Landline (2017)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - August 11th, 2017 - Film Festivals Movie Reviews

Landline gets what makes people tick, doesn’t shy from reveling in the good, bad and ugly as well as all the gradations hiding in the various grey areas. It’s very good, and as such ends up being a movie I can’t help but hope finds its audience.

Landline gets what makes people tick, doesn’t shy from reveling in the good, bad and ugly as well as all the gradations hiding in the various grey areas. It’s very good, and as such ends up being a movie I can’t help but hope finds its audience.

Step (2017)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - August 11th, 2017 - Film Festivals Movie Reviews

For these young women, Step is life, but it is also something to strive for, to believe in and to use as a means to make the leap into the unknown, hopefully to even greater achievements. For the viewer, Step is a wonder, and for the life of me I now can’t imagine a world where this documentary does not exist.

For these young women, Step is life, but it is also something to strive for, to believe in and to use as a means to make the leap into the unknown, hopefully to even greater achievements. For the viewer, Step is a wonder, and for the life of me I now can’t imagine a world where this documentary does not exist.

The Dark Tower (2017)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - August 4th, 2017 - Movie Reviews

There’s no cohesion, no rationale why one event that transpires leads to the one directly following it. It’s a big, monstrous waste of time, energy, resources and talent, The Dark Tower a forgettable misfire that does injustice to King’s source material and sadly belongs in the bargain bin collecting dust.

There’s no cohesion, no rationale why one event that transpires leads to the one directly following it. It’s a big, monstrous waste of time, energy, resources and talent, The Dark Tower a forgettable misfire that does injustice to King’s source material and sadly belongs in the bargain bin collecting dust.

Detroit (2017)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - August 4th, 2017 - Movie Reviews

Bigelow brings Detroit home, showing how this historical scar on the American Dream deserves to be far more than an abhorrent footnote. Make no mistake, there might not be a more important motion picture released this year.

Bigelow brings Detroit home, showing how this historical scar on the American Dream deserves to be far more than an abhorrent footnote. Make no mistake, there might not be a more important motion picture released this year.

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power (2017)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - August 4th, 2017 - Movie Reviews

But when An Inconvenient Sequel works it does so magnificently, especially when it calls back to the more controversial aspects of its predecessor and shows in no uncertain terms just how quickly some of those dire predictions are coming to pass.

But when An Inconvenient Sequel works it does so magnificently, especially when it calls back to the more controversial aspects of its predecessor and shows in no uncertain terms just how quickly some of those dire predictions are coming to pass.

Kidnap (2017)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - August 4th, 2017 - Movie Reviews

As a B-grade exploitation thriller made in the style of ‘80s grindhouse mainstays, Kidnap gets the job done. Prieto doesn’t hide that his movie is basically the second part of an old school drive-in theatre double-bill, and as such he doesn’t shirk on the elements that would hopefully get viewers to stay awake well after midnight if they were giving it a look.

As a B-grade exploitation thriller made in the style of ‘80s grindhouse mainstays, Kidnap gets the job done. Prieto doesn’t hide that his movie is basically the second part of an old school drive-in theatre double-bill, and as such he doesn’t shirk on the elements that would hopefully get viewers to stay awake well after midnight if they were giving it a look.

Atomic Blonde (2017)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - July 28th, 2017 - Movie Reviews

But it is a ten minute, seemingly one-take chase-fight-shoot-escape-fight again set piece beginning inside a high-rise stairwell and culminating in a speeding car that is the true show-stopper, and without a doubt it is one of the best sequences of its type I’ve frankly ever seen.

But it is a ten minute, seemingly one-take chase-fight-shoot-escape-fight again set piece beginning inside a high-rise stairwell and culminating in a speeding car that is the true show-stopper, and without a doubt it is one of the best sequences of its type I’ve frankly ever seen.

Killing Ground (2016)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - July 28th, 2017 - Movie Reviews

By putting the two main characters first, by making sure they are well-rounded, complex and believable, Power allows Killing Ground to resonate in ways that are uncompromising in their primitive concentrated destructiveness.

By putting the two main characters first, by making sure they are well-rounded, complex and believable, Power allows Killing Ground to resonate in ways that are uncompromising in their primitive concentrated destructiveness.

Lady Macbeth (2016)

by Sara Michelle Fetters - July 28th, 2017 - Film Festivals Movie Reviews

Lady Macbeth strikes hard and digs deep, Pugh’s performance alone a superlative bit of ruthless magnificence that lives up to the title character’s Shakespearean namesake with unforgettable viciousness.

Lady Macbeth strikes hard and digs deep, Pugh’s performance alone a superlative bit of ruthless magnificence that lives up to the title character’s Shakespearean namesake with unforgettable viciousness.

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