• Soul

    Soul

    ★★★★½

    I was expecting Soul to be emotional, to be a tear-jerker that utilized and focused on music in a major way, and to have a lot of philosophical thought in its story. I was not expecting it to focus on portraying a specific Black experience through its main character and supporting cast. Despite the fact the main character spends most of the runtime outside of his physical body, his dialogue still focuses on black experiences and the movie is full…

  • Pet Sematary

    Pet Sematary

    Throws too many different horror movie tropes into the mix to feel like it has a clear direction - did the mom's sister subplot need to be in the movie? - and doesn't commit to its best or most interesting ideas, but the ending is surprisingly strong and goes in a very unpredictable direction. The cover of 'Pet Sematary', originally by the Ramones, was good enough to bump the rating up by half a star.

  • Child's Play

    Child's Play

    Unexpectedly good, given how many sequels this franchise has had. The direction the movie goes in is really unique compared to previous films, which makes for a much better reboot than a straight retelling of the first movie would have been. Mark Hamill is clearly having the time of his life.

  • Bill & Ted Face the Music

    Bill & Ted Face the Music

    ★★★★

    The goofy, earnest sincerity this movie uses to do the absolute silliest things is so charming, and this movie is a blast. Something uncomplicated and silly is exactly what movies need right now.