Oliver has written 4 reviews for films rated ★★½ during 2020.

  • Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

    Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

    ★★½

    A watchable and competent but vulgar, lazy, vapid, biased, and affected piece of impromptu political propaganda that doesn’t match the hilarity or ingenuity of its predecessor.

  • Da 5 Bloods

    Da 5 Bloods

    ★★½

    Ignoring its preachy politics and useless stylistic choices (such as its visual callbacks to the past), the lead cast put out strong work, and there are some tense moments in the story, but the film still takes way too long to get going, and once its underdeveloped, operatic exploration of PTSD and brotherhood devolves into predictable action-thriller territory, the final result remains maladroit and messy.

  • The Terminal

    The Terminal

    ★★½

    The Terminal is fairly entertaining, and Tom Hanks gives an unsurprisingly solid and charming turn, but the story is too cartoonish, hackneyed, and insincere to carry any emotional weight, and once romance gets involved, it all falls apart.

  • Extraction

    Extraction

    ★★½

    The only saving grace is some skillfully constructed action scenes and a committed Chris Hemsworth performance, but a few long-take sequences felt awfully similar to a video game experience, and despite a tense final showdown, the gritty violence felt empty and unexciting due to the generic story containing one-dimensional characters, a lackluster plot, and a self-serious tone. Also, the ending almost made me cringe with its derivative score and pretentious attempt to be emotional and poetic, especially in the last frame.