BlacKkKlansman (Spike Lee – 2018) A

I loved this movie, Spike Lee’s best in years. It is funny, tightly told, horrifying at times and tells a fascinating story that cannot be more relevant for our times as the closing scenes remind us. The actors do a great job and it also has a great music score. The story is about Ron Stallworth, the only black detective in Colorado Springs in 1970 something, who along with a Jewish detective join the KKK undercover! A crazy but true story.

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Murder on the Orient Express (Kenneth Branagh – 2017) B-

This is one of those I am predisposed to liking, British AND Agatha Christie’s Poirot character. Then we have cool setting, snow, train and a story that I’ve always liked. So, I enjoyed it even if I think that Mr. Branagh is not the best embodiment of Poirot.

Unsane (Steven Soderbergh – 2018) C

Apparently he filmed it on an iPhone. No wonder it looked so crappy and everyone except for the Claire Foy seems to know that they are in a movie. It’s not a great entry by Soderbergh. A low budget movie filmed mostly on an iPhone can be excellent, example is Tangerine. This one is not.

Tag (Jeff Tomsic – 2018) C+

A group of friends have been playing a game of tag for 30 years. It’s based on a true story. It’s fun and the characters are all likable played by funny people. The most entertaining part is the running gag that becomes the main theme of the movie; everyone wants to tag Jerry (Jeremy Renner) who is about to get married.

The killing of a Sacred Deer (Yorgos Lanthimos – 2017) C

I’ve really liked Lanthimos unique vision and style. His films are always a bit off, the dialogue stilted and artificial. The subject matter mostly horrific. We have all that here. We have good actors doing excellent work. Yet, yet compared to his other work there seems to be no point to it here. The horrible circumstances and events that happen to the surgeon, his wife and his family seem sadistic for no purpose. Not my favorite this one.