Movie reviews of Joanna Orland

These are all the movies and series that Joanna has reviewed. Read more at: Loose Lips.

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Poster for Dragged Across Concrete

Dragged Across Concrete

6

With Dragged Across Concrete, for all of its many many flaws, Zahler again succeeds in building tension through the tedium, justifying very unforgiving casting choices, being just ambiguous enough in his views, and delivering a finale that exceeds expectations.

15 april

15 apr

Poster for Greta

Greta

8

The perfect level of camp meets high art, Greta is a self-aware humourous matriarchal take on the horror thriller genre. Isabelle Huppert is brilliant as always, and much of the film rests solely on her shoulders.

14 april

14 apr

Poster for Ben Is Back

Ben Is Back

7

For a timely story, well-rounded characters and excellent performances, Ben Is Back ticks all of the boxes. While it may not linger with you long after viewing, the emotion of the moment is quite a powerful thing to observe.

12 march

12 mar

Poster for The Kindergarten Teacher

The Kindergarten Teacher

10

Told confidently by director Sara Colangelo, the film balances empathy, sympathy, comedy and thriller to give us a completely new perspective on an old idea.

3 march

3 mar

Poster for Boy Erased

Boy Erased

8

Never preachy, but always questioning, the film uniquely combines its perspectives from both the person attending the program and the parents who sent them there. An emotional and upsetting film, it’s too heart-wrenching to be a comfortable watch, but too important to not give your attention to.

3 february

3 feb

Poster for Mortal Engines

Mortal Engines

6

It’s better than some other modern YA adaptations (The Golden Compass, the latter Hunger Games, Divergent) but does not reach its own potential, nevermind the heights of enduring series’ like Harry Potter or The Lord of the Rings.

7 december

7 dec

Poster for Disobedience

Disobedience

8

A powerful film with career-best performances, Disobedience affirmatively puts Sebastián Lelio on the map as a director who goes beyond cultural restraints to truly conquer universal themes and emotions.

25 november

25 nov

Poster for Tag

Tag

8

Fiercely funny and surprisingly (somewhat) poignant, Tag may appear to be a generic run-of-the-mill modern comedy, but raises its game to win my laughs and affection.

4 november

4 nov

Poster for The Favourite

The Favourite

10

Any flaw in the film’s ending is eclipsed by the film’s brilliant wit and performances. A black comedy for the ages, The Favourite will have little trouble winning your favour.

22 october

22 oct

Papi Chulo

6

The first half is beautifully awkward, the second overshadowed by its wannabe cleverness; Papi Chulo is both a hit and a miss.

21 october

21 oct

Poster for Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Can You Ever Forgive Me?

6

The chemistry between McCarthy and Grant is obvious, and some of the film’s best humour is in their scenes together, whether they’re playing with each other or prank calling those they can’t stand.

21 october

21 oct

Poster for Shadow

Shadow

7

A master of cinematic martial arts, Yimou does create a visual and aural masterpiece with Shadow; if only there were less dialogue and more movement, this film would have been perfection.

19 october

19 oct

Poster for Jonathan

Jonathan

7

May have deeper layers underneath its slow-burning surface, but taken at face value, the film succeeds as low key, highly engaging Sci-Fi.

17 october

17 oct

Poster for Fahrenheit 11/9

Fahrenheit 11/9

8

All of this footage is used to great effect to make us realize we are living in the now – that terrible time is here and we cannot be complacent.

16 october

16 oct

Poster for Beautiful Boy

Beautiful Boy

6

May not be a masterpiece, but as an inspiration to have hope during dark drug-fueled times, it’s a meaningful film for present day.

16 october

16 oct

Poster for Vox Lux

Vox Lux

4

Unfortunately, the exploration of this grand idea in Vox Lux is too pretentious and emotionally flat to leave an impact.

15 october

15 oct

Poster for Colette

Colette

6

Empowering and inspiring. The great performances and fabulous musical score really lift the film, making it a joy to watch.

13 october

13 oct

Poster for Wildlife

Wildlife

6

Decent acting and directing carry it through...

13 october

13 oct

Poster for Happy New Year, Colin Burstead

Happy New Year, Colin Burstead

7

There is a dark humour in watching these complex characters interact and a sense of futility that reigns throughout.

12 october

12 oct

Poster for Lizzie

Lizzie

7

Political, clever, engaging and suspenseful, Lizzie retells the infamous story of the alleged axe murderer for the modern era.

12 october

12 oct

Poster for Sorry to Bother You

Sorry to Bother You

8

Sorry to Bother You may shock, may repulse or may go down in history as a major cult classic along the lines of Being John Malkovich.

12 october

12 oct

Poster for Mandy

Mandy

5

It’s hardly worth sitting through the rest for the payoff. What this film greatly needs is an edit.

11 october

11 oct

Poster for Thunder Road

Thunder Road

8

Thunder Road will make you laugh, it will make you cry; often at the same time.

10 october

10 oct

Poster for First Man

First Man

6

First Man may land on the moon, but struggles to travel further to satisfyingly explore the first man himself.

10 october

10 oct

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