• Crimes of the Future

    Crimes of the Future

    ★★★½

    Fascinating creative swings. What at first presents itself as a relatively straightforward story reveals itself to be a bit of conspiratorial mystery, like a less dated Soylent Green that doesn't advertise its twist as a main selling point. Viggo Mortenson and Kristen Stewart fully commit to their wild roles, Lea Seydoux is a good actress but it feels as though she played it a bit too straight in this wild tale. I suppose, though, there needed to be a normal-feeling…

  • Paddington

    Paddington

    ★★★★

    Pretty good.

  • West Side Story

    West Side Story

    ★★★★★

    Idk pretty flawless filmmaking if you ask me. I don’t know why this didn’t take in the big bucks from the musicals crowd, but I loved it.

  • Planes, Trains and Automobiles

    Planes, Trains and Automobiles

    ★★★★

    I wish they kept some of the deleted scenes in there so I don’t have to constantly wonder if I missed something or they’re referencing something that was cut out from the final cut. Bring back the three hour comedy! This and Three Amigos both could use an extended cut, and with proper publicity could be financially lucrative.

  • Venom

    Venom

    ★★½

    The 90s are alive in Venom. Absolutely ridiculous movie, very enjoyable if you don’t fucking care anymore. I hope the sequel is just as much of a dumb fun ride.

  • The Birdcage

    The Birdcage

    ★★★★★

    Tearing up every time Robin Williams smiles. Nathan Lane is wonderful. Cinematography great. Gene Hackman funny. The film fires on all cylinders for two hours of gold. Sorry for Steve Martin because he couldn’t be in it, would have love to compare the two versions side by side, but very happy with this masterwork.

  • Don't Look Up

    Don't Look Up

    ★★★

    I just don’t know what the audience is for this one. Enjoyable moments, important message, but I worry that the ball didn’t get moved forward much by making this massive film.

  • Stir Crazy

    Stir Crazy

    ★★★★

    Silly movie by one of America’s greatest serious actors. Talk about range.

  • Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

    Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

    What the fuck is happening?
    Is this what it’s like to watch Harry Potter films without reading the book first? I feel like I don’t understand any of these characters except bad guy do bad and good guys get duped easily? Also what the fuck is up with Nagini? Claudia Kim only had like 4 lines and was introduced and discarded by Creedence Clearwater Revival really easily. Are there really three more of these movies? Is WB just hoping their old IP gets new life? Seems like they’re a shit company and that’s really disappointing because they used to have a lot going for them.

  • Encanto

    Encanto

    ★★★★★

    This movie slaps and has the most clear cut example of empathy as narrative engine. The visuals are stunning, the voice work is absolutely on point, and it’s a shame it seems to have mostly been overlooked because Disney really made something special here.

  • Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts

    Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts

    I’m still left wondering if Dan, Emma and Rupert are okay.

  • Rope

    Rope

    ★★★★★

    Interesting choices, annoyed by how many shots were broken up he point it into the back of somebody’s suits but reveling in James Stewart getting up in Constance Collier’s face as he finished the line, “I… once went to the movies; I saw Mary Pickford!” It was strange in a movie of fun characters. The backdrops were marvelous, changing ever so slightly to convey the passage of time even as they were to modern viewers very apparently on a sound stage.