Jessi has written 9 reviews for films rated ★★★½ .

  • Jaws

    Jaws

    ★★★½

    Beaches are the worst.

  • In the Heights

    In the Heights

    ★★★½

    Like a splash of water from a burst fire hydrant, this film is a refreshing, energetic romp that was even more enticing because of the extra year’s wait to watch people dancing together in the street.

  • Scarface

    Scarface

    ★★★½

    Mmm, could have used more cocaine, tbh.

  • Onward

    Onward

    ★★★½

    A fun and moving film about siblings, but so much else is crammed in there, especially early on.

  • Gone Girl

    Gone Girl

    ★★★½

    Ben Affleck in the role he was born to play, and Rosamund Pike’s Amy is perfection, but the film missed opportunities to use the medium as part of the commentary in the same way the book did through narration.

  • Cinderella

    Cinderella

    ★★★½

    The fact that this soundtrack isn’t available continues to be a huge disappointment.

  • Judas and the Black Messiah

    Judas and the Black Messiah

    ★★★½

    This film has fantastic performances (particularly Dominique Fishback), a great if underutilized score, and a perspective on police brutality that comes closer to reality than most films do, but its lack of sentimentality and focus was a double-edged sword; I kept emotionally wanting more from the Panthers, and I don’t think I needed Hoover to take screen time away from Hampton.

  • Avengers: Infinity War

    Avengers: Infinity War

    ★★★½

    This was better than I remembered it being.

  • Death at a Funeral

    Death at a Funeral

    ★★★½

    Overall quite funny, and Alan Tudyk was delightful, but it felt a bit incomplete by the time it wrapped up.