• The Personal History of David Copperfield

    The Personal History of David Copperfield

    ★★★★

    David Copperfield holds a special place in my heart. It is my favorite book as I happened to read it right after I got out of college and was at that weird moment of not knowing what I was going to do next with my life. David Copperfield was there for me. I have read many Dickens' novels, but for this reason David Copperfield will always be my favorite. It is such a delight and I always thought it would…

  • In the Heights

    In the Heights

    ★★★★

    Jon M Chu's Crazy Rich Asians was a huge hit with the Asian American community and with critics as well. This time he has decided to aim for the Latin community in the US by adapting Lin Manuel Miranda's Tony award winning musical play In the Heights. In my opinion there is no one who is representing this community here better than Miranda is, so I am glad he chose this project. I know I have claimed I'm not a…

  • Vivo

    Vivo

    ★★★½

    Vivo is such a colorful and delightful film that seems to combine some elements from Coco and mix it together with the playfulness and colors of Rio. It is a beautiful film visually and despite a rather simple story and premise I had a fun time. Vivo is a kinkajou who sings alongside his old human companion across the streets of Cuba. Vivo is played by Lin-Manuel Miranda who has done so much for the Latin community already. I am…

  • Candyman

    Candyman

    ★★½

    I was a young boy when Candyman came out and never really was into horror films at that time, but I do remember the kids playing around and daring others to lock themselves in the bathroom and say the word "Candyman" five times in front of the mirror. A dare I never wished to try. That is why I know Candyman left an impact in audiences during the 90's. Since the remake is coming out I decided to go ahead…

  • Gunpowder Milkshake

    Gunpowder Milkshake

    ★★★

    Navot Papushado's Gunpower Milkshake seems to aim at being the female version of John Wick. Add the neon lights and the gold jacket that the main protagonist played by Karen Gillan wears and you have some elements from Refn's Drive as well. John Wick and Drive are both films I adore, Gunpowder Milkshake doesn't reach that same level of admiration but it still is a fun ride. Add the rest of the cast to the mix: Lena Headey, Chloe Coleman,…

  • Luca

    Luca

    ★★★★

    Enrico Casarosa's Luca is such a delight. Disney/Pixar has always delivered solid entertainment for adults and kids alike and somehow they always manage to find the right formula to keep the young ones entertained and the adults satisfied with the emotional core underneath these stories. Luca is a tale of friendship. In a way it is a coming of age animated film that will surely bring back fond memories of your childhood buddies and all the outdoor adventures you had.…

  • Black Widow

    Black Widow

    ★★★½

    I was a fan of Cate Shortland's film Lore, so I was excited to hear she was going to direct Black Widow. What I didn't understand was the timing since this film should've came out before Endgame in my opinion. It kind of loses some of the suspense because it came out after, but it was still interesting to see that the Black Widow was given a chance to star in her own movie. The story takes place after the…

  • Blood Red Sky

    Blood Red Sky

    I've always been intrigued with movies that take place in airplanes, although I honestly don't understand why considering most of the time I end up disappointed. Red Eye is probably the exception, so I went into this film with some hopes as the premise seemed quite intriguing. Peter Thorwarth directs this film which mixes classic airplane hijacking plot with a vampire horror elements. On paper this was a great idea although the execution didn't work as planned. If this was…

  • Palm Springs

    Palm Springs

    ★★★★

    Max Barbakow's Palm Springs was such a pleasant surprise. I didn't expect to have so much fun with this classic tale of the Groundhog Day plot where you wake up on the same day everyday. There have been numerous retellings of this story element in different genres, but Palm Springs feels fresh thanks to Andy Samberg's incredible charisma and also including Cristin Milioti and J.K. Simmons as also being a part of the trapped in the same day plot. It…

  • CODA

    CODA

    ★★★½

    CODA is a beautiful film which has a lot of heart and may annoy critics that aren't into sentimental scenes or emotional manipulative scripts that pull on your heart strings. This is a gorgeous remake of the French film The Belier Family, a movie I got to see with my dad a few months before he passed away and that really pulled at our heart strings when we watched it as he had to rely on my care after suffering…

  • Sweet Girl

    Sweet Girl

    Jason Momoa and Isabela Merced are the best thing about this action thriller. Momoa is an action star and the fight sequences are well choreographed and enjoyable. He also has some strong dramatic moments where he is allowed to deliver some emotional scenes proving he can do more than action. His co-star Isabela Merced plays his daughter in this film and she shines as always. She is so charismatic and beautiful. That said, the film is a failure. It had…

  • Jungle Cruise

    Jungle Cruise

    ★★★

    Jungle Cruise wasted its talented cast in a rather enjoyable film that could've been a classic if more effort was put into the narrative. Thankfully Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt have enough chemistry and charisma to carry the film. At times it reminded me of a Pirates of the Caribbean movie, but I was expecting something like Romancing the Stones. Jungle Cruise was a fun ride, but not one of those I would like to get on to again even…