Movie Reviews: Going in Style, T2 Transporting, Raw


Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and Alan Arkin star in this caper-comedy about three retired best friends who hatch a plan to rob a bank after their pension checks are abruptly cancelled.

These are three of the best and most beloved actors alive, and watching them hurl insults at one another for an hour and a half is at least somewhat fun. It all goes down smoothly, but there’s precious little to be found here beyond a handful of modest laughs. An absence of drama and emotional stakes makes it incredibly difficult to stay invested in what’s happening on-screen. If there’s no risk, then there’s no reward. It’s too inoffensive for you to fully dislike, but the movie can’t help but feel like a disappointment. 

Verdict: 1.5 out of 4 stars



Making a sequel to a film as culturally significant as “Trainspotting” sounded like a great example of a bad idea, especially when you consider that it’s been 20 years since the original film’s release. Despite the odds, Danny Boyle and company have created a highly entertaining sequel that will likely please die-hard fans of the original. 

More than a mindless romp down memory lane, T2 is a thoughtful and meditative movie about men coming to grips with the passage of time. It may be difficult to justify this movie’s existence, but nevertheless, it’s a rollicking ride from start to finish. 

Verdict: 3 out of 4 stars



16-year-old Justine has been a vegetarian for her entire life, but after she is forced to undergo a carnivorous hazing ritual at vet school, a powerful hunger for meat begins to grow inside of her.

The graphic nature of this French-Belgian film has had people talking ever since the movie premiered at last year’s Cannes Film Festival. Reportedly, some U.S. theaters showing the film are going as far as to distribute barf bags to their audiences. Yes, the film is sometimes shockingly disgusting and outrageous, and it earns every bit of its R-rating, but there’s a lot more here than meets the eye.

More of a coming-of-age movie than a horror film, “Raw” is a surprisingly intimate and empathetic portrait of a young girl trying to navigate the murky waters of newfound adulthood. Although the squeamish should probably steer clear, the film’s emotional rewards will stay with you far longer than the grisly images.

Verdict: 3 out of 4 stars