Kaitlyn Booth

Sundance 2017: ‘Unrest’ Is An Emotional Look At Human Strength

Director: Jennifer Brea Unrest takes a very frank look at the often misunderstood illness known as ‘chronic fatigue syndrome’ that is both informative and hard to watch. There is nothing worse than being told ‘it’s all in your head’ when you know you’re sick. Anyone who has suffered from an unknown illness can tell you […]

Sundance 2017: ‘Colossal’ Is Weird And Heavy Handed But Fascinating To Watch

Colossal has a weird concept that might be hard for some but once the movie settles into itself it’s quite funny and thought provoking. Title: Colossal Director: Nacho Vigalondo Summary: A woman discovers that severe catastrophic events are somehow connected to the mental breakdown from which she’s suffering. Film festivals tend to be the place […]

‘Split’ Is The Last, Desperate Flail Of A Hack Filmmaker

Split squanders an excellent cast on a terrible script that is as offensive as it is stupid and tasteless. Title: Split Director: M. Night Shyamalan Summary: After three girls are kidnapped by a man with 24 distinct personalities, they must find some of the different personalities that can help them while running away from the […]

‘Silence’ Is A Passion Project That Goes On Forever

Silence is obviously a passion project but it goes on so long that it loses any weight by the end. Title: Silence Director: Martin Scorsese Summary: Two priests travel to Japan in an attempt to locate their mentor and propagate Catholicism. “The road to Hell is paved with good intentions” is the proverb and it […]

‘Patriots Day’ Is Boring, Self-Aggrandizing Drivel

Patriots Day takes one of the biggest modern tragedies and plays it up as an over the top pat on the back to a fictional character instead of real people. Title Patriots Day Director: Peter Berg Summary: An account of Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis’s actions in the events leading up to the 2013 Boston […]

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‘Hidden Figures’ Is So Much Better Than It Has Any Right To Be

Hidden Figures tells the fascinating story of three women who have been overlooked by history with great performances and an easy going confidence that their material is worth it. Title: Hidden Figures Director: Theodore Melfi Summary: Based on a true story. A team of African-American women provide NASA with important mathematical data needed to launch […]

‘A Monster Calls’ Will Break Your Heart And Leave You Breathless

A Monster Calls is a beautiful, heartbreaking and honest look at processing grief and loss through the eyes of a child. Title: A Monster Calls Director: J.A. Bayona Summary: A boy seeks the help of a tree monster to cope with his single mum’s terminal illness. There are movies like Collateral Beauty and anything based […]

‘Fences’ Stumbles From Lack Of Understanding Of What “Adapting” Means

Fences has sharp dialogue and excellent performances but it’s shot like a play not a movie. Title: Fences Director: Denzel Washington Summary: An African-American father struggles with race relations in the United States while trying to raise is family in the 1950’s and coming to terms with the events of his life. There are a […]

‘Sing’ Can’t Hit The High Notes And Should Rest Instead

Sing might have all of the elements to make a good kids movie but in a year that set the bar so high it is barely passable. Title: Sing Director: Christopher Lourdelet and Garth Jennings Summary: A koala named Buster Moon has one final chance to restore his theater to its former glory by producing […]

‘Assassin’s Creed’ Fails On Every Possible Level And Then Some

Assassin’s Creed is a trainwreck that commits the cardinal sin of being boring on top of making no sense. Title: Assassin’s Creed Director: Justin Kurzel Summary: When Callum Lynch explores the memories of his ancestor Aguilar and gains the skills of a Master Assassin, he discovers he is a descendant of the secret Assassins society. […]

‘Collateral Beauty’ Is Artificial And About As Subtle As A 2×4 To The Face

Collateral Beauty is the worst kind of artificial tear jerker that isn’t secure in its own message so it decides to beat the viewer over the head with its message. Title: Collateral Beauty Director: David Frankel Summary: Retreating from life after a tragedy, a man questions the universe by writing to Love, Time and Death. […]

‘Manchester By The Sea’ Shows Us What Grief Really Looks Like

Manchester by the Sea is pretentious but fantastic performances and a realistic depiction of what grief really looks like elevates this above the normal Oscar bait. Title: Manchester by the Sea Director: Kenneth Lonergan Summary: An uncle is forced to take care of his teenage nephew after the boy’s father dies. There are a lot […]

‘Hacksaw Ridge’ Goes For Spectacle Instead Of Subtlety And Fails Spectacularly

Hacksaw Ridge might tell an interesting story but director Mel Gibson fumbles the execution so poorly it loses all meaning. Title: Hacksaw Ridge Director: Mel Gibson Summary: WWII American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa, refuses to kill people and becomes the first Conscientious Objector in American history to […]

‘Arrival’ Is Smart Science Fiction At Its Best

Arrival is the smart science fiction movie that leaves you stunned and wondering if the sleight of hand lives up to the punchline. TItle: Arrival Director: Denis Villeneuve Summary: A linguist is recruited by the military to assist in translating alien communications. There is a certain type of movie goer that will enjoy Arrival. If […]