Dean

DeanDirector: Demetri Martin
Run Time: 1h 34m
MPAA: PG-13
Stars: 1.0

“A comedy about tragedy.” Continue reading

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Rough Night

Rough NightDirector: Lucia Aniello
Run Time: 1h 41m
MPAA: R
Stars: 3.0

Let’s be honest. The world did not need another girls-night-gone-wrong caper. But I’ll be damned if I didn’t laugh my way through Rough Night. Continue reading

Nocturnal Animals

nocturnal-animalsDirector: Tom Ford
Run Time: 1h 56m
MPAA: R
Stars: 2.0

In college I had to take Comp Lit. My left-brained self was less than thrilled when we started our poetry segment. I remember one assignment where I had to read a poem about this girl who was trying to braid her hair but it was wet, and analyze it. I sat at our kitchen table in tears as I screamed “I don’t get it! Why won’t she just grab a freakin’ towel? What is her problem!?” My über creative, right-brained brother then picked up my textbook, read through it once, and calmly explained the meaning of the words and what I was meant to see. (Spoiler alert: not at all about her stupid hair.) In addition to forming an agreement with my brother that he’d help me survive Comp Lit, I also discovered that I despised overly metaphorical works of art.

Nocturnal Animals is a two-hour excessively metaphorical work of art. Continue reading

Arrival

arrivalDirector: Denis Villeneuve
Run Time: 1h 56m
MPAA: PG-13
Stars: 3.5

Denis Villeneuve adds to his portfolio another incredibly interesting film. There will be sci-fi fans abound who will fall in love with this movie. My prejudice for the genre — and Arrival‘s particular subgenre — kept me from being completely wowed. Continue reading

Lights Out

Lights OutDirector: David F. Sandberg
Run Time: 1h 21m
MPAA: PG-13
Stars: 1.5

Horror films succeed when they lay the ground rules and follow them exclusively. Things start to go wrong when the rules change in the middle of the game. Lights Out falls victim to this loose and inconsistent storytelling. Continue reading

Crimson Peak

Crimson PeakDirector: Guillermo del Toro
Run Time: 1h 59m
MPAA: R
Stars: 3.5

Beware of Crimson Peak… Though I may have tagged this review with my “horror” category for convenience sake, I assure you this is not a horror movie. Gothic Romance, people. It’s a thing. Continue reading