jacobstertz has written 41 reviews for films rated ★★★ .

  • Cruising

    Cruising

    ★★★

    The biggest thing Pacino and his character, Burns,
    have in common is that neither should have taken the job that amounted to what this movie is.

  • The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

    The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

    ★★★

    That plot got a bit murky at about, oh, right away… I will say, Lorraine dresses exactly like I’d imagine a ghost hunter from any decade would— which is to say an asshole. 

    The horror aspect was good and it hit all the visual check marks of a horror and, as far as horror franchises go, it wasn’t terrible by any means.

  • Year One

    Year One

    ★★★

    If you don’t like Michelle Sara you probably won’t find this as funny as I do.

  • Mission: Impossible III

    Mission: Impossible III

    ★★★

    That shit was HYPE ⚡️ and Jerry McGuire STAYED running the whole time 👟 🏃💨

  • Damsel

    Damsel

    ★★★

    There were certainly some funny takes on the stupidity of the people in the Wild West in terms to where we’ve (hopefully) advanced to at this point. The movie does a great job of using word choice and pronunciation for comedic effect; not sure if it’s accurate or not, but it works. I like the idea of Robert Pattinson and Mia Wosikowska in a western and it worked at times and didn’t at others; to be fair they didn’t share…

  • The Sunlit Night

    The Sunlit Night

    ★★★

    Sometimes a little existential dread is needed. Jenny Slate is also just incredibly likable in basically every way. This movie seems to get dogged on a bit and in a lot of way it’s not deserved— the humor may not always hit but the imagery and set designs make up for a lot of this films pitfalls.

  • Time

    Time

    ★★★

    While clearly being highly stylized and certainly a strong outing for Bradley, I feel this was good but overhyped. The real strength is in its 18 years worth of recorded material —a true feat all on its own— and the question at the heart of it all: what punishment truly fits a crime when we should be focusing more on reform and less on serving “time,” but what truly is reform and who can be the judge of it?

  • Shirley

    Shirley

    ★★★

    Stylistically it goes way beyond what I anticipated and is very much the strength of the film. Plot wise, I feel like it took liberties and painted Shirley in a very dark, unfair light— she’s, besides adultery, the villain of her own biopic. The whole film seemed like a painting where the colors (earth tone in this case) sort of mixed together in intentional ways creating something resembling a thick, visceral mess.

  • Forever Young

    Forever Young

    ★★★

    Mel Gibson is a weird guy but it works in this movie. Also, Jamie Lee is good and so is Elijah Wood, but the movie does drag in spots and has a VERY absurd plot...

  • David Byrne's American Utopia

    David Byrne's American Utopia

    ★★★

    That one dude with all the face paint was having a time.

  • Kill the Messenger

    Kill the Messenger

    ★★★

    Renner toxically masculines his fist through a window— so no deviations from Renner should be expected in this one.

  • That Thing You Do!

    That Thing You Do!

    ★★★

    How many times of playing the title track song in a movie is too many? By about the 20th time I was hoping they’d break-up and was relieved when they actually did — that’s what warranted the stars I’ve given it.