• I'm Your Man

    I'm Your Man

    ★★★½

    This reminded me of my favorite episodes of Black Mirror. Low key humor mixed with thoughtful musings on philosophy and technology. Neither too saccharine nor bleak. Dan Stevens and Maren Eggert are fantastic together. 

    It loses some steam in the second half as many of these heady sci-fi comedies do but will always counter a slow scene with something compelling. 

    Definitely a hidden gem of 2021.

  • Spider-Man

    Spider-Man

    ★★★★★

    One last time before it’s all ruined ❤️

  • King Richard

    King Richard

    ★★★½

    Ultimately, my litmus test for a sports movie is if my dad likes it and he was mad that it ended. 

    King Richard doesn’t re-write the inspirational true story playbook but it doesn’t have to. When given the right subjects this formula works like a charm. Will Smith hoists this movie on his shoulders and creates a complex portrait of Richard Williams that keeps every scene just unpredictable enough to justify how much of him we see. It’s not for…

  • Jonas Brothers Family Roast

    Jonas Brothers Family Roast

    Straight people aren’t funny

  • Jackie

    Jackie

    ★★★★

    In 2016 I walked out of this and the only explanation I have for that is that I must’ve been brain dead.

  • Michael Che: Shame the Devil

    Michael Che: Shame the Devil

    ★★★½

    Michael Che is so funny and then he’s like “I didn’t hate Donald Trump that much lol” and I’m just like “dude I know you don’t think that.”

  • tick, tick...BOOM!

    tick, tick...BOOM!

    ★★★

    If Universal made and released a Marc Webb version of this in December 2012 against Django Unchained instead of Les Miserables it would’ve saved the movie musical.

    A cute little romp that is carried by a luminous Andrew Garfield performance. Lin Manuel Miranda has trouble working within the limitations of his Netflix budget. The musical numbers often look like storyboards from a real movie we’ll never see. He can definitely work with actors, though. Hook him up with a real…

  • C'mon C'mon

    C'mon C'mon

    ★★★

    This feels like an assembly cut of a film that likely played better on the page.

    There’s no doubt that Mike Mills can craft compelling family dynamics. C’mon C’mon is at its best when it’s letting the characters do the heavy lifting. Joaquin Phoenix and Woody Norman are terrific together, building a bond that is tender but deeply imperfect. It’s fascinating to watch them try to correct years of family trauma while living within their own bubble. 

    However, the stylization…

  • Red Notice

    Red Notice

    The COVID laced shadow of a film that might’ve been alright if it was made in 2003. 

    This is a cooperate retreat turned pandemic production training camp. We’re certainly being told that this is a faced paced romp with mile a minute laughs and thrills. If that’s true, why does everyone seem so miserable? 

    An entirely joyless experience that you can tell was a living nightmare to work on. The “comedic chemistry” of The Rock and Ryan Reynolds is corrosive.…

  • All Too Well: The Short Film

    All Too Well: The Short Film

    I’m convinced that Dylan O'Brien did this because he didn’t get the Yahya role in Ambulance. Petty king. 

    Taylor Swift is a promising director?

  • Spencer

    Spencer

    ★★★★½

    My audience full of mid 20s entertainment industry troops burst into applause after a girl shouted “yas Nicole” during Kidman’s commercial. Endgame eat your heart out. And indeed, heartbreak did feel good while watching this. 

    Spencer takes place in a world without hope. Diana knows that she’s going to die, and over the course of a Christmas celebration, you watch her dive deeper and deeper into her tomb. We don’t witness any of the events that made her this way.…

  • Eternals

    Eternals

    The new benchmark for boring as sin. I can imagine this being many people’s last trip to the theater.