Lion - 9/10
A heartwarming true story about a little Indian boy who is separated from his family at a young age, ending up lost in Calcutta far, far from home. He ends up getting adopted by a family in Australia and we see him as he grows up and becomes a man. These kinds of stories are fascinating to me, ones that follow the life of someone from a young age all the way to adulthood. This story is even more captivating thanks to overwhelmingly great performances from Dev Patel, who plays the older Saroo (the main character of the story), as well as Nicole Kidman who plays Saroo's adoptive mother. Let's also not forget about Sunny Pawar, who plays young Saroo. The first act of the movie is stunning, yet sad, at the same time as we see a young boy coming to terms with the fact that he might never see his family again. The ending is heartwarming and it will surely make you feel all good inside.
Memento - 7/10
I tend to enjoy movies that make you think. Movies that require a little more attention from you. Movies that aren't just passive experiences. Memento fits into this category. It's a movie about a man who is trying to avenge his wife's death...however there's a catch. He has short term memory loss, a condition that poses an obstacle to his escapade. Guy Pearce cashes in a good performance as a man who writes himself a ton of notes and gets a ton of "helpful" tattoos; anything to help him achieve his mission. The story is told in a disjointed way, jumping back and forth through time. Although I admire the creative choice, I think it made the film a little harder to follow at times. I've heard that a chronological version of the film exists...which is probably a better viewing experience. Anyway, Memento is a thoughtful and hard-hitting thriller of sorts (with a pretty satisfying ending) that will leave you feeling an impact.
Snatched - 5/10
Well...if you are not a fan of Amy Schumer's brand of comedy then this isn't the movie for you. That's the best way I can put it. Snatched is full of Schumer's raunchy and often self-deprecating humor that misses way more than it hits. The more notable aspect of this movie is the return of Goldie Hawn, who plays Amy Schumer's character's mom. The two go on a vacation to Ecuador where things take a turn for the worse as they get kidnapped and have to find their way home. These sorts of comedies have the potential to offer a lot of physical comedy but there isn't much to write home about in this one. This is a very forgettable comedy that only offers mild moments of enjoyment. Besides a return performance from Hawn, one of the other major highlights from this film is Ike Barinholtz who plays the son of Hawn's character; sister to Amy's. His brief moments in the film are hilarious and perhaps the best parts of the movie.