• Blue Steel

    Blue Steel

    ★★★★½

    Jamie Lee Curtis once again prices shes one of the finest actresses of her generation. She’s tense, tough and letter perfect. She hits all the right notes and is able to expand her character well beyond the script dialogue. 
    The direction by Kathryn Bigelow is what great thrillers are made of. She’s able to make such a gripping environment that feels as gritty as it looks. She doesn’t waste time and uses the genre very effectively.
    There aren’t many thrillers like this one anymore and I think that’s sad. This one is pretty grand and with Jamie Lee Curtis you just can’t go wrong.

  • Journey to the Center of the Earth

    Journey to the Center of the Earth

    ★★★

    The film has some decent action sequences and Josh Hutcherson is quite an impressive young performer, but the film lags in logic and screenplay. It also has a bad tendency to create spectacle based for 3D audiences that don’t hold up. It rushes interesting sequences to get to the next one and can’t decide if it’s kid friendly or straight up adventure movie. I think if it had gone the ladder route, it could’ve been a great adventure flic in the same vein as Indiana Jones. 
    It’s not inherently bad, it has some great sequences. It could’ve been really great though.

  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

    ★★★½

    Might be controversial, but I so prefer this one over the original. This one is camp excellence, the color palette is gorgeous and fun, and Johnny Depp is delightful. The set decoration is stunning. There’s also a lot of small comedic bits that are really funny, that I missed as a child. 
    I think the film folds a little at the end, rushing it’s final developments and has a fast turnaround and resolution that feels a bit empty. But it’s good family/campy fun.

  • Shiva Baby

    Shiva Baby

    ★★★★½

    Oh wow, talk about anxiety inducing! But honestly, this is a modern masterpiece. The performances are all fantastic, particularly the leading woman. The situation is universal, especially for young people and the score is brilliant. It also makes efficient use of its runtime, and it’s climax is perfect. There’s a lot of impressive work in the direction and screenplay, this creative force is going far!

  • Chaos Walking

    Chaos Walking

    ★★★

    I… didn’t hate this? I had seen pretty scathing reviews, but in all honesty I like it. It has a tremendous amount of flaws, don’t get me wrong. But the foundation is fun, and it’s a better attempt at a YA franchise than some of the last few we’ve gotten. Tom Holland is a better lead than he gets credit for here, and Daisy Ridley is charismatic and on point.
    It’s obvious filming was rough, tom Holland’s body was bulked…

  • Hot Summer Nights

    Hot Summer Nights

    ★★½

    I love Timothee Chalamet and he’s easily the best part of this film. Unfortunately he might also be the only good part of this film. It’s extremely unfocused and can’t decide if it wants to focus on drug markets, or be a coming of age story. None of Chalamet’s costars are on the same level as him, the dialogue is weak and the narration is awful. There’s a lot of questionable decisions made by the director as well. It’s unfortunate because in the right hands with Chalamet it could’ve been pretty great.

  • The Hitman's Bodyguard

    The Hitman's Bodyguard

    ★★★

    Very mixed bag here. The biggest draw is of course the charisma and humor behind its two leads. Both Reynolds and Jackson are funny enough to salvage the script, but the real standout is Selma Hayek. She has a very minimal role, but she’s great and easily my favorite part. 
    The negatives are first of all, shoddy visual effects. Twice I could tell when they used a green screen. Also the performance of Gary Oldman is terrible, he acts as…

  • District 9

    District 9

    ★★★½

    Sci fi has never been my cup of time always, but I liked the different take this one had. The found footage style makes this alien movie standout from the crowd, and it’s great visual effects and performances aide it a lot. I do feel it’s messages don’t always get home, and at times it’s themes are lost. The graphic nature behind much of it is on horror movie level and adds a little more to it. Overall, it’s an enjoyable film that’s different but would’ve benefitted from flushing out it’s premise a bit more.

  • In the Heights

    In the Heights

    ★★★★★

    Oh my gosh!
    Everything about this film is stunning. Hands down one of the best stage to screen adaptations I’ve ever seen. Anthony Ramos is amazing, one of the best musical lead performances I’ve seen. The whole cast is perfection, with Olga Merediz as a huge standout. It’s colors and visuals are breathtaking, it’s music is hypnotic, and the story is perfect. 
    I cried the whole second half. See it in a theater, it’s a beautiful film about community!

  • Baby Mama

    Baby Mama

    ★★★

    Its a cute movie with charming performances from Amy Poehler and Tina Fey. The comedy is very safe and predictable, the story isn’t anything new and the runtime could be shorter. But it’s enough to put a smile on anyone.

  • Dead Pigs

    Dead Pigs

    ★★★★

    Cathy Yan is definitely one of the best directors to emerge recently. Seeing her skill on display both here and with”Birds of Prey” shows how she can expertly entwine multiple story lines. She really knows how to showcase her characters as well. 
    A lot about this film is really well crafted from the screenplay, to the lighting, the score and the set design. Honestly my only real complaint is that the American storyline isn’t necessary, and wastes Zazie Beets. 
    Still, this film is really interesting and brilliantly directed. I had a great time watching it!

  • Leprechaun

    Leprechaun

    What did I just watch