Joel has written 7 reviews for films rated ★★★ during 2017.

  • A Ghost Story

    A Ghost Story

    ★★★

    Ghost Story is Casey Affleck's C wearing an actual bed sheet as a ghost for ninety-two minutes. Casey Affleck dies in an accident and becomes a ghost and the film follows not only his journey as a ghost but flashbacks to his relationship with Rooney Mara's M.
    This movie is often almost a silent film with the cinematography and the physical acting of Mara and an actual walking sheet to convey emotion and its often fairly effective. Several scenes do…

  • The Hitman's Bodyguard

    The Hitman's Bodyguard

    ★★★

    The story of Hitman's Bodyguard is almost irrelevant when Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds are trading quips(along with F words galore) and just having as much fun as possible in this action scenes that are so over the top that it doesn't feel like either of these two are in any real danger.
    The story of Samuel L. Jackson's hit man having some information needed in a trial and Reynolds Bodyguard needing to help protect him is just a…

  • Annabelle: Creation

    Annabelle: Creation

    ★★★

    David Sanberg does for the Annabelle franchise what Ouija Origin of Evil does for that franchise: follow up a terrible movie with a great prequel. Creation precedes the events of the original and gives the backstory to how Annabelle became the demonic presence she is in the Conjuring.
    Creation follows a group of orphans that are taken in by a family trying to get over an event in their life and then all hell breaks loose.
    Although there are six…

  • The Glass Castle

    The Glass Castle

    ★★★

    The Glass Castle reunites Short Term director Destin Daniel Cretton and lead actress Brie Larson to tell the true story of four kids who raise themselves when their parents fail to properly support them.
    Based on the story written by Jeannette Walls(portrayed by Larson), the film cuts between her youth and her adult life to see how her connection with her father defined who she(and her siblings) would become.
    Woody Harrelson plays Rex the father with big ambitions, lots of…

  • Rough Night

    Rough Night

    ★★★

    Rough Night had potential with the bachelorette storyline of five girls reuniting after years apart and just having a fun romp and letting the natural comedy of the escapades shine through. Unfortunately, the story gets bogged down with this crime storyline after a male escort is accidentally killed.
    From the writer of Broad City and with the acting prowess of Scarlett Johansson, Zoe Kravitz and the humor of Kate McKinnon, Broad City's Ilana Glazer and Jillian Bell, Rough Night should…

  • The Beguiled

    The Beguiled

    ★★★

    The Beguiled is a 2017 adaption of a novel by Thomas P. Cullinan about a girl's school in the Civil War and a wounded soldier that ends up on their doorstep and adds a lot of complexity to their lives. Sophia Coppola(director of Virgin Suicides, Lost In Translation among others) helms this period piece and the cinematography captures the era so well. The way the scenes are shot and the eery score just creates this palpable tension that helps make…

  • T2 Trainspotting

    T2 Trainspotting

    ★★★

    The boys are back after twenty years and Mark(Ewan McGregor), Spud(Ewen Bremner), Simon(Johnny Lee Miller) and Begbie(Robert Carlyle) are back to their normal antics and don't seem to have skipped a beat as they fit perfectly back into the world Danny Boyle created. The dynamic between them is the driving force of the film as is the visual euphoric style Boyle brings to every frame to make audiences feel as if in a drug haze. Ewan McGregor steals the show…