• Pushpa: The Rise - Part 1

    Pushpa: The Rise - Part 1

    ★★★½

    PUSHPA is pretty cool-ass, it really lives and dies on the strength of Allu Arjun's screen presence. And what a magnetic presence. Every time he's on screen, every single time, he automatically grabs your full attention. Also the movie looks great, imagine if every other masala movie was shot this clean & lit this well. Loved the setpieces, even the “throwaway” action sequences have a rhythm & style to them. The story is formulaic, the villains are weak and the runtime is too long but it doesn't really matter because the movie is single-handedly elevated by Allu Arjun's pitch-perfect movie star performance.

  • The Hand of God

    The Hand of God

    ★★★★½

    Absolutely loved Paolo Sorrentino's coming-of-age memory piece, The Hand of God. A wonderfully joyous, bittersweet & dreamlike mixture of characters, ideas, and images. The film is designed to imitate the way we recall memory, it feels structureless, the situations and people seem exaggerated, because those uttermost details are the ones that stick with you the most and also while reflecting there's no objective truth to the story because your memories are subjective.
    Filippo Scotti is a revelation, his performance is subtle but thorough, his body language conveys so many feelings.

  • The Last Picture Show

    The Last Picture Show

    ★★★★★

    "Being crazy about a woman like her is always the right thing to do. Being an old decrepit bag of bones, that's what's ridiculous. Gettin' old"

    Peter Bogdanovich’s THE LAST PICTURE SHOW is an instant favorite. Full of melancholy, tenderness and the possibility of escape. It's one of those movies that doesn't seem like anything extraordinary until you're sitting through the credits trying to absorb what you just watched. An affecting coming-of-age drama populated by full-bodied characters, and the black…

  • Spider-Man: No Way Home

    Spider-Man: No Way Home

    ★★★½

    NO WAY HOME was a great time and a really wholesome Spidey flick. This is a competent fan-servicey theme-park ride where the experience is bigger than the movie itself. And it will be hard to find a blockbuster that will match its emotionality or excitement. A greatest-hits package of Spider-Man’s cinematic legacy, it strikes many of the right chords, lots of nostalgic hits with familiar tones that will hit you in the feels and the bonus track they never released.…

  • Nighthawks

    Nighthawks

    ★★★½

    Bruce Malmuth's Nighthawks is definitely one of Sylvester Stallone's better movies& an underrated thriller, tho it kinda dips in the third act. It feels like a 70s cop thriller, apparently this was originally written as The French Connection III. That whole stretch of Sly in the nightclub eyeing Rutger in the nightclub with Brown Sugar playing in the background, and that whole foot chase sequence afterwards is fucking great. Sly & Billy Dee Williams make a great team and Rutger Hauer is just a perfect cold-blooded villain.

  • The Beach Bum

    The Beach Bum

    ★★★½

    Love that this is just a chill hangout movie on the everyday life of Matthew McConaughey. Great soundtrack too with a lovely cast of characters and fun tone and dialogue, with some great humorous moments.

  • The Last Duel

    The Last Duel

    ★★★★½

    THE LAST DUEL rules!!! It’s one of Ridley Scott’s best films, some of the most effective work he has done in years. Just incredible piece of movie-making: Epic in scale, visually thrilling, technically astonishing, full of uniformly powerful performances by movie stars and ideas. It's really smartly crafted, telling the same story from three alternate perspective can be difficult, but the film succeeds. Loved the subtle changes in details & performances in each segment. Comer elevates this immensely. And the titular…

  • Demolition Man

    Demolition Man

    ★★★½

    The year is 2032. Sandra Bullock's office in police headquarters has a poster for Lethal Weapon 3 on the wall.

  • Affliction

    Affliction

    ★★★★

    “Our stories, Wade's and mine, describe the lives of the boys and men for thousands of years: boys who were beaten by their fathers, whose capacity for love and trust was crippled almost at birth, men whose best hope for connection with other human beings lay in detachment, as if life was over.”

  • Venom: Let There Be Carnage

    Venom: Let There Be Carnage

    ★★★½

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    Venom : Let There Be Carnage is a good 90s throwback crowdpleasing B-movie. A total blast & it's never trying to be much more. Venom and Eddie dynamic is so wholesome, this is the best rom-com of this year. They took all the good goofy, schlocky fun shit from the last one, dialed it up past 11. That animated flashback sequence with the letter made me laugh so hard. Starring four Oscar nominees, who understood the assignment! Tom Hardy was great in a batshit crazy way, he really goes for it and elevates this whole thing.

  • Spencer

    Spencer

    ★★★★

    THE SHINING starring Kristen Stewart.

    At once a tragic portrait and an absorbing character study, this one transcended the rules of the biopic to make a psychological horror drama with a towering performance by Stewart. That Johnny Greenwood score perfection!

  • The World Is Not Enough

    The World Is Not Enough

    ★★★

    THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH is one of those “better than the sum of its parts” movies. I don’t think it’s as bad as its rep, there’s a lot that’s stupid and clunky with plenty of cheese, but it works as a whole. Some really good action set pieces. Brosnan is a great 007 and Sophie Marceau is a wickedly fun as Electra King. Robert Carlyle is a boring villian & Denise Richards' is miscast, but the issue was both characters…