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Time spent watching films, even crappy ones, is time well-spent.

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    These aren't comments on ALL of the movies through which I've cried, yawned, laughed, and rolled my eyes, but just about everything I've seen since early 2002 is here plus a few from earlier. Post dates reflect my screening & parenthetical dates are the year of US release (aka Oscar eligibility).
    Yeah, a movie review blog isn't very original. But originality is overrated. Just ask Michael Bay.

12/02/2017

The Big Sick (2017)

A Pakistani man meets an all-American girl and they start to fall in love, but he's reluctant to take her home to meet his traditional family since they've got their hearts set on a Pakistani match for him. When the girl winds up in a coma, he realizes just how much he cares about her.

We both loved this charming and heart-felt story. The leads were terrific and Ray Romano nearly stole the show.

A-

12/01/2017

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

The opening sequence was pure adrenaline fun... but then the rest was just fine. There was some weird timey-wimey confusion going on between Rome and NY in that they got there quick and never changed clothes… not sure why they didn’t just keep the action in one locale.

C+

11/28/2017

Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

Everything I know about comics comes from movies, which is pretty hilarious, considering I watch, like, one-tenth of the superhero movies out there. But this one required no prior knowledge of what was going on -- it was just super fun, sometimes to the laugh-out-loud point. Jeff Goldblum was amazing. He should be sprinkled into everything. 

B+

11/26/2017

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

A mother grieving her murdered daughter rents the titular boards to point a finger at the chief of police for lack of progress in the case. Several fantastic scenes and some truly incredible acting.

But this film strikes a really weird tone. It’s deadly serious, but also tips into farce whenever the doofus, racist cop is in the frame. I liked it quite a lot, but I also wish it could’ve picked a lane.

B+

11/12/2017

Marshall (2017)

This is about one of the cases Thurgood Marshall handled when he was the only NAACP lawyer.

A white woman accuses her black chauffeur of rape & Marshall has to defend the man by way of a surrogate lawyer who is 1) local and 2) white. It was so danged square -- reminded us a lot of 42.

D+

11/11/2017

Sleeping with Other People (2015)

Boy and girl meet-cute in college, don’t see each other for years, then run into each other and become best friends. It takes a long time for them to realize (drumroll please....) they’re made for each other.

It’s basically a remake of When Harry Met Sally. Not bad at all, but the original is perfect.

B

The Hollars (2016)

Mom has a brain tumor, so struggling artist son who’s having a hard time committing to his very pregnant girlfriend comes home to lend support. There he joins his brother (who's living in Mom & Dad’s basement while his ex-wife dates a pastor) and father (whose business is failing) as they wait for the next step.

There were some incisive and poignant moments here, but mostly it felt like broad strokes that still needed shading.

C+

11/10/2017

After the Reality (2016)

Contestant on a bachelorette-type show is called away from taping when his father dies. His sister has been caring for dad and now needs help packing up the house.

I’m not exactly sure what they were going for here, but I’m AM sure they didn’t hit the mark. It’s just meandering and depressing.

D+