Mini Reviews of Movies I Watched this Week — 6/19/20

Mini Reviews of Movies I Watched This Week

The past couple weeks I wrote mini reviews about movies I watched during the week. (I didn’t watch many movies last week so I combined last week’s movies with the movies I watched this week.) I really just enjoy writing and talking about movies I’ve watched and I have really enjoyed sharing my mini reviews with you guys and really appreciate some of the recommendations that you guys have shared with me!


If you’d like to read my past movie reviews I’ve linked the articles below!

Mini Reviews of Movies I Watched This Week — 5/15/20

Mini Reviews of Movies I Watched This Week — 5/22/20

Mini Reviews of Movies I Watched This Week — 6/1/20


Please comment below with some movie recommendations! (It will help my sanity to not have to spend 2 hours on Google looking for a movie.)

So here are some movies I watched recently along with my mini reviews!


The Code Movie CoverThe Code (AKA Thick As Thieves)

Streaming on Amazon Prime

Before he retires, veteran thief Keith Ripley wants to pull off one last job in order to repay his debt to the Russian mob. He enlists the help of talented pilferer Gabriel Martin, and the pair devise a strategy to steal two extremely valuable Faberge eggs.

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I found this movie in our DVD collection, but I couldn’t actually remember seeing it. I love Morgan Freeman, so when I saw that Morgan Freeman and Antonio Banderas starred in it I knew it was time to finally watch this one! My dad and I watched it last weekend when we were at the lake and I really liked it! I love heist books and movies and I was thrilled to discover there was going to be an art heist of Faberge eggs! I thought the heist was pretty good, but the romance bored me and I just felt like there was no real chemistry to it at all. I feel like Antonio Banderas should stick to action and not romance, but I also didn’t like the actress who played the love interest. I was also pretty unhappy with the twist at the end. I did like how everything turned out, but I was not a fan of the twist at all.


The Lincoln Lawyer Movie CoverThe Lincoln Lawyer

Streaming on Netflix

Mick Haller (Matthew McConaughey) is a charismatic defense attorney who does business out of his Lincoln Continental sedan. Mick spends most of his time defending petty crooks and other bottom-feeders, so it comes as quite a surprise when he lands the case of a lifetime: defending a Beverly Hills playboy (Ryan Phillippe) who is accused of attempted murder. However, what Mick initially thinks is an open-and-shut case with a big monetary reward develops into something more sinister.

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I can not believe that I haven’t seen this movie until now! This was probably the best movie I’ve seen Matthew McConaughey perform in. I loved his role and just thought he was such a badass lawyer. He was morally grey, but also super invested in his cases. It just had an exciting feel, and for a movie about a lawyer, that’s not always easy! I couldn’t help but think that he was so cool and I think that made this movie really enjoyable for me to watch. The plot was pretty good too, and I never expected the twist. I do kind of wish that it was revealed a bit later than it was, but regardless it was really well done. I loved the case and the story, but I was way more invested in Mick as a character than I was the plot.


p14386193_v_v8_aaWhat Happened to Monday

Streaming on Netflix

In a world where families are allowed only one child due to overpopulation, resourceful identical septuplets must avoid governmental execution and dangerous infighting while investigating the disappearance of one of their own.

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I’ve wanted to watch this movie for a while now, and recently when we were flipping through movies to watch for the whole family my mom said she’d seen this one and it was good. I thought it was pretty fantastic! I love this concept and have read several books where there is a one child rule and there are a set of twins pretending to be the same person. It also reminded me of Mirage where there was two girls who looked alike and one became a double for the princess. But What Happened To Monday took it way further than two people pretending to be the same person, in this movie there were seven sisters who were all identical sharing the same identity. Obviously with that many people there are bound to be secrets! What Happened to Monday was filled with action and while having so many characters kept you from getting to know any of them well, the movie did keep you on the edge of your seat and rooting for the girls.


Secret Obsession Movie CoverSecret Obsession

Streaming on Netflix

When Jennifer wakes up with amnesia after a traumatic attack, her doting husband cares for her. But she soon realises that the danger is far from over.

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This was kind of a B-rated thriller movie, but I actually really liked it. It was kind of predictable and I basically knew who I couldn’t trust right from the beginning, but I found it enjoyable to watch. I watched it with a friend of mine and we kind of had a running commentary the entire movie, yelling at the characters for some of the stupid stuff they were doing. For a while in the beginning I was unsure who I could trust and who I couldn’t, but it did become clear pretty quickly. I found this movie more funny than thrilling, but it was still enjoyable and I think it was worth the watch.


p9641505_v_v8_aaMud

Streaming on Netflix

While exploring a Mississippi River island, Arkansas boys Ellis (Tye Sheridan) and Neckbone (Jacob Lofland) encounter Mud (Matthew McConaughey),a fugitive who needs their help. Though Mud killed a man in Texas and has bounty hunters on his trail, he is most concerned about reuniting with Juniper (Reese Witherspoon), the love of his life. Ellis, who is suffering the pangs of his first crush, agrees to help Mud. He and Neckbone do all they can to protect Mud and help him reunite with Juniper.

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Okay so I actually watched this movie because I thought it was a movie that I fell asleep watching with my parents that my dad really loved and had a twist that my mom hated. But I didn’t find out that this wasn’t the movie I thought it was until the next day, so at the end of the movie I was very confused because there wasn’t a twist at all! Besides my expectations being totally off for this one, I did find it enjoyable to watch and despite it’s slow pace I wasn’t bored. I liked following the two boys and I thought Mud was a pretty cool character. It was a bit slow though and the ending kind of upset me. I feel like the themes of love and going to extreme extents for someone you cared about were just thrown out the window at the end. I’ve kind of got mixed feelings about this. I was expecting something totally different than what I got and the ending was pretty disappointing.


A Most Violent Year Movie CoverA Most Violent Year

Streaming on Netflix

In 1981 New York, a fuel supplier (Oscar Isaac) tries to adhere to his own moral compass amid the rampant violence, corruption and decay that threaten his family and his business.

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While this wasn’t the gangster movie that I expected it to be, it was a pretty thought provoking movie. It really got my dad and I talking about personal values and if morals are more important than protecting people you care about. It was really an interesting movie morally and for that reason I think it was totally worth the watch. It was compelling, but I had expected more of a gangster movie and this wasn’t that. A Most Violent Year is about a man who works in a corrupt industry and is trying to take the moral high road even when his decisions are hurting those he cares about. Despite this movie not being the gangster movie that I had hoped for, it got me thinking and I loved the themes on morality.


Freaks Movie CoverFreaks

Streaming on Netflix

Kept locked inside the house by her father, 7-year-old Chloe lives in fear and fascination of the outside world. It’s a place where Abnormals are a constant threat — or so she believes. But when a mysterious stranger offers her a glimpse of what’s really happening, Chloe soon learns that the truth isn’t so simple — but the danger is very real.

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This movie was a bit out there, but it was pretty great. I love a good dystopian movie and I feel like they’re so hard to find and most of the time they aren’t done well. But this movie was fantastic! This is another movie that dealt with morals and has a morally grey 7 year old at the center of it. I loved that the whole movie was from the point of view of a child, because if it wasn’t I might have been on the other side, but when you saw things from her point of view you couldn’t help but root for this kid. It’s set in the future where some humans have changed into “freaks.” The freaks can do things that other people can’t and they either have to hide, be relocated or wind up killed by normal society. It was filled with action, but it was the acting that made this movie so fantastic. I really empathized with the little girl, who was just so lonely and just wanted to be loved. She just wanted her mom and wanted friends and she was getting rejected over and over and I wanted to protect her from everyone who was mean to her. I nearly cried during this movie because of how fantastic the acting was. This movie was a bit out there, but if you enjoy dystopian movies you should totally check this one out!


The Roommate Movie CoverThe Roommate

Streaming on Netflix

When Sara (Minka Kelly), a young design student from Iowa, arrives for college in Los Angeles, she is eager to fit in and get to know the big city. Her wealthy roommate, Rebecca (Leighton Meester), is more than eager to take Sara under her wing and show her the ropes. The two become close, but when Sara begins to branch out and make more friends on campus, Rebecca becomes resentful. Alarmed, Sara moves in with her new boyfriend, causing Rebecca’s behavior to take a violent turn.

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I finally watched this movie because I keep seeing it on lists when I search for “best psychological thrillers on Netflix”. It was pretty good and I really loved how deep it dived into obsession, but I really loved that it was obsession and desire for friendship, rather than a romantic relationship. I think that this was pretty good. I loved the actresses that were chosen for the roles in this movie. The actress that played Rebecca also played Blair in Gossip Girl and in both movies she has a really strong personality and I think that her acting in The Roommate was fantastic. She really did a great job in this movie and made the whole thing feel real and believable. I also recognized the actress who played Sara because she played Lyla in Friday Night Lights and she had a good girl demeanor and was a bit of a pushover in both roles. This movie is definitely something I would have loved as a teenager, I could still appreciate it now that I was older, but the suspense wasn’t what had me hooked, it was the story line of obsession that I found fascinating. It came across to me that Rebecca didn’t just want to be Sara’s friend, it seemed like she wanted to BE Sara. I almost wish this was a book because I feel true obsession was captured SO well.


 

Let’s Chat!

Have you seen any of these movies? What did you think? Do you have any movie recommendations for me? Have you been watching a lot more movies since the pandemic started? What kinds of movies do you like to watch? Make sure to comment below so we can chat about movies we’ve seen recently!

 

5 thoughts on “Mini Reviews of Movies I Watched this Week — 6/19/20

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  1. For most of these, I have seen them available on Netflix and have dithered over whether to watch them. So thanks for these reviews. They might cause me to watch a few of them.

    I feel like there was another movie set in the South called Mud, but it was about two poor farming families, one black and one white. Perhaps that was what you were expecting this Mud to be?

    I do like Matthew McConaughey. I really enjoyed him as the sheriff in the movie Bernie, with Jack Black and Shirley McClain, another movie about obsession. Though in that film, M. has more of a character role.

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    1. Yess! Mudbound!! That movie was fantastic. But actually I was expecting Mud to be a completely different movie called Adrift. There were 2 nights where I fell asleep during movies my parents were watching, one night was Mud and the other was Adrift. And apparently Adrift was the movie they were talking about but we all fell asleep to Mud lol.

      I don’t know if I’ve seen Bernie! I will have to check if it is streaming anywhere!

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