Quarantine Critiques: Movies

Call Me By Your Name, Staff Writer Sophie Yang

Timothee Chalamet’s incredible performance in this film keeps you watching for the entire two plus hour runtime.

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 I would recommend watching Call Me By Your Name to anyone in search of a movie that will completely engross you, as you follow along the journey of an unexpected summer romance and watch it unfold.

The love story takes place in scenic northern Italy, giving the setting a beautiful, yet mysterious feel. The soundtrack perfectly complements the scene as well as your emotions while watching the film.

Rated R, 4 out of 5 stars.


The Invisible Man, Freshman Max Weber

The film follows Cecilia Kass, who after escaping her abusive boyfriend, Adrian, believes he is stalking her. Elizabeth Moss totally sells this movie as a woman desperately trying to prove that she’s not going insane. HEr performance completely immerses you in the story. Not to mention Leigh Whannell’s direction creates these extremely tense, nerve shredding scenes that are perfectly accompanied by Stefan Duscio’s cinematography which truly adds to the paranoia of the story. Overall if you want one of the best thrillers in recent memory and have $20, please check it out.

Rated R for bloody violence and strong language, 4 out of 5 stars.


The Irishman, Feature Facilitator Eli Marshall

The cherry on top of Martin Scorsese’s decades-long career as one of the most storied directors in the film industry, The Irishman is a 209 minute long gangster epic that cycles through back and forth through history and presents themes of guilt, tragedy, and redemption. Comparisons to perhaps Scorsese’s most well renowned film, GoodFellas, are apt, as both films detail the rise and fall of a man involved in a crime family over the course of many decades. The Irishman even stars two key actors from the 1990 mobster classic, Joe Pesci and Robert De Niro, the latter of whom plays the title character, Frank Sheeran. The mostly historically accurate story of Sheeran’s involvement as a hitman with the Bufalino crime family and eventually union leader Jimmy Hoffa, played by Al Pacino, is lengthy and not always coherent, a plot based on anecdotes and narrated through Sheeran’s perspective. State of the art de-aging CGI allows for the story to be told over the course of many decades, as De Niro, Pacino, and Pesci appear as younger versions of themselves at the beginning and age through their characters’ sin-filled lives. While the sheer runtime is intimidating and not for everyone, as parts of the film can drag on, The Irishman is a must watch for any fans of the crime or gangster genre and history buffs.

Rated R for strong violence throughout and language, 4 out of 5 stars.