• John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum

    John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum

    ★★★

    Still gathering my thoughts. Unlike the first two, this left me feeling more empty. The violence was desensitising. Definitely a bit disappointed.

  • Ralph Breaks the Internet

    Ralph Breaks the Internet

    ★★★★

    This deserves 4 stars just for those scenes with the Disney Princesses. I'll fight you to the death if you disagree with me.

  • A Star Is Born

    A Star Is Born

    ★★★½

    Most likely the first thing you do after seeing A Star is Born is come home and purchase the album. This film's not perfect. There are elements that don't work. But the music almost makes up for all that. We all know Lady Gaga has an incredible vocal range (and most of it is on display in this movie). But damn, can Cooper croon as well? He lacks her range but still does a brilliant job in all of his…

  • First Man

    First Man

    ★★★★

    Please bear with me while I gather my disjointed (long) thoughts on the film...

    First Man is the second movie this year to make fantastic use of the IMAX format to heighten the effect of certain sequences. (The first one being Mission Impossible: Fallout.) Throughout the film, I was wondering when the IMAX format is going to show up, and when it did, it was breathtaking. Make all the effort to go watch this in the IMAX format; it is…

  • Train to Busan

    Train to Busan

    ★★★★

    The last third was ever so slightly weaker than the first, with characters devolving into archetypes and cliches creeping into the overall plot. However, that shouldn't bring down the film, which still stands due to that breathtaking and unique first third. This was the most nerve-wracking film I've seen since A Quiet Place. I was literally jumping and screaming at my TV screen. I probably saw most of it standing up. Highly recommended, especially if you've not seen a zombie movie in a while.

  • Kolamavu Kokila

    Kolamavu Kokila

    ★★★★

    I'll have more to say about it later, but for now, it's fulfilling to get to watch a Tamil movie that starts with the following words: "Nayanthara in". It's heartening to see the heroine's name headline a film in Tamil cinema, that too one that is so out-of-the-box with its black comedy. There are no duets, no unnecessary song sequences. There's no additional fluff of any kind at all. This film wants to be an out-and-out black comedy and succeeds in that goal mostly. I had a blast with it!

  • The Departed

    The Departed

    ★★★★★

    Every time I watch this, I find something to admire about it. This time around it was on TV at night 12, and I still found it utterly irresistible. It's a damn shame that this is considered to be Scorsese's honorary Oscar. It's his fourth masterpiece in as many decades, and a film that can hold its own with Taxi Driver, Raging Bull and Goodfellas.

  • Hunt for the Wilderpeople

    Hunt for the Wilderpeople

    ★★★★

    The Hunt for the Wilderpeople feels like a live-action remake of Up, which is a great thing considering the magical nature of Up. Grumpy old guy. Check. Annoying, stout little kid. Check. Fantastical bird in the forest. Check. Cute, loyal dogs. Check. Clearly evil enemy. Check. Buddy-cop bonding between old guy and young kid. Check.

    And all of the above is on top of getting to look at some truly magical locations from the New Zealand bush while listening to…