Once Upon a Time in Hollywood shows Quentin Tarantino operating at his most restrained level since Jackie Brown, offering viewers a surprisingly personal treatise on becoming an artist past your prime, told in a way that sadly left me feeling the most unsatisfied I’ve been with one of his films since Death Proof.
Avengers: Eh-ndgame is an appropriately big, dumb, and emotional send-off to the biggest portfolio of corporate assets ever assembled.
Suspiria is a bold, epic arthouse reimagining of Dario Argento’s Italian horror staple.
Halloween is a great slasher film and a rare horror sequel that doesn't totally suck.
The Night Comes For Us is a jaw-dropping orgy of hyperviolent, well-choreographed action mayhem.
Hold the Dark is a surprising film from Blue Ruin and Green Room director Jeremy Saulnier, both in how the story unfolds, and how dull the whole affair is.
Mandy is a grimy, blood-soaked phantasmagoria that walks the line between arthouse and grindhouse.
Summer of '84 is a solid little horror/thriller that wears its Amblin influences on its sleeve, and while it falls short of its fellow contemporaries, it still gives viewers something to chomp on.
The first part of Disenchantment's first season is everything I hoped it would be, for better and worse.
Super Smash Bros: Infinity War is a surprisingly coherent spectacle of imagination run amok.
Tom Cruise puts his life on the line for the umpteenth time in the breathtaking 6th film in the Mission: Impossible franchise. Anchored by yet another gravity-defying performance by Hollywood's greatest asset, and the sure-handed direction by Christopher McQuarrie, MI: Fallout lands like a gigaton nuclear blast that vaporizes the competition and swiftly raises the bar for action cinema for years to come.
John Wick: Chapter 2 is a worthy successor to the ball-shattering original, even if it doesn't have quite the same impact.
A Quiet Place is a horror film for the ages, blending artful craftsmanship with heart-stopping suspense in service of a deliciously clever concept.
Alien Covenant is a mostly dull sci-fi film wrapped in CG Xenomorph skin, whose cool ideas buckle under the weight of dumb drama.
This weekend, I rewatched The Fate of the Furious. It didn't really stick with me the first time I watched it, and I remembered why this time around. Even by Fast and Furious standards, this movie is a ridiculous shitshow that takes the series to new highs and lows, not unlike a seizing heart. Every Fast movie since Five has emulated a different type of blockbuster in order to inject new fuel into the engine that drives this series a quarter mile every two years. Fate of the Furious doubles down on the absurdity and chooses to emulate Michael Bay, warts and all, and the result is a movie I have loads of mixed feelings about.
Ready Player One is the cinematic equivalent of stuffing your face with digital cotton candy. Steven Spielberg lends his master's touch to a movie that, in the wrong hands, could have led to disaster. Thankfully, he's given us a movie that stands apart from the book and delivers a fun, sugary adventure that's light on intellect but high on imagination.
War for the Planet of the Apes closes out the saga on a high note, and cements it as possibly the most consistently good blockbuster trilogy ever created.
The Florida Project is a breathtaking film that finds the sweetness in a grim slice of American life.
Annihilation is smart, cerebral, and affective science fiction that takes a toll on your psyche while keeping you entertained and invested.
This weekend, I finally checked The Godfather Part II off of the "omg how haven't you seen that yet" list.