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Review: Detroit Print E-mail
Friday, 04 August 2017 21:05

Rating:  No Zs

By: Amy Elizondo
 
Summary:  In the summer of 1967 in Detroit, tensions rise as riots break out due to racial injustices committed, in large part, by the Detroit Police Department; resulting in a culmination of events that no one could have imagined.

The Good:  Director Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty) proves again how eloquently she is able to tell a story, especially one based on true events with subject matter as delicate as racism in America.  From the very beginning, the film reels you in, showing artwork depicting the evolution of African Americans in America starting with slavery and going all the way through desegregation.  The star-studded cast including John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Will Poulter (We're The Millers, The Maze Runner), Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker, The Night Before) and many, many others, were completely outstanding.  You could feel all of the things that every single one of the characters were feeling.  

The Bad:  The only bad thing about this film is that the acting is so good, it makes you mad as you watch it because you know some or most of these events actually happened.  The movie did feel a little long, but I think that may have been the way the director wanted it to feel.  It was purposely uncomfortable and the tension in the theater was definitely palpable.  

The Ugly:  Although this was a very tough film to watch from start to finish, it is still important to know what happened during this point in time.  It is not a film for the faint of heart.  The movie is so powerful, it is hard not to be moved by it.  All around, the story, cast, and direction were amazing.  It’s a great film to watch if you enjoy drama biopics.

 



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: 13 Minutes Print E-mail
Friday, 28 July 2017 07:51

 


Rating: Z
 
By:  Amy Elizondo
 
Summary:  Georg Elser, a German man, executes a plan to murder Adolf Hitler in 1939, but misses his target by 13 minutes.

The Good:  This film was extremely intense all the way throughout.  Director Oliver Hirschbiegel certainly knows how to create suspense, even in the simplest situations, and keep it going for what seems like forever.  It was definitely interesting to see how some of the events unfolded that lead to Hitler’s rise in power and how parts of Germany reacted to this new regime.  Christian Friedel (Russian Disco, Amour Fou) is exceptional as Georg, keeping you invested in his character from beginning to end. Seeing him transform from gentle pacifist to a symbol of resistance was extraordinary.  

The Bad:  There were a few scenes in the film that were entirely too graphic to watch.  The accumulation of suspense combined with the uncertainty of the unknown was enough to make any person watching this movie feel uncomfortable.  The film also felt a little bit like work to watch and to get through it.  It was certainly a heavy theme and is not for the faint of heart.

The Ugly:  All in all, this film was beautifully done.  The story unfolded in a way that evoked every emotion within.  It was a very powerful work of art with a tale that definitely deserved to be told.  Anyone who enjoys learning about history or likes a good biopic should enjoy this.  

 

 
 
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: War for the Planet of the Apes Print E-mail
Friday, 14 July 2017 04:43
 
Rating:  Z
 
By:  Amy Elizondo
 
Summary:  The third installment of the Planet of the Apes reboot picks up a few years after where the last film left off.  Caesar is doing his best to avoid an inevitable fight between apes and humans, however, he is torn between his love for his own kind and his feelings towards humans.
 
The Good:  This film was simply stunning.  The amount of work that clearly went into making it look flawless before your eyes on the screen is incredible.  Every scene was perfect from the artwork to the costumes and, of course, the makeup.  Andy Serkis (The Lord of the Rings, King Kong) is undoubtedly one of the best parts of the film.  His transition into Caesar is so effortless, he completely embodies the character and turns into someone whom you love and want to root for.  All of the supporting actors from Judy Greer (13 Going on 30, What Women Want) to Karin Konoval (2012, Diary of a Wimpy Kid) also came together and delivered amazing performances.
 
The Bad:  Nothing very bad stood out about this film except for some of the extended monologues that Woody Harrelson (Zombieland, The Hunger Games Saga) seemed to have.  After the first couple of scenes of this nature, it just seemed a little bit redundant and kind of lost its effect.  Although Woody Harrelson did play an excellent villain, don’t get me wrong.  I just wish that some of his dialogue had been a little shorter.  There also wasn’t as many action scenes as I thought there would be, but once those scenes appeared, they really blew you away.
 
The Ugly:  Any fan of Planet of the Apes (the old or the new series) will enjoy this film.  It was fun, sad, engaging, and all of the above.  It is worth the watch and had a little bit of everything for everyone. You will find yourself cheering for the apes if you haven’t already been doing so since the first film.
 
 

 

 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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