goodhunterabbie has written 13 reviews for films rated ★★★ during 2019.

  • Scarface

    Scarface

    ★★★

    Went into my first viewing tonight not knowing this movie expects me to buy F. Murray Abraham as a guy called Omar Suárez. His first appearance knocked the wind out of me to the extent that I was unable to recover for the rest of the three-hour runtime.

  • Just Mercy

    Just Mercy

    ★★★

    By the numbers and direly paced—saw A Hidden Life the previous day of the festival and it felt half as long—but I can't deny there are some extremely compelling and emotional sequences here. It's a feel-good Oscar bait take on an ongoing atrocity, and not even a deftly crafted one at that, but its heart is enough in the right place that I can't discount it entirely.

    (Well, okay, almost—Larson is on complete autopilot here and her casting is a distraction more than anything else. We'll always have Short Term 12.)

  • Gemini Man

    Gemini Man

    ★★★

    young Will Smith shows up

    Woman next to me whispers to her husband: "That's Will Smith."

    (Actually though.)

  • We Own the Night

    We Own the Night

    ★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Expects me to feel sad when a cop played by Mark Wahlberg gets shot in the face, which means it was basically doomed from the start.

  • Total Recall

    Total Recall

    ★★★

    Not the best PKD adaptation, but certainly the most PKD adaptation. This unfortunately extends to his treatment of women and his frequent affinity for the workmanlike over the lyrical, but hey, the good stuff is there too.

  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette

    Where'd You Go, Bernadette

    ★★★

    Enjoyed against my better judgment. Very anonymous in style--would never in a million years have thought it was Linklater if I hadn't already known--and Billy Crudup's arc zig-zags to the point of incoherence, but Blanchett is magnetic as ever and despite its general all-over-the-place nature it's a fun time.

  • Escape from L.A.

    Escape from L.A.

    ★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Besides the uncanny prescience of the political commentary (the President making the new capital Lynchburg, Virginia, OMG), Carpenter really had the balls to write a Muslim woman and a black trans woman helping Snake Plissken save the day by collapsing industrial civilization?!?!

    AND IT GOT DISTRIBUTED BY A MAJOR STUDIO?!?!

    Not to hold it up as an untouchable paragon of satire or anything--the political instincts are good but sometimes muddled, and the representation isn't without problems, just like in Escape…

  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★★

    "Huh. Well, this isn't great but it isn't offensively bad or anyt—"

    last 20 minutes hit

    Oh fuck OFF

  • Toy Story 4

    Toy Story 4

    ★★★

    Has its moments, mostly in the form of some very funny gags, but it feels like the mostly effusive praise is due to our collective refusal to admit this franchise is now less than perfect.

    The whole exercise is curiously empty. Forky as both a character and a concept is rife with possibilities, but any attempt at an arc for him is just abandoned after the first act. Most of the old supporting cast is sidelined in favor of new…

  • Under the Silver Lake

    Under the Silver Lake

    ★★★

    I regret to say that I enjoyed this.

  • The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

    The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

    ★★★

    I have the same problem with this that I do with the OG Suspiria--so many pretty colors and astonishing art direction in service of a story that was putting me to sleep. shrugs Maybe I'm just a cynical bitch?

  • A Safe Place

    A Safe Place

    ★★★

    Mumblecore? In my 70s movie? It's more likely than you think.