Alan French


Alan French
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T-Meter Title | Year Review
1.5 68% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) While there are some funny sequences, the horror really struggles to live up. Worst of all, this movie drags, despite the movie only lasting an hour and forty minutes. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2019
2/4 86% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) It never fully comes together without breaking up the forward momentum, and sadly that means it doesn't work. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2019
2/4 59% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Alitasuffers from an overly wordy screenplay that spoon-feeds the audience. Perhaps worst of all, the story suffers from being repetitive. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
3.5/4 89% Big Hero 6 (2014) Big Hero 6 may not have the heft of other commentaries on the superhero genre, but it has an emotional heart unlike any other. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
4/4 94% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) Jenkins explores the psychological trauma of being black in America but also showcases joy and hope. It's a beautiful duality, a feat that would make James Baldwin proud. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
2.5/4 65% Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) The campy and exaggerated display of the modern art community thrives with comedic beats. Sadly, the film is not the full-on parody you want. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
3.5/4 88% Clerks (1994) This remains Smith's masterpiece, and demands our attention 25 years after its premiere, just as it did when it released. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
3/4 92% Tito and the Birds (Tito e os Pássaros) (2018) Tito and the Birds stands out as one of the best foreign animated films in recent memory. The story hits home, and with some special animation, it rises to the occasion. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
3/4 88% Fyre (2019) Smith uses Fyre to tell a story about wealth, arrogance, and privilege in the world, and it sticks the landing wonderfully. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2019
1.5/4 76% Fyre Fraud (2019) Trying to use pop culture as shorthand can be helpful, but in this case, it turns the issues into actual cartoon characters. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2019
1.5/4 37% Glass (2019) Shyamalan shoots Glass as dully as possible. The budget on the film was only $20 million. Frankly, the movie looks cheaper. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2019
4/4 99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) Shoplifters quickly becomes one of the most heartwarming and gratifying pieces of cinema from 2018. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2019
3.5/4 88% Ruben Brandt, Collector (2019) Seek this one out as one of the most visually imaginative films of the year. A mashup of noir, heist, action, and surrealist films yields a wholly original concept. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
2/4 66% Vice (2018) The movie really thinks it is dunking on the Bush administration, like Jordan over Mutombo. In reality, Vice is closer to being Bill Murray from Rushmore . - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2019
3.5/4 92% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) Like a song, a relationship can change depending on the context. Pawlikowski approaches this premise and created one of the most personal and masterful films of the year. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
2.5/4 65% Aquaman (2018) While Wonder Woman reveled in the intimacy of Themyscira, Aquaman and director James Wan paints the largest picture possible. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
3/4 73% On the Basis of Sex (2019) With strong direction from Mimi Leder, the snapshot of the life of Ruth Bader Ginsberg lets its stars show off their charisma. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2018
3/4 62% Bird Box (2018) Bullock delivers an incredible performance of strength and emotion. She never gives up, and her need for survival is only outweighed by the survival of her children. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2018
3.5/4 96% Roma (2018) Even for someone as accomplished as Cuarón, Roma stands out as one of more remarkable pieces of filmmaking in recent memory. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2018
3/4 62% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) While the film cannot quite get enough out of the men, the women tower over the production and make Mary Queen of Scots one of the most interesting features of the year - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2018
2.5/4 78% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Rather than continuing to tell a unique and inventive storytelling, the film defaults to tell a story that is all too familiar. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
3.5/4 94% The Favourite (2018) The moment that Hoult opens his mouth, the level of profane and vile language clues you into what you're watching: an elaborately set up and executed parody of the genre. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2018
3/4 85% Dumplin' (2018) The movie also benefits from Dolly's participation in a big way. Her music, including a very good original song 'Girl in the Movies,' helps sell the overall vibe. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
4/4 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Following a young teenager named Miles Morales through the streets of Brooklyn might be the happiest I've been in a theater in years. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
3.5/4 91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Islands are rented out, a fairytale wedding will make for one of the most beautiful ever captured on film, and you will get lost in the beauty of Singapore. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
1.5/4 52% Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (2018) Some may find pleasure in Serkis' meditation on the world of the jungle. Yet, there are no many new paths taken by the story. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
2/4 59% The Front Runner (2018) Understanding the importance of strong, principled journalists should be a cause for celebration. Yet here, the media is depicted as a force, hell-bent on destruction. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
2/4 80% Green Book (2018) Thanks to a blazing performance from Mahershala Ali, you might even believe that Green Book is good. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
3/4 88% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) The exploration of the internet falls short of the joys that made the first film so compelling. At the same time, it will be a fun romp that should bring joy to the family. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
3.5/4 84% Creed II (2018) Creed II should be seen as a highlight of the series, easily becoming one of the best sequels in franchise history... Jordan shines again and again. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
4/4 91% Widows (2018) This might be the deepest ensemble of any film of the year, giving each character a standout moment that makes you hold your breath. No one stands out more than Viola Davis. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
3/4 92% The Night Is Short, Walk On Girl (2018) Featuring a strong woman as a rebuff to traditional anime issues, it [Night is Short, Walk On Girl ] serves as a funny and fancy romantic narrative. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
2.5/4 44% MFKZ (2018) Regardless of what you think of the actual substance of the movie, MFKZ can be stunning to watch. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
3/4 91% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) [The Coen Brothers] have not created the most iconic film of their career, but bring a unique bend to the American Western in the process. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
2/4 37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) Sadly, Crimes of Grindelwald does not work on its own merits. Fans of the franchise will still find an enjoyable adventure in their beloved Wizarding World. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
1.5/4 41% Fireworks (2018) 'Fireworks' features brilliant animation but suffers from weak storytelling. It also features out of touch attitudes towards women. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
3/4 58% The Grinch (2018) The latest adaptation of 'The Grinch' delivers a satisfying and enjoyable product that pushes Illumination Animation on the artistic front. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2018
3/4 73% Christopher Robin (2018) Cumming's performance as Pooh is one of the best vocal performances since Scarlett Johansson in Her and actually deserves awards conversation. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
2.5/4 61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) [Malek] is endlessly charismatic and somehow pulls off the physicality needed to approximate Mercury on stage. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018
3.5/4 65% Suspiria (2018) Many who were unsettled by the original will find a far darker film this time out. With many more viewings to come, this might be the very best horror film of 2018. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
3.5/4 100% Shirkers (2018) The displacement she puts on the audience mirrors her own displacement in the story. Yet the overall absurdity and weirdness will put its hook into the audience. - AwardsCircuit.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
3.5/4 88% Capernaum (Capharnaüm) (2018) All of this brilliance stems from the brilliant script from Labaki. One part 'The Florida Project' and one part struggle for survival, Labaki's work shines. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
3.5/4 92% Hearts Beat Loud (2018) There are some films that make you joyously happy for hours or days afterward. Hearts Beat Loud is one of those films. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
3/4 75% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) Erivo showcases amazing vocals and a deeply emotional turn. Her quiet reserve melts away, and you watch a star burst onto the screen. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
3.5/4 85% The Sisters Brothers (2018) His [Reilly's} emotion spills out of every corner of the film and he uses his odd kind of charm to hook you to his journey. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
3.5/4 79% Halloween (2018) The film might be the best shot in the franchise since the original. One particular tracking shot jumps to mind, expertly choreographed with many moving pieces. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2018
3.5/4 87% First Man (2018) What the two men [Gosling & Chazelle] have created is nearly a masterpiece and will remain one of the best films of 2018. - We Bought a Blog EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2018
2.5/4 76% Phantom of the Opera (1943) The cinematography remains gorgeous to this day, and the sets are pretty. It is a picture of opulence. On that front, the film remains a success - 1428 Elm EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
4/4 91% Phantom Of The Opera (1925) However, again the standout piece of the film remains to be Chaney. He appears maniacal from the word go, even as we're introduced to him as a silhouette. - 1428 Elm EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
3.5/4 91% The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923) Despite being 95 years old, it remains a classic. It also marks a true beginning of Universal Monster Films that would come to define horror for decades. - 1428 Elm EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018