The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - September 21st, 2018 - Movie Reviews

As slight as The House with a Clock in Its Walls might be, it’s just so much gosh darn fun its various shortcomings thankfully don’t add up to much, Roth finally making a motion picture I can heartily recommend with no reservations whatsoever.

As slight as The House with a Clock in Its Walls might be, it’s just so much gosh darn fun its various shortcomings thankfully don’t add up to much, Roth finally making a motion picture I can heartily recommend with no reservations whatsoever.

Life Itself (2018)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - September 21st, 2018 - Movie Reviews

Life itself slams the viewer against the pavement time and time again almost as if doing so were an Olympic sport.

Life itself slams the viewer against the pavement time and time again almost as if doing so were an Olympic sport.

Little Italy (2018)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - September 21st, 2018 - Movie Reviews

There’s no way I can come down too harshly on Petrie’s sugar-coated endeavor. While this movie won’t do for Roberts what the director’s Mystic Pizza helped do for her Oscar-winning aunt back in 1988, and while Little Italy won’t prove to be anywhere near as memorable in the long term as that fellow independently produced effort has proven to be, even with an extra large sampling of undercooked melodramatic hooey I find it difficult to find this slice of cheesy romance to be entirely inedible.

There’s no way I can come down too harshly on Petrie’s sugar-coated endeavor. While this movie won’t do for Roberts what the director’s Mystic Pizza helped do for her Oscar-winning aunt back in 1988, and while Little Italy won’t prove to be anywhere near as memorable in the long term as that fellow independently produced effort has proven to be, even with an extra large sampling of undercooked melodramatic hooey I find it difficult to find this slice of cheesy romance to be entirely inedible.

Lizzie (2018)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - September 21st, 2018 - Movie Reviews

While the line between fact and fiction remains hazy, Lizzie is a compelling drama of human desire, oppression, romance and regret I’ll not soon forget.

While the line between fact and fiction remains hazy, Lizzie is a compelling drama of human desire, oppression, romance and regret I’ll not soon forget.

Love, Gilda (2018)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - September 21st, 2018 - Film Festivals Movie Reviews

D’Apolito has made a movie that will introduce the legendary comedy firebrand to a potential new audience of youngsters who will be blown away by her whip-smart brilliance. No joke, Love, Gilda is one of 2018’s best documentaries

D’Apolito has made a movie that will introduce the legendary comedy firebrand to a potential new audience of youngsters who will be blown away by her whip-smart brilliance. No joke, Love, Gilda is one of 2018’s best documentaries

Mandy (2018)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - September 19th, 2018 - Movie Reviews

Mandy is a bonkers piece of sensationalistic bravado I couldn’t help but adore.

Mandy is a bonkers piece of sensationalistic bravado I couldn’t help but adore.

A Simple Favor (2018)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - September 14th, 2018 - Movie Reviews

A combination of a fiercely dark comedy, a labyrinthine psychological thriller and marvelously feminine character study analyzing friendship, parenthood, romance, sibling rivalries and heartrending grief in the wake of profound tragedy, A Simple Favor is a pure joy first frame to last.

A combination of a fiercely dark comedy, a labyrinthine psychological thriller and marvelously feminine character study analyzing friendship, parenthood, romance, sibling rivalries and heartrending grief in the wake of profound tragedy, A Simple Favor is a pure joy first frame to last.

The Children Act (2017)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - September 14th, 2018 - Film Festivals Movie Reviews

If not for Thompson’s bravura performance I doubt there’d be a heck of a lot going on here I’d want to spend my time talking about, The Children Act a well-intentioned melodrama whose various bits and pieces are interesting, and far more memorable, than the finished product itself frustratingly proves to be.

If not for Thompson’s bravura performance I doubt there’d be a heck of a lot going on here I’d want to spend my time talking about, The Children Act a well-intentioned melodrama whose various bits and pieces are interesting, and far more memorable, than the finished product itself frustratingly proves to be.

The Predator (2018)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - September 12th, 2018 - Movie Reviews

All I do know is that The Predator might be one of the more stupefying and frustrating disappointments of 2018, and a big part of me kind of wishes I hadn’t watched it in the first place.

All I do know is that The Predator might be one of the more stupefying and frustrating disappointments of 2018, and a big part of me kind of wishes I hadn’t watched it in the first place.

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