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So as you know, I stopped writing lengthy reviews on this site this year, keeping the blog as more of a film diary of sorts.  Lo and behold,...

Monday, July 23, 2018

What Happened to Monday

What Happened to Monday (2017)
Starring Noomi Rapace, Marwan Kenzari, Christian Rubeck, Pål Sverre Hagen, Clara Reed, Willem Dafoe, and Glenn Close
Directed by Tommy Wirkola
Written by Max Botkin and Kerry Williamson
***This film is currently streaming via Netflix***

Summary (in 500 words or less):  In the relatively near future, Earth is hugely overpopulated.  In order to rectify the situation, the Child Allocation Bureau headed by Nicolette Cayman (Glenn Close) has been formed in order to limit the number of children to one per mother.  Somehow in the midst of this police state where electric bracelets pinpoint human locations, a grandfather (Willem Dafoe) has kept hidden a group of septuplets, naming them after every day of the week.  As they grow, each of the septuplets leaves the grandfather's apartment on the day of the week that matches their name.  Decades go by and now as adults, the sisters (played by Noomi Rapace) have taken on the persona of Karen Settman, an investment banker, but when Monday doesn't come home after her day out, the remaining sisters set out on an investigation to discover what happened to her.



The RyMickey Rating: C+


Saturday, July 21, 2018

Detroit

Detroit (2017)
Starring John Boyega, Will Poulter, Algee Smith, Jacob Latimore, Anthony Mackie, Jason Mitchell, Hannah Murray, Kaitlyn Dever, Jack Reynor, Ben O'Toole, Nathan Davis, Jr.,  and John Krasinski
Directed by Kathryn Bigelow
Written by Mark Boal
***This film is currently streaming via Hulu***

Summary (in 500 words or less):  Riots in 1960s inner city Detroit create great tension between the police and the African American residents in the community.  One evening, three Detroit police officers invade the Algiers Motel after a supposed sniper attack and create a brutal night from hell for a group of innocent young men and women.



The RyMickey Rating:  B-

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Ocean's 8

Ocean's 8 (2018)
Starring Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter, and James Corden
Directed by Gary Ross
Written by Gary Ross and Olivia Milch

Summary (in 500 words or less):  A group of female criminals team up to steal a $150 million necklace during the annual Met Gala fashion event.



The RyMickey Rating:  C+

Saturday, July 14, 2018

I, Tonya

I, Tonya (2017)
Starring Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney, Julianne Nicholson, Paul Walter Hauser, McKenna Grace, and Bobby Cannavale
Directed by Craig Gillespie
Written by Steven Rogers
***This film is currently streaming via Hulu***

Summary (in 500 words or less):  The story of Tonya Harding (Margot Robbie) and her involvement in the attack on fellow figure skater Nancy Kerrigan told in a mock-documentary-style.



The RyMickey Rating:  C

Friday, July 13, 2018

Victoria & Abdul

Victoria & Abdul (2017)
Starring Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Tim Pigott-Smith, Adeel Akhtar, Olivia Williams, Paul Higgins, and Eddie Izzard
Directed by Stephen Frears
Written by Lee Hall

Summary (in 500 words or less): The real-life story of the elderly seventy-something Queen Elizabeth (Judi Dench) and her friendship with an Indian servant Abdul (Ali Fazal) whose presence causes quite a stir amongst the Queen's family and her loyal British servants.



The RyMickey Rating: B+

Thursday, July 12, 2018

The Girl with All the Gifts

The Girl with All the Gifts (2017)
Starring Gemma Arterton, Paddy Considine, Sennia Nanua, and Glenn Close
Directed by Colm McCarthy
Written by Mike Carey
***This film is currently streaming via Amazon Prime***

Summary (in 500 words or less):  A fungus has turned the masses into zombies and some of the remaining British human population are attempting to figure out a cure via a small group of children who have been infected, but still retain many human characteristics including the ability to speak, learn, and empathize.  One girl in particular, Melanie (Sennia Nanua), holds the most potential, but her teacher Mrs. Justineau (Gemma Arterton) and scientist Dr. Caldwell (Glenn Close) hold very different opinions on how to deal with the young subject.



The RyMickey Rating: B

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Free Fire

Free Fire (2017)
Starring Sharlto Copley, Armie Hammer, Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy, Jack Reynor, Babou Ceesay, Enzo Cilenti, Sam Riley, Michael Smiley, and Noah Taylor
Directed by Ben Wheatley
Written by Amy Jump and Ben Wheatley
***This film is currently streaming via Amazon Prime***

Summary (in 500 words or less):  A group of criminals meets up with weapons salesmen at an empty warehouse when chaos erupts and bullets start flying everywhere.



The RyMickey Rating:  C-

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Super Dark Times

Super Dark Times (2017)
Starring Owen Campbell, Charlie Than, Elizabeth Cappuccino, Max Talisman, Sawyer Barth, and Amy Hargreaves
Directed by Kevin Phillips
Written by Ben Collins and Luke Piotrowski
***This film is currently streaming via Netflix***

Summary (in 500 words or less):  Best friends Zach (Owen Campbell) and Josh (Charlie Than) are typical 1990s teens, spending their free time playing video games, watching tv, and talking about girls.  However, one afternoon when they're hanging out with fellow classmates Daryl (Max Talisman) and Charlie (Sawyer Barth), a horrible accident occurs and what these teens do after the incident leads them down a dark and treacherous path.



The RyMickey Rating:  C+

Monday, July 09, 2018

To the Bone

To the Bone (2017)
Starring Lily Collins, Keanu Reeves, Carrie Preston, Lili Taylor, Alex Sharp, Leslie Bibb, and Liana Liberato
Directed by Marti Noxon
Written by Marti Noxon
***This film is currently streaming via Netflix***

Summary (in 500 words or less):  Artist Ellen (Lily Collins) enters an experimental treatment facility for eating disorders run by a doctor (Keanu Reeves) whose unique methodology proves difficult with which for Ellen to oblige.



The RyMickey Rating:  B-

Saturday, July 07, 2018

Ant-Man and the Wasp

Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)
Starring Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Peña, Hannah John-Kamen, Walton Goggins, Bobby Cannavale, Judy Greer, Tip 'T.I.' Harris, Abby Ryder Forston, Randall Park, Michelle Pfeiffer, Laurence Fishburne, and Michael Douglas
Directed by Peyton Reed
Written by Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Paul Rudd, Andrew Barrer, and Gabriel Ferrari

Summary (in 500 words or less):  Back in the 1980s, Janet van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) becomes trapped in the microscopic quantum realm by shrinking herself too small as she successfully disabled a Russian nuclear missile.  Back in the present day, Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) is on house arrest being monitored by the FBI after assisting Captain America a few years prior with the events of "Captain America: Civil War."  One evening, Scott has a wild dream wherein he sees himself as Janet van Dyne.  Utterly confused, he calls Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and his daughter Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) who have all but excommunicated him after the events of the prior Ant-Man film and Civil War.  Upon hearing Scott's dream, however, they determine that Scott's visit to the quantum realm in the first Ant-Man film has somehow connected him to Janet and they hope that Scott can help reunite them with their wife and mother.  


The RyMickey Rating:  B-

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Gerald's Game

Gerald's Game (2017)
Starring Carla Gugino, Bruce Greenwood, Henry Thomas, and Chiara Aurelia
Directed by Mike Flanagan
Written by Jeff Howard and Mike Flanagan
***This film is currently streaming via Netflix***

Summary (in 500 words or less):  A sex game at a remote lakeside cabin turns troublesome when Gerald (Bruce Greenwood) dies of a heart attack after handcuffing his wife Jessie (Carla Gugino) to the bed.  Jessie needs to muster all she can in order to survive this scary ordeal.



The RyMickey Rating:  B-

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Kong: Skull Island

Kong: Skull Island (2017)
Starring Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, John C. Reilly, Corey Hawkins, Jing Tian,  John Ortiz, Thomas Mann, Shea Whigham, Toby Kebbell, and John Goodman
Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts
Written by Dan Gilroy, Max Borenstein, and Derek Connelly

Summary (in 500 words or less):  A team (both military and scientific) head to Skull Island in order to investigate some strange findings.  Upon their arrival, they soon discover the island is home to many larger-than-life creatures including the titular simian Kong.



The RyMickey Rating:  C+

Raw

Raw (2017)
Starring Garance Marillier, Ella Rumpf, and Rabat Naït Oufella
Directed by Julia Ducournau
Written by Julia Ducournau
***This film is currently streaming via Netflix***

Summary (in 500 words or less):  Sixteen year-old Justine (Garance Marillier) follows in the footsteps of her parents and sister (Ella Rumpf) and attends a French veterinarian school where, during the heinous first week Rush Week, the lifelong vegetarian is forced to eat meat as part of a hazing ritual.  While initially repulsed, Justine soon begins to hunger for meat...in any form...including human...


The RyMickey Rating:  B-