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matt has written 66 reviews for films rated ★★½ during 2019.

  • El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie

    El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie

    ★★½

    Not even a coda, more of three-episode-long narrative digression that never feels as spontaneous or desperate as the series. Take it or leave it. That one cameo is pathetic.

  • Nothing Bad Can Happen

    Nothing Bad Can Happen

    ★★½

    Entirely too contrived, based on true events or not. The trajectory of martyrdom Gebbe puts this kid on constantly robs him of agency, let alone common sense; he's not a person, he's an allegorical pawn whose faith is a construct that we never see provide him with solace or joy.

  • Happy Face

    Happy Face

    ★★½

    Honestly I'm more likely to make fun of you for the D&D than because of how you look. Just kidding. Anyway try watching this with a professional therapist in the room like I did, see how far you get.

  • The Pool

    The Pool

    ★★½

    Not this movie's fault that I saw CRAWL just a couple months ago, or that the fest programmer dropped a massive spoiler in her intro. But also CRAWL is significantly better.

  • In the Shadow of the Moon

    In the Shadow of the Moon

    ★★½

    Exhibit 382 in the case against mixing morose cop procedurals with generic sci-fi junk.

  • We Summon the Darkness

    We Summon the Darkness

    ★★½

    Has ambitions of being a nostalgia-fueled splatter-feat but is far too underwritten -- low on both incident and invention -- to register as much more than a cute shrug.

  • The Lodge

    The Lodge

    ★★½

    Adventures in babysitting.

  • Homewrecker

    Homewrecker

    ★★½

    Gets impressively gnarly by the end but is it just me or does this really hamstring itself by having one of the women fully cracked from the pressures of expectation while the other is the "normal" audience surrogate? Growing some actual anxious parity between the two leads that could develop into enmity seems like it would be a better articulation of the thesis instead of this just being a wannabe feminist MISERY.

  • Night Has Come

    Night Has Come

    ★★½

    A little bit DECASIA, a little bit Marker. Reminded me a ton of that Peter Serafinowicz thing Markets of Britain, which also used archival footage to challenge memory and reveal something weirdly sinister about the banal recollections of the past, except that was a hilarious three minutes and this is an hour-long dirge.

  • Amigo

    Amigo

    ★★½

    "Eyy! I'm not walkin' here!"

  • Little Joe

    Little Joe

    ★★½

    Need me Seymour

  • The Art of Self-Defense

    The Art of Self-Defense

    ★★½

    As tepid, self-satisfied and annoyingly deadpan as you'd expect from a mumbly indie comedy that threatens to skewer violent masculine identities, lately one of the softest of available targets. But at least you get to see Jesse Eisenberg get the shit kicked out of him.