Movieman630 has written 22 reviews for films rated ★★★★ .

  • No Sudden Move

    No Sudden Move

    PROS
    Excellent cast, all delivering strong, yet subtle performances.

    A film that excellently gets across a message about opportunity inequality without feeling preachy.

    A fun storyline with some truly great twists and turns.

    Soderbergh's direction is not showy, but still solidly keeps the film entertaining and flowing.

    CONS
    The narrative is fairly hard to follow, even at the end it's not totally clear how some characters were able to manipulate events.

    VERDICT
    This is a solid crime thriller that manages…

  • In the Heights

    In the Heights

    In the Heights rises above many other musicals due to its embracing of the medium of film. The film uses editing, cinematography and effects in creative ways to properly adapt the stage musical for the screen. This gives the film a sense of energy and fun during the musical sequences.

    The film also tells a nice story of embracing and accepting who you are and where you come from. The film does start to peter out a bit in the…

  • Train to Busan

    Train to Busan

    Train to Busan is a solid Zombie action film. The film takes the rage zombie idea of 28 Days Later and throws it into a more hyperkinetic claustrophobic setting. The first act of the film is especially effective. It slowly builds up its protagonists and tension, hinting at what’s to come before suddenly letting the shit hit the fan.

    The film does start to drag as it goes on. Though the filmmaking is solid, and it does have some fun…

  • News of the World

    News of the World

    News of the World doesn't reinvent the wheel, but it is a satisfying watch for those who like old school westerns. Tom Hanks is, as always, an engaging lead, and Helena Zengel plays off of him perfectly. Their relationship feels incredibly natural, and develops at a great pace.

    The film is perhaps lacking in inspiration, there's nothing here that hasn't been done before, but it's an entertaining watch, especially for fans of the western genre.

  • The White Tiger

    The White Tiger

    The White Tiger is a great character driven film that shines a light on how difficult it can be to just survive in some places. I am not in general a fan of films driven by voice over narration, but The White Tiger uses it well, largely due to the fact that the film is built on the protagonists thoughts more than his actions.

    The film is perhaps a bit long, and the resolution happens a bit too quickly, but it is never boring. Writer/director Ramin Bahrani has an energy and passion that keeps the film flowing despite the lack of any truly likable characters.

  • Judas and the Black Messiah

    Judas and the Black Messiah

    Judas and the Black Messiah is a very ambitious film. It tries to be a biopic of its two subjects, Fred Hampton and Bill O'Neal, while also being an espionage thriller. It also strives to inform the audience about COINTELPRO, the awful FBI program where they tried to dismantle minority and liberal/socialist groups through the use of propaganda, police brutality and even assassination. Is the film able to succeed at all of these goals? Mostly yes, though some aspects do…

  • Tenet

    Tenet

    When reviewing films I tend to forgive flaws if they are a result of risks being taken. As such, Tenet is the exact kind of film that I will review more kindly than others. The plot is very difficult (though not impossible) to follow, but that is due to the driving force of the film being a cool new idea. As a narrative, the plot is a bit too complicated and exposition driven for its own good, but as an…

  • Soul

    Soul

    I mean, it is Pixar. Soul continues their ever ongoing trend of blending heart and humor into an accessible and meaningful package for viewers of all ages. Soul's story, about a musician who dies before his big break and struggles to return to his body, is tailor made Pixar, something that can be used to ease kids into understanding more adult themes, which adults will instantly latch onto. The film's ultimate message is a powerful one, and one that led…

  • Emma.

    Emma.

    This film is a lot of fun. It's more of an entertaining trifle than a swooning romance, but it's a credit to director Autumn De Wilde that this feels more like a positive than a negative. The story doesn't necessarily nail all of its emotional beats, but it moves along at a good clip, never bores and successfully uses the language of film to elevate several moments.

    Really holding the film together is Anya Taylor-Joy. She manages to say so…

  • Mank

    Mank

    Mank is an impeccably crafted film that suffers a bit from which aspects of its subject’s life it chooses to focus on. Fincher is one of the strongest directors working today, and so it’s no surprise that Mank manages to be incredibly entertaining and a visual feast. The decision to make the film using the film and sound styles of the day help put you right in the time period with the characters.

    As well, every single actor brings their…

  • Mank

    Mank

    Mank is an impeccably crafted film that suffers a bit from which aspects of its subject’s life it chooses to focus on. Fincher is one of the strongest directors working today, and so it’s no surprise that Mank manages to be incredibly entertaining and a visual feast. The decision to make the film using the film and sound styles of the day help put you right in the time period with the characters.

    As well, every single actor brings their…

  • The Invisible Man

    The Invisible Man

    Keep in mind that this film is nearly 90 years old. Coming with that, you can expect some over-the-top performances, no nuance whatsoever, and a very inconsistent sense of plot progression, all remnants of the very early days of filmmaking. That said, it is an incredibly engrossing film.

    There are largely two factors for why the film is so interesting. The first is, of course, the effects. Though they seem very simple in this day and age, the effects still…