Daniel has written 136 reviews for films rated ★★½ .

  • Scream 3

    Scream 3

    ★★½

    Courteney Cox’s bangs are a meta representation of the film—they’re trying to be new and fresh, but it just doesn’t work! It’s Scream’s Spectre moment.

  • The King's Man

    The King's Man

    ★★½

    Matthew Vaughn clearly wanted to make a movie about pacifism and the horrors of war while staging a big WWI set piece a la Dunkirk. He probably couldn’t get the money for that and instead decided to mesh that deadly serious father-son war story around a silly Kingsman vs. the league of extraordinary (evil)men movie where a father gets his son to covertly seduce and poison bisexual paedophile Rasputin. They’re decent on their own, but boy do they not mesh.…

  • Kingsman: The Golden Circle

    Kingsman: The Golden Circle

    ★★½

    This becomes too cartoony and killing Roxy is a dreadful choice but everything’s made up for by THAT death scene. Tears… everywhere!

  • Limitless

    Limitless

    ★★½

    Bradley Cooper takes the pill and becomes a capitalist stock market manipulating business whiz. I take the pill and become a genius at reciting facts about The Cat in the Hat (2003). We are not the same.

  • The Lost Daughter

    The Lost Daughter

    ★★½

    A film that makes me never want to have kids. Olivia Colman is a powerhouse as usual and yet this couldn’t really grip me due to how oddly paced and choppy it felt. Maggie’s clearly got potential but I felt like this could’ve been tightened or even been a short film to really hit. It also has the plot of a Lifetime Original which makes it one of the best shot and acted (not) Lifetime Originals ever… I guess! My Normal People king Paul Mescal was criminally underused.

  • Hawkeye

    Hawkeye

    ★★½

    Hailee, queen, you are innocent and you should know in every way that you carried this on your back!

    I admittedly haven’t read the Fraction + Aja run but there’s no way it’s as flat and stagnant as this. Hailee’s really carrying all of the energy from pure charisma and unending charm alone but it ain’t enough. You need good action, a bit of actual grit and wit that doesn’t just feel like a dud bunch of Marvel Quips™ from…

  • Spider-Man: No Way Home

    Spider-Man: No Way Home

    ★★½

    Just over the moon… that we got a hint of that sweet Electro theme!

    Contains some legitimately great Spider-Man moments in a film that feels like it’s built around scene and character-based concepts rather than being a tightly coalesced whole. Thankfully the annoying Disney Channel tone of Far from Home is mostly gone and Holland can give a performance that actually has a bit of weight at points. Still, this feels like fanfic where some of the fanfic is fun,…

  • The Hating Game

    The Hating Game

    ★★½

    The novel’s cheeseball dopey schlock and this occasionally gets the crappy-yet-fun vibe right but the conflict oddly ends way too quickly. The fun is in the buildup (and the titular hating) which they quickly abandoned. Set It Up just hits that bit different in terms of a similar rom-com. Anyway, I’ve been thinking about how Dagny’s Somebody could be used in a rom-com and this went and used it so I feel blessed for that alone.

  • Ghostbusters

    Ghostbusters

    ★★½

    Kate McKinnon, I love you with my whole heart. Needed more licking of guns.

  • Spider-Man: Far From Home

    Spider-Man: Far From Home

    ★★½

    Mysterio puts on a facade of friendliness but is really gaslighting this poor, innocent, newly embraced teenager who doesn’t see through his malevolence and nasty deceit. This of course is something that famous actor Jake Gyllenhaal has never done in real life, thankfully! I hope he got back surgery after this film for completely carrying this Disney Channel Original Movie which was hastily rewritten into a Spider-Man movie at the last minute.

  • The Eyes of Tammy Faye

    The Eyes of Tammy Faye

    ★★½

    Chastain’s committed performance ranges from average to fine (her trying to play a teenager is scarily transformational), but life-to-death biopics like this just can’t float my boat unless it’s thematically focused to a T or stylistically diverse. This isn’t really that. The Social Network fan in me was weirded out by what feels like Garfield doing a Jesse Eisenberg impression.

  • Last Night in Soho

    Last Night in Soho

    ★★½

    Edgar discovered what misogyny is and wrote a movie about it! There’s so much here that’s lushly slick (there’s an almost parodical amount of neon, even if it’s aesthetically nice). However, if you’re trying to ape De Palma, Polanski and Argento, I would’ve at least liked more dirtiness and seediness imbued in the visuals. For a film that has around 15 jump scares, they’re all quite lame. They’re scares that Edgar would happily parody, yet this comes across as very…