Marya E. has written 4 reviews for films rated ★★½ during 2021.

  • The French Dispatch

    The French Dispatch

    ★★½

    extra half star for Jeffrey Wright

  • The Starling

    The Starling

    ★★½

    Reuniting with “St. Vincent,” director Theodore Melfi, Melissa McCarthy, and Chris O’Dowd play a married couple on the rocks after the unexpected loss of their baby tears them apart. Calibrated as a crowd-pleaser like their previous collaboration, which had its world premiere at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival where it was runner-up for the audience award, “The Starling” is the kind of cloying, overly sentimental treacle that often gets labeled uplifting, but whose seams show like a mass-produced discount t-shirt.

    [Full review at The Playlist]

  • Good Madam

    Good Madam

    ★★½

    Despite the film’s almost entirely Black cast, it’s hard to forget there is a white woman at the helm, attempting to unpack weighty racial themes that do not feel hers to explore.

    [Full review at RogerEbert.com]

  • The Night House

    The Night House

    ★★½

    good performance from Rebecca Hall, but mediocre film with some pretty problematic implications about living with someone with mental health issues