Movie reviews of Rachel Willis

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

Number of movie reviews: 166 / 166

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The film takes place before the pandemic, for a post-pandemic audience Aloners is a slow, striking film that resonates deeply. Review

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7 june

7 jun

It’s not enough, though. Within the subgenre of artwork horror or object-oriented horror, Cracked is one of the less memorable entries. Review

4.0

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24 may

24 may

Where the documentary succeeds is in its blend of interviews, in footage of the Alters’ many trips, and the vast collection of art in their home. The reenactments don’t quite fit, but they’re amusing. Review

6.0

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18 may

18 may

The film is a patchwork of too many ideas and tones to effectively hook the audience. You might be carried along by what works, but it’s more likely you’ll disappointed by what doesn’t. Review

4.0

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19 april

19 apr

The film picks up steam when Anita, along with her friend Esther, arrives in the United States. Her journey begins in the Midwest, speaking with farmers about the impacts of their practices on Bwabwa. Review

7.0

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2023-04-12

2023

As a character drama, it’s intriguing. As a languidly paced mystery, Are You Lonesome Tonight is a little underwhelming. Review

5.0

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2023-03-15

2023

There are some filmmaking choices that are just as likely to be off-putting as they are to be engaging, but there’s no denying that the movie’s realism is what makes it relevant. This is an ageless tale of youthful exuberance that brings its own distinct perspective. Review

6.0

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2023-03-08

2023

Despite the film’s tendency to take on a little too much regarding its worldbuilding, it’s still an effective exploration of family and community, and how we relate to the natural world. Review

7.0

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2023-03-01

2023

Seeking to document how the disease ravages his body, Suzano isolates himself, along with Rose and another afflicted man, Humberto. This is where the film excels. Review

7.0

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2023-02-22

2023

Finlay juxtaposes the images of child soldiers against a breathtaking landscape. The cinematography highlights what people are fighting to protect. One can only hope this way of life might be saved. Review

6.0

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2023-02-16

2023

For a first feature, this is a marvelously crafted work of psychological horror. Personally, I’m eager to see what Deshon does next. Review

8.0

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2023-02-08

2023

There’s a certain subtle humor to the film, even as it works to rachet up the tension. Review

7.0

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2023-02-02

2023

Weil is the most prominent performer in these vignettes; she’s a great focal point, as Avishag is our most relatable character. Aroya has crafted a fantastic, naturalistic film that will make you consider your own relationships. Review

8.0

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2023-01-18

2023

The choice to cast his family as his on-screen talent brings naturalism to Owens’s film, though some family members have more talent than others. Choosing Mason to carry the film was a solid decision. Review

6.0

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2023-01-04

2023

The crux of Bonnifield’s story is that he claims he knows where the money is buried. Raising new questions and bringing a quaintness to the story of DB Cooper, Regan’s docudrama adds a new side to the original question: Who is DB Cooper? Review

6.0

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2022-12-08

2022

The writing is sensitive, and the actor portrayals are poignant. This is a delightful, sometimes devastating, portrait of what it means to be a family. Review

7.0

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2022-11-22

2022

If you’re not familiar with current events in Lebanon, it doesn’t detract from the overall experience. This is the kind of documentary that reminds us of the power music has to give voice to those who can’t always speak. Review

8.0

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2022-11-21

2022

The result is that nothing much happens and there is no clarity on what exactly is going on. We end up with bones instead of flesh, and it leads to disappointment. Review

3.0

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2022-11-16

2022

If the filmmakers had whittled down the book’s focus just a bit more, they could have delivered a more interesting documentary. Review

6.0

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2022-11-13

2022

There is a lot that can be said about our society’s views on gender and sexuality. Much can also be said about what has and hasn’t changed since the 1950s. Please Baby Please adds its messy but stylish take to the conversation. Review

6.0

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2022-10-26

2022

Destefano plays the rebellious teenager well. She convincingly skirts the line between obedient, loving daughter and a young woman trying to figure out her path in life. As her parents, Thornton and Ruiz play well against her. Review

7.0

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2022-10-05

2022

He can’t match imagery with an equally unsettling story. It’s clear Dignan wanted to tell a broader tale, one with far-reaching repercussions, but the elements don’t add up to a satisfying whole. Review

4.0

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2022-09-28

2022

Friend's streamlined script leaves too much unsaid and unexplored. As we approach the climax, it isn’t enough to leave the audience wondering if Dennis’s paranoia is justified or simply a result of his withdrawal. Review

5.0

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2022-09-19

2022

There is a certain quaintness to the story, particularly in the beginning – who knew letter writing could be so endearing? – but any originality is dropped in favor of a paint-by-numbers mystery. If only the actors had something more compelling to work with, perhaps their earnestness would have been rewarded with a more watchable story. Review

4.0

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2022-08-31

2022

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