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Review: The Hustle Print E-mail
Friday, 10 May 2019 17:57

 
Rating:  ZZ
 
By:  Amy Elizondo
 
Summary:  Two female swindlers battle it out to see who can pull off the best con.
 
The Good:  There are certain films that feel as though they are underwhelmingly predictable.  However, The Hustle had a few pleasant surprises.  The main surprise was that this film had an interesting and unexpected twist, which was a nice change of pace from the usual films of this nature.  Another aspect I enjoyed was that this film wasn’t a typical romantic comedy. It was funny, yes, but the romance didn’t play as large of a role as it does in a true romantic comedy.  The comedy portion outweighed the romantic facet, making me appreciate the film a bit more.  The other thing I liked in The Hustle were the parts with slapstick comedy.  Rebel Wilson (Pitch Perfect, Isn't It Romantic) seemingly has perfected tripping over things and getting hit with objects.  It was also nice to see Anne Hathaway (Ocean's 8, Get Smart) act silly and goofy for once in this aspect as well.  
 
The Bad:  In regards to Hathaway’s overall performance, however, her acting felt a little flat.  It seemed almost as forced as the accents she had to use in this film and there were at least three different accents she used.  In theory, the film sounded great, but the plot was still shaky and didn’t appear to be fleshed out completely.  There were a few contradictions and things that got left behind, never to be mentioned again.  The film felt as though it was made hastily and almost idly.  Even the best part of the movie, the twist, didn’t show up until the last third of the film, and a lot more could have been done with it.  Although, it may have been a good thing that it came so late in the film so as not to drag it on any longer.  
 
The Ugly:  The Hustle will most likely be enjoyed by fans of slapstick comedies or comedy films in general.  Overall it didn’t have much substance to it, but there were plenty of scenes that caused some big laughs in the audience.  It’s a light film to watch if you’re in the mood for something of that nature.
 
 
 

 
 

Film In Austin’s Review Grading Scale
 
No Zs – A solid, outstanding movie; there wasn’t any snoozing in this movie
 
Z – Good movie, sometimes the story may be lacking in some area, but it’s still recommended; only fell asleep for a quarter of the movie
 
ZZ – Average, entertaining at parts, it may be worth seeing, but you will probably want to wait and rent it; fell asleep for half of the film
 
ZZZ – Very weak where entertainment, plot, realism, development and other vital elements are missing; fell asleep for a third of the movie
 
ZZZZ – Very poor to the point that you will only recommend for your family and friends “not to see it;” fell asleep right when the movie began and slept through the whole thing.  Well, you will wish you had spent that time sleeping
 
 
Review: Everybody Knows (Todos Lo Saben) Print E-mail
Friday, 08 March 2019 07:13


Rating:  ZZ

By:  Amy Elizondo

Summary:  When Laura’s daughter goes missing at her sister’s wedding, she must decide whether or not to disclose a long-kept secret.
 
The Good:  The premise of the movie is simple, yet promising.  It does promise a secret and, although the reveal is somewhat disappointing, the end of the mystery was an unexpected surprise.  There is no denying that original stories are hard to come by these days, so it is nice to see new stories and films taking risks such as Everybody Knows.  The film is also elevated to a slightly different status with a cast comprised of Penelope Cruz (Blow, The Queen of Spain) and Javier Bardem (No Country For Old Men, Biutiful) who are both excellent in this film.  
 
The Bad:  The pace of the film was somewhat haphazard.  The secret that plays a main role late in the movie can be guessed fairly quickly.  When I wasn’t discovering the information rather early, I was trying to figure out how long they were going to drag the surreptitious details.  The answer:  too long.  Much of the film just did not really seem to flow well together and left you wondering if there was something more to come that would make everything worth it, leaving you just sitting there waiting for something that may or may not appear.
 
The Ugly:  People familiar with Asghar Farhadi’s films know that they will contain some sort of real conflict that many people may be able to relate to.  Everybody Knows is completely in Spanish, therefore, anyone who does not like to read subtitles should probably steer clear of this film.  Otherwise, if you enjoy a good foreign language film, then this movie is for you.
 
 
 
 

Film In Austin’s Review Grading Scale
 
No Zs – A solid, outstanding movie; there wasn’t any snoozing in this movie
 
Z – Good movie, sometimes the story may be lacking in some area, but it’s still recommended; only fell asleep for a quarter of the movie
 
ZZ – Average, entertaining at parts, it may be worth seeing, but you will probably want to wait and rent it; fell asleep for half of the film
 
ZZZ – Very weak where entertainment, plot, realism, development and other vital elements are missing; fell asleep for a third of the movie
 
ZZZZ – Very poor to the point that you will only recommend for your family and friends “not to see it;” fell asleep right when the movie began and slept through the whole thing.  Well, you will wish you had spent that time sleeping
 

 

 
Review: Alita: Battle Angel Print E-mail
Friday, 15 February 2019 04:16


Rating:  Z


By:  Amy Elizondo


Summary:  A cyborg girl named Alita wakes up in the future without any recollection of who she is.  She is taken in by a doctor named Ido, played by Christoph Waltz (Inglorious Basterds, Django Unchained), who tries to help her learn about her new life while she sporadically has flashes of her previous life and who she was.


The Good:  Known for creating stunning visual worlds with state-of-the-art technology, Robert Rodriguez and James Cameron made no exception when it came to forming Alita.  The thing that really brings the story to life, aside from the acting, is the setting.  Alita:  Battle Angel transports you to a place that seems almost familiar, albeit in the very distant future.  Rosa Salazar (Bird Box, CHIPS) transforms into Alita so seamlessly, it is easy to forget that the character you are seeing is being brought to life by an actual person.  The elements of this film that were the most fun to watch were the action and fighting sequences, keeping your eyes glued to these truly captivating scenes.


The Bad:  As enjoyable as the film is, its joy is easily overshadowed by its dismissiveness.  The plot was a bit convoluted at times making it difficult to discern the way in which the story was meant to progress.  Although Alita moves along at a mostly reasonable pace, it is still a little long clocking in at 2 hours and 22 minutes.  Since this film is an adaptation of a manga series, it is clear that it was difficult to compact such an extensive storyline into one film.

The Ugly:  Overall, Alita is a decent movie.  For those of us who appreciate action films or anime, it is very entertaining to watch.  However, if you’re looking for a film with a little more substance then this may not be for you.




Film In Austin’s Review Grading Scale

No Zs – A solid, outstanding movie; there wasn’t any snoozing in this movie

Z – Good movie, sometimes the story may be lacking in some area, but it’s still recommended; only fell asleep for a quarter of the movie

ZZ – Average, entertaining at parts, it may be worth seeing, but you will probably want to wait and rent it; fell asleep for half of the film

ZZZ – Very weak where entertainment, plot, realism, development and other vital elements are missing; fell asleep for a third of the movie

ZZZZ – Very poor to the point that you will only recommend for your family and friends “not to see it;” fell asleep right when the movie began and slept through the whole thing.  Well, you will wish you had spent that time sleeping

 

 
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