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Conlon has written 79 reviews for films during 2019.

  • Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

    Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

    ★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Review withheld until the incredibly underwhelming cliffhanger is paid-off or left in the wrong boat cabin and picked up by a different screenwriter. That said, Depp's speech about Wizards coming together to prevent WWII had me completely sold, even after he very explicitly kills a toddler earlier in the film. That guy can really act when he wants to.

  • Aquaman

    Aquaman

    ★★

    Jason Mamoa was the perfect choice for Aquaman, but not even James Wan and his middling-to-excellent cinematography and action choreography could make a script with three movies worth of material into a serviceable plot, even with the bloated run time. Getting free early tickets through Amazon Prime x AMC Stubs A-List was kinda neat though, with only two Amazon commercials as "trailers."

  • Venom

    Venom

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    This is what happens when someone doesn't understand what makes a movie (let alone a Marvel superhero film) tick is given $100 million. The film has one redeeming scene (SPOILERS: in which Venom kills a number of FBI agents in a smokey skyscraper atrium) that was very compelling, but every other part of this movie is virtually unwatchable. +.5 star for the murder scene, but absolutely skip this dumpster fire until that specific 10-min segment hits YouTube.

  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    ★★★★★

    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is the movie adaptation of the most unadaptable comic crossover I've ever read, and it gets (almost) everything right. Miles is a new hero for a new time, and the film avoids the Black Panther exposition problem while introducing us to new worlds. 10/10, see it on the biggest screen you can. It's definitely my movie of the year and possibly the best superhero movie of all time (!!!). What it definitely is: Spider-Verse is to…

  • The Post

    The Post

    ★★★★½

    The Post is the most exciting movie about a government leak I have ever seen. An incredibly talented cast and crew.

  • Black Mirror: Bandersnatch

    Black Mirror: Bandersnatch

    ★★★

    Working my way through Black Mirror's Bandersnatch and it's very much an adventure game, complete with fail-states and multiple endings. Of the 3 I've found so far (the joke ending is excellent), only one had a "mechanic," and that was undercut by its presentation. An opportunity to rewatch the show for clues instead became a game of Simon Says. Showing the audience that you *could* have more dialogue choices isn't fun when the same scene can have different choices and navigating the paths to do-over a choice isn't intuitive.

  • Eighth Grade

    Eighth Grade

    ★★★★½

    Eighth Grade was a hard film to watch—it explicitly poses the question, "If you've had Snapchat since fifth grade, is your brain fundamentally wired differently?" but leaves it to be answered by your reaction to the film itself. With its immensely relatable narratively, excellent cast & performances, the answer (in my opinion) is a tentative "No," but more interesting to me are what the film treats as background noise, most notably a school shooting drill. Moreover, Classes in general are left to the viewer's imagination.