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  • The Girl with All the Gifts

    The Girl with All the Gifts

    ★★★½

    Many of the reviews I've read compare The Girl With All the Gifts to the excellent videogame The Last of Us.  I'd say that's fair.  Some of those reviews make it out to be a bad film because of that.  With that I can't agree.  The cast which includes Gemma Arterton, Paddy Considine, and of all people Glenn Close is superb.  Especially young Sennia Nanua who plays Melanie.  Sure, there's tons of "zombie" films out there and this film shares…

  • Nocturnal Animals

    Nocturnal Animals

    ★★★

    The best thing about Nocturnal Animals is the acting.  All the main players are very good.  The worst part is, Ford seemed to be attempting Lynch and he's no David Lynch.

    The Ron Says: Nocturnal Animals had potential to spare.  Unfortunately that potential is only about half realized.

  • 99 Homes

    99 Homes

    ★★★

    Excellent acting by Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon power this thriller that for a lot of people probably hits a little too close to home.  

    The Ron Says: I would have rated it higher, but it's not a film I see as very re-watchable.  Definitely worth seeing once.

  • Life, Animated

    Life, Animated

    ★★★

    The Ron Says: Autism sucks!  Animated Disney films might help.  Emily is a bitch!

  • Paterson

    Paterson

    ★★★½

    Jim Jarmusch's Paterson starring Adam Driver as a bus driver who writes poetry in his free time is surprisingly interesting.  The poetry is a big part of the film, but what makes it interesting is subtle and quiet ways it explores the wins and losses of daily life.  The way it shows that even the most mundane of daily routines are made unique by things like chance encounters, conversations overheard, and the actions of other people.  It's one of those films that if you let it will lull you into a trance and surprise you with how much you enjoyed it.

    The Ron Says: See it.

  • The Greasy Strangler

    The Greasy Strangler

    I'm sure all this mess was intending as gross out humor, but it succeeds only in being absolutely disgusting.

    The Ron Says: It made me physically ill, like food poisoning physically ill.

  • Ugly

    Ugly

    ★★★½

    I think this film title really fits.  There's a seedy tone throughout, and I got the feeling early on that none of the characters could be trusted.

    The Ron Says: Ugly has some noticeable flaws, but overall it's a really good film.  See it.

  • A Hard Day

    A Hard Day

    ★★★

    Probably the weakest South Korean film I've seen, but it's still pretty good.

    The Ron Says: See it.

  • Almost Famous

    Almost Famous

    ★★★

    Film 24 on my Re-watch Wednesday list

    I didn't like Almost Famous as much as most people the one time I saw it back in 2000.  Now that I've Re-watched it, I still don't like it as much as most people, but I won't argue that it's not a good film.  I think it falls more in the category of not my thing.

    The Ron Says: See it, you'll probably like it way more than I did.

  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

    Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

    ★★★½

    Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 isn't as good an overall film as it's predecessor, but it's almost just as fun and entertaining.  Seeing these characters together again on the big screen was a blast.

    The Ron Says: See it!

  • Fences

    Fences

    ★★★½

    Films based on plays are a bit tricky.  They often feel like the play on film.  Whether that's a good or bad thing depends on the viewer I guess.  For me it hurts it a little bit when the actors yell their lines as they would on stage.  That happens with Denzel Washington's Fences based on August Wilson's play of the same name, but it's still a really good film.  Denzel is his normal solid self, while Viola Davis is Oscar Worthy.

    The Ron Says: See it.

  • The BFG

    The BFG

    ★★★

    I think the problem with The BFG isn't that it's a poor film (I thought it was fine), it's that it's a poor film for Steven Spielberg.  I guess he spoiled us with his early work.

    The Ron Says: Give it a shot.