Jean-Luc has written 21 reviews for films during 2017.

  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer

    The Killing of a Sacred Deer

    ★★★½

    For every second of this film's 121 minute run time, I wanted nothing more than to stand up, and walk out of the theater. Everything about it is brilliant - from the not-quite-right performances to the methodical pacing - but I wanted to scream, the experience as so tense. I don't think I'll be able to handle a second viewing, but I would love to revisit it to pick up the elements I'm sure I missed.

  • Geostorm

    Geostorm

    I got MoviePass and now have this dumb idea that I have to get as much value out of it as possible so I went and saw Geostorm today and oh god I made a mistake

  • Professor Marston and the Wonder Women

    Professor Marston and the Wonder Women

    ★★★★

    Considering comments made by the Marston estate, it's pertinent to preface this review with an acknowledgement that Professor Marston & the Wonder Women, in all likelihood, is not an accurate depiction of the lives of William Moulton Marston, Elizabeth Marston, and Olive Byrne.

    With that out of the way, this film is fantastic. It's rare that a film is so careful in its depiction of sex, romance, and sexuality. At no moment does the film feel exploitative. Rather, it is concerned…

  • Wonder Woman

    Wonder Woman

    ★★★★½

    Wonder Woman is everything a superhero film should be and more. It means so much to me that this film is as fucking fantastic as it is.

  • Free Fire

    Free Fire

    ★★★½

    Free Fire may not have much in the plot department. Hell, the characters aren't really much beyond caricatures. They're given just enough lines to make the viewers care, and nothing beyond that. The film feels stripped down and bare bones.

    And somehow, it works incredibly well. Clocking in at just under 90 minutes, it's a tight, action packed film. It's also quite unlike any other crime/action film I've ever seen. Free Fire picks one location, and spends the entire film…

  • Trespass Against Us

    Trespass Against Us

    ★★

    Other than "it's not very good" I only have two things to say about Trespass Against Us:

    1. It makes a lot of sense that the antagonist bears resemblance to Stephen Bannon

    and

    2. Michael Fassbender needs to get himself a much better agent

  • The Lovers

    The Lovers

    ★★★½

    An imperfect film, to be sure, but one that left me on the verge of tears nonetheless. Truly resonant in ways I did no expect.

  • Alien: Covenant

    Alien: Covenant

    ★★½

    Alien: Covenant is a tough film to write about. For all its shortcomings, I actually quite like Prometheus. And its biggest flaw - the lack of payoff for its philosophical ponderings - could easily be fixed by this film.

    That is, if anyone involved in the creation of this film had learned anything from the mistakes made by Prometheus. Covenant follows the structure of Prometheus almost to a tee. Of course, the setting and characters are (mostly) different this time…

  • Prometheus

    Prometheus

    ★★★

    Prometheus, while not the total misfire many would have you believe, is a profoundly disappointing film. Spend enough time thinking and reading thinkpieces about it, and it's easy to convince yourself otherwise. I did it to myself, thinking "hey, maybe Prometheus is actually a lot smarter than I remember!"

    But Prometheus is nowhere near as smart as it wants to be. Sure, it subverts the expectations surrounding a film in the Alien universe pretty well. The DNA is there, but…

  • Split

    Split

    ★★★½

    By the time Split was entering its final act, it was losing me. And while it did successfully keep me paying attention until the final moments, it was running on fumes by the time it got there. For the most part, it was the performances keeping me engaged.

    The plot is interesting enough, sure. The problem is that it feels bloated. It's interspersed with a number of exposition dumps that distract from the main goings-on. I could see myself loving…

  • Song to Song

    Song to Song

    ★★★★★

    Song to Song is not a film that's going to work for everyone - although you could say the same of all of Malick's work. Some of it hasn't worked for me *cough* Knight of Cups *cough.*

    But the emotions captured by Song to Song hit me, and resonated. I literally missed the last train back to campus because I sat through the credits, letting the experience flow over me. It captures a beautiful sense of melancholy.

    Really, Song to…

  • Logan

    Logan

    ★★★

    On one hand, Logan is a an incredible, albeit stark, look at the future of America. A future in which the marginalized flee north, to Canada. A future in which corporations have more say than the common man, and the government brews up secret murder machines to keep the population in check.

    On the other, the entire first act is a contrived mess. The entire opening feels unnecessary, and goes on for far too long. Just when it starts getting…