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 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

Poster for A Star Is Born

A Star Is Born

10

Intimate, grand, raw, polished, human and vulnerable; A Star Is Born has given birth to a new voice in cinema. Long live Bradley Cooper, director.

28 september

28 sep

Poster for The Wife

The Wife

8

As the plot is so predictable, The Wife is best viewed as a character study and commentary on the ingrained misogyny of our society...

23 september

23 sep

Poster for How to Talk to Girls at Parties

How to Talk to Girls at Parties

6

Outside of a few funny moments and excellent vocals from Sharp, this film is weak on plot and flat on emotion.

2 september

2 sep

Poster for Tomb Raider

Tomb Raider

4

All over the place.

24 july

24 jul

Poster for You Were Never Really Here

You Were Never Really Here

8

The visual stylization of the film creates a somber mood, the abstract editing contributes to the characterization of Phoenix’s troubled soldier. But the true star of this film is Jonny Greenwood’s score.

1 july

1 jul

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