Plot: Star (Sasha Lane) takes care of her siblings and has to fend off her stepfather’s abuse, if she can at all, so when she meets Jake (Shia LaBeouf) and he offers her a way out – joining him and a whole bus full of kids to drive around the country selling magazine subscriptions – Star jumps at the chance. Probably would have also jumped if there hadn’t been an instant connection between her and Jake, but that certainly helped her decision. But once they are on the road, things become a little more complicated than Star anticipated.
American Honey is a beautiful coming-of-age road movie with great lead performances, looking at a part of America that rarely gets much attention. I was absolutely captivated by it.
Plot: Grace (Riley Keough) plans to spend Christmas with her fiancé Richard (Richard Armitage) and his two children Aiden (Jaeden Martell) and Mia (Lia McHugh) in their lodge. It’s supposed to be a way for the children and Grace to get to know each other better and to get used to each other a little more – especially because the kids don’t accept her. But Richard has to leave for work, leaving Grace alone with the children. They get snowed in to boot. And their relationship is put to a hard test when strange things start happening around them.
After Ich seh, ich seh, Fiala and Franz had a lot to live up to and with The Lodge, they absolutely did. It’s an atmospheric, gorgeous and above all gripping film that will have your eyes glued to the screen.
Plot: Paul (Joel Edgerton), Sarah (Carmen Ejogo) and their son Travis (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) are holed up in a remote cabin. They’ve effectively isolated themselves after a mysterious disease broke out. But one night somebody tries to invade their home. They capture the intruder and keep him quarantined. When it turns out that he – Will (Christopher Abbott) – isn’t infected, but has family nearby, they grant them access to their home. But tensions keep rising.
It Comes at Night is a solid film with good characters and a firm grip on the tension it needs. It didn’t quite blow me away, but it’s a good watch.
Jimmy Logan (Channing Tatum) just got fired. So instead of a regular income, he needs a different way to get some money. Fortunately he has a plan. Together with his brother Clyde (Adam Driver) and his sister Mellie (Riley Keough) they’re going to rob the NASCAR bets during a race. But first, they need somebody who knows explosives and there’s nobody more knowledgeable than Joe Bang (Daniel Craig). Fortunately, Joe is currently in prison. So they all have their work cut out for them.
Logan Lucky is very entertaining, albeit not particularly deep. It may think that it’s a little funnier than it is, but it is funny enough to make it absolutely enjoyable.
Sarah (Riley Keough) has been best friends with Mindy (Jena Malone) since about forever. But with adulthood, their ways have separated a bit. Sarah is married to Dean (Cary Joji Fukunaga) and has a small daughter Jessie (Jessie Ok Gray), while Mindy lives a wilder life. But when Sarah and Mindy reconnect and go on an impromptu road trip, their relationship starts to change.
I enjoyed Lovesong the longest time, despite a couple of issues here and there. But the ending left me disappointed and a little bitter.
Max (Tom Hardy) is still wandering through the postapocalyptic desert when he is attacked and caught by a group of War Boys. They bring him to their home, where they are ruled by Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne). Max is supposed to become a blood bank for one of the War Boys, Nux (Nicholas Hoult). But before that fate kills him, all the War Boys are sent out to go after Furiosa (Charlize Theron), one of Immortan Joe’s generals who took his wives and tries to bring them to the safety of her home town. So Max finds himself strapped to a car and right in the middle of a revolution.
Mad Max: Fury Road is probably the most entertaining of the Mad Max movies, well in the tradition of the last two Mad Max films with gorgeous visuals and excellent world-building and a surprisingly feminist outlook.
Djuna (Joséphine de La Baume) is a vampire, but one who’s lying low: she spends her nights at a friend’s luxurious home watching videos. When she brings the videos back to the rental place, she meets Paolo (Milo Ventimiglia). At first she rebukes his advances, but then she does give in after all and the two of them become very close very quickly. But then Djuna’s sister Mimi (Roxane Mesquida) shows up, who thinks nothing of lying low, and disrupts their lives severly.
The movie really started off on my wrong side and never managed to leave from there. It’s stylish and has amazing sets but the rest of it was either annoying of infuriating.
The bubbly Diane (Juno Temple) runs into the butch Jack (Riley Keough) and the two of them connect instantly. After a night of hanging out together and kissing (that is only interrrupted by Diane’s nose bleeding), they start to see more of each other but things are not that easy. Not only is Diane about to leave the country, there is some kind of monster that keeps appearing whenever Diane and Jack are close.
Jack and Diane is a movie that, unfortunately, went nowhere. Instead it got lost in its own metaphor. The cast is good and there could have been much made from it, but it doesn’t seem like Bradley Rust Gray knew what he actually wanted it to be.