Queen of Katwe - ★★★☆☆
Happily, Queen of Katwe is a movie with a family-friendly subject, not a kids movie about a kid who becomes a superstar.
It's a little bit too long, but interesting that they can do a climatic final chess match without explaining to the audience what's really going on in the game.
The Girl on the Train - ★★★☆☆
Better than I was led to believe by the film's reviewers, or indeed, the film's advertisers. The deliberately confusing opening did a lot to keep me interested and engaged. Sure, you can work out whodunnit before the movie tells you, but I can't remember the last time I caught a movie like this in the theater. Gone Girl seems like a lazy comparison.
Kung Fu Elliot - ★★½☆☆
The easy note is to call this Canadian Movie. Feels like it falls more on the mock-doc side of the fence, not least because some of the notes land so perfectly. But, as I often wonder in these situations, does it matter?
I might prefer a version that reveals the story as the filmmakers experienced it. It seems like a weird choice to combine journalism with a big, pull-the-rug-out-from-under-you reveal. I bet that's a big contributor to audiences feeling mistrustful of the film.
Tickled - ★½☆☆☆
Despite how much I heard about tickled, I was still shocked by how boring it is. 15 years ago it might've seemed fresh, but now it seems like nobody involved has ever used the internet before. This would've been better off as a 15-minute segment on Reply All.