Daniel Howat

Daniel Howat

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Journalist for Next Best Picture | Las Vegas Film Critics Society

Favorite films

  • That Thing You Do!
  • (500) Days of Summer
  • La La Land
  • Her

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  • Last Night in Soho

    ★★★

  • The French Dispatch

    ★★★½

  • The Electrical Life of Louis Wain

    ★★★½

  • The Harder They Fall

    ★★★½

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  • Last Night in Soho

    Last Night in Soho

    ★★★

    Last Night in Soho has some intriguing ideas and a thrilling performance from McKenzie. While it’s not very scary or fresh, it’s sufficiently entertaining thanks to the unique dual time periods.

    There’s some great camerawork and VFX early on, particularly in a spectacular dance sequence, but the story didn’t maintain momentum well.

    It’s good overall but conventionally crafted, which is a surprise coming from Edgar Wright. Thankfully a great ensemble elevated the material.

  • The French Dispatch

    The French Dispatch

    ★★★½

    The French Dispatch is stunningly crafted, a beautiful experience to take in. The cinematography, score, production design - it’s all top notch.

    The story is never as captivating as the visuals, but it’s a sweet, funny anthology film with a lovely cast that never disappoints.

    It’s hard to pinpoint a favorite from the huge cast, but Jeffrey Wright and Benicio Del Toro were certainly standouts.

    I’m not always the biggest Wes Anderson fan, but it’s impossible to deny his singular style.

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  • Eternals

    Eternals

    ★★★

    Eternals is one of the most ambitious MCU movies yet, but it’s unfortunately fairly messy.

    Impressive visuals and a talented cast don’t save the convoluted plot. This story is so huge, spanning thousands, that it felt like 2/3 of the movie was exposition. It never truly came together for me. There was too little action, and the stakes never feel tangible.

    I wanted to like Eternals much more than I did. Chloe Zhao is much more interested in humanity and human…

  • No Time to Die

    No Time to Die

    ★★★★

    No Time To Die gives Bond something it’s never had before - a conclusion. Immensely satisfying, this feels both like a classic Bond movie and deeply personal. Globetrotting thrills, brilliant action, all gorgeously shot.

    It’s a very long movie, but No Time To Die flies by. Every character, new and old, gets time to shine, winning out over a plot that’s only decent.

    There are things to nitpick, but strong character work paired with stunning direction puts this up there with the best this series has to offer.

    Bond has never been this moving. A perfect end.