Review – Ben Is Back

Ben Is Back, written and directed by Peter Hedges, has at its core a meaningful and powerfully explored set of central characters. Much of the first half of this film brilliantly follows a group of characters who are written and acted in a way that has them feeling authentic and raw in who they are. I found myself completely sucked in by their dysfunctional family, that from the outside seems to be coping but from the inside is barely holding on. I only wish the film had continued with it throughout, rather than straying off into a primarily plot driven experience where the meaning and the emotion seemed to take a back seat. So, let’s explore all that this film has to offer and see if its latter half does an amount of damage that makes it not worth watching. Onto the review. Read more

Review – Money Monster

Money Monster

Money Monster, directed by Jodie Foster, is a film that very early on loses what it wants to be. A larger, less human story takes over and leaves a lot behind, and in the middle of it all are characters that are woefully underdeveloped and at times overlooked. There are problems to dissect, so let’s get to it. Read more