Saturday, June 30, 2018

The Catcher Was a Spy: Movie Review


Fascinating story, interesting style.

The Catcher Was a Spy is a curiously good movie. Not quite a biopic, not quite a spy thriller, it’s actually the best of both worlds. The look of a spy thriller with charcoal fedoras and charcoal suits lit up only by street lamps and the occasional car headlight combined with the content of a biopic, and very importantly, using the intelligence of a smart character. 2018

Directed by: Ben Lewin

Screenplay by: Robert Rodat
Based on the book by Nicholas Dawidoff

Starring: Paul Rudd, Mark Strong, Jeff Daniels

Friday, June 15, 2018

Set It Up: Movie Review


   


Enjoyable romantic comedy with a playful cast, charming romance and amusing comedy.
A romantic comedy that knows it’s a romantic comedy that is both romantic and funny. Set It Up just radiates the type of enjoyable energy that romantic comedies should have. The actual romantic comedy plot, the one that viewers know will happen in the movie, stays on the back burner while the main plot plays out. The main plot is not just a distraction, it’s a funny, albeit simple, story that allows our two leads to meet, get to know each other, become friends and fall in love. 2018

Directed by: Claire Scanlon

Screenplay by: Katie Silberman

Starring: Zoey Deutch, Glen Powell, Lucy Liu, Taye Diggs

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Tag: Movie Review


Exaggerated nonsense leaving the comedy and characters behind.

A group of grown men playing a game. Tag simultaneously believes that is so far-fetched the audience must be repeatedly told it’s based on a true story, convinced that nobody could believe it otherwise, and yet on the other hand, also felt the true story is too tame and then exaggerates it to the extreme. The movie jumps right into the game of tag: getting a job as a janitor for fun, destroying company property, trespassing, destroying personal property, breaking doctor-patient confidentiality, all in the first ten minutes. 2018

Directed by: Jeff Tomsic

Screenplay by: Rob McKittrick, Mark Steilen

Starring: Ed Helms, Jeremy Renner, Jon Hamm, Jake Johnson, and Hannibal Buress.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Alex Strangelove: Movie Review


   


From immature boys to a refreshing coming-out tale of first love.
Alex Strangelove starts off as the worst possible teen sex comedy. Immature boys so obsessed with losing their virginity to the point that they literally don’t talk about anything else but still throwing in homophobic jokes in between all the dick jokes. You’ll be wondering why you’re even watching and what decade you’re living in. The good news is that it’s not really a teen sex comedy, at least not in the same vein like all the other American Pie knock-offs. 2018

Directed by: Craig Johnson

Screenplay by: Craig Johnson

Starring: Daniel Doheny, Madeline Weinstein

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Ocean's 8: Movie Review


A stylish film with comedy, crimes and fashion.

A satisfying spin-off of the Ocean’s franchise, Ocean’s 8 continues the trend of all-star casts and sleek heists. Those two attributes are the movie’s main highlights and writer-director Gary Ross knows it. It opens with a delightfully immoral Sandra Bullock (playing Debbie Ocean, the sister of George Clooney’s Danny Ocean) remorsefully explaining to the parole officer that she is ready to put crime behind her and live a quiet life. Cut to the freshly-released Debbie in a slinky black dress explaining that she’s got 45 bucks in her pocket so she can go wherever she wants. 2018

Directed by: Gary Ross

Screenplay by: Gary Ross, Olivia Milch

Starring: Sandra Bullock, Anne Hathaway,
Cate Blanchett, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson