Allison M.
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  • Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot

    Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot

    ★★★

    I hate it when movies are this uneven, because there's plenty to love about it and plenty to hate about it.

    First, watching the preview, I thought it looked horrible and contrived! I was not planning on seeing it. That all changed when I found out it was based on a true story. If the characters really did look like that, well, why not give it a shot? BTW, they showed a picture of the real guy at the end…

  • Reinventing Marvin

    Reinventing Marvin

    ★★★½

    I love French movies and will see anything directed by Anne Fontaine or with Isabelle Huppert, so this was a no-brained. 

    The movie moves in between Marvin’s rough-around-the-edges family when he was a young teen and his new life in Paris once he breaks free as an adult. 

    I experienced an emotional connection when Marvin’s brother had an extreme outburst. There are other moments that make you feel for Marvin. He’s bullied. He’s mainly unloved by his family and he…

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  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer

    The Killing of a Sacred Deer

    ★★★★

    Words can't really describe how horrific this movie made me feel. You'd have to look at my face while watching it: mouth agape and eyes wide open in terror. What was going to happen next? Definitely had me on the edge of my seat, metaphorically of course.

    It was like a modern-day Sophie's Choice on acid, while also evoking the director's previous films: Dogtooth and The Lobster. Totally messed up, awkward, while having top talent involved. You'll be asking: "How…

  • Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

    Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

    ★★½

    Perhaps a nearly empty theater on opening night should have given me a clue.

    I enjoyed Jurassic World, but the script, incidentally co-written by Colin Trevorrow was severely lacking. I felt I had seen 90% of the stunts in other Jurassic Park movies.

    The opening approach is somewhat interesting: it considers the dinosaurs from an animal rights P.O.V.

    However, it quickly devolves. I liked the Maisie character. But her "nanny" (played by Geraldine Chaplin, who I love) wasn't creepy enough…