Oliver has written 15 reviews for films rated ★★½ during 2022.

  • Spider-Man: No Way Home

    Spider-Man: No Way Home

    ★★½

    While I was occasionally taken aback by the spectacle, and I admire the bold move to reveal the ramifications of exposing Spider-Man’s true identity to the public, that decision ended up backfiring by leading the film down the laborious route of multiple universes, and I could not help but feel this was a soulless cash grab made to pander to hardcore Spidey fans and the lowest common denominator—with its tiresome references to past Spider-Man films; forced cameos that turn characters…

  • Titane

    Titane

    ★★½

    A striking and visceral Cronenbergian drama that dabbles through themes of parenthood, trauma, and mental illness but loses touch with the audience in an all too strange story that seems to be missing a point.

  • Licorice Pizza

    Licorice Pizza

    ★★½

    The acting and direction are confident, and there are moments to be had and unexpected ways in which the plot meanders, but the lack of likable leads and the extremely laidback narrative left me deprived of the emotional intensity Anderson has been able to achieve with some of his other works.