jackkyser has written 4 reviews for films rated ★★★½ during 2020.

  • The War with Grandpa

    The War with Grandpa

    ★★★½

    I love Robert De Niro. He’s been my favorite actor for as long as I can remember, and I make a point of seeing everything he’s in. There are years like 2019, where he appeared in two Best Picture nominees, Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman (featuring one of his all-time finest performances) and Todd Phillips’ Joker. And now there’s this year, where we get a completely different kind of De Niro in the family-friendly The War with Grandpa. In reading early…

  • The Big Wedding

    The Big Wedding

    ★★★½

    Here I am making my way through the handful of De Niro films I still haven’t seen (I’m a loyal soldier for my favorite actor), and lo and behold, The Big Wedding is actually quite endearing!

  • An American Pickle

    An American Pickle

    ★★★½

    Brandon Trost’s An American Pickle is a delightful comedy, featuring one of star Seth Rogen’s best performances in some time (as two different characters, no less). The film is available to watch on HBO Max, after originally being intended for a theatrical release by Sony Pictures.

    The film opens in 1919, as Jewish grave-digger Herschel Greenbaum (Rogen) lives a rather dreary existence in Eastern Europe. When he and his wife, Sarah (Sarah Snook), immigrate to the United States, he takes…

  • Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga

    Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga

    ★★★½

    David Dobkin’s Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga is a truly enjoyable comedy, with one of those hilariously long, overly-specific titles you’d expect from star Will Ferrell (see also Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby). In Eurovision, Ferrell and Rachel McAdams play Icelandic musicians Lars and Sigrit, both lead singers in the less-than-stellar band Fire Saga. They’re a bit of a joke in their small town community, but nevertheless, Lars…