Category: Film Reviews

Review: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019)

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Rating

Director

J.J. Abrams

Screenplay

J.J. Abrams, Chris Terrio, Derek Connolly, Colin Trevorrow

Length

2h 22min

Starring

Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Anthony Daniels, Naomi Ackie, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Domhnall Gleeson, Richard E. Grant, Lupita Nyong’o, Keri Russell, Joonas Suotamo, Kelly Marie Tran, Ian McDiarmid, Billy Dee Williams, Greg Grunberg, Shirley Henderson, Billie Lourd, Dominic Monaghan

MPAA Rating

PG-13 for sci-fi violence and action

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Review: Knives Out (2019)

Knives Out

Rating

Director

Rian Johnson

Screenplay

Rian Johnson

Length

2h 10m

Starring

Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson, Toni Collette, LaKeith Stanfield, Christopher lummer, Katherine Langford, Jaeden Martell, Riki Lindhome, Edi Patterson, Frank Oz, K Callan, Noah Segan, M. Emmet Walsh, Marle Forte

MPAA Rating

PG-13 for thematic elements including brief violence, some strong language, sexual references, and drug material.

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Review: Parasite (2019)

Parasite

Rating

Director

Bong Joon-ho

Screenplay

Bong Joon-ho, Jin Won Han

Length

2h 12min

Starring

Song Kang-ho, Lee Sun-kyun, Jeong Cho-yeo, Shik Choi-woo, Park So-dam, Lee Jung-eun, Chang Hyae-jin

MPAA Rating

R for language, some violence and sexual content

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Review: Midsommar (2019)

Midsommar

Rating

Director

Ari Aster

Screenplay

Ari Aster

Length

2h 27min

Starring

Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, Vilhelm Blomgren, William Jackson Harper, Will Poulter, Ellora Torchia, Archie Madekwe, Henrik Norlen

MPAA Rating

R for disturbing ritualistic violence and grisly images, strong sexual content, graphic nudity, drug use and language

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Review: Abominable (2019)

Abominable

Rating

Director

Jill Culton

Screenplay

Jill Culton

Length

1h 37m

Starring

Chloe Bennett, Albert Tsai, Tenzing Norgay Trainor, Joseph Izzo, Eddie Izzard, Sarah Paulson, Tsai Chin, Michelle Wong

MPAA Rating

PG for some action and mild rude humor

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Review: Judy (2019)

Judy

Rating

Director

Rupert Goold

Screenplay

Tom Edge (Stageplay: Peter Quilter)

Length

1h 58m

Starring

Renée Zellweger, Jessie Buckley, Finn Wittrock, Rufus Sewell, Michael Gambon, Gaia Weiss, Bella Ramsey, Lewin Lloyd, Phil Dunster, Andy Nyman, Gemma-Leah Devereux, Richard Cordery, Darci Shaw, Gus Barry

MPAA Rating

PG-13 for substance abuse, thematic content, some strong language, and smoking.

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Review: Missing Link (2019)

Missing Link

Rating

Director

Chris Butler

Screenplay

Chris Butler

Length

1h 33m

Starring

Hugh Jackman, David Walliams, Stephen Fry, Matt Lucas, Zach Galifanakis, Timothy Olymphant, Zoe Saldana, Amrita Acharia, Ching Valdes-Aran, Emma Thompson

MPAA Rating

PG for action/peril and some mild rude humor

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Review: The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019)

The Secret Life of Pets 2

Rating

Director

Chris Renaud

Screenplay

Brian Lynch

Length

1h 26m

Starring

Patton Oswalt, Kevin Hart, Harrison Ford, Eric Stonestreet, Jenny Slate, Tiffany Haddish, Lake Bell, Dana Carvey, Bobby Moynihan, Hannibal Buress, Chris Renaud, Ellie Kemper, Pete Holmes, Henry Lynch, Nick Kroll

MPAA Rating

PG for some action and rude humor

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Review: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019)

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

Rating

Director

Dean DeBlois

Screenplay

Dean DeBlois (Book Series: Cressida Cowell)

Length

1h 44m

Starring

Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, F. Murray Abraham, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Kristen Wiig, Kit Harington, Justin Rupple

MPAA Rating

PG for adventure action and some mild rude humor

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Review: Jojo Rabbit (2019)

Jojo Rabbit

Rating

Director

Taika Waititi

Screenplay

Taika Waititi (Novel: Christine Leunens)

Length

1h 48m

Starring

Roman Griffin Davis, Thomason McKenzie, Scarlett Johansson, Taika Waititi, Sam Rockwell, Rebel Wilson, Alfie Allen, Stephen Merchant, Archie Yates

MPAA Rating

PG-13 for mature thematic content, some disturbing images, violence, and language

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Review: I Lost My Body (2019)

I Lost My Body

Rating

Director

Jérémy Clapin

Screenplay

Jérémy Clapin, Guillaume Laurant

Length

1h 21min

Starring

Hakim Faris, Victoire Du Bois, Patrick d”Assumcao

MPAA Rating

None

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Review: 2019 Oscar-Nominated Short Films (2020)

2019 Oscar-Nominated Short Films

Rating

See Below

Director

Daria Kashcheeva (Dcera (Daughter)), Matthew A. Cherry, Everett Downing Jr., Bruce W. Smith (Hair Love), Rosana Sullivan (Kitbull), Bruno Collet (Memorable), Siqi Song (Sister), Meryam Joobeur (Brotherhood), Yves Piat (Nefta Football Club), Marshall Curry (The Neighbors’ Window), Bryan Buckley (Saria), Delphine Girard (A Sister), Yi Seung-jun (In the Absence), Carol Dysinger (Learning to Skateboard…), John Haptas, Kristine Samuelson (Life Overtakes Me), Sami Khan, Smiriti Mundhra (St. Louis Superman), Laura Nix (Walk Run Cha-Cha)

Screenplay

Daria Kashcheeva (Dcera (Daughter)), Matthew A. Cherry (Hair Love), Rosana Sullivan (Kitbull), Bruno Collet (Memorable), Siqi Song (Sister), Meryam Joobeur (Brotherhood), Yves Piat (Nefta Football Club), Marshall Curry (The Neighbors’ Window), Bryan Buckley (Saria), Delphine Girard (A Sister), None (In the Absence), None (Learning to Skateboard…), None (Life Overtakes Me), None (St. Louis Superman), Laura Nix (Walk Run Cha-Cha)

Length

15 min. (Dcera (Daughter)), 7 min. (Hair Love), 9 min. (Kitbull), 12 min. (Memorable), 8 min. (Sister), 25 min. (Brotherhood), 17 min. (Nefta Football Club), 20 min. (The Neighbors’ Window), 23 min. (Saria), 16 min. (A Sister), 28 min. (In the Absence), 39 min. (Learning to Skateboard…), 39 min. (Life Overtakes Me), 28 min. (St. Louis Superman), 20 min. (Walk Run Cha-Cha)

Starring

None (Dcera (Daughter)), Issa Rae (Hair Love), None (Kitbull), Dominique Reymond, André Wilms (Memorable), None (Sister), Mohamed Grayaa, Salha Nasoraoui (Brotherhood), Eltayef Dhaoui, Mohamed Ali Ayari, Lyès Salem, Hichem Mesbah (Nefta Football Club), Maria Dizzia, Greg Keller, Juliana Canfield, Bret Lada (The Neighbors’ Window), Estefania Tellez, Gabriela Ramirez, Veronica Zniga (Saria), Veerle Baetens, Selma Alaoui, Guillaume Duhesme (A Sister)

MPAA Rating

N/A

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Review: Marriage Story (2019)

Marriage Story

Rating

Director

Noah Baumbach

Screenplay

Noah Baumbach

Length

2h 17min

Starring

Adam Driver, Scarlett Johansson, Laura Dern, Ray Liotta, Kyle Bornheimer, Alan Alda, Merritt Weaver, Julie Hagerty, Azhy Robertson, Mark O’Brien, Matthew Shear, Brooke Bloom, Mickey Sumner, Wallace Shawn, Martha Kelly, Rich Fulcher

MPAA Rating

R for language throughout and sexual references

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Review: Booksmart (2019)

Booksmart

Rating

Director

Olivia Wilde

Screenplay

Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins, Susanna Fogel, Katie Silberman

Length

1h 42min

Starring

Kaitlyn Dever, Beanie Feldstein, Jessica Williams, Jason Sudeikis, Lisa Kudrow, Will Forte, Victoria Ruesga, Mason Gooding, Skyler Gisondo, Diana Silvers, Molly Gordon, Billie Lourd, Eduardo Franco, Nico Hiraga, Austin Crute, Noah Galvin, Mike O’Brien

MPAA Rating

R for strong sexual content and language throughout, drug use and drinking – all involving teens

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Review: Hustlers (2019)

Hustlers

Rating

Director

Lorene Scafaria

Screenplay

Lorene Scafaria (Magazine Article: Jessica Pressler)

Length

1h 50m

Starring

Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez, Julia Stiles, Mette Towley, Wai Ching Ho, Emma Batiz, Vanessa Aspillaga, Jay Oakerson, Trace Lysette, Marcy Richardson, Keke Palmer, Mercedes Ruehl, Lili Reinhart, G-Eazy, Cardi B, Lizzo

MPAA Rating

R for pervasive sexual material, drug content, language and nudity.

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