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Matt has written 174 reviews for films during 2018.

  • The Amazing Spider-Man

    The Amazing Spider-Man

    ★★

    My ability to love anything involving Spider-Man hasn’t been this sorely tested since The Amazing Spider-Man 2. 

    I do like some of the 70sisms, including the funky superimposed images of Peter and the spider. Most of the hanging and crawling is laughable, but there are a few neat effects; the POV shots from Spidey’s perspective climbing up a real building are kind of great, actually. Alas, I’m not sure any city has less convincing doubled for New York than Los Angeles does here.

  • Black Mirror: Bandersnatch

    Black Mirror: Bandersnatch

    ★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Choose your own adventure, between murder and additional murders. Fun!

  • Teen Titans Go! To the Movies

    Teen Titans Go! To the Movies

    ★★★½

    Slade’s MIND MANIPULATION might be legit; for the full runtime my daughter sat slack-jawed while she babbled, like she was having an out-of-body experience. Outstanding.

  • Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

    Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

    ★★★★

    The scene where Ron Burgundy walks into his office and the rest of the news team is cackling hysterically at Garfield At Large is the artistic pinnacle of American cinema.

  • Bumblebee

    Bumblebee

    ★★★

    “Rather than try to aggro up the old cartoon, Bumblebee leans into the nostalgia; the soundtrack is littered with ’80s radio hits and for the first time on the big screen, the Transformers themselves look like they did on the vintage show. Rather than blow up everything in sight for 165 minutes, Knight only blows up select things while telling a sweet coming of age story.”

    Full review at ScreenCrush.

  • Vice

    Vice

    ★★

    As a massive Adam McKay dork, this was hugely disappointing. If you want to watch an Adam McKay movie about how the world wound up with Dick Cheney, you are better off watching Anchorman 2.

  • Mortal Engines

    Mortal Engines

    I was so bored during this movie I spent most of the last act trying to figure out the last movie that was this big that was also this bad. The answer I settled on was Battlefield Earth.

    Full review at ScreenCrush.

  • Mary Poppins Returns

    Mary Poppins Returns

    ★★½

    This is an extremely faithful sequel: It’s long and kind of boring and intermittently dazzling with beautiful animation and clever dances, and then it goes back to being a children’s movie about the inner workings of the British banking industry. Kids love banking subplots!

    You heard me, the original Mary Poppins isn’t a great movie (with great songs and some great sequences). This has been Matt Singer’s Mary Poppins Returns Hot Take. Thank you for your polite attention.

  • Once Upon a Deadpool

    Once Upon a Deadpool

    ★★½

    Definitely a step down from the original (which wasn’t all that great to begin with), but respect to whoever decided to spruce up an airplane cut of Deadpool 2 with a couple wraparound scenes and sell it to the audience a second time with the trolling title Once Upon a Deadpool. Major “I’m not even mad, that’s amazing” vibes right there.

    More on the changes at ScreenCrush.

  • Aquaman

    Aquaman

    ★★★

    Jesus turned water into wine, but did he ever turn wine into flying wine knives? No. No he did not.

    I rest my case.

    Full review at ScreenCrush.

  • Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle

    Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle

    ★★

    Mowgli? More like No-gli, am I right? Thank you, I’ll be here all week, try the veal!

  • Shoplifters

    Shoplifters

    ★★★★

    When you’re in a family, the easiest thing to steal...
    [David Caruso sunglasses emoticon]
    ...is your heart.