Movie reviews of Rachel Willis

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

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Poster for Sunset

Sunset

8

We’re kept on our toes, answers aren’t easily found, and it’s not always clear what we’re learning as each new answer appears. When we think we’ve unraveled the mystery, new information comes to unmoor us. It’s an absorbing, unnerving film.

1 may

1 may

Poster for The River and the Wall

The River and the Wall

8

The cinematography is essential in a film that wants to impart upon the audience the beauty, vastness, and treachery of the land, and the crew is up to the challenge.

30 april

30 apr

Poster for Stuck

Stuck

4

In a film like Stuck, the point is to never judge a book by its cover. It’s not a bad message. But it’s one that’s been delivered before in more effective ways.

17 april

17 apr

Poster for Woman at War

Woman at War

9

Not often do we see a heroic middle-aged woman, but that’s exactly what we get in director Benedikt Erlingsson’s odd, charming, thrilling comedic fairy tale about a female warrior fighting against the devastating environmental effects of a local aluminum plant.

27 march

27 mar

Poster for 3 Faces

3 Faces

9

Minimalist in style and tone, Panahi’s film still mines the deepest wells of human emotion.

20 march

20 mar

Poster for Starfish

Starfish

6

The film takes risks. Some of them work, and some of them don’t, but it’s always intriguing to watch something different, something that challenges us to think outside the box on what a movie can be.

13 march

13 mar

Poster for Die Unsichtbaren

Die Unsichtbaren

6

The Invisibles might have been better served by simply letting the survivors tell their stories in their own words, but even with the choice to dramatize the history, it’s a sensitive, emotional portrayal of one of the darkest times in human history.

15 february

15 feb

Poster for The Gospel of Eureka

The Gospel of Eureka

5

As a simple portrait of a city, it’s a lovely film. However, if the directors were trying to make a larger point, that goal is wanting.

7 february

7 feb

Poster for Liyana

Liyana

7

Though the children’s story is wonderful, it might have been a more powerful film if the directors had struck a better balance between fantasy and reality.

3 january

3 jan

Poster for Mary Queen of Scots

Mary Queen of Scots

6

Much history is condensed in the two hour running time. Because of this, the movie flows smoothly, but history is glossed over, changed, or omitted entirely.

20 december

20 dec

Poster for Meow Wolf: Origin Story

Meow Wolf: Origin Story

8

Watching Meow Wolf create ambitious, quirky projects is like watching a great band write game-changing songs. There are tense moments, fights and losses, but when things come together you’ll come as close as one can to true magic.

29 november

29 nov

Poster for Here and Now

Here and Now

4

With a title like Here and Now, it’s not a surprise that the film takes a melodramatic turn, but it’s a shame since it had a promising start.

9 november

9 nov

Poster for Viper Club

Viper Club

4

The film skirts a number of issues, and in the end, doesn’t say much of anything.

2 november

2 nov

Poster for We the Animals

We the Animals

8

There’s a dream-like quality to the movie reminiscent of films such as Beasts of the Southern Wild and Pan’s Labyrinth.

26 september

26 sep

Poster for Science Fair

Science Fair

7

All of the teenagers profiled are charming and their desire to win is infectious. You wish they could all win.

26 september

26 sep

Poster for Five Fingers for Marseilles

Five Fingers for Marseilles

9

With desolate landscapes, brutal violence and characters with questionable moral compasses, Five Fingers for Marseilles is not only a magnificent Western, but an exquisite film.

13 september

13 sep

Poster for The Bookshop

The Bookshop

4

As it is, it’s a beautiful, but empty film.

5 september

5 sep

Poster for Crazy Rich Asians

Crazy Rich Asians

6

The kind of fluffy, fun, romantic summer fare that will leave almost everyone satisfied.

15 august

15 aug

Poster for McQueen

McQueen

9

A fascinating, compassionate portrait of an imaginative genius.

3 august

3 aug

Poster for Ava

Ava

7

A compelling, thoughtful portrait of a family in crisis.

19 july

19 jul

Poster for Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation

5

Will likely appeal to children of all ages, though their parents may surreptitiously check their phones once or twice.

13 july

13 jul

Poster for A Kid Like Jake

A Kid Like Jake

6

This is likely a result of the transition from stage play to film. In some ways, it works, as Jake knows who he is.

14 june

14 jun

Poster for First Reformed

First Reformed

8

Schrader’s film is a masterful character study that asks thoughtful questions about how our choices will be viewed in the eyes of God.

7 june

7 jun

Poster for Always at The Carlyle

Always at The Carlyle

2

While The Carlyle may have an interesting story to tell, this documentary doesn’t do it.

1 june

1 jun

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