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  • Spider-Man: Homecoming

    Spider-Man: Homecoming

    ★★★

    Despite the fundamental truth that art is, at the most elemental level, unnecessary to survival, its unequivocal power to reward the soul and imagination proves undeniable across every culture and time period. This conviction was recently put to the ultimate test when it comes to the third launch of a Spider-Man in this infantile century, and particularly under the circumstances: crammed into a roster-heavy franchise threequel in a cinematic universe that, at the time, already spanned 13 films. While the…

  • War for the Planet of the Apes

    War for the Planet of the Apes

    ★★½

    War for the Planet of the Apes is the most serious film ever made, or at least comes across that way with every decision made by director and co-writer Matt Reeves. While Rupert Wyatt commenced this prequel trilogy with a vigorous dose of campy fun in Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Reeves’ more operatic, unsmiling stylings were in full-force as warring sects of apes went toe-to-toe in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Now, in his trilogy…

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  • The Red Turtle

    The Red Turtle

    ★★★½

    First 78 minutes of The Red Turtle: this is a very nice movie
    Last 2 minutes: I am emotionally wrecked and have a new perspective on life

  • Silence

    Silence

    ★★★★½

    Silence is staggering in how Scorsese is able to cinematically convey a journey so personal and introspective as one's life-long struggle with faith. Relatively restrained and patient filmmaking for the director, which seems like a rarity for a production of this scale.