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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,...

Friday, June 22, 2018

Score: A Film Music Documentary

Score: A Film Music Documentary (2017)
Directed by Matt Schrader
Written by Matt Schrader
***This film is currently streaming via Hulu***

Summary (in 500 words or less):  A look at the art behind creating film scores...



The RyMickey Rating:  C-

Thursday, June 21, 2018

The Vault

The Vault (2017)
Starring Francesca Eastwood, Taryn Manning, Scott Hayes, Q'orianka Kilcher, Clifton Collins Jr., and James Franco
Directed by Dan Bush
Written by Dan Bush and Conal Byrne
***This film is currently streaming via Netflix***

Summary (in 500 words or less): When a trio of siblings decides to rob a bank in order to help their brother out of some tough times, they don't bargain that the bank they're going to rob will be haunted...


The RyMickey Rating: C

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Beatriz at Dinner

Beatriz at Dinner (2017)
Starring Salma Hayek, John Lithgow, Connie Britton, Jay Duplass, Amy Landecker, Chloë Sevigny, and David Warshofsky
Directed by Miguel Arteta
Written by Mike White
***This film is currently streaming via Amazon Prime***

Summary (in 500 words or less):  Masseuse Beatriz is invited to spend the evening at a dinner party given by her client's husband.  However, when the liberal Beatriz discovers the party's guests are all conservatives, she stands up to them and their beliefs (in a way only Hollywood movies could depict).



The RyMickey Rating: C

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

War Machine

War Machine (2017)
Starring Brad Pitt, Emory Cohen, RJ Cyler, Topher Grace, Anthony Michael Hall, Anthony Hayes, John Magaro, Scoot McNairy, Will Poulter, Lakeith Stanfield, Josh Stewart, Meg Tilly, Tilda Swinton, and Ben Kingsley
Directed by David Michôd
Written by David Michôd
***This film is currently streaming via Netflix***

Summary (in 500 words or less):  Four-star General Glen McMahon (Brad Pitt) heads to Afghanistan to figure out how to bring an end to the war in this subversive piece.




The RyMickey Rating:  C

Monday, June 18, 2018

Wonder Wheel

Wonder Wheel (2017)
Starring Kate Winslet, Justin Timberlake, Jim Belushi, and Juno Temple
Directed by Woody Allen
Written by Woody Allen
***This film is currently streaming via Amazon Prime***


Summary (in 500 words or less):  Twentysomething Carolina (Juno Temple) arrives at Coney Island in the 1950s after she has become a made woman for telling the FBI secret info about her mobster husband.  She finds her father Humpty (Jim Belushi) and his new wife Ginny (Kate Winslet), the latter of whom is a bit unhappy as the put-upon wife in her marriage so she seeks comfort in the arms of a young lifeguard Mickey (Justin Timberlake).  The lives of these four become intertwined, causing them to do things they may never thought they'd have been able to do.



The RyMickey Rating: B-

Saturday, June 16, 2018

The Mummy

The Mummy (2017)
Starring Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis, Jake Johnson, and Russell Crowe
Directed by Alex Kurtzman
Written by David Koepp, Christopher McQuarrie, and Dylan Kussman

Summary (in 500 words or less):  When Army sergeant Nick Morton (Tom Cruise) unwittingly unearths the tomb of an ancient banished Egyptian princess, a great evil is released wreaking havoc on London after the tomb is shipped there to be examined.


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The RyMickey Rating: C-

Friday, June 15, 2018

Icarus

Icarus (2017)
Directed by Bryan Fogel
Written by Bryan Fogel and Mark Monroe
***This film is currently streaming via Netflix***

Summary (in 500 words or less):  Bryan Fogel is an amateur cyclist who is a bit devastated by the concept that his idols like Lance Armstrong have utilized drugs in order to succeed.  In his quest to find out if famous sports figures could actually get away with this conceit, Fogel connects with the director of Russia's anti-doping agency Grigory Rodchenkov and the two start Fogel on a drug regime.  However, in the midst of Fogel's treatment, Russia is accused of doping nearly all of its Olympic athletes and Rodchenkov is front and center in the scandal.  Fogel's documentary that began wondering if he could fool doping tests turns into a documentary about one of the biggest scandals in sports history.



The RyMickey Rating: B-

Thursday, June 14, 2018

A Ghost Story

A Ghost Story (2017)
Starring Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara
Directed by David Lowery
Written by David Lowery
***This film is currently streaming via Amazon Prime***

Summary (in 500 words or less):  A man (Casey Affleck) dies and returns as a silent ghost to see how is wife (Rooney Mara) copes with his death.



The RyMickey Rating: B-

Friday, June 08, 2018

Before I Wake

Before I Wake (2017)
Starring Kate Bosworth, Thomas Jane, Jacob Tremblay, and Annabeth Gish
Directed by Mike Flanagan
Written by Mike Flanagan and Jeff Howard
***This film is currently streaming via Netflix***

Summary (in 500 words or less):  A couple (Kate Bosworth, Thomas Jane) coping with the death of their young son decide to become foster parents to a young boy (Jacob Tremblay) who has moved from family to family after some traumatic events have occurred in their homes.  They soon discover that the boy's dreams have a magical way of becoming reality...but his nightmares do as well...




The RyMickey Rating: C+

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

The Killing of a Sacred Deer

The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017)
Starring Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Barry Keoghan, Raffey Cassidy, Sunny Suljic, and Alicia Silverstone
Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos
Written by Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthymis Filippou
***This film is currently streaming via Amazon Prime***

Summary (in 500 words or less):  A cardiologist (Colin Farrell) befriends the teenage son (Barry Keoghan) of a man who died on his operating table only to discover that the young kid has some malevolent intentions.



The RyMickey Rating: C

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Life

Life (2017)
Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, Ryan Reynolds, Hiroyuki Sanada, Ariyon Bakare, and Olga Dihovichnaya
Directed by Daniel Espinosa
Written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick

Summary (in 500 words or less): A sextet of astronauts orbiting the Earth attach to a satellite that contains samples from an exploration of Mars.  After discovering that the samples contain evidence of life on Mars, the crew begins completing research, discovering that the lifeform grows very rapidly...and may not be as gentle as they first thought.



The RyMickey Rating: B

Monday, June 04, 2018

47 Meters Down

47 Meters Down (2017)
Starring Mandy Moore, Claire Holt, and Matthew Modine
Directed by Johannes Roberts
Written by Johannes Roberts and Ernest Riera
***This film is currently streaming via Netflix***

Summary (in 500 words or less):  Two sisters (Mandy Moore and Claire Holt) decide to swim with the sharks on a trip to Mexico, but when their excursion goes awry and the wench on their cage breaks plummeting them 47 meters below the surface, they must muster all their courage to make it out of their situation alive.



The RyMickey Rating:  B-

Saturday, June 02, 2018

Colossal

Colossal (2017)
Starring Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis, Austin Stowell, Tim Blake Nelson, and Dan Stevens
Directed by Nacho Vigalondo
Written by Nacho Vigalondo
***This film is currently streaming via Hulu***

Summary (in 500 words or less):  A woman in America soon realizes that she may have some control over a monstrous creature that is wreaking havoc in Seoul, South Korea.  



The RyMickey Rating:  C