Nick has written 6 reviews for films rated ★★ during 2018.

  • Excision

    Excision

    ★★

    There are more scenes at a dinner table in this than Phantom Thread, and that a lot of goddamn scenes at the dinner table. This movie is weird and I really didn’t care for it at all. The only thing I can say stood out was the acting. The main girl was pretty fantastic, and the rest of the ensemble did the best they could with such terrible dialogue. 

    The dialogue is just terrible. The mother’s dialogue in particular shines…

  • Bird Box

    Bird Box

    ★★

    Pretty forgettable film. Most everything is fine, but the story and writing are just terrible. It’s a gross mix of A Quiet Place and the Happening, only it’s the unofficial sequel to the Blindside.

  • Drift

    Drift

    ★★

    Roommate put this on. Really incredible shots of surfing and the opening actually did a pretty good job of pulling me in. The problem is that everything else is just so basic and boring. All of the technical aspects and acting are serviceable but the story just kind of sucks. Never seems to really focus in on what the movie is early so, it just turns to some other movie that is not nearly as interesting or cool as some dudes making surf boards.

  • BlacKkKlansman

    BlacKkKlansman

    ★★

    Got urged to give it another chance and it only got worse. The only things that really stand out are a couple performances and a pretty decent soundtrack. Other than that, I thought everything was either pandering or on the nose. Maybe I’m wrong but Spike Lee seems to be a pretty bland, unoriginal director with no sense of progression in his craft.

  • Chernobyl Diaries

    Chernobyl Diaries

    ★★

    Honestly, this was kind of bad. I think that the setting does a lot for the movie. Characters are complete trash and pretty much all of the filmmaking falls flat on its face.

  • Nerve

    Nerve

    ★★

    Honestly pretty entertaining and definitely going to work for the audience. Though I would have liked to see an r-rated version of this story with some consequences but regardless the only real issue is the presentation of technology; it won’t age well.