Jean-Luc has written 5 reviews for films rated ★★★½ 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.

  • 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…

  • 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.

  • 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…

  • Unbreakable

    Unbreakable

    ★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Superheroes, and the comics in which they appear, are fascinating. And they're fascinating in ways almost nothing else is. They push the boundaries of reality further than any other genre or medium. There's something innately special about them.
    Unbreakable poses the question: "What if people with superpowers existed in our world?" This is not a new question - one needs to look no farther than Watchmen to see it being tackled. It's something comics have grappled with for years.
    The…