Movie reviews of Matt Weiner

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

Number of movie reviews: 52 / 52

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Ninja Badass is also highly watchable, if you can allow yourself to have as much fun as Harrison clearly had getting this made. The action wears too thin by the end for the film to become a full-blown cult classic like the unintentionally bad films it borrows from. Review

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8 june

8 jun

Cow

Luma may not have a voice, but Arnold’s masterful direction makes her as complex and compelling as any Arnold protagonist. Review

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7 april

7 apr

Nothing about the phrase “Covid romcom” should play out as well as everything does with 7 Days. For that alone, the movie is a surprising gem. But to also get an incisive look at love and dating, thoughtful cultural commentary and genuine laughs is a pandemic miracle. Review

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24 march

24 mar

Abu-Assad, who also wrote the film, pulls off a delicate balance between intrigue and message. As a heart-pounding espionage thriller, Huda’s Salon is a contemporary heir to vintage le Carré, with the Berlin Wall giving way to the West Bank barrier. Review

8.0

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4 march

4 mar

As far as allegories for sexual identity go, this one lacks the coherence and conviction to deliver anything more provocative than that. Inscrutability by itself is a poor substitute for depth. Review

2.0

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4 february

4 feb

Sure, it’s entertainment with a heavy-handed message. But it’s entertaining enough. Review

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9 december

9 dec

Rumperbutts is the ideal vehicle for its pop songs. The winsome earworms don’t go very deep, but just try and get through the movie without nodding along. Review

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18 november

18 nov

The film is populated almost entirely with people who don’t allow themselves the luxury of looking any farther ahead than their open wound of the day. It’s raw and bracing to watch it all unfold, but if nothing else the impact lingers well into the future. Review

7.0

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22 october

22 oct

Dev’s desperate slow burn fuels much of the tension, with Fairchild turning in yet another career-defining performance half a decade after 2015’s Krisha. Review

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14 october

14 oct

Bridge provides a much-needed counterbalance to the corporate vision of liberalism, and she makes the case without the vitriol of Twitter fights. Review

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2 september

2 sep

He result is an ambitious animated feature where the medium fits the message. This is a bestiary with real bite, mapping out a world where good intentions can still come to a bad end, and that can be the most important moral to learn. Review

8.0

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18 august

18 aug

In a fitting nod to improv, For Madmen Only is full of surprising detours and poignant observations. It would have been easy to reduce Close to tortured genius or entitled bully. It’s harder to embrace vulnerability and grapple with the answer: “Yes. And…”. Review

8.0

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28 july

28 jul

What starts as a straightforward revenge story quickly goes off the rails, but always in truly weird, delightful ways. Review

8.0

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2021-05-19

2021

Shoplifters is content to go big on soundtrack and mood, and it’s a choice that works. Review

6.0

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2021-03-26

2021

And if the bawdy jokes, nun-related gunplay and jaw-dropping vistas still aren’t enough, perhaps Alec Baldwin chewing through his scenes and an Irish accent with equal aplomb will seal the deal. Review

7.0

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2021-03-05

2021

So many of the casual asides and throwaway lines are streaked with this sort of misanthropy, and it’s a shame that the movie lacks the audacity to see it through to the finish. It doesn’t help that the comedy part of the romantic comedy is light on laughs... Review

5.0

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2021-03-03

2021

The cast manages to pull off some genuinely funny moments, but when you peel away all the winking direction and screwball zingers it’s hard to shake the feeling that, as comedy, The Mimic gets by on doing an off-kilter impression of the real thing. Review

4.0

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2021-02-04

2021

The film does such an economical job sketching the complexities of the war that any single, tidy resolution would do the message a disservice. Review

7.0

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2021-01-21

2021

It’s a journey that Durra treats with reverence, and with an emotional payoff that upends the film’s measured pace. Who knew archaeology could dig so deep? Review

8.0

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2020-12-03

2020

Koko-di Koko-da is not a pleasant film to watch, but it is often a beautiful one. And it lays bare the truth that there’s no escaping misery in life—that the only way to break the cycle is to confront it, pain and all. Review

7.0

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2020-11-05

2020

It’s also where Raiff’s script takes Shithouse from standard coming-of-age fare to something far more moving and empathetic. And refreshing: the writing is sensitive to its characters without flattering them. Review

8.0

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2020-10-15

2020

Gerima lets Residue speak for itself, an essential statement not just on everything happening right now but on film and art. Review

9.0

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2020-09-18

2020

This Tesla is a brief light guiding us toward some greater understanding, one that vanishes just as quickly. Review

7.0

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2020-08-19

2020

Steinberg knows how to humanize her subjects. Review

8.0

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2020-07-31

2020

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