Leave No Trace (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Leave No Trace (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Sometimes you watch a film and just ‘get’ why people rate it.  The heart, the performances, the direction is all top notch.  Yet… for some reason whilst you enjoy it, it does grab you in the same way and ultimately you are left feeling that it was just ‘good’. For me Leave No Trace is one of those films. It could be it’s pace or ultimately predictable ending, but that leap from good to ‘great’ just wasn’t there.  So for sure this is a recommendation as this film has had strong reviews across the board just be aware it may end up not being ‘your thing’.

Best Bit: Performances

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Winters Bone, You Were Never Really Here, Hunt For The Wilderpeople 

 


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Red Sparrow (2018)- A Quick Capsule Review

Red Sparrow (2018)- A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Red Sparrow commits one of cinemas biggest crimes – being both dull and needlessly long.  Yup this spy thriller (oddly set in modern times but feeling very much out of place) just does little with it’s solid cast, delivering a story we’ve seen a million times before (and better) alongside some dull cinematography and some very perfunctory dialogue.  It’s a shame but as her career progresses Lawrence has done little to justify her early praise and here, once again, she gives her now standard detached performance which makes her character almost impossible to like, making a slow film feel even longer.

Best Bit: Spy school

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Avoid

If You Liked this Try: Terminal, Atomic Blonde, Winters Bone

 

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