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  • First Reformed

    First Reformed

    ★★★½

    Vprento’s 2017 Movies: Best to Worst

    First Reformed is a well-made slow burn feature about faith and the uncertainty of life and our future. It's also a movie that's meant for people at least double my age, because it's hard connecting with certain themes that director Paul Schrader presents here.

    Ethan Hawke's performance is immense and very carefully thought-out. His character, reverend Ernst Toller, is a person built from several layers of guilt and a tough outer shell. In reality,…

  • You Were Never Really Here

    You Were Never Really Here

    ★★★

    Vprento’s 2017 Movies: Best to Worst

    Joaquin Phoenix is really good here and so is the score, but I wasn't a big fan of the movie as a whole. It's too artsy for my taste and I was losing my patience, despite the 90 minute run-time.

    Some people have described this as a lesser "Taxi Driver", which makes sense if you think about it, while others have hailed it as one of the best movies of 2017.

    I just don't…

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