Blending Lin-Manuel Miranda’s (Hamilton) rich source material with Jon M. Chu’s (Crazy Rich Asians) vibrant vision creates a film that feels like a loud celebration that cannot and will not be ignored.
While The Devil Made Me Do It is an exciting film that is rich with suspenseful moments, it falls victim to poor story and emotional resonance.
Personally, this wouldn’t be a movie I would hold up as being good representation of young adults living with disabilities. However, it’s inoffensive, and will surely hit all the right notes with its intended audience.
What separates American Murder: The Family Next Door from other true-crime documentaries is how it constructs the narrative of the murders of Shannan, Celeste, and Bella Watts. There is no dramatic recreations of the crime or Nancy Grace-type interviewees giving their take on the case. Instead, American Murder unfolds the story through first-hand accounts, including Shannan’s social media and archived police footage of the investigation. With this style, American Murder allows the victims to have their voice heard without having to fight against sensationalist headlines.
Through its cultural reputation, I pictured it being a pulpy J-horror film in the vein of the Saw sequels. So, you could probably imagine the dissonance I felt when the movie opened up with our lead character Aoyama crying over the passing of his (presumably) terminally ill wife. And throughout its runtime, Audition kept surprising me and became one of the most effective horror films I have watched.
The plot involves Jibran and Leilani solving a murder mystery that eventually leads them to a deep-state level conspiracy. While that journey sounds outrageous, none of it is memorable due to a lack of stakes or tension. While the characters do face several challenges, there’s nothing that they do that leads to any kind of satisfying resolution. The plot happens around them with their only input being jokes that are dated and poorly delivered.
Scoob! is a movie that is directed at very young children. They are not going to worry about the plot contrivances that lead our heroes to an abandoned amusement park. They’re going to be focused on the colorful action scene and laugh at the slapstick. This movie understands the kind of audience it wants and it’s going to work for them.
Selfie is able to cleverly avoid coming off as condescending by making no morality stance on how social media impacts the world and instead focuses on how people from different backgrounds use it. In one story you’ll see a teacher falling in love with a comedian over twitter and in another story witness a couple contemplating divorce because it will get them more views on their videos.
TFW NO GF offers nothing new when examining the mindset of incels. The film tries to make these young men heroes, but cannot do so without ignoring the effects of their behavior. Everything is a joke to these young men, almost to the point that you wonder if they were being honest in their interviews. Even if they were honestly doing it “for the lulz”, it’s impossible to believe that these bullies are any kind of victim.
With the Russo Brothers (directors of Avengers: Endgame) attached as producers, Extraction is at its best when the action and tension are high. However, outside of those exciting sequences is a movie that is easily forgettable.