This Is a Movie Review: Cold War

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CREDIT: Łukasz Żal

I give Cold War 4 out of 5 Rocks Around the Clock: http://newscult.com/movie-review-intimate-sprawling-polish-drama-cold-war-packs-punch-lingers/

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This Is a Movie Review: Roma

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CREDIT: Alfonso Cuarón

People such as Cleo, the live-in maid for a well-off middle-class Mexican family, are not usually the focal points of major motion pictures. Her life is not extraordinary, at least not in the typically obvious sense of the term. But that does not mean that her story cannot be successfully rendered cinematically. All human beings inherently have value, and Alfonso Caurón’s closeness to the material means that Roma is bursting with straightforward humanity. In fact, the entirety of Roma is fairly straightforward, which for some might mean pleasant and affecting but for others might mean boring and pointless. I am somewhere in the middle – I cared about what was happening to Cleo, but I don’t think she is going to indelibly stick with me.

Now for the big question: should you see Roma in a theater instead of just streaming it on your streaming device? Yes, insofar as every movie is better in a big theater. But it’s not especially true in this case. Caurón’s craft is still alive and well, but it’s been much more mind-blowing elsewhere.

I give Roma 15 Dog Turds out of 25 Narrow Garage Park Jobs.

This Is a Movie Review: Vice

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CREDIT: Matt Kennedy/Annapurna Pictures

I give Vice 3.5 out of 5 Unitary Executive Theories: http://newscult.com/movie-review-dick-cheney-ten-chess-moves-ahead-everyone-adam-mckays-typically-ambitious-vice/

This Is a Movie Review: Bumblebee

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CREDIT: Paramount Pictures

I give Bumblebee 3.5 out of 5 Volkswagen Bugs: http://newscult.com/movie-review-bumblebee-retro-fun-mercifully-economical/

SNL Review December 15, 2018: Matt Damon/Mark Ronson and Miley Cyrus

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CREDIT: Will Heath/NBC

My letter grades for each sketch and segment is below. My in-depth review is on News Cult: http://newscult.com/snl-love-itkeep-itleave-matt-damonmark-ronson-miley-cyrus/

It’s a Wonderful Trump – B-

Matt Damon’s Monologue – B

Westminster Daddy Show – B

Best Christmas Ever – C-

Christmas Ornaments – B

Oscar Host Auditions – C

Jingle Bells – B-

Mark Ronson and Miley Cyrus perform “Nothing Breaks Like a Heart” – B

Weekend Update
The Jokes (BEST OF THE NIGHT) – B+
Where’s Wes? – C+
Angel – B

Weezer Argument – B+

Cop Christmas – B

Mark Ronson and Miley Cyrus and Sean Lennon perform “(Happy XMas) War Is Over)” – B-

Happy Christmas, Britain – B

This Is a Movie Review: Mortal Engines

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CREDIT: Mark Pokorny/Universal Pictures

I give Mortal Engines 2.5 out of 5 Traction Cities: http://newscult.com/movie-review-mortal-engines-full-striking-visuals-admirable-ambition-little-pedestrian-execution/

This Is a Movie Review: The Mule

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CREDIT: Warner Bros.

I give The Mule 3 out of 5 Dykes on Bikes for Entertainment Value/2 out of 5 Stereotypes for Social Value: http://newscult.com/movie-review-mule-clint-eastwood-unlikely-drug-trafficker-complains-internet/

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