Movieman630 has written 41 reviews for films rated ★★★★ .

  • The Woman King

    The Woman King

    A great, entertaining and well made historical action drama. Fantastic costume design and anchored very well by Viola Davis' fierce yet vulnerable performance. Great filmmaking overall, although unfortunately the script is just good. It sort of tries to do too much, while also occasionally feeling a bit basic. Still very worth seeing, and a great example of a kind of film that doesn't get made often enough anymore.

  • Nope

    Nope

    Peele looks to early Spielberg for his style on this one. While I appreciated the ambition of Us, it was hard to deny that the film wound up crumbling under its own weight. Peele makes the decision this time to focus on a much more simple and straightforward narrative, which allows him to indulge in some old school horror spectacle without losing the audience. The characters may not be super well developed, and the theme is a bit on the nose, but the set pieces are fantastically done, with great visuals and sound design. It's a blockbuster creature feature, no more, no less.

  • Top Gun: Maverick

    Top Gun: Maverick

    Man, they just don't make movies like this anymore. Top Gun: Maverick feels like a lost 80s sequel. It has a real tangible feeling, it wears its heart on its sleeve and it chooses to tell a simple self contained story in the best way it can.

    Sure, the story here is pretty much exactly what one would expect, but it tells it so damn well. The action is electrifying, the aerial cinematography is unbelievable. Maverick is the kind of…

  • 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.

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Spider-Man: No Way Home

    Spider-Man: No Way Home

    As somebody with mixed feelings on Tom Holland's tenure as Spider Man (I find his performance to be good, but the character feels more like Iron Man Jr.) No Way Home serves as an effective course correction. By the end of the film, Tom Holland truly feels like Spider Man, albeit it takes some awkward plotting to get him there.

    Most of that awkwardness is in the film's first act. It's clear that the writers wanted to tell the "multiverse"…

  • Old Henry

    Old Henry

    Western is a fascinating genre. For all of the very specific tropes that define it, films of the genre impress when they find subtle ways to stand out from the crowd.

    Old Henry is fairly low key, as far as the genre goes. Most of it just takes place in one house that said, the film allows itself to hyperfocus on the main character. As Henry, Tim Blake Nelson proves himself a perfect fit for the genre. He has the…

  • tick, tick...BOOM!

    tick, tick...BOOM!

    A fun musical that passionately details the highs and lows of the creative process. Andrew Garfield keeps the whole thing running, and there's a real sense of fun to the story. There are many aspects that feel formulaic, and no one song really stands out from the rest, but it's still a good time.

  • The Harder They Fall

    The Harder They Fall

    The Harder They Fall is brimming with style, while not forgetting to tell an interesting story with strong characters. A true ensemble action piece, the casting of some of today's strongest actors into the roles of real life cowboys proves to be a masterstroke. We are instantly engrossed into this tale of crime and vengeance in a more wild time.

    The film is directed and scored with fascinating flourish by Jeymes Samuel, in his directorial debut. Admittedly, the narrative isn't…

  • Scrooge

    Scrooge

    A very fun Christmas Musical. Albert Finney is having a blast and the visuals and music are solid.