• Ski School

    Ski School

    ★★★★

    This movie barely makes sense, but I don't care. It's just so damn fun and seems endlessly quotable. Animal House at a ski resort? Yes please.

  • The Shadow

    The Shadow

    ★★

    This reeks of a studio throwing a ton of money behind a random old comic book they don't understand after the success of the Tim Burton Batman movies. It's a weird old property. It can't decide on a tone. Baldwin is a strange hero, because he frequently comes off as a villain. The pacing rotated between being too slow and too fast. I'll give the movie credit for having some cool visual effects and a great Tim Curry performance. Other than that, not much worked for me.

  • The Call of the Wild

    The Call of the Wild

    ★★★

    Total mixed bag. I think this was a decent enough family film, even if it pretty much abandons all of the themes of the source material. The CGI looked great sometimes and at others it looked like the disturbing lovechild of the Bill Murray Garfield movies and White Fang. Harrison Ford was sometimes having fun and sometimes sleepwalking through his scenes to collect his paycheck. I'll take it.

  • Klute

    Klute

    ★★★

    There’s a wonderful character piece hidden in this slow and unimpressive thriller. I was shocked to see such a nuanced portrayal of a sex worker in the early 1970s. Jane Fonda is absolutely incredible. Also there were some good side performances here and there. I found it rather enjoyable, even if it wasn’t what I was expecting.

  • The Last Castle

    The Last Castle

    ★★★★

    A battle of wits between Robert Redford and James Gandolfini is every bit as compelling as it sounds. Redford plays his normal type perfectly and Gandolfini goes so drastically against his type that it’s yet another impressive notch on his resume.

  • Kingdom of Heaven

    Kingdom of Heaven

    ★★

    Apparently the Directors Cut fills in a lot of the blanks I had while trying to follow this movie. Maybe I’ll watch that sometime when I have a spare three hours. As is, I thought Orlando Bloom was a weak lead and the pacing was pretty slow, but some of the battle scenes were cool. This isn’t my favorite type of movie, and I’ve seen many of its kind that are much better. So meh.

  • Matinee

    Matinee

    ★★★

    I enjoyed this. It's a bit busy, combining a homage to B-movie directors with a coming of age story during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Elements are certainly rushed, and a lot of the desired themes fell short for me. That said, it's also quite funny and there's a certain innocence about it that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy. Plus John Goodman delivers, as always.

  • Candyman

    Candyman

    ★★★

    I certainly see why this has a cult following. It blends the formula for a slasher movie with some psychological horror, and it's anchored by a menacing performance by Tony Todd. He very much lives up to the hype. The movie itself? Eh. It's ok. I think the rules are all over the place and the kills aren't very good. It's not paced very well. It's one of those movies that fans can handwave audience questions with "It's dreamlike." I had some ups and downs while watching it, but overall it's unique enough where I think it works.

  • Palm Springs

    Palm Springs

    ★★★★

    The “Groundhog Day” formula pretty much always works.

  • Cul-de-sac

    Cul-de-sac

    ★★★

    What a weird movie. It had its fair share of slow moments, but I was consistently engaged because Donald Pleasence is a fascinating actor and I legitimately had no idea where it was going to go throughout.

  • Big Trouble in Little China

    Big Trouble in Little China

    ★★★

    Carpenter was pretty fun in the 80s. This was kind of bizarre, but entertaining from start to finish. It flirted between being a campy martial arts movie and being a parody of one. Some of the effects were impressive and others were total garbage, seemingly on purpose. Kurt Russell was hilarious as our surprisingly ineffective hero. I'd rather watch The Thing or Escape From New York, but this is still a great time.

  • Honest Thief

    Honest Thief

    ★★★

    Your standard 90 min Liam Neeson action movie. Not going to change anyone’s life, but a great way to kill time on a flight!