’s goals are understandable, but flaws in the filmmaking detract from the experience. Review

6.0

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20 april

20 apr

A disappointing climax muddies the film’s overall effect and overshadows the message. However, there’s enough working for this tense and exciting thriller to entertain even the most skeptical viewer. Review

7.0

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5 april

5 apr

The film does take an interesting turn, but it comes too little, too late. It also fumbles any message it’s trying to get across. Instead of offering a strong look at a troublesome relationship, it embraces shock over commentary. In the end, we’re not shown anything new or astute. Review

4.0

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22 march

22 mar

The film sometimes offers a strangely empowering message about women’s sexuality and female pleasure. It’s too bad the filmmakers’ mocking tone buries it beneath a lot of silliness. Review

6.0

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8 march

8 mar

Though earnest in their roles, McKee and Hodge never successfully convince us of their fervor for each other. Unfortunate for a film with such an ambitious title. Review

5.0

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8 february

8 feb

Despite the disappointing turn, the documentary is a lot like Poly herself: vulnerable, observant, and resilient. Like mother, like daughter one might say. Review

7.0

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1 february

1 feb

That’s not to say the other actors don’t inhabit their roles. Each one brings depth that makes up for the film’s storytelling weaknesses. Review

6.0

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19 january

19 jan

If the documentary had kept a solid focus on one aspect of Algren – whether his artistic endeavors or his life experience – it would have benefitted greatly. Still, if Caplan’s film achieves its goal of reminding Americans of one of our great writers, it’s done what it sets out to do. Review

6.0

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10 january

10 jan

There is some cringe-worthy dialogue, and you can’t expect a movie like this to skip the inspirational speeches, but American Underdog wears its heart on its sleeve, and it’s not too hard to ignore the schmaltz. Review

6.0

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22 december

22 dec

That appears to be the message the film wants to get across, but the clunky delivery weakens the message. Like Adam, it’s not without its charms. But it takes more than charm to make a movie work. Review

6.0

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6 december

6 dec

His dedication is a reminder that one person can make a difference. His story is worth telling. Review

8.0

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16 november

16 nov

Though Lair is not without its flaws, it’s nonetheless an intriguing idea. Review

4.0

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9 november

9 nov

LaReau never manages to make you care what happens to Layla, Missy or any of the others. Without characters – or a villain – to root for, this horror mashup becomes a floundering mess. Review

4.0

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3 november

3 nov

Sister Tse is an attempt to remember, but as the more brutal elements of the film play out, it’s easy to be swept up in the action rather than rooted in the true horror of human trafficking. Review

6.0

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29 october

29 oct

Many well-done documentaries will not only hold your interest, but make you think. This one does both. Review

8.0

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19 october

19 oct

Perhaps if more of the song’s humor had made it into the film, the result would have been more satisfying. Review

4.0

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14 october

14 oct

Milocco nails her role. She convincingly sells the character’s firm belief yet utter confusion surrounding the knocking. Review

7.0

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5 october

5 oct

Adventures of a Mathematician offers no easy answers, nor is it likely to change anyone’s mind. However, it offers insight into why some of the world’s most brilliant scientists lent their skills to the creation of the deadliest weapons in world history. Review

8.0

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28 september

28 sep

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