Movie Review Weekly Roundup: March 7 – March 13, 2021

Going In Style (2017) starring Michael Caine, Alan Arkin, and Morgan Freeman.

The following is part of a weekly compilation of movie reviews from The Buzz Track staff. These movies were watched in the previous week, and the reviews were originally posted on Letterboxd.


Going in Style (2017)

DIRECTOR: Zach Braff.
WRITERS: Theodore Melfi (screenplay), Edward Cannon (story).
MPAA RATING: PG-13
GENRES: Comedy, Crime.
LENGTH: 1h 36min.
LANGUAGE: English.
WHERE TO RENT: JustWatch or Prime Video.
★★★★☆ | WATCHED: March 7, 2021.

Heist movies have been around for a very long time. It is always great to see one that is fun and entertaining like this one. Although it hits some of the same old usual plot points and character motivations for a heist movie, the story feels fresh enough with a slightly different twist by featuring an older group of retirees as the bank robbers. I liked the movie. It is always great seeing long-time career actors still working and having some fun along the way.


Rabid (2019)

DIRECTOR: The Soska Sisters.
WRITERS: John Serge, The Soska Sisters.
MPAA RATING: Unrated – Viewer discretion is advised.
GENRES: Horror, Sci-Fi.
LENGTH: 1h 47min.
LANGUAGE: English.
WHERE TO RENT: JustWatch or Prime Video.
★★☆☆☆ | WATCHED: March 7, 2021.

Here is a horror movie remake from the Soska Sisters, who I will remember as the co-host of the short-lived game show Hellevator. It is based on David Cronenberg’s 1977 film of the same name. In some ways, I thought this story was more of a sad tale than a horror story. The main character goes through some crappy situations in her life, and I feel sorry for her. It is an okay film. But it is not as clean-cut and strong as I would hope it could be.


The Current War (2017)

DIRECTOR: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon.
WRITERS: Michael Mitnick.
MPAA RATING: PG-13
GENRES: Biography, Drama, History.
LENGTH: 1h 42min.
LANGUAGE: English.
WHERE TO RENT: JustWatch or Prime Video.
★★★☆☆ | WATCHED: March 9, 2021.

This movie is a decent portrayal of the innovators who helped usher in the age of electricity and modern life. But it feels more like a made-for-television production that I would have watched in my history class back in high school. I liked the story and the acting in the movie, do not get me wrong. It just feels like there is some pizzazz missing to completely wow me. However, I might watch it once or twice more at some point in the future just for the sake of entertainment. At this point, I doubt it will ever appear on my all-time favorites list.


Guns Akimbo (2019)

DIRECTOR: Jason Lei Howden.
WRITERS: Jason Lei Howden.
MPAA RATING: R – Viewer discretion is advised.
GENRES: Action, Comedy, Thriller.
LENGTH: 1h 38min.
LANGUAGE: English.
WHERE TO RENT: JustWatch or Prime Video.
★★★★☆ | WATCHED: March 10, 2021.

Yes, the movie is violent. Yes, Samara Weaving runs around as a trashed-down, psycho killer. And, yes, Harry Potter has a pair of guns screwed to his hands. Although the movie’s concept did remind me of the short-lived television show Blood Drive that aired in 2017. I liked this movie because of its world-building and tone, even if it plays like a catchy pop song in high rotation on corporate radio.


Free Solo (2018)

DIRECTOR: Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi.
WRITERS: N/A.
MPAA RATING: PG-13
GENRES: Documentary, Adventure, Sport.
LENGTH: 1h 40min.
LANGUAGE: English.
WHERE TO RENT: JustWatch or Disney Plus.
★★★★☆ | WATCHED: March 10, 2021.

A cute woman drops her phone number off to a random stranger at a book signing event as a joke. Only after that point in time, she becomes self-aware of diving right into the deep end of the anxiety pool. The random stranger is an adrenaline junkie who wants to scale the side of a mountain over 2,000 feet tall without any safety equipment. And this guy struggles with certain emotional feelings like fear and love. The final third of the movie is not for those who easily cave to anxiety and panic. I liked this documentary.


Judas and the Black Messiah (2021)

DIRECTOR: Shaka King.
WRITERS: Will Berson, Shaka King.
MPAA RATING: R – Viewer discretion is advised.
GENRES: Biography, Drama, History.
LENGTH: 2h 6min.
LANGUAGE: English.
WHERE TO RENT: JustWatch.
★★★★☆ | WATCHED: March 13, 2021.

This story is such a dramatic retelling of Fred Hampton’s story. He was a political idealist leader and chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther organization. The movie depicts Hampton as a person with a vision of growth and care for his neighbors and community. He is not the villain of history here. I am sure a few of his political talking points might hit upon a few hot keywords that are topical in today’s political climate. It is a subject that has been continuously festering in American politics for centuries.


Tag (2018)

DIRECTOR: Jeff Tomsic.
WRITERS: Rob McKittrick, Mark Steilen, Russell Adams.
MPAA RATING: R – Viewer discretion is advised.
GENRES: Action, Comedy.
LENGTH: 1h 40min.
LANGUAGE: English.
WHERE TO RENT: JustWatch or Prime Video.
★★☆☆☆ | WATCHED: March 13, 2021.

All of the best jokes appear in the movie’s promotional advertisements, and the punch lines still fall flat. While I was watching this movie, there was not one single instance when I laughed out loud. This fact alone should weigh a bit heavier than usual, as I had a decent beer buzz going during my viewing of the movie. It just does not strike any contact with my funny bone. I have enjoyed the previous works for most of the actors who appear in this movie. However, they did not make me laugh or entertain me in this one.


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