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  • The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

    The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

    ★★½

    It was okay. The characters are what keep me coming back to this franchise at this point, both because I like the actors that play them and find the real people fascinating. But the story was pretty convoluted and all over the place. Stylistically as well. It just wasn't as fun of a watch as the previous installments, whether that's due to changes in screenwriter or director. I kinda just wish they had made a courtroom drama instead. Feels like that may have been a bit more engaging.

  • House of the Witchdoctor

    House of the Witchdoctor

    I would say that this is a rip-off of The Strangers because there are killers wearing burlap sack masks, but that is all it shares. Starts as a completely unsavory home invasion thriller, before turning into a horror film involving a cult. The twist end is pretty predictable. Imagine The Strangers meets The Last House on the Left directed by someone that thinks Rob Zonbie is a genius, and you get this awful film.

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  • Nomadland

    Nomadland

    ★★★★

    This is the future of feminism in film, in my opinion. Not some 20-something model-looking actress playing a superhero with cleavage and a short skirt, but stories of actual women. It isn't about hitting us over the head with some obvious pandering, but has much more nuance than that. It is simply about representation, and shame on Hollywood for not allowing more stories like this to get made. There is a reason the same 5 actresses over 50 always play…

  • Aziz Ansari: Right Now

    Aziz Ansari: Right Now

    ★★

    I find the extreme close camera placement and lens choice offputting, but besides the way that it is shot, there isn't a lot of humor for a stand-up show. Much too much of it feels like a formulated plan for damage control.