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The Skeleton Twins

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Directed by: Craig Johnson

Written by: Mark Heyman & Craig Johnson

Starring: Kristen Wiig & Bill Hader

My eyes were transfixed on the screen from start to finish, fearing I would miss a beat in this darkly funny film. No surprise, Wiig and Hader had perfect brother sister chemistry; the surprise was how they were both able to leave me utterly speechless at the subtle grandeur of their raw performances especially at the darkest parts of the film. The script was biting, rhythmic, relevant and refreshingly honest. I was left wondering how old Milo and Maggie were, a minor detail but it distracted me enough to take me out of the moment especially with Ty Burrell cast their former teacher. The musical score was subdued with the best lip-synched musical number since “Stepmom.” This movie is more than a great character study with two standout performances, it’s a near perfect masterpiece that’s a must-see.

9.5/10

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Throwback Thursday Review

 

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The Good Girl

Release Date: August 7th, 2002

Directed by: Miguel Arteta

Written by: Mike White

Starring: Jennifer Aniston & Jake Gyllenhaal

 

“The Good Girl” isn’t good, it isn’t great; it’s raw, riveting, and real. I know most people go to movies for an escape but the bleakness of the film is what makes it so powerfully moving. Aniston shines as the depressed wife yearning to break free from her monotonous prison, and really needs to take more of these edgier roles. Gyllenhaal and his piercing eyes break your heart as mentally unbalanced Holden. The cautious beautiful score enhances the simple yet provocative script all set against understated rural cinematography. This is the definition of an underrated gem.

9.5/10

 

BONUS REVIEW:

(Meant to post this last week but darn technology malfunction)

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Ever After

Release date: July 31st, 1998

Directed by: Andy Tennant

Written by: Susannah Grant, Andy Tennant, & Rick Parks

Starring: Drew Barrymore, Anjelica Huston, Dougray Scott

I’m a huge fan of classic stories with a twist, and this reimagining of Cinderella has become an instant favorite. The chemistry between Barrymore and Scott is sweet and believable, but they are both no match for Huston’s portrayal of the wicked stepmother, a truly brilliant and underrated performance. The entire supporting cast entertains, doing justice to a clever script that creates realistic nuanced relationships between its characters. The whole script is wonderfully paced, nothing rushed or prolonged, every moment adds to the story. The score is whimsy and light-hearted through but intense and vibrant when needed. If you are looking for a fun reinvented fairytale with a strong feisty female lead, Ever After is it.

9/10

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