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RU? Instant Reaction Reviews


Reviews of films as soon as we finish watching them. No prep. No formulating complicated ideas. No time to digest. Just instant reactions. Hosted by Are You Screening's Marc Eastman, BFCA member and movie critic for more than a decade, and his friend and fellow cinephile, Shane Leonard. We explore films in detail, but in a relaxed setting. We just go.

Reviews of films as soon as we finish watching them. No prep. No formulating complicated ideas. No time to digest. Just instant reactions. Hosted by Are You Screening's Marc Eastman, BFCA member and movie critic for more than a decade, and his friend and fellow cinephile, Shane Leonard. We explore films in detail, but in a relaxed setting. We just go.
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Reviews of films as soon as we finish watching them. No prep. No formulating complicated ideas. No time to digest. Just instant reactions. Hosted by Are You Screening's Marc Eastman, BFCA member and movie critic for more than a decade, and his friend and fellow cinephile, Shane Leonard. We explore films in detail, but in a relaxed setting. We just go.




The Shape of Water & 3 Billboards Reviews

You could hardly have two movies getting award attention that are more different than The Shape of Water and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. A wild, sci-fi fairy tale about a mute who befriends a mer-creature, and the story of a woman who is tortured by her daughter’s murder and the inability of the local police to provide her with any closure. Both films are making serious plays as awards season approaches, and both are deserving. But, are they as good as everyone says, and do...

Duration: 01:04:33

Justice League and Wonder Reviews

Justice League managed to bounce back in its intro in a way that few movies can, but it doesn’t seem like it’s enough to truly turn the sentiment of the public at large. Wonder Woman won over audiences tremendously, but it seems as though DC still has a problem with where it left Batman and Superman. Does it up the game, or has much the DC comic effort become the lost wanderings aiming at piles of money that much of the public seems to suspect? We’ll let you know, but you probably won’t be...

Duration: 01:04:23

Murder on the Orient Express Review

Apart from avoiding news at all costs, we’re reviewing Murder on the Orient Express this week, and it’s a more interesting adventure than you might imagine. The review, that is. Not simply a time-honored classic, but also a film that seems to defy being remade, Orient Express is a film that has to make you wonder what exactly Branagh has in his bonnet. Of course, we all know that he just wanted to get the money to do Death on the Nile. At any rate, the movie is a strange feature for many...

Duration: 01:01:45

Thor Ragnarok, Suburbicon & The Foreigner Reviews

In a year that has ultimately been rather disappointing, a comic-book hero film that doesn’t take itself seriously won over audiences, but is it really any good, or is it just better than the last few months of offerings? We’ll let you in on everything you need to know about Thor: Ragnarok, and the huge surprises that came from Suburbicon and The Foreigner. Two films would be hard-pressed to have a wider gap of expectations and the results probably shocked us more than anything else this...

Duration: 01:15:55

Blade Runner 2049 Review

Blade Runner 2049 was nerve-wracking for us, and not just because at least one of us love the original. The box-office doesn’t reflect the cult status of a film that was truly a game-changer for the sci-fi genre, but the critical response was pretty positive leading up to this one. Listen in and we’ll let you know where this one falls compared to the original, and whether or not it’s going to ultimately achieve the same kind of zeitgeist success.

Duration: 01:07:52

American Made Review

American Made had so much going for it that we found ourselves chomping at the bit, which is somewhat unusual for this kind of “true story” effort, and a lot of what the film delivers should have won us over. Unfortunately, it didn’t quite come together in the way we expected and it ultimately left us wanting something more to show up. We’ll let you know if this is the right film for you and whether or not you need to add it to your list, and we’ll give you the scoop on industry news and...

Duration: 00:48:17

Kingsman: The Golden Circle Review

Kingsman: The Golden Circle didn’t live up to expectations of the original, and while that one was a lot of fun, it had problems of its own. There’s certainly a fair amount of fun to be had, but Millar doesn’t seem to have sequels nailed down. We’ll also cover a lot of the latest new shows you should be checking out from Kevin Probably Saves The World to, surprisingly, Young Sheldon.

Duration: 01:03:38

Mother! Review

It was a very special episode for us this week because while we had some reservations about Aronofsky’s latest, we weren’t expecting to find a new low in film. We’ve both been to some low places in the world of cinema, and few of those spaces are occupied by writers and/or directors that also produced films that we loved. It’s certainly a conversation piece, though we have some thoughts on Aronofsky’s claim that it is metaphoric/allegoric in nature. Along with the many reasons to avoid...

Duration: 01:02:47

It, Leap!, Good, and Fall TV Reviews

It would be hard to jam up a week more than this, and in addition to three movies, we’re also giving you the scoop on some new TV, including The Orville. We’re overly tied to It, just as we were with The Dark Tower, but this time around our proximity to Derry didn’t lead to a disappointment pitfall. Leap! looks like the sleeper animated hit we’re rooting for, and Goon just didn’t need a sequel. Tune in to get all the info on these films and find out why you too should love or hate them.

Duration: 01:06:07

Logan Lucky & The Glass Castle Reviews

Another strange pairing finds us looking at Logan Lucky and The Glass Castle. Expectations were thrown and hopes were somewhat dashed this week as a pretty screwy adventure ended up not all that bad and a setup for a lot of laughs fell flat. We’ll let you know if you need to get to these and catch you up on industry news.

Duration: 01:02:52

The Dark Tower Review

We’re a bit into Stephen King here in Bangor, and The Dark Tower is one of his most popular books and series, which means we were looking forward to this one more than most. On the other hand, we were hesitant for several reasons, not least the production problems the film apparently had. Did things work out? Is this one worthy of the series it’s born from? Adaptations of King’s work are famously rather hit or miss, but this is one that we were really holding out hope for. We’ll let you...

Duration: 00:59:20

Atomic Blonde Review

Atomic Blonde may not have taken over pop culture in the way that the trailers seemed to hope, but it had a fair number of people excited and a lot of critics think it delivered. We were looking forward to this one more than you might think, for several reasons, and there was talk at one point that we may have a Best List hopeful here. Did it live up to any of the various expectations? We’ll let you know, and we’ll chime in on industry news and keep you up on some of the new shows coming...

Duration: 00:59:58

Dunkirk & Valerian Reviews

Critics are almost unanimous in their love for Dunkirk and we almost joined them in their praise. Actually, one of us did. But, one of us didn’t… exactly. On the flip side of that, not only were critics ready, willing, and able to take a poke at Valerian, but audiences were just fine with the idea of staying away from it. We split on this one as well, but whether you end up loving or hating the mega-budget, space opera, there’s a lot of fun involved. One way or another, these are two...

Duration: 01:07:23

War for the Planet of the Apes Review

In case you weren’t aware, it was a bit of a bonkers week, and that doesn’t count Comic-Con gear up. We already differed on the previous movies, but we weren’t that far apart here. If only… We’ll let you know if you need to see this one in theaters, and we chime in on Doctor Who, The Muppets, and more. Apes might not be your thing, but there’s a lot going on here even you aren’t all that certain that Andy Serkis is the next greatest actor ever. I’m not saying he is, by the way.

Duration: 00:46:16

Rough Night Review

It was a little rough with Rough Night, and while it definitely had some moments, it left most of the potential just sitting there. It could have been a better film, but it turned out to be mostly a “vacation” effort. Still, there is some fun to be found there. We’ll let you know everything you need to about this one, and whether or not it might work better for you.

Duration: 00:58:15

The Mummy Review

The Dark Universe may be off to a rocky start, even with Tom Cruise, and Universal may have to adjust its theory of pumping money into the franchise it’s creating. But, is it that bad? It’s a movie that made some mistakes, and spends too much time on things that are only there so that they can show up in future installments, but there’s a lot of fun to be had for those looking for escapism. Of course, it may also be pretty boring, depending on how you look at things. We’ll let you know...

Duration: 00:52:25

Wonder Woman Review

This week we’re reviewing Wonder Woman, and DC finally removed some of our fears about the future of the universe. There were some stumbles, but generally, we had a great time with this one, and we’re pretty sure most people will as well. We also give you a rundown of what’s coming in June, mainly because there’s a lot headed your way this month, and if you only pay attention to the tentpoles, you might miss some gems.

Duration: 01:00:54

Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Men Tell No Tales Review

The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise has taken us on a long and winding road since 2003, and the previous installment gave us little to celebrate. Dead Men Tell No Tales isn’t as bad, or confused, as that one, but it doesn’t pay enough attention to the story and fun involved to get us back to the level of the first two either. Johnny Depp is still fun to watch, but the life has mostly been drained out of the series. Luckily, this one still manages to be fairly entertaining.

Duration: 00:59:38

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword & Alien: Covenant Reviews

This week made for a unique episode of the show. Two movies and putting our ratings together still wouldn’t get you a good movie. King Arthur had a lot of potential, and even some fun moments, but even in theory it was all over the place. Alien: Covenant was an almost surreal experience, though not an unexpected one when looking back on the last film.

Duration: 01:08:16

The Circle & The Fate of the Furious Review

Bigger summer features kick off in a strange pairing as we look at The Fate of the Furious and The Circle. It’s hard to tell if either of these films need a critic, or get any benefit/hinderance from good/bad reviews, but we’ll let you know if they’re worth your time. We’ll also give you a rundown of some of the cooler films we caught at Tribeca, and some of them were really good.

Duration: 01:14:33

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