Joel has written 2 reviews for films rated ★½ during 2017.

  • Bitter Harvest

    Bitter Harvest

    ★½

    Bitter Harvest had a potential to be great, chronicling the Ukrainian massacre at the hands of the Russians but the bland acting and the focus on the love story that became more melodramatic than keeping the film historically accurate made Bitter Harvest one of the more forgettable period pieces.
    Terrence Stamp does the best with what he has to work with but his role is a minor one and therefore can't really do much for the overall story. The slow…

  • Smurfs: The Lost Village

    Smurfs: The Lost Village

    ★½

    A reboot (of sorts) for the franchise, going all animation this time, really
    helped with the narrative of the film. Smurfs The Lost Village follows four main Smurfs, Smurfette(Demi Lovoto), Hefty Smurf(Joe Manganiello), Brainy Smurf(Danny Pudi) and Clumsy Smurf(Jack McBrayer) as they search for the Lost Village while avoiding the dreaded Gargamel(Rainn Wilson). The story is a very basic journey film but the actors are able to make the journey somewhat interesting with a fun dynamic that they share with…