• Samjin Company English Class

    Samjin Company English Class

    ★★

    The film quickly loses its focus as it quickly shifts from whistleblowing the corruption of a company and drives into a subplot of anti-Globalism and anti-American Corporatism that stretches out the runtime ANOTHER 25 minutes longer than the film ever needed to be.

    The cast has a lot of vibrant chemistry who do a great job at presenting what Korean work culture was like back in the 1990s. The characters themselves are well developed and benefit from strong period details…

  • Wonder Woman 1984

    Wonder Woman 1984

    ★½

    If the character of Wonder Woman is a symbol of love, peace, and hope; WW84 represents the death rattle of the superhero genre. WW84 shows audiences that the wrong people are in charge of the Wonder Woman franchise and sadly, they will remain in charge for a while.

  • Fatale

    Fatale

    ★★★

    Fatale is the cinematic equivalent of a ‘choose your own adventure’ book. Protagonists and Antagonists have clearly defined motivations which establishes who is the good guy and who is the bad guy. Fatale takes the route of creating so many shades of gray that there is no good/bad dynamic because everyone in the film is bad in their own way.

    While this sounds like criticism at face value, a film like this turns it into a positive by giving audiences…

  • Fatman

    Fatman

    ★★★★½

    Many critics can't or won't separate Mel Gibson's talent from his short but pungent history of ugly remarks. That's their loss. Gibson brings his gritty personality to a twisted take on the world's favorite folk story. For those thinking you are getting a “Bad Santa” type of protagonist, think again. This Santa isn't a bad Santa but a good man beaten down by bad things. He's short on hope because it's been so long since he's seen much to be…

  • Deliver Us from Evil

    Deliver Us from Evil

    ★★★★½

    All credit to director and screenwriter Hong Won-Chan who masterfully puts together one of the most well crafted action films of the year. The supporting cast does an amazing job at world building this universe of good and evil. Park Jung-min plays Yui, a transgender street walker who is the humanity of the film full of monsters. The writing does a great job to make Yui sympathetic without being insulting. Yui’s pain mirrors the reality of living amongst Thailand’s worst…

  • Promising Young Woman

    Promising Young Woman

    Promising Young Woman is a film that only takes 25 minutes of its 113-minute runtime to figure out exactly what it is and what it is going to be. Then as you proceed to give the film the benefit of the doubt in hoping they will turn the ship into a direction you weren’t expecting, you end up hitting the iceberg you saw on the horizon 90 minutes earlier.

    The film begins with the ideal feminist vigilante, Cassie (Carey Mulligan),…

  • Monster Hunter

    Monster Hunter

    The 1st act follows a squad of Army Soldiers who don’t get any character development because none of them will make it to the 2nd act anyway. By act 2, the film became a buddy survival film with Milla Jovovich and Tony Jaa who have as much chemistry as pure sodium and water. After taking about 30 minutes to get Jaa’s character to smile, you are left with the 3rd act of a giant monster fighting an entire military fleet…

  • Black Box

    Black Box

    ★★★★

    The character motivations doesn’t present us with a hero and a villain but a group of conflicted individuals who make decisions based on their inability to let go of the past. Black Box is largely carried on the acting of Mamoudou Athie whose 2020 has been an opportunity to prove himself as a leading man which he showed great promise from in the film. The one issue with having one or two characters carry a movie is that the supporting…

  • Run

    Run

    ★★★

    The inconsistencies come in the film’s writing and plot holes within the story. In order for the movie’s main twist to work, you have to look past some glaring gaps in logic, especially knowing that Paulson’s character was able to get away with this con for the last seventeen years. The road down this thriller is pretty predictable with some Plot induced stupidity pushing it along the way. If your expectations are putting this film among the best of 2020, you would be best off to lower them.

  • Nocturne

    Nocturne

    ★★½

    If you are a horror fan, there is nothing to feed on here because somehow the writer thought a scary book would be scarier than a white girl whose sole object of concern is herself. Nocturne is a mostly solid film but if it understood the basics of the genre they were aiming for, it would have been so much better.

  • Hubie Halloween

    Hubie Halloween

    ★★½

    With that said, all of Sandler’s tropes are in full effect in “Hubie Halloween,” so if you like or dislike immature humor and low IQ characters, then you aren’t going to see anything different that you haven’t seen before. Sandler’s character of Hubie is a bumbling buffoon, and it does take a few minutes to get used to the way that he speaks. The characters don’t have much depth to make any of them stand out, despite the fact that…

  • Antebellum

    Antebellum

    Antebellum is everything you don’t want to be in a horror film, dull and unengaging. The first five minutes of the movie opens with cinematic slow motion rundown of the brutal conditions of a southern plantation. However with no set up or context to what is happening, there is no emotional connection to anything you are watching. The impact Antebellum wishes that it had the same heart wrenching effect that miniseries such as Roots had in the 1970s but delivers…