Joel has written 3 reviews for films rated ★★ during 2020.

  • The Turning

    The Turning

    ★★

    A retelling of Henry James' classic novel the Turn of the Screw, 2020's the Turning just can't stand up against the classic story even if the visuals are strong and Mackenzie Davis, Finn Wolfhard and Brooklynn Prince bring great performance but the story relies on jump scares, dreamm sequences and other horror cliches to fill out the running time and the ending really felt like act two when it should have had a more engaging finale.
    The Turning had some…

  • Greed

    Greed

    ★★

    Greed is a satire on how the 1% live and the class system and how the rich control those below them while also being a commentary on how the system is broken but it never effectively succeeds at either goal.
    Greed has a stacked cast with Steve Coogan stealing every scene he's in(even though he is annoying in most of his scenes-it is kind of the point) and Isla Fischer, Asa Butterfield and Stephen Fry turning out some good performances…

  • Beneath Us

    Beneath Us

    ★★

    Beneath Us is a thriller about illegal immigrants seeking work from a rich couple that prove to be more than they seem. The story does have some decent story ideas as well as some unnerving scenes that ramp up the tension well (despite a lot of the acting not being stellar Lynne Collins being over the top any time on screen, but being a decently despicable foe for the young workers) and interesting twists and turns.
    The failure of the…