Sergio doesn’t have much to say, and it shows. Instead of telling a story about the real man, a hero of human rights and icon of diplomacy, the film gives us boring, tension-free romance, and one completely, unnecessarily erotic sex scene for no reason other than to keep our attention a little bit longer. This film is a classic example of having a compelling true story to tell, but not enough drive or passion to tell it properly.
Entertaining, but shallow, Coffee & Kareem is a fine, eighty-eight-minute romp to watch with some friends while you’re stuck at home. Some good dialogue, decent performances (with Gardenhigh standing out), and a very predictable plot make it a lukewarm addition to the endless stream of similar movies that have come before it.
Mortal Kombat (1995) is a hard-hitting, nostalgia oozing, videogame-inspired blast from the past that makes for a great escape.
Since you almost certainly did not see it when it was released, I urge you to give The Killing of a Sacred Deer a chance. Amazingly directed and acting, the film is a slow, paralyzing nightmare that creeps its way into the depths of your psyche. Although strange, and at times a bit pretentious, this is most certainly one of the most effective films intended to induce discomfort I’ve ever seen.
If it weren’t for the bluntness of the message, and the shoehorned, half-baked backstory and religious allegory, I would be singing The Platform’s praises for the next few months. Combine that with a completely humorless tone, and some deeply disturbing imagery, I can’t honestly recommend the film for anyone looking to restore a little faith in their fellow man.