• Jungle Cruise

    Jungle Cruise

    ★★

    More like ‘BUNGLE Cruise’, amirite?

    It’s just all a bit much. 

    Are there some endearing, playful elements here? For sure. Blunt is great, some good character work from others.

    But overall this thing is a mess—its not a hot take to say it’s trying to be three different movies, and none them work well together. Plot holes and really stupid logic abound. 

    The rock—im just done with this guy. I get it he’s the super safe box office choice but man is he laughably out of place here.

  • A Few Good Men

    A Few Good Men

    ★★★★

    One of those movies that you catch on AMC and can’t turn off.

  • A Quiet Place

    A Quiet Place

    ★★½

    Entertaining enough but the more and more you think about it breaks down with weak logic and numerous plot holes.

  • Cruella

    Cruella

    ★★★

    This has some fun bits but
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    ory or characters
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    because
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    drops.
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    Emma is pretty great, really enjoyed the performance--everyone else is serviceable but no one stands out, not even Thompson. Some…

  • Judas and the Black Messiah

    Judas and the Black Messiah

    ★★★

    Lot of people slurping this up, but thought it was just OK. 

    The two guys are fantastic but movie is pretty split between the two of them, which apparently is due to the fact that these guys didn’t actually know each other very well at all. 

    The middle third is a total slog. The drama of the betrayal is not played on nearly enough overall and during this portion it’s almost non existent, with nothing compelling to take its place. 

    Well made, great performances from the main players but overall..it’s just fine.

  • Collective

    Collective

    ★★★½

    One thing is very clear:

    F*ck Romania. Man what a rotten crap hole. Don’t go to Romania. Don’t layover in Romania. Don’t even fly over Romania. 

    Super interesting but a little cold and very info dense. Do not watch if you’re anxious about the motivation and agenda of the medical community.

  • The Midnight Sky

    The Midnight Sky

    ★★

    blurg. 

    The Martian, Interstellar, Gravity, and Ad Astra had a space orgy and this is the awkward morning after.

    Very often beautiful, sparingly interesting this thing just never resonates on any level, especially the death scene. We spent all of about 5 seconds with this character—outside of the basic “oh no someone is dying” man did I not care. Bad choice for the emotional play. 

    Big waste of a good cast. And man Alexandre Desplat must have had some throwaway tracks to get rid of because the score is bland and kind of basic.

  • Roma

    Roma

    ★★

    Looks incredible...

    And that’s about it. An hour worth of good story in a 2h15m package. Maybe cut down on the hyper slow horizontal pans, Alfonso.

  • The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

    The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

    ★½

    Super disappointing. Overly meta trying way too hard to be clever ends up feeling forced.

  • Ocean's Eight

    Ocean's Eight

    An hour 45 of derivative nothingness.

  • Crazy Rich Asians

    Crazy Rich Asians

    ★★½

    Bit more rom than com

  • Bad Times at the El Royale

    Bad Times at the El Royale

    ★★★★½

    It’s like Tarantino light with a twist of lime. Jeff bridges is amazing. Plus Jon Hamm bonus star