‘IF’ Oddly Lacks Imagination and I Promise I’m a Nice Person (REVIEW)
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by Rachel's Reviews
5d ago
There are some movies that I admit I feel bad for disliking. They are such obvious passion projects and made with so much love that disliking them makes me feel like a bully stealing a little kids lunch rather than the film lover I am. Nevertheless, I have to be honest with my response and unfortunately I didn’t care for John Krasinski’s new original fable IF about the world of imaginary friends. I sincerely admire the swing of trying to tell an original family story and can tell it is made with love but the script needs serious work. It just doesn’t come together the way I’m sure they hoped f ..read more
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‘Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes’ or 300 Years and That’s the Story They Picked…(Review)
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by Rachel's Reviews
1w ago
I know people think critics are at our computers relishing every chance we get to tear into popular films. We are like the evil mad scientists of the arts world. Alas I must be a weirdo because I much prefer championing films, especially small underdogs, rather than tearing them down. That said. I will always be honest. No matter how beloved a film or franchise may be I will tell my readers what I actually think- good or bad. Unfortunately today is on the negative side. I saw Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes which is a sequel to previous trilogy in the series. For the record, I enjoyed t ..read more
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Blind Spot 99: THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY
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by Rachel's Reviews
3w ago
I can’t believe next month will mark my 100th entry in this Blind Spot series! What a fun journey this has been! And it’s been made recently even cooler by my friend Manda joining me to talk about the movies each month on my podcast. I really value her friendship and love talking to her about these films. This month we have the Western classic from director Sergio Leone entitled The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. Whether Eli Wallach as Tuco is ugly may be up for debate but I think you could easily call all 3 “The Bad.” Referring to anyone as “The Good” in this movie is a bit of a stretch. That’s ..read more
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Current Mini Reviews (Challengers, Hard Miles, My Divorce Party)
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by Rachel's Reviews
3w ago
It’s always nice in months like April when releases slow down a bit and us critics can catch up on some smaller films and indies that we might miss in the busyness of the summer season. Today I have 3  recent films to report on and will let you know how they succeed in telling their unique stories. Challengers Challengers is the new film from Luca Guadagnino and it’s one of those movies that’s hard for me to write about because I think it is just ok. I liked it as a sports movie and competitive rivalry narrative than I did as an erotic thriller. In fact, it was not the spicy movie the tr ..read more
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Current Mini Reviews (UNGENTLEMANLY WARFARE, SPY X FAMILY CODE, MUSICA)
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by Rachel's Reviews
1M ago
This time of year is always an interesting time for movieogers. It’s a bit too early for summer blockbusters (even though that’s getting earlier and earlier each year) and past the point for Oscar season. Instead it ends up a mishmash of genres and ideas and sometimes some of them end up being some of my favorite movies of the year. Today I have 3 movies to talk about and it ended up being 3 films I enjoyed. Spy x Family Code: White It’s always a tricky thing going into an anime film without having seen the series the movie is based on. However, some of the franchises are more stand-alone tha ..read more
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Giant Movie Review Catch Up (CIVIL WAR, ONE LIFE,SOMEONE LIKE YOU ETC)
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by Rachel's Reviews
1M ago
Hey everyone! I hope you are all doing well. I haven’t updated in a bit because I’ve been sick and busy with taxes and other responsibilities. (Also one of these films I really struggled with my thoughts on it so have been procrastinating but I will do my best.) First up I had a 4 movie day at the Megaplex on April 2nd so I was able to catch up on some of the movies I’d missed while at SXSW and when I was sick. I did a video review on these 4 In summary Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire is an overstuffed mess, Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire is a boring entry in the disappointing franchise with ver ..read more
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SXSW MOVIE LOG PART 2 (OR HOW I GOT SICK IN TEXAS)
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by Rachel's Reviews
1M ago
Any regular traveler will tell you that some trips feel cursed or at best don’t turn out the way we have planned. This was basically my experience with the second half of my SXSW trip and in fact I’ve been hesitant to write about it at all because I didn’t want to appear ungrateful or rude. I think I made the best of things and I’m beyond appreciative of my friends and their support but it was a frustrating experience. The main problem started a couple of days into the visit when I noticed myself dragging and starting to have the basic symptoms of hay fever. It’s weird because I’ve been to Tex ..read more
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BLIND SPOT 98: JOHN WICK (2014)
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by Rachel's Reviews
1M ago
Many people are shocked to find out I have never seen any of the John Wick movies. The first one came out in 2014 and as I’m not the biggest fan of strong violence and wasn’t a critic then I didn’t watch it. Then by the time I was reviewing films as a professional critic it was 2019 and the 3rd movie was coming out. It’s overwhelming to catch up on so many movies so I just never watched them. Now for this blind spot series I have seen the first movie from 2014. I think the biggest asset you can take away from John Wick (2014) is the old adage to keep it simple stupid. Action movies these days ..read more
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A Tale of 2 Rom-coms- IRISH WISH and FRENCH GIRL (Review)
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by Rachel's Reviews
2M ago
It’s always fun when we get new rom-coms both in streaming and the theaters. Even if they don’t entirely work I like to see more content coming out in the genre and more risks being taken on different projects. So today let’s talk about 2 of the recently released films: Irish Wish and French Girl. IRISH WISH https://youtube.com/shorts/n7PWOFgbq5o?feature=share First up we have the new comedy starring Lindsay Lohan entitled Irish Wish. This is the second time Lohan has worked with Michael and Janeen Damien. The first time being 2022’s Falling for Christmas. In both movies the team capture a com ..read more
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SXSW Movie Log Part 1 (MONKEY MAN, THE FALL GUY, and More)
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by Rachel's Reviews
2M ago
Now that we’ve got the non-festival films out of the way let’s talk about what I’ve seen so far at SXSW. I wish I could do full posts on each of these films but I just don’t have the time right now. Perhaps I will down the road but here goes: We Were Dangerous I was a little nervous going into We Were Dangerous that it would be too intense for my taste (especially as the start to the festival) but it actually balances its competing tones quite well. I don’t know if it is based on a true story but it is about a group of New Zealand teens in 1954 that are sent to a reform camp run by a cruel an ..read more
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