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Widows (2018)
8/10
Hang in there.
27 November 2018
'Widows' is a slow paced film. The trailers Make it seem more action packed than it is. That being said, that doesn't Mean it's not a good movie. There's a moment in the film where it turns from 'meh' to 'HOLY CRAP'. Normally I would atribuye this to a classic Gillian Flynn twist, but my understanding is it's talen straight from the tv show. Whatever it's from, it's brilliant. It makes you completely switch your allegiances anf sympathies. Other than that, the other thing I really have to say is this film is why you shouldn't underestimate women. We're compared to Cats for a reason. We will figure you out. This movie has such a great cast, it was hard to go wrong. Just remember if you feel like it's jot getting off the ground (and it will feel that way for a bit) you're in for a good pay off. Have patience.
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6/10
Not terrible but not great either.
28 October 2018
Really don't know what to make of this film. Certainly overhyped. I really didn't see the big deal. Very simple story of a man whose brother dies and he becomes caretaker to his nephew. The film is composed of flashbacks designed to help you understand affleck's trauma but it really doesn't make any sense. Nothing is coherent. Just an underwhelming mess of a film. And I didn't see where this 'devastating' angle comes from. Everyone told me it's 'sooo sad', tragedy happens, yes, but it was an accident, and I wasn't beside myself 'titanic' style in grief. Nothing to see here, certainly not any oscar worthy performances.
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Boy Erased (2018)
8/10
Wow!
15 October 2018
I don't know what I was expecting From this film but this certainly wasn't it. You'll be pleasantly surprised to know it isn't quite as depressing as it sounds like it is (maybe that's why the oscar buzz died down) and it's a beautiful story of a boy born to a family of faith who did what they could to remedy a situation they considered a sin. I wasn't pleased with a scene that set things in motion that could be misconstrued but I won't spoil what it is. It is hard to watch at times and hard to believe there are uber religious people who spew this kind of fear and hate into people, but the film had a (mostly) uplifting ending, and thank good. Coming out sobbing out of 'a star is born' is enough for the week.
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The Favourite (2018)
8/10
Mean girls in British Court.
15 October 2018
I saw this film at the San Diego film festival this weekend and it was quite a delight. Of course, being from the director it's from, I was worried it wasn't actually going to be a comedy at all and I'd be horrified. Not the case at all. This was Just a fun film of Emma stone and Rachel Weisz antagonizing each other for two hours. The ending was a bit strange, but a rather enjoyable film.
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8/10
A quirky story that needed to be told.
15 October 2018
I saw this film at the San Diego film festival this weekend. What a wonderful story that needed to be told. Morality aside, lee Israel was a genius. The only crimes were committed by the people who fell for it. A quirky black comedy everyone will enjoy, but still full of emotion and heart. Not a lot more I can say, just a great film.
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6/10
Ok I changed my mind.
9 October 2018
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Post edited: ok so I originally wasn't super impressed by this film, but i haven't stopped thinking about it for a week. I gave it a low score because the end messed me up so bad and I was angry about it. Am I still messed up? Yes. Am I still angry? Yes. But the end is not worth taking four point off. Only 2.

Original review: Is this the best film of 2018? So far yes. Is that saying something? Not really. I haven't seen much that has impressed me this year. Now, that being said, was this film phenomenal and worth the hype? No. I have seen 'the greatest showman' about 30 times! THAT is a phenomenal film. This is another cliche film (that has been done 3 times, mind you) about a popular boy falling for the 'ugly' girl. In this case, the popular boy happens to be a very famous musician who sees potential in someone no one else does. The first 2/3 of the film are sweet, (albeit creepy as cooper's character pursues Gaga in a stalker like fashion that would get the police called on him if he wasn't famous) the love story is beautiful and the cooper and Gaga do have chemistry. That being said, the film is FAR too long and there's a tragic event that happens at the end of the film (I won't spoil it but again, this movie has been done 3 times. It's not hard to figure out) and a character says it's nobody's fault. I disagree. As someone who suffers from mental health and depression, it was EVERYBODY'S FAULT. Not enough care was taken of this character. His problems were trivilized and he was treated like a burden. I just want to remind everyone alcoholism and drug addiction is no joke, it's an actual illness and to make someone feel less for it is wrong. If I sound angry and like I took the film personally, I am and I did. I hope this film opens up the conversation of mental health more, but the way it's being buzzed, all that's being talked about is Lady Gaga (who was noting special by the way. A singer plays a singer. Big stretch.) i hope Bradley cooper wins all The awards for his wonderfully sensitive but complicated performance of Jackson, but I won't hold my breathe. I also would say if you struggle with mental issues like I do, I DO NOT recommend this film.
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8/10
What was the studio thinking?
2 October 2018
I know you're thinking I'm gonna say 'what was the studio thinking replacing spacey?' But NO. How Plummer wasn't approved by the studio in the first place blows my mind. Big name my ass. You see where that got you. Plummer IS Getty. Absolute perfection. I can't comment on anyone else because Michelle Williams did what she does best: pout thinking she looks cute with a horrible accent. Mark Wahlberg is Mark Wahlberg. Take him or leave him. Basically everyone in this film was replaceable except Plummer. He makes the whole movie. The script however is quite good at keeping you entertained and on your toes. And thankfully ample time warning is given for the 'ear scene'. Movie recommended for Plummer alone.
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Taken (I) (2008)
10/10
Bryan Mills kicks ass and takes names
8 September 2018
I'm very late to the 'taken' reviewing party, mostly because there's not a lot to say about it that hasn't already been said. It's a kick ass fun movie that showed us Liam Neeson in a new light. However what I want to address is the reviews I've seen on this site and the offense people take to this film. As a Latin American, I can definitively tell you, YES, Americans are this stupid. I'm only 32 and I NEVER speak English when I leave the country. Never in my life, because the minute they know you Are American, you are prey. The first time I remember seeing this in a film was 'brokedown palace', so it's been happening a long time. Just know the reason stereotypes exist is because enough people fit them.
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Crossroads (I) (2002)
8/10
Never thought it was horrible. Still don't.
22 June 2018
I remember in 2002 when I went to go see this movie just to laugh at it. It's honestly not funny. I mean yeah the first half is FUN, but then stuff gets deep and messed up. Of course hindsight is 20/20 and it's now 2018 and we know this was written by Shonda rhimes, so it HAD to be messed up, right? It's been 16 years. Can we get over the fact it's a Britney movie and finally admit it's not half bad, and honestly kind of sad towards the end? No? Just me? Ok.
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2/10
Did this movie have a plot?
22 June 2018
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I kid. Sort of. I mean, I got the whole Harrison Ford-Ryan Gosling potentials parental connection but did we need almost 3 hours for this? I mean WHY?! When a supposed main character doesn't come in until almost two hours in, you have a problem. This movie moves slower than jell-o and this coming from someone Who doesn't like superhero movies so it's not like I'm a mile a minute girl. I would love to fill the required lines for this review but there was not enough of a plot for me to do so. Just a mess.
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La La Land (I) (2016)
7/10
Didn't age well.
14 April 2018
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When this film first came out I mostly loved it. In the last year I've watched it again and my god it has already aged poorly. There's far too many unnecessary musical numbers, the romance between Sebastian and Mia takes WAY too long to get off the ground, the music is literally like mia says- elevator music. The only good song in the whole movie is 'audition'. Then, the last half hour of the film happens that COMPLETELY invalidated the first 3/4. I can't even write about it without getting angry. Musicals are supposed to be a fun escape, not make you wanna punch someone. Is it recommended? Yeah. Did Emma stone deserve her oscar? Absolutely. Will it stand the test of time? Nope.
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10/10
2nd to 'titanic' the best film I've ever seen.
5 April 2018
I could rave about how I've seen this film six times in theaters since December (I have) but I wanna address something more serious. I came across an angry review from a 'film student'. Well let me tell you, film student, I have a BA in cinema and it doesn't make you cool to trash on this movie. I could sit here forever and talk to you about how 'lion' or 'Hidden figures' were good movies, but easily half an hour too long, but I'm not going to. Because one day you're gonna be a director making what you think are meaningful films, living off peanuts because no one sees those movies. I am a disabled Hispanic woman and the absolute LAST thing I wanna see is a film about a disabled Hispanic woman. This is easily the funnest film I've ever seen, and not only that, the most profound. I went in expecting to just see a fun film, and came out crying my eyes out at how much I related. The story was beautifully written, JUST long enough to get the point but not so long we look at our watch constantly. I can't listen to 'this is me' or 'rewrite the stars' without crying. In fact, most of the films in this film have you in a puddle. So dear film student, don't think you are so high and mighty to criticize what makes a good movie, otherwise you might be a critical success but a commercial failure, and really the shelf of an oscar win is not long. If you're reading this, film student, I suggest you study the writings of Roger ebert. He was our last objective critic and gave every film its due credit. You could learn a two or thing from him.

To everyone else: I don't have to sell you on how spectacular this film is. You know. From the first frame that has your blood pumping and you cheering, to the final credit roll with tears flowing down your face, this is not a movie, it's an emotional experience, and there's something for everyone. I feel there's a lot of misconceptions about this movie. This is the movie Barnum would make About himself. He was a revolutionary. And to those who say it's a poppy movie aren't paying close attention. 'Rewrite the stars' may be a Pop ballad, but 'the greatest show' is rock, Akin to a michael Jackson song. 'From now on' has an old fashioned country feel. The music is SO diverse, which is part of what makes this film so great. We learn just enough about everybody to care but not look at our watches, like I said. I loved 'la la land' when it came out, but in retrospect, it takes WAY too long to Get off the ground and frankly a lot that could have been cut. 'The greatest showman' is just the perfect amount of everything.
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7/10
doesn't live up to the hype, as usual.
6 February 2018
'3 billboards' is not a bad movie, it is just not a 'OH MY GOD ITS AMAZING' one. Frances McDormand, with her unfortunate resting bitch face, is perfectly cast as mildred, a grieving mother let down by the system over the rape and murder of her daughter. based on the reviews of this film, it is supposed to be a black comedy, and i clearly missed something which is why my score is so low. if i was supposed to laugh, they failed. 'I, Tonya' is a black comedy. this is not. anyway, the plot of the film was good and your sympathy was with McDormand, which is more than i can say for a lot of movies this awards season ('lady bird' and 'the florida project' made me want to throw things) i know life isn't always fair but i had to take points away for things happening to the good guys that meant well. basically, not great, not horrible. watch if you're bored.
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I, Tonya (2017)
8/10
not what i was expecting.
28 January 2018
I was hesitant to see this film because i wasn't interested in seeing a film where they make excuse for the horrific act on nancy Kerrigan. thankfully, this wasn't that. it was a dark comedy about dysfunctional relationships and how, sometimes, we can use that to be better people. it sure helped tonya harding to be a better skater. everyone raves about alison janney but i don't see enough credit given to margot robbie for having to do an emotional role, as well as a physical one. it's very refreshing to find out she did most of the skating. I also was surprised they were able to make Margot look as young as she was. she did a great job playing a naive innocent girl/women kinda trapped in her own life. I would recommend this film for good fun, which i know sounds odd, but at one point i laughed so hard i spit out my drink. the movie and plot i give a 7, and i add a point for the cast.
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Moulin Rouge! (2001)
9/10
nearly perfect!
18 January 2018
I came back over to this page after i had heard 'the greatest showman' was the third most successful musical of all time, after 'la la land' and 'enchanted'. i love all three films but thought 'what about moulin rouge'? then i come and see it's a 7.5! WHAT? did the camera movements affect your opinion of the film THAT much? this is a perfect story, with beautiful cinematography, gorgeous sets and costumes! what more do you want? I admit, i took half a point off for the camera movements and the first quarter of the movie being on SPEED, but that's it. the other half a point came from 'roxanne'. that is just a terrifying song/sequence i still have to change the channel for because i can't handle it, but that's it. There's no reason for this movie not be an 8 or 9.
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4/10
who knew a full movie about fat amy was a bad thing?
4 January 2018
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I knew i would not like this movie when *SPOILER* it was nonchalantly mentioned jesse (skylar astin) and beca (anna kendrick) had broken up and he'd moved on way too quick. way to character assassinate. it just got worse from there. rebel wilson is a comedic actress, but too much of her is just obnoxious and that is what this movie is-obnoxious. i rarely laughed and i didn't recognize most songs they sang. i must be getting old. i have to say my favorite in the series is 2. there is no puking i have to fast forward through. and beca and jesse's cuteness makes up for everything else. elizabeth banks and john michael higgins are hilarious as always. basically, this movie only gets four stars because of who is in it, not for its story.
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4/10
please make them stop!
3 January 2018
This and lady bird are the last two movies i had to turn off because the characters were so obnoxious. that one lady should have just gotten custody of all of them and whipped their bratty butts into shape. Willem Dafoe had the patience of a saint dealing with them. i just couldn't deal.
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Lady Bird (2017)
4/10
we've GOT to stop rewarding brats.
3 January 2018
Maybe i'm too old for this movie (just turned 32) but the way i was raised, i would get bitch slapped the way lady bird behaves. I'm so fed up with films that glorify bratty behavior. (the same thing happened with 'birdman'. emma stone's character was the worst) if you relate to this movie, i'm glad i didn't know you in high school. (or ever) points for saoirse ronan cause i do love her as an actress, and the film had some funny parts, but it was so obnoxious, i couldn't finish it.
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8/10
don't get the duckie love
12 November 2015
i was born in December 85, right before this movie came out, so it's taken me awhile to get around to the brat pack movies, but ducky has always been built up in other movies and TV shows to be this awesome best friend sidekick. did anyone else think he was absolutely NOT? i understand the 'he was in love with her' angle, but the emotions he ever expressed were jealousy, possessiveness and anger. he basically had the traits of a sociopath. I see a lot of people calling this film cliché. not sure if it was cliché for 1985 but definitely it's cliché for 2015. interestingly enough, this seems to be one of the few films where the 'rich person falls in love with poor person' formula doesn't work. it works in 'titanic', 'a walk to remember', 'the notebook', which makes me wonder what people would think of this movie if it came out nowadays. anyway, on to the actual movie. i actually thought it was really charming and sweet. because i was a floater in high school (hung out with everyone) i could relate to the potential disaster that could be one social group dating another. the thing i can't believe is how people crucify Blaine for how he handled it. he was a TEENAGER. he wanted to fit in and belong as much as Andie. he was scared. It's a shame more people aren't sympathetic to him. better late than never i say and when he finally does tell his best friend, i was proud of him, and i was proud of Andie for forgiving him and taking him back because it was a mature thing to do and i think that's a great, positive message to teens. we're not above making mistakes and we can't hold people on pedastals.
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The 33 (2015)
8/10
maturity gets you everywhere
11 November 2015
when i first found out about this film, and did some research, i was shocked to find out all 33 miners survived for a couple of reasons. first, the obvious. the conditions were not ideal, the constant falling of the mountain could have any miner at any time. secondly, 69 days in 90 degree conditions can bring on so many illnesses. 3rdly, the mental impact it must have taken on those men. you would have though they would have killed each other down there. that they didn't is a testament to their leader (Banderas) who lead everything in an organized fashion. yes, tensions run high but he was fair and that is why the men are still so close today. really amazing movie about hope. highly recommended. my only beef (hence the 8 stars) is some of the casting. Lou diamond Phillips is Filipino, not Latino and needs to stop being cast as such. similarly, Juliette binoche? really? a french actress as a Hispanic. they really missed the ball on that. otherwise, wonderfully emotional film.
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Still Alice (2014)
6/10
emotion missing
31 October 2015
I hate to play the 'whose disability is worse' card but when you compare this film to a film like 'the theory of everything' TTOE blows it out of the water. i was crying 20 minutes into that movie. 'still alice' is a good movie but missing emotion from, well, everyone. on the one hand, i was really happy to see a supportive family, and support system, on the other, as a disabled person myself, i had a hard time relating to her struggle. i have a physical disability (spina bifida) and i would much prefer to have Alzheimer's because you're not really aware of your surroundings or what's going on. having spina bifida or ALS, you're fully aware of what's happening, you're just trapped in your own body, powerless to stop it. everyone in this film was just SO OK with everything going on, and it rang false to me. the only aspect that did ring true to me was when she recorded herself saying to commit suicide, but again, Alzheimer isn't that serious to kill yourself over.
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Cinderella (I) (2015)
10/10
fantastic!
20 September 2015
this is probably the most beautiful film you'll ever see in your life! despite that, i can't believe lily James and Richard madden never did a chemistry test! their chemistry was out of this world, so much so they're collaborating with Kenneth brannagh next year on 'romeo and Juliet'. I don't understand all the people that say this film contributed nothing new! were you asleep during the film? they did a whole backstory with the prince and his father, we actually meet Cinderella's parents, AND we're given an explanation of why Lady Tremaine hates Cinderella. it's not a good one, and certainly no excuse for her poor treatment of the girl, but an explanation nonetheless! as for the people comparing this to 'ever after', i loved that film as well but Danielle can be considered a huge biotch compared to Cinderella. i would much prefer Cinderella as a role model to my future daughter. she is humble, she is thankful. at least she has a roof over her head and food on the table. would you rather her leave and live on the streets? i wouldn't. survival is key. all in all, a fantastic masterpiece that shows good really does triumph evil.
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10/10
you learn something new every time you see it!
19 September 2015
this is one of my absolute favorite films. let me say that when it first came out, i was 15 and read the book first. despite the book boring me to tears, i was also very concerned they cast Mandy Moore as I didn't think she could handle the subject material. boy was i wrong! first of all, the update to the 90's was the best thing they could have done to it, and 2ndly, Moore shines! THIS is the kind of relationship girls should aspire to, not the back and forth crap of 'the notebook'. I can't say how good this film is without giving things away but it is more than your typical 'bad boy turns good'. first of all, because as we learn in the movie and it's even a line essentially said, that Landon's not even that bad, he's just pretending. West's transformation from this wanna be bad boy to this sweet, sensitive but most importantly VULNERABLE teenager is a sight to see. it's a heartbreaking twist that feels almost like karma to his character. the beauty of this film and its acting is in its subtleties so play close attention. It's message of love, hope AND FORGIVENESS is one that is sorely needed, especially in the cynical world of 2015. must see!
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Insurgent (2015)
6/10
plot sufffered for action
17 March 2015
'divergent' was such a great movie because it properly balanced action with the story. it set everything up and engaged you, developing characters so you form a relationship with them, whether you love or hate them. 'insurgent' unfortunately, did not have that same balance. I wouldn't say I was bored, per say, but definitely had trouble following the point. I don't remember the details of the 'insurgent' book but i'm almost positive it was more entertaining than this. I also don't appreciate the break down of the four and tris relationship. they bickered a lot in the last two books, but there's also a lot of love there, and i didn't feel it much here except for in one totally Hollywood scene that contradicts the books. (you'll see what i'm talking about)sorry, holding hands everywhere doesn't count as cute moments for me. also, there was great dialogue and banter from the book i recognized NOWHERE. disappointing. if they hated the 2nd book so much, why bother making it a movie? they should have picked a screenwriter who actually enjoyed it.
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The Giver (2014)
7/10
not horrible, not great.
12 August 2014
saw 'the giver' last night at the fathom events screening. It was my favorite book growing up when i read it in school and maybe the reason I wasn't horribly disappointed was because it didn't even look great from the previews. nonetheless, i watched the movie. having recently read the book in preparation for the movie, the first thing that stood out to me was how quickly they jumped into the memories. It takes about ten chapters of the book to get there, and the movie gets there in less than ten minutes. it cuts out all the build up of the book and depending on how you like the speed of your films, this could be good or bad. this could pinpoint to why the movie didn't completely work. the script was rushed. it is definitely a case of 'when good actors happen to bad scripts'. because of the nature of the script (or because the nature of the movie, who knows?) the actors aren't given much to work with. this may not be their fault as the whole point of the story is a dystopian society where they don't allow you emotions, but to watch actors have straight faces for 94 minutes isn't exactly a pleasant experience. it leaves you feeling meh about the whole thing as i did. shame.
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