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Review: The Post Print E-mail
Friday, 22 December 2017 07:54
 
 
 
Rating:  No Zs
 
By: Amy Elizondo
 
Summary:  In the early 1970s, The Washington Post discovers information regarding government cover-ups and rushes to try to break the story first.
 
The Good:  It is extremely difficult for Steven Spielberg not to make an amazing film, especially when Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady, Into The Woods) and Tom Hanks (Bridge of Spies, Sully) are involved.  These three together are a force, and with great supporting actors such as Bob Odenkirk (Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul) and Bruce Greenwood (Star Trek Into Darkness, Gold) there is really no stopping them.  The Post is eerily relevant today, and gives a remarkable account in a way that only Streep and Hanks can do.
 
The Bad:  There really wasn’t anything that I had an issue with in this film.  Although it clocks in with a run time of 1 hour and 55 minutes, I could have watched at least another half hour of this movie.  There is a lot of dialogue to go around, but that is to be expected with a drama of this type.  
 
The Ugly:  The Post is a film that will definitely leave an impression.  It is a movie that you cannot walk out of without feeling one way or another about it and its content.  Spielberg does this purposefully and masterfully.  As you sit there, you may or may not realize the feelings coming over you, but once you do, you are sure to enjoy every moment of it.

 

 
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: The Greatest Showman Print E-mail
Friday, 22 December 2017 07:32
 
Rating:  Z
 
By:  Amy Elizondo
 
Summary:  Hugh Jackman (Logan, Real Steel) stars as P.T. Barnum in a mesmerizing musical tale about how Barnum became The Greatest Showman.
 
The Good:  This star-studded cast helmed by Jackman really delivers.  Although going into it I had no idea it was a musical, it was a pleasant surprise.  The music and dance ensembles were fairly enjoyable for the most part.  It was an interesting story that was being told, which was the main thing that kept me invested in the film.  The singing was surprisingly good, and at times served to lighten the mood.
 
The Bad:  To me, I think that some of the minor plots in the story could have been fleshed out a little bit better.  I never really felt connected with several of the characters, and it could have partly been due to the writing.  The whole time I was watching the movie, I kept waiting for something more to happen, although I’m not entirely sure what that was.  It just seemed as though something was missing.  A few of the songs also appeared to be oddly placed in certain sections of the film and didn’t run as smoothly as I would’ve liked.   
 
The Ugly:  If you’re a sucker for musicals, you will either really like this movie, or you won’t like it very much at all.  It may not be an instant classic, but it was still very fun to watch.  Everyone likes a good origin story and this one was a good story to tell. Any fan of the circus will feel as though they have a front row seat to the action.
 
 


 

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: The Shape of Water Print E-mail
Sunday, 10 December 2017 05:43
 
 
Rating:  Z
 
By: Amy Elizondo
 
Summary:  Elisa Esposito, a mute woman who works as part of a cleaning crew at a government facility, comes across a mysterious creature being held there.  She befriends the creature and hatches a plan to rescue it when she discovers that it is to be destroyed.
 
The Good:  The Shape of Water is a fantastically whimsical film.  Anyone familiar with Guillermo del Toro’s work knows that he is the master of creating magical worlds with creatures beyond the imagination.  The Shape of Water is no exception.  From the start we are shown a place that looks like one thing, but turns out to be something else.  The movie continues in this way and brings twists and turns back to back which ends up working very well.
 
The Bad:  There were a few things that I struggled with in this movie at first, mostly because they are fairly uncommon things seen in movies.  Even people acquainted with del Toro’s work may find certain aspects of this movie hard to accept.  Once you get past those things you can really see the film for what it is meant to be, which is essentially an abstract love story.  
 
The Ugly:  This film was good, but it is more of an acquired taste so to say.  It was very endearing and did have a great original story that also seems to have an underlying tone and could be a metaphor for our society today.  The best part of the movie was that, because its plot is unique, you really don’t know what is going to happen and can’t completely predict which way it will go.   
 
 
 


 

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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