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Review: Loving Print E-mail
Friday, 11 November 2016 22:26

 

Rating:  No Zs

By:  Amy Elizondo


Summary:  Based on a true story, Loving is about an interracial couple that struggles to build a life together in Virginia during a time when interracial marriage is illegal, and how their relationship changed the future.


The Good:  These actors were great!  Joel Edgerton (Warrior, The Great Gatsby) and Ruth Negga (Warcraft, Preacher) give perfect performances as Richard and Mildred Loving (respectively).  From the very beginning of the film, you can tell that these actors definitely gave their all.  Although at times they didn’t have much dialogue together, the way in which we could still see and feel their emotions was amazing.  There were many scenes in this film in which there was complete silence, and those silences were just as important as any dialogue in the film.


The Bad:  There really isn’t much that I would change in this movie.  Toward the end some of the scenes and plot did seem to drag on a little more than I would have liked, but not by much.  It surprised me that there wasn’t more conflict in the movie.  There was a lot at stake, obviously, but the stakes didn’t rise a lot.  Usually movies will add on things that didn’t happen to juice up the movie a bit, however, this film doesn’t really seem to do that.  Of course, there might have been some instances in the film that were completely inaccurate, we’ll never know, but it didn’t really feel like that was the case. 


The Ugly:  When Jeff Nichols is involved, it’s hard to go wrong.  From his direction of Mud and Midnight Special (both of which he also wrote), Nichols has shown time and again that he knows how to make films.  Loving will make you feel like you witnessed history first hand.  It is definitely a must watch if you enjoy light dramas, romance, or historical movies.

 


 

 

 

 

 

Film In Austin’s Review Grading Scale

 

No Zs – A solid, outstanding movie; there wasn’t an 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: Doctor Strange Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 November 2016 21:28

Rating: Z

By:  JR Molina

Summary:  Doctor Strange is the latest of Marvel’s never ending superhero films. Stephen Strange is a former surgeon who’s forced to become a sorcerer in order to fix his hands after a brutal accident cuts his surgical career short.

 

The Good: It’s not often you see something you haven’t seen before in the movies but a few times in this film you experience something you haven’t seen. The way the film does action is so innovatial. It feels alive and even though you know what’s going to happen you still find yourself on the edge of your seat wondering what’s next. Not just next for the characters but what's next for the set. This film takes Inceptions wall bending idea and multiplies it by ten. You don’t know what’s up or down. You’re just waiting to see what happens. Rachel McAdams is the stand out actress. Often times with Marvel films the romantic story is an afterthought and this one is no different, but McAdams does enough to make you believe in her love with Strange.

 

The Bad:  Doctor Strange just moves a little too fast. The first act goes by so quickly, and before you blink Strange is already one of the best magicians in the world. I would’ve enjoyed a slow burn a little more.. Get to know Strange before he becomes a superhero. See his tragic flaws a little more so the big climax is given a little more weight., and although I did love parts of the ending you can’t help but notice how similar the film is to other marvel films especially towards the end. Another thing that bothered me is all the force comedy in this film. This film isn’t serious but in random scenes a joke is crowbarred in out of nowhere.

 

The Ugly: The film is amazing to look at. I hardly say you should watch something in 3D but this film deserves to be seen in 3D. This film has done stuff I’ve never seen. It plays with time like no other Marvel film before it. I think the action is fun. The film is jam packed, and above all else it feels fresh.  It’s easy to build fatigue with this genre but Doctor Strange does just enough to keep you watching.  

Film In Austin’s Review Grading Scale
 
No Zs – A solid, outstanding movie; there wasn’t an snoozing in this movie
– 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: Moonlight Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 November 2016 20:19

 Rating:  No Z’s

By:  JR Molina

Summary:  Growing up in the mean streets of Miami young Chiron must adjust to his sexuality. Told through the eyes of three different actors we see young Chiron grow up to be a man, and we follow his life through different moments that shaped him as a person.

The Good: The soundtrack is amazing and keeps you on edge throughout most of the scenes. Something as simple as eating at a dinner table is felt as big as any action set piece in a blockbuster. That’s what this movie does so well the little moments. The look in somebody’s eyes when they see someone they care about. Most films have terrible child acting, but this film has some of the best that I’ve seen. That helps shape the world behind this film and makes all the big emotional punches at the end feel that much more important.  

The Bad:  The film does mishandle some of the bigger scenes. Which is funny because all the nuance in the smaller ones seem to be lost when the actors have to talk in poems or explain what something means. I would’ve much preferred a little more mystery behind the simple gestures.

The Ugly: I think this is one of the best films of the year and I can’t recommend it enough. It doesn’t feel the need to glorify the rough background but instead it uses it as a tool to help shape the story. The film doesn’t ask you to feel bad Chiron it asks you to understand him, and that’s the best thing art can do.   

Film In Austin’s Review Grading Scale
 
No Zs – A solid, outstanding movie; there wasn’t an snoozing in this movie
– 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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