No Time to Die 2021
The Craig era ends with a whimper. There are some good things here – the direction is solid and the script is often surprisingly funny. But there's absolutely no reason for this to be nearly three hours long, the franchise's continued insistence that Bond and Madeleine Swann are soul mates is stupid as hell since Craig and Seydoux have no chemistry together, Rami Malek's villain is a total snooze, and the big emotional ending falls flat. Oh well! We'll always have CASINO ROYALE.
Derek DelGaudio's In & of Itself 2020
I need to talk a little bit about the worrying mini-phenomenon of Hulu's 'In & Of Itself'. I watched it the other day, rated it three stars, and felt like it was a pretty impressive (if a little melodramatic) filmed performance of an Off-Broadway hit show that sees a magician emotionally connect with his audience in a way that other performers only dream of doing. I won't spoil how Derek DelGaudio goes about achieving this because the film works best if…