Joseph has written 14 reviews for films rated ★★★ .

  • Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom

    Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom

    ★★★

    If you don’t look at it as “the final movie in the DCEU” this is a fun movie. While it’s not as great as the first Aquaman, it comes close. I liked how the brotherly bond between Orm and Arthur grew through the movie and this movie had me genuinely guessing whether they were going to do a certain storyline from the comics.

    I also think they juggled the Amber Heard controversy pretty well by having just enough Mera in it.

    This is one of the DCEU films I can see myself revisiting years from now.

  • Miracle on 34th Street

    Miracle on 34th Street

    ★★★

    This classic Christmas movie has it all!

    Putting Santa Claus on trial for lunacy
    A little girl demanding that she’ll only believe in Santa if he gets her a house.

    But somehow the most unbelievable part of this movie is a giant retail store suggesting that customers go to a competitor if they can’t find what they are looking for at Macy’s.

    1947 is kind of crazy judging from this. (Nonetheless one of those movies that everyone should see at least once)

  • Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny

    Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny

    ★★★

    Nazis got punched, a treasure is hunted, fun is had along the way. Harrison Ford even rides a horse in a subway.

    The characters of Helena and Teddy may be super annoying but I found this film to take the character of Indiana Jones and put him in a pretty interesting place.

    I had a good time with it.

  • Man of Steel

    Man of Steel

    ★★★

    This is a film that I feel differently about every time I watch it. 

    Henry Cavill is great as Superman. Michael Shannon is great as Zod. The film is visually beautiful. There’s a scene where Zod is speaking to Superman about building a new Krypton and Superman starts drowning in skulls. Visually breathtaking. The first flight scene, amazing.

    However, I hate this film’s rendition of Pa Kent

    “Was I supposed to let them die?”
    ”maybe”

    and then pointlessly dying in…

  • M3GAN

    M3GAN

    ★★★

    Pleasantly surprised by this  I was expecting a typical January PG-13 “horror” movie. Instead I found myself invested in the story and main character of this admittedly silly horror-comedy thriller.

    I was going to rate this 3.5 stars but took .5 stars off for the doll singing. That was cringe.

  • Avatar: The Way of Water

    Avatar: The Way of Water

    ★★★

    Visually beautiful and leagues above the first film. 

    The 3D effects were well worth the migraine I am sure to get from the 3D glasses.

  • Don't Worry Darling

    Don't Worry Darling

    ★★★

    An interesting premise and story that keeps you invested so much that you’ll forgive Harry Styles’s lack of acting talents.

  • Elvis

    Elvis

    ★★★

    I’m not much of an Elvis fan musically but I do like a good music biopic, I feel like this could have been about 15-20 minutes shorter than it was (at least). But overall good performances.

  • Lightyear

    Lightyear

    ★★★

    I felt the idea to make this a movie that Andy from Toy Story would see and make him want a Buzz Lightyear toy was a really interesting and creative decision. The animation was top notch and it does get you in the emotions in some spots. Despite the controversy this film seems to have from different idiots on the internet, I think it’s a great family movie for the summer. 

    Also, Sox might just be my official favorite Pixar character ever.

  • The Bob's Burgers Movie

    The Bob's Burgers Movie

    ★★★

    Funnier than expected.

  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    ★★★

    I was honestly expecting to be bombarded with cameos from Marvel movies past but thankfully that is not what I got. Instead I received an entertaining trip through a multiverse that leaves our characters in interesting places to develop. I’d also say that this is a marvel movie that the young ones should skip—at many points in the back half it does feel a bit like a horror movie.

    Also, it provides a post credit scene that will either enrage you or fill you with laughter.

  • Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore

    Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore

    ★★★

    While a massive step up for the franchise, I still feel like the plot is being drawn out to fill a 5 movie quota. This movie vastly improves on crimes of Grindelwald and I love the addition of Mass Mikkelson as Grindelwald as he gives a certain gravitas to the role that Johnny Depp was lacking. I’ve always felt Depp wasn’t right for the role of Grindelwald, and I am glad to see that rectified.