January 2019 Recap: The Upside, On the Basis of Sex, and A Dog's Way Home

By Livia Peterson

The Upside (2019)

As The Upside is another redundant remake (The Intouchables, 2011), the unlikely friendship is established among the quadriplegic billionaire Phillip Lacasse (Bryan Cranston) and Dell Scott (Kevin Hart). While the film may be uplifting and hilarious for awhile, we must ask ourselves did we really need an American remake of the French film? No. Cranston and Hart deserved better than this as well. C

On the Basis of Sex (2018)

The young Ruth Bader Ginsberg (Felicity Jones) and husband Martin (Armie Hammer) attend college and establish a family, including the children Jane and James. The Ginsberg couple tackles the laws against discrimination on the basis of gender. As the #MeToo movement is at the forefront, women are still discriminated today. Women continue to boast the housewife stereotype even though we’ve overcome numerous obstacles. Despite the conventional narrative, On the Basis of Sex perfectly discusses why women still receive unequal treatment today and provides incredible performances. B

A Dog's Way Home (2019) 

Based on the novel of the same name by W. Bruce Cameron, the pup Bella (voiced by Bryce Dallas Howard) must navigate to the home in Denver, Colorado following neglect. Despite the incoherent narrative and mediocre performances, A Dog's Way Home is cute and satisfies pet owners. D+

The 2019 Milwaukee Film Festival Dates Announced

The 2019 Milwaukee Film Festival Dates Announced

If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)

If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)