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  • I Am Mother

    I Am Mother

    ★★½

    First off, praise must be given for someone writing an original sci-fi screenplay and then it actually being produced into a feature film.

    The premise for "I Am Mother" is definitely intriguing ... on paper. The visuals are also mostly solid ... solid enough to not be much of a distraction.

    Now, the problems, once again, come from the characters. While each of the three main characters seem to have intriguing enough back-stories and motivations, seeing it play out on-screen…

  • Godzilla: King of the Monsters

    Godzilla: King of the Monsters

    ★★

    Looks good. Sounds good, but not good.

    1) There are a number of truly gorgeous shots scattered throughout this film.

    2) Bear McCreary's score offers some big, bold and beautiful moments ... when you can hear it.

    3) S'Kreen Raetor is the true monster of this film.

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  • First Reformed

    First Reformed

    ★½

    What is this film?

    Is it some sort of strange allegory? If so, the meaning, as of yet, remains unknown to me.

    FIRST REFORMED starts off just about as straight-forward and even bland as could be, but takes a sudden tonal turn in the third act that, while it got my attention, left me scratching my head.

    I generally enjoy having a movie in linger in my mind long after it ends, but it this case, I am not enjoying…

  • Tolkien

    Tolkien

    ★★½

    This film offers brief moments of intrigue, drama, great cinematography, but only moments. I believe the film could have gotten a greater degree of emotional investment from the audience if it had focused on either the romance between JRR and Edith OR on the four friends who comprised the TCBS. As it stands, neither gets enough attention (ie. characters or relational development), thus keeping the film a bit colder and flatter than I was hoping for.

    Thomas Newman's score is…