• Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers

    Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers

    ★★★★

    Two takes on this movie prior to watching it had me most intrigued - that it was a “spiritual sequel” to Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and is “the multiverse movie that should have made it to theaters.” I have not seen the new Doctor Strange yet, but I agree that it possesses the same spirit as Roger Rabbit, and has a splash of The Nice Guys. I thought this was immensely entertaining.

  • Moon Knight

    Moon Knight

    ★★★

    This is becoming a mixed cinematic universe. Since Black Widow, pretty much every entry, series and movies,  contain good ideas that are not realized to their full potential because creative freedoms are still shackled.  I give this show credit for detaching itself from the larger picture, but I found the narrative to be convoluted and uninteresting. Again, Oscar Isaac deserves better from Disney,

  • Blinded by the Light

    Blinded by the Light

    ★★★★½

    It’s like Sing Street meets The Big Sick. Delightful.

  • The Batman

    The Batman

    ★★★★★

    Returning to my one main criticism, the inclusion of Joker, I was able to forgive it this time.  There is an argument that it feels out of place. However, Reeves was quoted saying Riddler needed a final scene to close his part of the story. I totally get this, there are only three or four scenes that do not include Batman in the entire movie and I believe they all are focused on the Riddler’s actions. I think it makes…

  • The Batman

    The Batman

    ★★★★½

    Being a huge fan of both Matt Reeve’s Apes movies, I was pretty confident he’d deliver a great entry into the Batman franchise - and of course he did.  His character work is excellent and the cast is perfect (except for maybe one little cameo at the end).  I loved the slow-burn narrative.  This movie is not in a rush to get to the inevitable action set pieces, and there are so many shots in this movie you’d want to…

  • Peter Pan

    Peter Pan

    ★★★½

    My 3 year old wanted pirates, so this is where we ended up and I could see the look of wonderment on his face.  Controversial depictions aside, I loved seeing a Disney classic, a spark for imagination, bring the same joy to my son as they once did for me. Disney “magic” seems like a thing of the past. 

    P.S.  I hope in a couple years we can enjoy Hook (1991) together.

  • West Side Story

    West Side Story

    ★★★★½

    Jived much better a second time.  It is mostly brilliant, yet I still feel there are pacing issues that undercut both the love story and the drama in the third act.

  • West Side Story

    West Side Story

    ★★★★

    I grew up in a household that celebrated and sang along with musicals. When it’s done right, musicals are euphoric and can uplift your soul.  West Side Story (1961) was the first film adaption that truly cemented my love for this genre. While as a 10 year old I did not understand the weight of the subject matter right away, I still fell for the music, dancing and the drama.  West Side Story (2021) brings back a familiar magic to…

  • Shazam!

    Shazam!

    ★★★★½

    DC’s Spider-Man: Homecoming, minus the  exceptional Michael Keaton villain.

  • The Departed

    The Departed

    ★★★★★

    Last day as a fertile man…perfect movie for such occasion.

  • Ghostbusters: Afterlife

    Ghostbusters: Afterlife

    ★★★★½

    Ghostbusters: Afterlife > Spider-Man: No Way Home

    Reason: The use of nostalgia contains more heart and purpose.

    Ghostbusters: Afterlife > Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Reason:  It expands on a familiar plot instead of blatantly repeating it.

  • The A-Team

    The A-Team

    ★★★½

    Seriously, consider the cast. This movie deserved a sequel.