‘Tully’ Film Review

Grade: A

Tully (2018)

‘Tully’ is just about as honest a movie about motherhood as it is going to be. It shows the trials as well as the tribulations of what it is like to be a mother to multiple children. No other actress shows the anger and frustration as much as Charlize Theron, who shines in this movie. If this is an early attempt at another Oscar nomination, then it is well deserved. I loved almost everything about ‘Tully’ and what it brought to the screen. I was expecting a great movie from director Jason Reitman and writer Diablo Cody; I can gladly say that I was not disappointed.

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‘The Big Sick’ Film Review

Grade: C+

‘The Big Sick’ – written by (and based on) the husband-and-wife team of Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani – is not your usual romantic comedy, let alone a pretty special one. Sure, it’s sweet, emotional, very funny, and sentimental; its problem comes from the fact that the first 15-20 minutes of this semi-biopic feel like a condensed version of the romantic comedies that have come before it. Add in a sort-of ‘While You Were Sleeping’ story-line, social commentary on race and our health system, and the likes of Holly Hunter and Ray Romano trying to get back to the acting game, and you have ‘The Big Sick’!

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‘Gifted’ Film Review

Grade: B-

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‘Gifted’ stars Chris Evans and Mckenna Grace as uncle and niece who give us, the audience, sweet moments of chemistry as Evans’ boat mechanic, Frank Adler, does everything to keep Grace’s stubborn, yet extremely intelligent Mary, happy. Whenever we see those moments (that only Fox Searchlight Pictures could show), we feel the heart and emotion shine through. Especially when we have to sit through scenes of courtroom drama that feel real.

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‘A Dog’s Purpose’ Film Review

Grade: C-

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Looking for a feel-good movie where Josh Gad voices the inner thoughts of dogs in a humorous fashion?  There are times where you get a laugh at whatever is going on inside these canine’s heads and it succeeds in the way that is simpler than ‘Look Who’s Talking’ (where Bruce Willis voiced the inner thoughts of Baby Mikey), and 7(x) better than its third entry ‘Look Who’s Talking Now’ (which also had dogs, but with Danny DeVito and Diane Keaton voices), but it is also emotionally manipulative; torturing us with scenes of dogs dying (One of them being the most intense, and not for the major dog lovers.)

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‘The Edge of Seventeen’ Film Review

Grade: A

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Hailee Steinfeld has come a long way throughout her acting career. We should remember when she started working in film at age 14 as Mattie Ross in the Coen Brothers’ remake of the 1969 John Wayne classic ‘True Grit’, (for which she was nominated for the ‘Best Supporting Actress’ Oscar) all the way up to last year’s ‘Pitch Perfect 2’ as aspiring singer/Freshman member of the Barden Bellas, Emily Junk. She was also in ‘Barely Lethal’ and ‘Term Life’ after that, but I don’t think those films were as mainstream as ‘Pitch Perfect 2’. Now, in 2016, she plays the lead in the James L. Brooks produced teen comedy-drama ‘The Edge of Seventeen’, where she not only gives a career-best (I have yet to watch ‘True Grit’, so hold your horses), but also plenty of attitude as Nadine, a 17-year-old with a lot of angst and hatred for almost everything around her.

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‘Captain Fantastic’ Film Review

Grade: B-

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If there was a way to describe ‘Captain Fantastic’; Sundance’s pick of the year, it would be both funny and bittersweet. It has to be a light-hearted spectacle about it that separates it from dramas of the past while being a charming comedy. In fact, director Matt Ross has also written a script that delves into the adventures of being in the wild while Viggo Mortensen takes control as a father trying to teach his children the way of life. It is also believed to be a wonderful experience to sit through as the family in this film tries to connect after a tragedy affects their lives.

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‘XOXO’ Film Review

 Grade: F

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This film is horrible! I don’t know why I subjected myself to this piece of filth on my laptop, but something had to be written about it! I don’t think there is any other film that could take home the “Turd Prize” that ‘XOXO’ has taken. I also have to admit that this film is worse than last year’s ‘Fant4Stic’, and it is worse than all the other terrible movies that has come out this year, and may be worse than films that could come after it. There is no way that I can recommend this movie without it subjecting you to seek a therapist to rid yourself of the nightmare that ‘XOXO’ has brought upon the raving community.

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