Category: Film Reviews

The Morning After: Aug. 20, 2018

Welcome to The Morning After, where I share with you what movies I’ve seen over the past week. Below, you will find short reviews of those movies along with a star rating. Full length reviews may come at a later date.

So, here is what I watched this past week:

Mission: Impossible – Fallout


Twenty-two years after Tom Cruise brought the television show Mission: Impossible into the modern age, the sixth film of the series pulls together all of the plot details and information of all prior installments to create a rousing, if predictable adventure.

Cruise plays Ethan Hunt, an undercover operative for the IMF, a secret organization dedicated to protecting the world from various shady characters. Hunt is a conscientious and seemingly careless spy who puts himself in grave danger to protect those around him while finding increasingly creative ways to get the upper hand on his enemies. More often than not, luck plays a major role in his ability to overcome any situation and the one he’s facing now is his most critical yet.

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Review: Downsizing (2017)

Downsizing

Rating

Director

Alexander Payne

Screenplay

Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor

Length

2h 15m

Starring

Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz, Hong Chau, Kristen Wiig, Rolf Lassgard, Ingjerd Egeberg, Udo Kier, Soren Pilmark, Jason Sudeikis, Maribeth Monroe, Jayne Houdyshell, Phil Reeves, James Van Der Beek

MPAA Rating

R for language including sexual references, some graphic nudity and drug use.

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Review: The Big Sick (2017)

The Big Sick

Rating

Director

Michael Showalter

Screenplay

Emily V. Gordon, Kumail Nanjiani

Length

2h

Starring

Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano, Anupam Kher, Zenobia Shroff, Adeel Akhtar, Bo Burnham, Aidy Bryant, Kurt Braunohler

MPAA Rating

R for language including some sexual references

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Eyeing the Truth: August 2018

The Bleeding Edge (Netflix)

Kirby Dick has made a career in recent years for tackling some difficult topics in a way that makes the audience angry (and has even gotten results). In his newest film, The Bleeding Edge, he tackles the medical device industry and the inherent risks in it that are being hidden. By focusing on a few specific types of devices — a joint replacement and two forms of permanent birth control — Dick is able to dig deep into how an industry has gotten tens of thousands of people to use a device that the companies know will hurt.

Dick is one of our smartest mainstream documentarians, and he knows that the secret to a political film lies in making it personal. So before he gets to painting the picture of the corruption of the medical implant industry, or the ineptitude of the FDA, or even the horror stories of what these implants do to people, he takes the time to hear their stories, how they met their spouses, and who they are as humans. These are more than victims; they are well-rounded characters in a sprawling narrative. As we bear witness to the debilitating pain, the ER visits, the family strife, and the turmoil in their lives, we care and are hit hard. When we get to video proof that companies and the FDA knew of risks and ignored them with a quick joke, we know that those risks look and sound like and it hits hard.

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Review: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017)

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Rating

Director

Jake Kasdan

Screenplay

Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Scott Rosenberg, Jeff Pinkner (Book by Chris Van Allsburg)

Length

1h 59m

Starring

Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Karen Gillan, Nick Jonas, Rhys Darby, Bobby Cannavale, Alex Wolff, Ser’Darius Blain, Madison Iseman, Morgan Turner, Mason Guccione

MPAA Rating

PG-13 for adventure action, suggestive content and some language

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Review: The Greatest Showman (2017)

The Greatest Showman

Rating

Director

Michael Gracey

Screenplay

Jenny Bicks, Bill Condon

Length

1 h 45 min.

Starring

Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Austyn Johnson, Cameron Seely, Keala Settle, Sam Humphrey, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Eric Anderson, Ellis Rubin, Skylar Dunn, Daniel Everidge

MPAA Rating

PG for thematic elements including a brawl

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Review: Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Rating

Director

Rian Johnson

Screenplay

Rian Johnson

Length

2h 32m

Starring

Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleason, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern, Benicio del Toro, Frank Oz, Billie Lourd, Joonas Suotamo, Amanda Lawrence, Jimmy Vee

MPAA Rating

PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi action and violence

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Review: I, Tonya (2017)

I, Tonya

Rating

Director

Craig Gillespie

Screenplay

Steven Rogers

Length

1h 59m

Starring

Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney, Bobby Cannavale, Bojana Novakovic, Caitlin Carver, McKenna Grace, Julianne Nicholson, Paul Walter Hauser

MPAA Rating

R for pervasive language, violence, and some sexual content/nudity

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Review: Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)

Ant-Man and the Wasp

Rating

Director

Peyton Reed

Screenplay

Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Paul Rudd, Andrew Barrer, Gabriel Ferrari

Length

1h 58m

Starring

Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Pena, Walton Goggins, Bobby Cannavale, Judy Greer, Tip ‘T.I.’ Harris, David Dastmalchian, Hannah John-Kamen, Abby Ryder Fortson, Randall Park, Michelle Pfeiffer, Laurence Fishburne, Michael Douglas, Sean Thompson Kleier, Benjamin Byron Davis

MPAA Rating

PG-13 for some sci-fi action violence

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Review: Love, Simon (2018)

Love, Simon

Rating

Director

Greg Berlanti

Screenplay

Elizabeth Berger, Isaac Aptaker (Novel “Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda” – Becky Albertalli

Length

1h 50m

Starring

Nick Robinson, Jennifer Garner, Josh Duhamel, Katherine Langford, Alexandra Shipp, Logan Miller, Keiynan Lonsdale, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Talitha Bateman, Tony Hale, Natasha Rothwell, Miles Heizer, Joey Pollari, Clark Moore, Drew Starkey

MPAA Rating

PG-13 for thematic elements, sexual references, language and teen partying

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The Morning After: Jul. 16, 2018

Welcome to The Morning After, where I share with you what movies I’ve seen over the past week. Below, you will find short reviews of those movies along with a star rating. Full length reviews may come at a later date.

So, here is what I watched this past week:

Love, Simon


As Call Me by Your Name was to 1980s gay coming of age stories, Love, Simon is to the 2010s. While the former was pure drama, the latter is a comedy with dramatic elements throughout.

It’s a John Hughesian film about a High School senior who becomes penpals with a fellow student, neither of whom are out publicly. After he inadvertently leaves his e-mail account open on a public computer, his secret is threatened to be exposed adding pressure to an already tense situation.

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The Morning After: Jul. 9, 2018

Welcome to The Morning After, where I share with you what movies I’ve seen over the past week. Below, you will find short reviews of those movies along with a star rating. Full length reviews may come at a later date.

So, here is what I watched this past week:

Ex Machina


Alex Garland’s exploration of artificial intelligence is a fascinating film that recalls Duncan Jones’ sci-fi debut Moon. Both films delve into the genre with creativity and flare and both feature terrific performances at their core.

When a young programmer (Domhnall Gleeson) wins a contest to visit the company CEO’s (Oscar Isaac) isolated compound, he finds himself a chess piece in a game to determine whether A.I. Ava (Alicia Vikander) would pass the Turing test, the gold standard by which all artificial intelligence programs must adhere in order to be declared truly intelligent.

The film is at home equally both when it’s furthering its plot as it is when discussing philosophical concepts crucial to an examination of the computer age. Isaac, Gleeson, and Vikander are equally terrific in a film that seems like it’s pushing towards one conclusion, but diverts towards another more fitting one. It’s a film of twists and turns that feel as if they were drawn out of a film co-directed by Stanley Kubrick and Alfred Hitchcock.

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Review: Coco (2017)

Coco

Rating

Director

Lee Unkrich

Screenplay

Lee Unkrich, Jason Katz, Matthew Aldrich, Adrian Molina

Length

1h 45m

Starring

Anthony Gonzalez, Gael Garcia Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Alanna Ubach, Renee Victor, Jaime Camill, Alfonso Arau, Herbert Siguenza, Gabriel Iglesias, Lombardo Boyar, Ana Ofelia Murguía, Natalia Cordova-Buckley

MPAA Rating

PG for thematic elements

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Review: Call Me by Your Name (2017)

Call Me by Your Name

Rating

Director

Luca Guadagnino

Screenplay

James Ivory (Novel by André Aciman)

Length

2h 12m

Starring

Timothée Chalamet, Armie Hammer, Michael Stuhlbarg, Amira Casar, Esther Garrel, Victoire Du Bois, Vanda Capriolo, Antonio Rimoldi

MPAA Rating

R for sexual content, nudity and some language

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Review: Incredibles 2 (2018)

Incredibles 2

Rating

Director

Brad Bird

Screenplay

Brad Bird

Length

1h 58m

Starring

Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Huckleberry Milner, Catherine Keener, Eli Fucile, Bob Odenkirk, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Bird, Sophia Bush, Brad Bird, Phil LaMarr, Isabella Rossellini, Adam Gates, Jonathan Banks, John Ratzenberger

MPAA Rating

PG for action sequences and some brief mild language

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