Joel has written 2 reviews for films rated ★★ during 2019.

  • Strange but True

    Strange but True

    ★★

    Strange But True is an odd movie because it feels like two different movies poorly pieced together with good actors giving some bland performances.
    The story follows  Philip ( Nick Robinson) who receives a visit from his deceased brother’s former girlfriend that leads the family on a journey of self discovery and the past. Amy Ryan and Greg Kinnear play Philip’s parents but really aren’t given much to work with and a result they both come off as mundane in…

  • Ne Zha

    Ne Zha

    ★★

    Ne Zha is a Chinese animated fantasy film filled with myth and lore and history that can be confusing at times. The action looks sleek and the animation style is quite beautiful to look at. The story has a lot of twists and turns for different characters that it becomes hard to follow what character’s goals  are impacting the overall dilemma the film raises. 
    There is some compelling drama which keeps the story engaging with themes of belonging and family…