• Petite Maman

    Petite Maman

    A beautifully simple film from Celine Sciamma. Though perhaps there's not a lot going on, the film wisely keeps the run time very short, making the most of every moment. Added onto that it delivers some of the strongest and most believable child characters in recent memory. Both of the lead performances are excellent, and the whole film is filled with a beautiful sense of warmth.

  • Men

    Men

    Basically a live-action fever dream. There are a lot of ideas at play, but the film wisely doesn’t overexplain these ideas. It allows the viewer to sit and feel and think about what they are witnessing. Gorgeous filmmaking and great performances enhance the unique, unnerving experience.

  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★★★★

    A magical, hilarious, exciting, absurd and heartwarming film, often all at the same time. There’s so much creativity going on in this film that it’s hard to imagine being able to make it in any way. Everything fits and flows perfectly, building to one of the strongest cinematic achievements in years.

  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    A pretty “meh” script is elevated by Marvel’s usual great cast and the fact that they allowed their director to give the film something of a unique flavor. It oddly struggles with some important aspects like giving its villain proper motivation, keeping a solid sense of humor and landing emotional beats. Perhaps it’s biggest issue is that it doesn’t actually explore its concept nearly as much as it could have.

    That said, it is basically saved in the directing chair.…

  • The Rock

    The Rock

    ★★★★½

    Man, this movie “rocks” so much more than it has to. It’s Michael Bay at his best, with a solid script and some really excellent set pieces. This movie is really elevated to the next level by Ed Harris’ performance. His last few scenes in the film display more nuance than the rest of Bay’s filmography combined. He makes General Hummel a truly fantastic 90s villain, one who is intimidating while also being three dimensional and believable as a human being. Truly one of the best action films of the post Die Hard era

  • Jumanji: The Next Level

    Jumanji: The Next Level

    Not a particularly well-crafted movie, but the actors are having a ton of fun, and in the end that’s enough for it to be entertaining.

  • 2022 Oscar Nominated Shorts: Animation

    2022 Oscar Nominated Shorts: Animation

    The Animated shorts this year were weird. Normally these are mostly family friendly, but this year only one really was. Overall they were pretty good, though a touch below the Live Action shorts.

    ROBIN ROBIN
    The only kid friendly nominee. Robin Robin is cute, if standard. It feels more like a tv Christmas special than an independent short film, which always feels weird in these categories. This film is made by the Aardman company, meaning it had a much higher…

  • 2022 Oscar-Nominated Shorts - Live Action

    2022 Oscar-Nominated Shorts - Live Action

    ★★★★½

    It’s great to see these short films on the big screen yet again. As usual, they’re a somewhat mixed bag of mostly great, but very heavy, films.

    ON MY MIND
    The first one is the weakest of the bunch. There’s definitely heart and passion involved, but ultimately the movie isn’t able to make an impact out of them. It’s too obvious and, unfortunately, poorly shot. It’s not awful, but it’s also not great.

    PLEASE HOLD
    This one is absolutely phenomenal.…

  • Lethal Weapon

    Lethal Weapon

    A very well done, if pretty standard, buddy cop flick. I'm fully aware that part of the reason this film is so standard is because of how many films copied it. That said, much of this film is still very much of its time. It's also entertaining, fun and well acted.

  • The French Dispatch

    The French Dispatch

    ★★★★½

    I’m not the biggest Wes Anderson fan around, but French Dispatch is instantly one of my favorites. It fits his style so perfectly and, most importantly, it’s just a lot of fun. The cast is fantastic, the visuals are as sumptuous as ever, and it’s an entertaining time with some true laugh out loud moments.

  • The Batman

    The Batman

    The Batman is an absolutely brilliant and top-tier entry into the superhero genre… for most of its run time. Unfortunately, despite the film’s great strengths, it loses some steam towards the end of its three hour run time.

    First, the good. This film is more of a noir than an action film. This decision is great as it decidedly sets The Batman apart from its contemporaries. It doesn’t have to beat other Batman/superhero films at their own game, since it’s…

  • Licorice Pizza

    Licorice Pizza

    More of a collection of scenes than a film. Thankfully most of these scenes are pretty good. There are certainly major issues with the film, but the performances are pretty uniformly great. It’s not a masterpiece, but it’s solid.