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2018: The Year in Reviews (March)

After Thanksgiving, most people get happy because they know Christmas is around the corner. I get happy because I know these articles are around the corner. Even if a year is absolutely atrocious and I get absolutely nothing done on this site (like this one), I know that once December rolls around, I have things to say until March. But before we get into the Oscars, we gotta wrap up the year.

Here’s the skinny for the newbies: every January I preview an ungodly amount of movies. And then, from then through December, I watch an ungodly amount of movies, tracking along the way what I thought of each of them. Then, when we get to this point, I recap everything and see how close I guessed my eventual rating back in January. That part is mostly for me, but along the way you get my thoughts of all the stuff I watched (which will probably give you a bunch of stuff you didn’t even know about). So everybody wins.

Today is March.

March

Death Wish

January’s preview:

“I don’t expect high art, but I do expect decent fun.”

“The question is whether or not I go 3.5. I kinda want to, but I also know that Death Wish is not exactly the greatest material with which to draw from.”

“I’m thinking we get another Mechanic scenario. The first Statham Mechanic got 3.5 from me, even though it was more a strong 3 star movie. So I’ll say 3 stars and figure it doesn’t ultimately get to 3.5. But if it does — cool.”

The review:

“A remake that came out about five years too late, and at the exact wrong time.”

“As a movie, it’s fine. It’s not gonna hold a candle to the original Death Wish, and we all knew that.”

“Bruce Willis at least half looks like he gives a shit, which is a welcome change.”

“It’s a quick 90 minutes and out. Don’t pretend like it needs to be high art.”

* * * (3 stars)

Final thoughts:

Watchable, but really just the kind of movie your dad would watch.

* * * (3 stars)

How close was I?: Exact.

Red Sparrow

January’s preview:

“A friend asked my thoughts on this the other day, and the first thing I could think of (which is gonna become my five-word film review for this) is, ‘Not a natural Atomic Blonde.’ Because that’s clearly what they’re going for.”

“I want to give Jennifer Lawrence the benefit of the doubt, so I’ll say 3.5 stars, but I’m almost sure that I’ll be wrong.”

“This feels like 3 stars. But you know what? Fuck it. I want this to be a visual disappointment for me.”

The review:

“They moved this out of Thanksgiving into March, so that told you everything you needed to know about the quality.”

“Jennifer Lawrence and Joel Edgerton elevated what was a generic thriller into a very sleek looking generic thriller.”

“The cast is really nice, and it’s well made, but it amounts to next to nothing.”

* * * (3 stars)

Final thoughts:

The minute they moved this from November to March, you knew. It was just gonna be whatever. And it is. I feel like at this point all most people I talk to seem to remember from it is that Jennifer Lawrence gets naked in it. So I guess, good job, movie? Maybe strive for more next time?

* * * (3 stars)

How close was I?: Off by a half-star.

Gringo

January’s preview:

“Watch the trailer for this. It looks fun as shit.”

“This is exactly the kind of movie I enjoy more than most people, so I’m going 3.5 stars. The cast is awesome, the tone looks right. I’m down.”

The review:

“I like these kinds of movies, but this one didn’t fully work. Pure 3-star cable/Netflix watch, but I don’t think the movie works as well as it should, tonally. Really good cast, but the movie just doesn’t work. Oh well.

* * * (3 stars)

Final thoughts:

I was hoping this would be better. Otherwise, watchable, never need to see it again. Good cast, meh film.

* * * (3 stars)

How close was I?: Off by a half-star.

Con Man

January’s preview:

3 stars. This cast is too interesting to not see.”

The review:

“This is about a real life con man. But like, one you’ve never heard of. This is the Gotti of con men movies.” Not really very good at all, and taking itself way too seriously. One of those movies I watched because it was a light weekend without much else out there and I had time to kill. Wasn’t worth it.

* * ½ (2.5 stars)

Final thoughts:

“The Gotti of con men movies.”

* * ½ (2.5 stars)

How close was I?: Off by a half-star.

Submission

January’s preview:

3 stars.”

The review:

“This is one of those movies where you watch it and wonder why the characters haven’t seen any movies.”

“It’s blatantly obvious what’s happening all the way through. They even REFERENCE The Blue Angel in the movie! How the fuck can you openly reference The Blue Angel and then watch a teacher become infatuated with a student without knowing how that’s gonna end?”

“It has that boring and pretentious literary talk, which I despise. Academics and writers meeting and talking about their work over dinner is something that I would be happy to never see again in a movie. And then long passages of novelists writing books… it just has so many things that I can’t stand, which the two actors barely can overcome. Not really for me at all.”

* * * (3 stars)

Final thoughts:

Oh yeah, I forgot all that stuff it had that I hate. But it’s the Tucc and Addison Timlin. So I’m okay with it on that alone. Still… stop that shit.

* * * (3 stars)

How close was I?: Exact.

The Hurricane Heist

January’s preview:

“I’m so fucking in. This is like Geostorm meets Hard Rain. Remember Hard Rain?”

3 stars. Automatic. It’s Rob Cohen, and it’s a heist movie set during a natural disaster. How am I not gonna enjoy this?”

“I’m legitimately more excited for this movie than I am for A Wrinkle in Time.”

The review:

“As a heist movie… ehh. It’s like shitty Twister. Meets Die Hard.”

“You know what you’re getting. It’s not even as good as the 3 stars I gave it. But it’s a dumb movie with a cool name and a high concept… that probably requires you to be high while watching it.”

“Hey, it can’t be any worse than Geostorm, right?”

* * * (3 stars)

Final thoughts:

Actually, it can be worse than Geostorm.

* * * (3 stars)

How close was I?: Exact.

The Strangers: Prey at Night

January’s preview:

“Because that’s what we needed, a decade later.”

“I imagine this will be fine-ish.”

“I’m gonna regret this probably, but 3 stars. I think they’re at least trying to do interesting things with the setting and visually to make this worthwhile for me.”

The review:

“I don’t generally care about movies like this, and as such, I didn’t care about this one.”

“This isn’t my genre. These movies don’t do anything for me. I leave them to people who like them.”

* * ½ (2.5 stars)

Final thoughts:

Yup. Not for me at all.

* * ½ (2.5 stars)

How close was I?: Off by a half-star.

A Wrinkle in Time

January’s preview:

“So we have to start by me admitting that I’m one of those people who somehow avoided this book as a child.”

“I will also say that I’ve been turned off by the marketing of this movie from the start.”

“Also — does that trailer look particularly exciting to anyone? Because to me, it looks like they’re feeding us a narrative that they’re gonna get a lot of people to buy into without questioning it. It looks fine.”

“I don’t even feel strong enough on the visuals to guess 3.5 here. This seems all around like a 3 star movie. I really don’t see how this looks great.”

The review:

“Is it a disappointment if you saw it coming all along?”

“Maybe you could have pulled this movie off in the 80s, when shit was okay to be weird.”

“Labyrinth, Legend, NeverEnding Story. That’s the tone this should have been. Here it’s just too expensive, too sleek, and too all over the place and boring.”

“This has to be seen as a giant disappointment from anyone with expectations for it, right?”

* * * (3 stars)

Final thoughts:

What can I say? I didn’t expect this to be anything other than it was. But also, why did we need to spend $100 million to get there when it was obvious from the get-go?

* * * (3 stars)

How close was I?: Exact.

The Outsider

January’s preview:

“I guess 3 stars. No idea what this is gonna be.”

The review:

“This is a Netflix movie in which Jared Leto, an American, joins the yakuza. Do with that what you will.”

“I guess there is a version of this movie that could have been really good.”

* * * (3 stars)

Final thoughts:

Maybe this could have been better. It feels well-made but hollow. The writing isn’t all there, and it just doesn’t work. Oh well.

* * * (3 stars)

How close was I?: Exact.

The Death of Stalin

January’s preview:

“So excited this is finally coming out in April.”

“One of my most anticipated movies of the year.”

4 stars.”

The review:

“It’s just hilarious.”

“In the Loop is one of those movies that people slowly figured out is one of the funniest things you could see, and this is gonna be the same way.”

“This is what comedy should be. Forget all that other shit. THIS is comedy.”

* * * * (4 stars)

Final thoughts:

This is probably the funniest movie of the year. If there’s one comedy I could recommend from this year, this is the one.

* * * * (4 stars)

How close was I?: Exact.

Thoroughbreds

January’s preview:

“I really like the two leads, Olivia Cooke and Anya Taylor-Joy. This being held over doesn’t give me a lot of hope, but I think I’ll get 3 stars out of this. Hoping for 3.5, but this feels like a 3 star movie.”

The review:

“Really dark and fucked up, but definitely solid.”

“This is either a hidden gem or an underseen gem. Either way, something people should see and is one of the more worthwhile films of the year.”

 * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Final thoughts:

Really solid, and both Olivia Cooke and Anya-Taylor Joy are two highly underrated actresses.

 * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

How close was I?: Off by a half-star.

Love, Simon

January’s preview:

“This looks like pure teen movie nonsense.”

“Which means I’m not guessing above 2.5 stars.”

The review:

“I saw a pretty generic portrait of how nice it is to be gay and have middle class, supportive parents, a close friend group and a secret gay pen pal who turns out to be someone you know! “M

“It’s a gay male protagonist who is not a stereotypical gay male character, and that might mean a lot to people. To me, I’m thinking about all the people who are unable to come out to their parents or friends or school because they live in the deep South, in very religious and bigoted areas of the country. It’s not as neat as this movie presents it.”

“Also, there are several hate crimes that are blatantly committed in this movie. And that’s just cool, I guess?”

“This movie didn’t do anything for me. It was all too clean and too sanitized for mainstream America. Nice effort, but it wasn’t for me.”

* * ½ (2.5 stars)

Final thoughts:

Yeah, not for me, but I understand this might mean a lot more to some people. So I leave it to them.

* * ½ (2.5 stars)

How close was I?: Exact.

Tomb Raider

January’s preview:

“Why March? Are we just expanding the summer from Valentine’s Day to Labor Day? Is that what this is? I get that this is lower risk than putting it in May and August assumes failure, but still… weird date for this.”

It looks like all those action movies you’d expect. 3 stars. Can’t assume anything but. If I can get 3.5 stars, I’m happy. If this can be smart and the action can be good and doesn’t just end up with CGI setpieces and generic villain plots, I’m willing to say it’ll be 3.5. But I don’t think we’re getting that.”

The review:

“It was fun. Inconsequential action, and it held my attention.”

“You don’t hold video game movies to any sort of bar, but I feel like this one was one of the better ones.”

“One day, someone will figure out how to do one of these properly, but for now, this might be the best one we’ve gotten.”

* * * (3 stars)

Final thoughts:

I had fun here, even if I’ve forgotten literally everything that happened in this movie.

* * * (3 stars)

How close was I?: Exact.

7 Days in Entebbe

January’s preview:

“This is the kind of historical drama that they don’t make anymore. Which unfortunately means this will be seen by almost no one under the age of 45.”

“This looks exactly like the kind of movie that’ll get 3 stars from me. No reason to think otherwise.”

The review:

“This is a perfectly serviceable thriller, but not something anyone is particularly excited about watching.”

“Not great, not terrible. Just is.”

* * * (3 stars)

Final thoughts:

It was fine. One and done.

* * * (3 stars)

How close was I?: Exact.

Dear Dictator

January’s preview:

“Looks exactly like the movie I’d stumble upon on cable and go, ‘Oh, Michael Caine is in this? Okay.’ And then I watch it and go, ‘That was okay.'”

3 stars.”

“If there were a confidence pool by how confident I was in my ratings guess, I’d put a lot on this one being 3 stars.”

The review:

“This feels like something that would have been made 15-20 years ago. It still has that tone. Doesn’t quite work today, but it’s fine.”

“Uneven, but okay. And a throwback to something I’d have seen when I was much younger. Which I always appreciate.”

* * * (3 stars)

Final thoughts:

I enjoyed it for what it was. The kind of movie you catch on cable and are fine with.

* * * (3 stars)

How close was I?: Exact.

Journey’s End

January’s preview:

“War movie. This should be a solid 3 stars exactly.”

The review:

“Love me some World War I trench movies.”

“This won’t appeal to most, because it’s based on a play and more people talking than battle scenes. But if you like World War I as I do, then you’ll get more out of this than most.”

* * * (3 stars)

Final thoughts:

Probably boring for most, but I love WWI trench movies.

* * * (3 stars)

How close was I?: Exact.

Benji

January’s preview:

None.

The review:

“Blumhouse made this.”

“This was like someone deliberately tried to make one of those family movies that worked in the 90s. All the plot beats are there, down to a dog saving children from kidnappers.”

“This absolutely does not work today and the production values are like, a step above student film. But I’m kinda okay with it existing? It’s a fascinating artifact, if nothing else.”

* * ½ (2.5 stars)

Final thoughts:

No one should ever see this, but man, Blumhouse made a Benji movie. What the fuck is that shit?

* * ½ (2.5 stars)

How close was I?: N/A

The Forgiven

January’s preview:

3 stars.”

The review:

“Doesn’t add up to much, but it’s a perfectly decent movie.”

“Maybe if they made it in 1991, it could have been an Oscar type movie. Now… just okay.”

* * * (3 stars)

Final thoughts:

It was fine.

* * * (3 stars)

How close was I?: Exact.

Flower

January’s preview:

3 stars. No clue. Let’s just assume baseline and go from there.”

The review:

“Well this was a weird movie. Directed by Henry Winkler’s son”.

“This doesn’t fully work. But it’s weird enough that I was okay with it the one time.”

* * * (3 stars)

Final thoughts:

It’s definitely weird. And I’m not sure what the point was. But I was able to get through it the once.

* * * (3 stars)

How close was I?: Exact.

Furlough

January’s preview:

None.

The review:

“Fun little 90 minute movie.”

“Something you’ll probably have to seek out, but fans of either Leo or Thompson might do that, and it’s worth your time.”

“Small movie, small pleasures, but it’s got charm to it.”

* * * (3 stars)

Final thoughts:

Small movie, small pleasures. But if it sounds interesting, go for it.

* * * (3 stars)

How close was I?: N/A

The Feels

January’s preview:

None.

The review:

“I watched it for the premise…. Ultimately it was just another indie.”

* * ½ (2.5 stars)

Final thoughts:

Wasn’t for me.

* * ½ (2.5 stars)

How close was I?: N/A

The Vanishing of Sidney Hall

January’s preview:

“I’ll go 3 stars. But I’m thinking I might get 2.5 out of this. The cast is nice, so I think they’ll keep it over the top.”

The review:

“This feels like a movie you’d write before you were 25. Something that would be your first script.”

“I thought it had some merits and was well directed, but man, don’t try to direct something you wrote when you were 20. It almost never turns out well.”

* * * (3 stars)

Final thoughts:

I was fine with it, but it does reek of ‘first script’. I’d say just watch his short that won the Oscar and the feature version of that instead.

* * * (3 stars)

How close was I?: Exact.

Welcome the Stranger

January’s preview:

None.

The review:

“No.”

“Just gonna leave it at no.”

* * ½ (2.5 stars)

Final thoughts:

‘No’ about covers it.

* * ½ (2.5 stars)

How close was I?: N/A

Pacific Rim: Uprising

January’s preview:

“So you took a Guillermo movie that was somewhat personal and took all the personality from it and made it into a giant cash grab?”

“The first Pacific Rim got 4 stars out of me because of Guillermo. This one… 3 stars. The size of the movie will prevent it from going less than 3, but I just don’t give a shit.”

The review:

“This feels like the lesser sequel to a solid first movie. New stars, vaguely related, build out the universe, have some nuts twist and then go from there.”

“Am I excited to keep watching these movies? Not at all. But hey, I hope that cash grab was worth it*! (*The movie won’t make more than $75 million domestic, which is half its budget, and did almost all its business overseas, which is where these kinds of movies are being marketed to anyway now. So have fun being stuck with movies that aren’t made for you anymore, America!)”

* * * (3 stars)

Final thoughts:

And now they’re gonna fight Godzilla and King Kong. I bet you’re all so excited for that shit.

* * * (3 stars)

How close was I?: Exact.

Midnight Sun

January’s preview:

“Oh great. An American remake of a Japanese movie that looks like a Nicholas Sparks movie. This’ll end well.”

“I still have no idea how Bella Thorne became a thing. How can one person show up in so many mediocre movies a year?”

“This looks proper generic. I’m assuming it’ll try hard enough to get 2.5 stars out of me. 3 would basically be a rave review.”

The review:

“No one ever has to bother seeing this. It’s not worth anybody’s time.”

* * ½ (2.5 stars)

Final thoughts:

Yawn.

* * ½ (2.5 stars)

How close was I?: Exact.

Sherlock Gnomes

January’s preview:

“Saw a trailer in front of something. Looks kiddie.”

“First one was marginally cute, I have no reason to think this will be a sequel of more of the same. 2.5 stars. Indifference seems assured.”

The review:

“The sequel to Gnomeo and Juliet that nobody asked for.”

“I will never begrudge a movie with a pun title, but this was generic all the way.”

* * ½ (2.5 stars)

Final thoughts:

The pun is the best thing about this movie.

* * ½ (2.5 stars)

How close was I?: Exact.

Unsane

January’s preview:

“Honestly, I don’t even care what it is, Soderbergh automatically gets 3.5 stars from me. These experimental ones do run the risk of only going to 3, but I can’t remember a time he’s gone below 3, so let’s stick with the 3.5 and be glad he’s back.”

The review:

“I don’t know how he does it. Every time Steven Soderbergh makes a movie, I’m always leery about some aspect of it going in, and I think, “I know it’ll be fine, but will it be good?” And they’re always good. Without fail.”

“I can always count on Soderbergh to make a very good movie.”

* * * * (4 stars)

Final thoughts:

This is one of the most underrated movies of 2018, and is quite good. Soderbergh movie should be appointment viewing for all.

* * * * (4 stars)

How close was I?: Off by a half-star.

Final Portrait

January’s preview:

“Looks fun, and I like the people involved. Can’t go above 3 stars, though. Maybe I get 3.5, but 3 seems the most likely.”

The review:

“More solidly made than most of the mainstream shit that they force out there in wide release.”

* * * (3 stars)

Final thoughts:

It was fine. Good cast, and directed by Stanley Tucci. What more does one need?

* * * (3 stars)

How close was I?: Exact.

Roxanne Roxanne

January’s preview:

“I’ve been excited for this since I heard about it.”

3.5 stars.”

The review:

“Well done, lot of fun, really solid movie.”

 * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Final thoughts:

Solid Netflix movie.

 * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

How close was I?: Exact.

Paradox

January’s preview:

None.

The review:

“This is a movie, directed by Daryl Hannah, starring Neil Young and his band, that’s part concert film, part wannabe Terrence Malick film, part western?”

“It’s weird, but the music is good. Because it’s Neil Young. After a while it stops trying to be anything other than just Neil Young performing, so that’s good.”

* * ½ (2.5 stars)

Final thoughts:

I honestly don’t know how or why something like this exists, but it is part Neil Young concert film, so there’s that.

* * ½ (2.5 stars)

How close was I?: N/A

Isle of Dogs

January’s preview:

“Wes Anderson. What’s the blanket rating for him? Probably 4.5 stars.”

“I feel weird going this big this early, but Grand Budapest came out in March and made my top ten. And while I’m not overly excited for this movie, it’s Wes Anderson and I have to trust that he’ll make a worthwhile movie. What’s the worst I get out of this? 4 stars? Okay. I’ll take 4 stars.”

“Wes Anderson and stop-motion means if this is a piece of shit it’s only going 3.5. And while I do worry that eventually Wes Anderson will collapse unto himself by being too ‘Wes Anderson’, I have no reason to think this won’t at least be a really solid movie.”

The review:

“Really fun, but I just didn’t spark to it the way I spark to most of his other stuff.”

“In terms of Wes Anderson… it felt like a disappointment.”

* * * * (4 stars)

Final thoughts:

I really enjoyed this, but it does feel like a lesser film of his for me. That said, it’s probably the best animated movie of the year, if not top two. I’ll need to see it again to see how I truly feel about it. Still, it’s not like Wes Anderson has ever made a bad film, so there’s a very high floor on how much I won’t like it.

* * * * (4 stars)

How close was I?: Off by a half-star.

I Kill Giants

January’s preview:

3.5 stars.”

“So in.”

The review:

“This is basically the version of A Monster Calls that actually succeeds in what it wants to do.”

“This is the kind of movie I’d have randomly seen on TV in the 90s and fallen in love with because it’s so well-made and so interesting and gives you such a great perspective into this girl’s existence.”

“I’m such a huge fan of this, and I can’t wait to see what this director (who did the Oscar-winning short Helium, which was incredible) does next.”

* * * * (4 stars)

Final thoughts:

Big fan of this movie. Criminally underseen and deserves a wider audience.

* * * * (4 stars)

How close was I?: Off by a half-star.

Game Over, Man!

January’s preview:

“Looks fun. Should go 3 stars, but going 3.5 stars. Netflix has a handful of 3.5’ers. Maybe this’ll be one of them.”

The review:

“Too dumb and over the top to be great, but it has its moments.”

“It’s just a fun movie you can get through for 90 minutes.”

* * * (3 stars)

Final thoughts:

Slightly below middle of the road for Netflix movies, but that’s a long road.

* * * (3 stars)

How close was I?: Off by a half-star.

Ismael’s Ghosts

January’s preview:

3 stars.”

The review:

“It was just fine. His movies are just fine to me.”

* * * (3 stars)

Final thoughts:

Meh.

* * * (3 stars)

How close was I?: Exact.

The Last Movie Star

January’s preview:

3 stars.”

The review:

“This movie did something I’ve never seen before… It splices Old Burt into Young Burt’s movies.”

“It’s a nice trick, and if it were done in a movie that got a wide release, I think people would be praising it as being genius.”

* * * (3 stars)

Final thoughts:

The movie’s okay. A nice final film for Burt Reynolds. Most stars of his age don’t get a final movie like this.

* * * (3 stars)

How close was I?: Exact.

Acrimony

January’s preview:

“This is a Tyler Perry movie. I guess I watch these now.”

“I’m assuming 2.5 stars is the rating, even though all I have to go on are two Madea movies. I’d be surprised if I ever got 3 out of one of these, and if it’s 2, I’m okay with that. I’ll assume indifference and go from there.”

The review:

“I guess I’m a guy who watches Tyler Perry movies now.”

“Maybe one day I’ll find one I don’t think is bad? But, as he’s already told us… he can do bad all by himself.”

* * ½ (2.5 stars)

Final thoughts:

*drops mic*

* * ½ (2.5 stars)

How close was I?: Exact.

Ready Player One

January’s preview:

“I’ve had mixed feelings about this from when they announced it. Spielberg never felt like the right person to tell this story, especially since, if I remember correctly, in the book, he’s heavily referenced as an influence.”

“It’s Spielberg, so we’re getting 3.5 stars. minimum. Even BFG, which I didn’t like, managed 3.5 from me. I’m assuming this will be about that quality.”

“It looks too overly CGI, and whatever actual drama is there will be counterbalanced by me not caring about the visuals. So 3.5. If I can get 4, I’m happy. But can I get 4?”

The review:

“I liked this. Quite a bit.”

“Everything expectation I had for this movie was subverted, and it was just a good, fun time.”

“We’re still a long ways from the great Spielberg of 15 years ago, but this is a perfectly acceptable film that I thought was gonna be a disaster. I guess that’s just what happens when you’re a master filmmaker.”

* * * * (4 stars)

Final thoughts:

I still need to see this again, but I did enjoy this a lot more than I thought I was going to. Still not sure if the themes and stuff will hold up, but as a pure piece of entertainment, this worked.

* * * * (4 stars)

How close was I?: Off by a half-star.

First Match

January’s preview:

None.

The review:

“Really strong film. Not something you haven’t seen before, but it’s done with style and the acting is really good.”

“I recommend this one pretty highly. One of the better Netflix movies out there.”

 * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Final thoughts:

Definite recommend on this one.

 * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

How close was I?: N/A

The Titan

January’s preview:

None.

The review:

“This is a weird one.”

“Solid cast, decent enough watch, never gonna see this again.”

* * * (3 stars)

Final thoughts:

That about covers it.

* * * (3 stars)

How close was I?: N/A

Finding Your Feet

January’s preview:

None.

The review:

“It’s perfectly innocuous and fun. Not substantial in any way, but some people will enjoy it.”

* * * (3 stars)

Final thoughts:

Flat three.

* * * (3 stars)

How close was I?: N/A

Outside In

January’s preview:

None.

The review:

“Not something people need concern themselves with.”

“Sometimes when you’re looking for gems you get duds. It happens. Part of the game.”

* * ½ (2.5 stars)

Final thoughts:

Wasn’t for me, despite an intriguing cast.

* * ½ (2.5 stars)

How close was I?: N/A

Happy Anniversary

January’s preview:

3 stars.”

The review:

“Really nice little relationship movie.”

“I really enjoyed it, and I think this is one of those Netflix movies you should definitely check out.”

 * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Final thoughts:

Big fan of this one. One of the better Netflix movie and one of the hidden gems of 2018.

 * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

How close was I?: Off by a half-star.

Gemini

January’s preview:

“Looks interesting. 3 stars.”

The review:

“Pure A24 movie.”

“They took a paper thin story and put visuals on it… Otherwise there is no point to any of this, and when you get to the ending (which you can see coming a mile away), you realize you just wasted 90 minute and got absolutely nothing out of that movie.”

* * * (3 stars)

Final thoughts:

Pretty but hollow. A24 runs that risk pretty much every time.

* * * (3 stars)

How close was I?: Exact.

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