• Slapstick (Of Another Kind)

    Slapstick (Of Another Kind)

    Stop what you are doing read this movie’s Wikipedia page. You will think someone vandalized the plot synopsis and replaced it with total nonsense. On the contrary; if anything, the Wiki plot description undersells the stupidity and depravity. Yes, there are aliens, including one voiced by Orson Welles. Yes, there is a miniature Chinese ambassador, played by Pat Morita with a goofy, modulated voice. Yes Jerry Lewis and Madeline Kahn play a husband and wife and their own twins — and…

  • Turning Red

    Turning Red

    ★★★★★

    Moments in this movie strike the rawest of nerves for me. You know when you brush your teeth and you have a cavity and you hit a sensitive spot and it sends a jolt of pain through your body? That’s the intensity of the cringes I get recognizing the truth in the relationship between this daughter and mother. Children of overbearing parents unite!

  • Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol

    Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol

    ★★★★

    I know Tomorrowland didn’t really work out, but hot damn, Brad Bird needs to make another live-action movie.

  • Army of Darkness

    Army of Darkness

    ★★★★★

    “You found me beautiful ... once.”

    “Honey, you got real ugly.”

  • Top Gun: Maverick

    Top Gun: Maverick

    ★★★★

    “The future is coming and you’re not in it,” Harris’ Rear Admiral Cole tells Maverick, warning him that one day soon the Navy won’t need pilots at all to fly its planes. “Your kind,” he adds. “is headed for extinction.”

    “Maybe so sir,” Cruise responds. “But not today.”

    At that point, it becomes clear that for Tom Cruise, Top Gun: Maverick is not just a cash grab or a chance for a middle-aged guy to relive his youth. Instead, Cruise…

  • Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie

    Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie

    ★★★½

    As a teen, I was delighted when this movie came out — mostly because my local cable didn’t carry Comedy Central at the time, which meant I could only watch MST3K on vacations or when I visited relatives (which I did at length, which my loved ones were not always pleased about). Then I was frustrated because the movie was so short; far shorter than the original runtime of the film they’re riffing, or even of the weekly episodes on…

  • Top Gun

    Top Gun

    ★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Inarguably, the most exciting movie ever made about a guy deciding to become a teacher.

  • Moon Knight

    Moon Knight

    ★★

    I would like a mulligan on this entire series. Keep Oscar Isaac and start the whole thing over from scratch. This was a massive disappointment. I don’t get it.

  • Leonard Part 6

    Leonard Part 6

    People who call this the worst movie of the 1980s are going too easy on it.

  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    ★★★½

    Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is a Marvel movie, with all the requite action and special effects and surprise cameos that entails, but it is also a Sam Raimi movie through and through. It’s about tortured heroes who must battle the forces of unholy evil. It’s got all-powerful books that might bring about the end of the world. It’s got a zombie or two. It has surprisingly intense horror and violence for a PG-13 rated movie. And, maybe…

  • Give My Regards to Broad Street

    Give My Regards to Broad Street

    ★★

    Perhaps the least exciting chase film in history. The master tapes for Paul McCartney’s latest album go missing and Macca’s response is to ... shrug his shoulders and do absolutely nothing. He just goes about his day, performing gigs and rehearsing songs, and occasionally fantasizing elaborate musical sequences about what might have happened to his missing music. (The entire movie is framed as a dream sequence, which means McCartney’s dreams mostly consist of other dreams.)

    Given how magnetic he and…

  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★★★

    Well, the title is certainly accurate. Ultimately, I probably admired this more for what it is trying to be than what it actually is, especially in its second and third acts. (I have to admit I was a little disappointed that the first chapter spent SO much time establishing this mythology only for the second and third parts to basically abandon it in favor of the personal story.) Still, making something this big and bold, and so silly and sincere…