goodhunterabbie has written 56 reviews for films rated ★★★★ .

  • Dead Again

    Dead Again

    ★★★★

    No matter the number of times he sells out or disappoints, no one has made theater-kid facemelters at the same level as Branagh at his peak. Transcendentally clumsy.

  • The Matrix Resurrections

    The Matrix Resurrections

    ★★★★

    I remember us.

  • The Beatles: Get Back

    The Beatles: Get Back

    ★★★★

    Absolutely fascinating collection of odds and ends conceived as an unfiltered, unadorned fly-on-the-wall glimpse at a band who are simultaneously at the height of their powers and falling apart, the tension between those two elements keeping everything moving even when the grotesque smear of Jackson's post-production sprucing almost derails the whole thing. In other words, the most fitting Let It Be documentary possible.

  • The Last Duel

    The Last Duel

    ★★★★

    Has all the visual panache of a latter-day Game of Thrones episode, but if Scott can't be pretty he'll be nasty, and after 130 minutes of buildup, that pays off in suitably dragged-out fashion. That said, the most noteworthy thing about this is not its brutality but its clear moral compass—where the structural conceit could make it easy for the movie to disappear up its own ass with surface ambiguity, it instead makes clear from the outset who the pieces…

  • Venom: Let There Be Carnage

    Venom: Let There Be Carnage

    ★★★★

    It makes total sense that Serkis would be the right man to unleash this franchise's potential—who better to understand the appeal of a digital freak with dueling personalities than the OG? While he doesn't really offer coherent spectacle, he brings something far more important, which is an understanding of tone. The first movie was Hardy battling uphill to make things fun—in this one everything is on his wavelength, and it MOVES. Perfect romcom, near-perfect structure, an unmitigated blast. Only depressing part was the audience going apeshit at the post-credits tease but hey, no matter what happens in future at least we got this one

  • Project A

    Project A

    ★★★★

    Jackie and Sammo are so fucking beautiful, two completely different physicalities combining to lay waste to hordes of mooks. Not the showiest setpieces they ever did, but lightning-quick and in perfect synergy with the film's comedy. Besides Police Story maybe the most perfectly structured Chan vessel I've watched so far (and boy oh boy does it share that film's hilariously cavalier attitude toward the long arm of the law). Rip-roaring adventure indeed.

  • The Borderlands

    The Borderlands

    ★★★★

    Look, this kind of thematic territory crossed with the found-footage medium is already catnip for me. Throw in a comfy hangout vibe that shifts into some genuinely gnarly final moments and you've made me a convert for life. Would have scared the everloving SHIT out of me as a teenage evangelical.

  • Bound

    Bound

    ★★★★

    A Heterosexual Movie by the Wachowskis

  • Wheels on Meals

    Wheels on Meals

    ★★★★

    Chan has the most beautiful physicality of maybe any performer ever, but this being an insanely generous movie means he never dominates the screen the way he does in the Police Story or Drunken Master series. Hung gives every stunt artist and actor their due—Chan's big fight is the centerpiece of the storming-the-castle climax, but it's offset by an equally good fistfight handled by Biao, and Hung himself crosses blades with the big bad in a swordfight that rivals The…

  • Zack Snyder's Justice League

    Zack Snyder's Justice League

    ★★★★

    Hews far closer to standard cape mode than BvS, which means my affection for it is much more surface level - I'll take its predecessor's galaxy-brain thematic swings and portent over a good time at the movies any day. But what a good time at the movies!!! Absolute structural marvel, four hours that fly by, crosscutting and interweaving with such deftness that I could have taken another hour. Its heroes are treated with such earnestness and care - even Miller's…

  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    Honestly feels like the only one of these that matters sometimes - not a great film, not a fully uncompromised piece of cinema, but a work of art with a clear vision of what its subjects mean for the world beyond their own individual foibles. While that implies a turgid clash of philosophies, Snyder hangs his entry-level theological trappings on a trio of broken men desperately trying to either live up to or avenge the expectations thrust upon them by…

  • The Empty Man

    The Empty Man

    ★★★★

    Takes the twin premises of creepypasta and prestige horror and folds them in on themselves, spiraling into something cosmic and truly frightening. I spent a large chunk of my viewing annoyed at the bloated, po-faced tack it was taking toward a central horror run into the ground years ago by The Babadook's many poor imitators, but the meandering path it takes is necessary, lulling the viewer into just enough of a bored complacency that when it shows what it really…