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High Life
High Life (2019)
6 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

This movie manages to make father-daughter bonding over flying into a black hole boring, and manages to make almost adopting a dog....well...still boring...but somehow less boring than the black hole.

mother!
mother! (2017)
7 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

One of the worst films I've ever seen, even aside from the fact that it was falsely advertised.

Unplanned
Unplanned (2019)
7 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

I'm not really a big fan of PureFlix movies generally. Often I find them simpleminded and patronizing. Not this time.

Let me get the bad out of the way. One or two members of the cast simply don't put in strong performances. I didn't catch his name, but the guy who played Abby's husband was distractingly wooden, especially during one or two especially emotional scenes. The main Planned Parenthood woman was two-dimensional and her acting was a little too obvious, too. Those are really the only major strikes I can call.

Overall, this is a powerful and impactful film. I went to it alone because I didn't know if I could trust it to be well-done and deep. I wish I'd brought someone who falls somewhere between the 20-yard-lines on the abortion issue, because I think a few first downs would have been achieved in the pro-life direction. It would be one thing if this were purely a fiction film. But this is the perspective of a real woman who once strongly believed in what she was doing as a Planned Parenthood volunteer, employee, and ultimately clinic director. You can't dismiss it as contrived the way you could with, say, God's Not Dead. It isn't everybody's perspective, of course, but it is a real and legitimate experience, whether the pro-abortion crowd wishes to acknowledge it or not.

I won't go into too much detail on the plot. There aren't too many surprises once you've seen the trailer or read the real-life story, but obviously that's not the goal of the film.

If you've seen the film, I'd like to pose this question:
If this were a film about climate change instead of abortion, and if the corporation involved was Exxon or Koch Industries instead of Planned Parenthood, but nothing else were changed, do you suppose the critics' would have it more than 50% Fresh right now? My guess is that it would be in the 90s, even with the sporadic acting issues.

Honestly, if this were simply a personal story without involving a hot button issue or touching on prayer or faith...my guess is it would be liked about 80% by both critics and audiences. It's really a compelling film.

Dumbo
Dumbo (2019)
7 months ago via Flixster
½

Considering how much I hate CGI characters, the fact that the CGI title character, as a visual subject, is the best thing about the movie speaks to how weak the story is. Michael Keaton's character and the accompanying performance are particularly awful, and not just in the way they are scripted.

Gloria Bell
Gloria Bell (2019)
7 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

What the hell? Why do the critics like this? I see literally no point in this movie getting made. If your idea of a good time is watching a middle aged woman go on 4-5 hookups/dates, go to work a couple times, and hang out with a few friends and relatives, this one I s for you. There was no significant story. I have seen several movies that were more hatred-inducing than this one, but I am not sure I have ever been to one that was such a blatant waste of my time.