Movie Review: ‘THELMA’ is an extremely slow burning, low-key superhero movie

November 16th, 2017 | AFI Fest, Film Festivals, Movie News, Movie Review, Reviews | 0 Comment

Courtney Howard // Film Critic THELMA Not Rated, 116 minutes Directed by: Joachim Trier Starring: Eili Harboe, Kaya Wilkins, Henrik Rafaelsen, Ellen Dorrit Petersen Ingenuity is crucial when it comes to either deconstructing or reinventing a well-known, much loved genre. It takes more than just adding in atmospheric tension. An electric current needs to be generated. Director Joachim Trier’s THELMA attempts this and finds a modicum of success, crafting ...

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AFI Fest Review: ‘HAPPY END’ – Unfunny Games

November 15th, 2017 | AFI Fest, Film Festivals, Movie News, Movie Review, Reviews | 0 Comment

Courtney Howard // Film Critic HAPPY END Rated R, 107 minutes Director: Michael Haneke Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Mathieu Kassovitz, Fantine Harduin, Laura Verlinden and Franz Rogowski Filmmaker Michael Haneke is a provocateur. He gets off on toying with audience emotions. And he doesn’t seem the least bit invested in the concept of “likability.” Never is this more abundantly clear than in HAPPY END. Wildly inaccessible from ...

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AFI Fest Review: THOROUGHBREDS – Nay-saying

November 15th, 2017 | AFI Fest, Film Festivals, Movie News, Movie Review, Reviews | 0 Comment

Courtney Howard // Film Critic THOROUGHBREDS Rated R, 90 minutes Directed by: Cory Finley Starring: Anya Taylor-Joy, Anton Yelchin, Olivia Cooke, Paul Sparks Upper crust, East Coast society is always in need of skewering. Old money people are typically abhorrent, hiding their disdain for the lower classes behind heaps of charitable donations, haughty attitudes and inflated egos. Attempting deeply judgmental commentary on the 1%, but instead tapping into a ...

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