Joel has written 5 reviews for films rated ★★ during 2017.

  • Paris Can Wait

    Paris Can Wait

    ★★

    Have you been clamoring for a film about a rich white woman who travels through Europe eating at fancy places while a man tries to seduce her? Well then, this is the film for you. There's really not a lot to say about this film. A road trip film where a married woman(played by Diane Lane) travels with a business associate(Arnaud Viard) of her husband(in a cameo role by Alec Baldwin) as he tries to seduce her by taking her…

  • Despicable Me 3

    Despicable Me 3

    ★★

    The continuation of the Gru storyline from the previous films, the Despicable Me films seem to have nowhere new to go and are just rehashing things for nostalgic sake. So why not bring in a villain that is just a throwback to 80s culture(played by Trey Parker) in the continuation of the lets bring back the 80s thing everyone's doing now.
    The voice acting is still top-notch as ever but the story is too predictable and often trying too hard…

  • The House

    The House

    ★★

    There's two kinds of Will Ferrell movies to me: The comedy that takes a simple premise but really nails the humor and Ferrell and Co are just running on all cylinders(Anchorman,Talladega Nights and Step Brothers to name a few) and the comedies that had fun premises but are just poorly executed and poor screenwriting(Daddy's Home, Casa de Mi Padre and Semi-Pro as proof) and The House definitely falls into the latter.
    The story of a suburban family having to get…

  • Table 19

    Table 19

    ★★

    Anna Kendrick leads an ensemble cast of people at a wedding that are unimportant(at the back of the reception-Table19) consisting of Lisa Kudrow, Craig Robinson, Stephen Merchant, June Squibb and Toni Revolori. The film delivers when it focuses more on the drama between the characters especially Anna Kendrick trying to cope with losing her fiancee(Wyatt Russell) , the brother of the groom, and her progression in the film as well as the chemistry between Robinson and Kudrow's long time marriage,…

  • The Great Wall

    The Great Wall

    ★★

    The Great Wall is not the true story of the Great Wall Of China and how and why the wall was built(probably would have made an interesting film), but a fictional story about a group of Chinese warriors defending the wall against an army of CGI monsters looking to take over the world and how they must stop them and how Matt Damon wanders in and saves the day.
    The story seems dumb but the action for the first act…