jackkyser has written 3 reviews for films rated ★★★★½ during 2019.

  • Avengers: Endgame

    Avengers: Endgame


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

    Joe and Anthony Russo’s Avengers: Endgame is an absolutely humongous motion picture in every possible way – in length, story, scope, number of characters and, in particular, emotional impact. The film is the culmination of the twenty-two movies comprising the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and it is packed with truly rousing moments. Even as someone who has only seen fourteen of these films (which may sound like a lot, but given their cultural ubiquity, I’m not so sure), I felt truly…

  • The Front Runner

    The Front Runner


    The beginning of my wisdom teeth removal series. I’m disappointed I missed The Frontrunner in cinemas - between this and Tully, Jason Reitman made two underseen and really excellent film last year. Hugh Jackson plays Gary Hart in a wonderfully understated performance. I loved the scenes in which I could observe him tick outside his world of politics - namely, on the Miami boat where he begins his extramarital affair. In the best shot of the film, there’s a long…

  • Welcome to Marwen

    Welcome to Marwen


    Robert Zemeckis’s Welcome to Marwen, which opened in cinemas shortly before Christmas, is a fascinating film that defies any easily marketable category, and has thus struggled to find an audience (not helping matters is that it’s also been savaged by critics, who find the picture both bizarre and overly sentimental). But watching the film on its own terms, I was struck by what Zemeckis and his team achieve in telling the true story of Mark Hogancamp (Steve Carell), an artist…