Sam has written 57 reviews for films rated ★★★ .

  • Jojo Rabbit

    Jojo Rabbit

    ★★★

    When is Taika Waititi going to end Putin? The world is waiting.

  • Pitch Perfect

    Pitch Perfect

    ★★★

    If The Cup Song was released today it would do unprecedented numbers on TikTok, top the Billboard Hot 100 for 13 consecutive weeks and get a remix with features from Megan Thee Stallion and Saweetie.

  • Unpregnant

    Unpregnant

    ★★★

    At one point the protagonist sees a graffiti heart on the wall, whips out her phone, and immediately posts it to Instagram with the caption 'vibes ✨❤️✨'. Film never fully recovers, but there are some nice moments along the road.

  • Miss Congeniality

    Miss Congeniality

    ★★★

    As if I’m watching this for the first time ever on April 25th… serendipity.

  • Léon: The Professional

    Léon: The Professional

    ★★★

    For my money, the most overrated movie of the 90s. Natalie Portman puts in an impressively mature performance, but the film itself feels like a pastiche of better works and the relationship between Léon and Mathilda is neither believable nor particularly moving.

    Most of the low/middling reviews here seem to be related to the ‘romance’ aspect, which, while obviously questionable, is hardly the focal point of the film. To pretend it is feels disingenuous imo. My problem with Léon is…

  • King Richard

    King Richard

    ★★★

    You dropped this king 🥊

  • The Fallout

    The Fallout

    ★★★

    I can't watch another movie about trauma that ends in a scream therapy session I just can't.

  • I Want You Back

    I Want You Back

    ★★★

    My main takeaway from this is that Jenny Slate would make a great sixth member of the Always Sunny gang.

  • The Tinder Swindler

    The Tinder Swindler

    ★★★

    I'm invincible to this man because I have no money and I also don't know how to take out a loan.

  • Belfast

    Belfast

    ★★★

    Cause of death: Belfast winning Best Picture on 27 March 2022.

  • Spider-Man: No Way Home

    Spider-Man: No Way Home

    ★★★

    No Way Home is neither the masterpiece delusional Marvel fans think it is nor the death of cinema others are making it out to be. It's just fine, which makes its curve all the more outrageous.

    I think what's happening here is that Marvel nerds – drunk on nostalgia and sick of being told that their favourite movies suck – are giddy at the prospect of the MCU cracking the upper echelons of film criticism for once. On the other…

  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

    Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

    ★★★

    Does a pretty good impression of 80s and 90s Kung Fu movies for about the first hour – including two excellent fight scenes (bus chase and scaffolding escape) – but ultimately falls into the same trap as every other Marvel movie by the third act... the sloppy, mindless CGI battle.

    This one has a particularly egregious example, featuring a greatest hits of Marvel's worst tendencies: 1) unconvincing CGI landscapes, 2) CGI objects being blasted back and forth, 3) generic CGI monsters pouring out of generic CGI hole. It's an unfortunate reminder that Marvel movies are still exactly that: Marvel movies.