#VicksFlicks Terse Twitter Reviews: Vol. 13

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KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE

3 out of 5 stars

Vaughn brings more of the same, & that’s not always a good thing. Most of the A-list cast are there to make appearances, & while what was insane & imaginative from the original isn’t totally lost, it’s not that wild of a ride this time around.

THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US

2 out of 5 stars

Top-tier talents Elba & Winslet try their very best, but the mountain is not nearly as big of an obstacle as the movie’s stale, uninspired story. Between a phony romance & a lagging against-all-odds survival plot, any attempt to care about them surviving or falling in love rapidly melts.

 GOON: LAST OF THE ENFORCERS

2.5 out of 5 stars

This hard-hitting, face-bashing hockey sequel is back w/ just as much blood on the ice as before. Scott scores again as Glatt & the movie’s fighting spirit remains, but the punches thrown don’t seem worthwhile, proving the audacity it once had is now gone.

THE FOREIGNER

3 out of 5 stars

An older,more dramatic Chan is fun to watch in this revenge thriller that’s not groundbreaking in its setup or delivery; still, it’s the mystery of the characters’ past & the raw emotion of feeling like you’ve failed your family that gives this an extra kick. Chan hasn’t lost a step & former 007 Brosnan successfully shows his nasty side.

SUPER DARK TIMES

3 out of 5 stars

Director Kevin Phillips lets a sense of eeriness float all around his tense story of adolescence. Impulsive decisions are made that become life-altering, & the effects prove there’s no going back to those days of innocence. Even though the ending is trite, its talented young cast makes you look at childhood & those we call friends from a chilling new perspective.

 THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE

2.5 out of 5 stars

The newest installment struggles w/ assembling its father & son story so that it’s engaging for adults & kids. The visual structure of these movies will never not impress, yet the directors of this one lost a few pieces in the process.

THE DEATH AND LIFE OF

MARSHA P. JOHNSON

3 out of 5 stars

Flamboyant & fearless is what Marsha seemed to be,but the focus really isn’t on her as much as it’s about the transgender community she courageously fought for. Her unsolvable death takes us down a path of hate, injustice & the never-ending war on equality; yet, the life part isn’t really shared w/ us, feeling like we’re missing the best part.

 mother!

3.5 out of 5 stars

Lawrence is excellent & Pfeiffer has her claws out again in a haunting thriller that’s demented, disturbing & disgusting. Aronofsky doesn’t give a damn about playing it safe. Love or hate his incredibly bold film, you’ll think WTF while questions flood your mind. That’s when you know the director has done his job.

 

GERALD’S GAME

3.5 out of 5 stars

A phenomenal psychological thriller that’s twisted, traumatic, & tough. With a stirring performance by Gugino & solid storytelling by director Flanagan, they turn King’s strenuous story of survival into a haunting victory.

STRONG ISLAND

4 out of 5 stars

A potent, demanding doc of a senseless murder, & the devastation it leaves for others still here. Intimate & heart-wrenching, the Ford family represent families across this nation that are still trying to find the truth in order to heal.

HOME AGAIN

3 out of 5 stars

Witherspoon is always a joy to see, & her new polished rom-com is sweet w/ some heartwarming scenes. But my delight battles my displeasure of its false female empowerment, preposterous plot,& falling short on personality.

FIRST THEY KILLED MY FATHER

4 out of 5 stars

This unbelievably tragic true story of having your whole world ripped away from you would cause anyone—of any age—to be confused, devastated, & fearful. Now enduring such an experience through a Cambodian’s child’s eyes makes her quest for survival that much more jarring yet essential. It’s a tough subject to tackle, but it’s told w/ sheer sincerity by Jolie, the perfect filmmaker w/ the passion to bring this to light.

 

BATTLE OF THE SEXES

3.5 out of 5 stars

A rousing & unfortunately relevant dramedy of a tennis match that captivated the world, while taking a small yet important step for all women. Stone is exceptional as BJK, serving up her confusing personal relations, along w/ her professional conquests, & scores big time.

STRONGER

4 out of 5 stars

Gyellenhaal & Maslany are incredible in this resonant, inspirational story of Boston bombing victim Jeff Bauman. Called a hero by most, but never seeing himself in the same way, David Gordon Green isn’t showing us the triumphs of the human spirit w/o the suffering & struggles that accompany it. There’s no sugarcoating this powerful story of identity & perseverance.

BRAD’S STATUS

3.5 out of 5 stars

Stiller is sublime in an insightful story that screams of anxiety & self-doubt when dealing w/ the choices we’ve made in life. It’s a funny, complex reflection of how competitive w/ others we are & how critical we can be of ourselves. Being blinded by our so-called failures causes us all to stupidly forget how good we really have it.

GAGA: FIVE FOOT TWO

3.5 out of 5 stars

Ditching the glamour & theatrics, this absorbing, expressive doc gets intimate as LG bursts through as her true self. Fuck the fame, she gets personal & appreciative, & wants us to understand just how human—and talented—she actually is.

OUR SOULS AT NIGHT

3.5 out 5 stars

A charmingly sweet movie of capturing love in those later years of life. The absolute highlight is watching the chemistry instantly click between two old pros. Redford & Fonda make it all look so effortless.

For a special look at our Blade Runner 2049 review, click here.

“Nature Boy” Brandon Vick is the resident film critic of the SoBros Network, and star of Brandon’s Box Office In Your Mouth. Follow him on Twitter@SirBrandonV and be sure to search #VicksFlicks for all of his latest movie reviews.

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