• In the Fade

    In the Fade

    ★★★★½

    Sort of a procedural, courtroom/family drama, and revenge thriller film all blended into one. Diane Kruger is incredible and since she has about 98%, maybe more, of the screen time, that's pretty important. She covers the whole gamut of emotions throughout and even does the drug-induced haze thing really well.

    Kept me invested for the entire runtime and, if I had a heart, I might have even gotten emotional at some of the scenes. Overall just a well executed drama/thriller with an impressive lead performance and definitely worth a watch. Now I think I need to check out Head-On from the same director...

  • Trading Places

    Trading Places

    ★★½

    Boy oh boy, another disappointing rewatch of what I thought was a classic comedy. The movie, for the most part, is just not that funny and any sort of social commentary it is trying to make does not really work.

    I laughed hard at two things, the BLT breaking of the fourth wall moment by Murphy, and Aykroyd, as Santa, gnawing on a Giant side of smoked fish on the bus. Both hilarious, but that's a pretty low hit rate for a full movie. So disappointing.

  • Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

    Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

    ★★

    I loved this movie as a kid, but rewatching it now it was not very funny and it honestly kind of weirded me out most of the time. I did chuckle at a couple of things and I do love the name Ruprecht, especially when Michael Caine says it, so a couple of stars for that.

  • Beverly Hills Cop

    Beverly Hills Cop

    ★★★★★

    So I just re-read the review I posted for this film here, from 9 years ago, and I think I actually liked it even more this time. I thought I was going to have the same issue with the music when I started this watch, but ten minutes in I was doing the Neutron Dance. Had no idea I even knew how to do the Neutron Dance. Crazy what the mind retains...

  • The Rider

    The Rider

    ★★★

    So this is essentially a scripted documentary with some fancy cinematography? Never know whether to grade these films that use non-actors on a curve; ultimately it comes down to execution and it's a lot harder to pull off in an intimate drama like this. The stuff that, say, Harmony Korine does with non-actors works a bit better for me as they are not asked to hold up something so drama, relationship, and plot heavy.

    All that said I did like…

  • Promising Young Woman

    Promising Young Woman

    ★★★★★

    Wow, this was pretty much flawless. Beautifully shot, great music, excellent performances (Carrie Mulligan was truly incredible) and even managed to have some solid comedic moments among the cringe and horror. I honestly can't think of a single thing I disliked here; ran me through the gamut of emotions in a very good way.

  • Pandorum

    Pandorum

    ★★★★

    One of those claustrophobic sci-fi horror flicks in the vein of Alien and while it of course never comes close to those heights, it keeps me intrigued and entertained throughout. The actors are all solid, anchored by Ben Foster, who I always like, and the design elements are awesome; taking bits and pieces from a bunch of films that came before, but using them to great effect. Would be nice if we were to get the subsequent two films in the originally planned trilogy, but sadly it seems that will never happen.

  • The Golden Child

    The Golden Child

    ★★★½

    Goofy and dumb, but I had a lot of fun with this. I actually kind of wish it was maybe twenty minutes longer so we could have had a bit more relationship development between Murphy and Lewis (I really liked them together, but everything happened a little quickly between them), plus a little more time with the finale as it wrapped up way too fast. Way more enjoyable movie than I remembered.

  • Zack Snyder's Justice League

    Zack Snyder's Justice League

    ★★★★

    Having never seen the original, or even Batman v Superman for that matter, I don't really have a frame of reference for what is different here, but whatever it is I have to say I really enjoyed it.

    Sitting to watch this four hour beast of a film I expected to hate it, or at the very least be bored, but I really never was. Doing origin stories for all of the characters really worked for me and it kind…

  • Witness

    Witness

    ★★★★

    I remembered this being a lot more focused on the kid, luckily the majority of the film is spent with Harrison Ford and Kelly McGillis both of whom are great here. The ending was a bit strange, with Ford essentially scolding the main bad guy like he was a bad dog, but everything else was pretty darn entertaining.

  • Roman J. Israel, Esq.

    Roman J. Israel, Esq.

    ★★★★

    Definitely loses itself in the last third of the film, but everything up to that point was great. Denzel is of course a joy to watch no matter the project, but I found everyone else around him to be very solid as well and the story, while a bit heavy handed with its themes at times, was pretty damn engaging.
    So yeah, overall a bit of a lost opportunity to be something truly exceptional, but as it is, a pretty entertaining watch.

  • I Care a Lot

    I Care a Lot

    ★½

    All of the characters and any potential social commentary they were gong for was far too shallow to be interesting and the black comedy just was not funny enough to make this entertaining. I did kind of enjoy Dianne Wiest and Chris Messina, but they were not in it enough to keep me interested for the full, kind of painful, runtime.