Jeff has written 12 reviews for films rated ★★★★ .

  • Ready Player One

    Ready Player One

    ★★★★

    Incredibly moving late-period auteur stuff going on here--Spielberg reckoning with life and legacy.

    70mm print looked fab and the analog snap of changeover marks brought this movie together in a lovely way.

  • Annihilation

    Annihilation

    ★★★★

    Enjoyed this and it got me pretty excited for more Marvel crossovers. Seeing Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) alongside Wong (Benedict Wong) and Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) on screen gave me hope that someday Poe Dameron and Daisy Domergue might find their way into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (yes, I know Oscar Isaac was in an X Man movie but that does not count).

    Also, as someone who read the novel, I was completely down with this as an adaptation. Hope the other books in trilogy get as good of a treatment.

  • The Book of Henry

    The Book of Henry

    Sad to learn that Colin Trevorrow is off the Star Wars pic since BOOK OF HENRY has been one of the great enjoyable surprises of the year so far. That said, I hope he gets to do more personal projects like HENRY rather than cookie cutter blockbusters (don't get me wrong, I love cookies!)

  • The Book of Henry

    The Book of Henry

    ★★★★

    This grade is probably low and will likely go up.

  • Beauty and the Beast

    Beauty and the Beast

    ★★★★

    A tale as old as time.

  • My Golden Days

    My Golden Days

    ★★★★

    I like that Mike D'Angelo gave this film a 69. Nice.

  • The Jungle Book

    The Jungle Book

    ★★★★

    Nice to hear voices from Marvel Cinematic Universe--Idris Elba, Scar-Jo, Sir Ben Kingsley, and the late great Garry Shandling. Good work from IRON MAN helmer Favreau.

  • Iron Man 3

    Iron Man 3

    ★★★★

    I've written previously how much the AVENGERS movies owe to Tarantino, so it was a great move on their part to get Shane Black for this entry, reminding me how much Tarantino owes to Shane Black. This movies is so subsumed in Shane Blackness that it actually takes place at Christmas. Other Shane Blacky elements are the deft handling of the precocious kid (which in other hands would have been treacly lame, but with Downey delivering Black's unsentimental quips it…

  • Captain America: The First Avenger

    Captain America: The First Avenger

    ★★★★

    Enlisting Joe Johnston to helm this entry in the MCU stepped up the game. Suddenly we are cast back in the past, and the man behind THE ROCKETEER brings the period verve and optimistic bravado needed to tell the story of the truly manufactured American hero that is Steve Rogers. The dynamic between Rogers and Peggy Carter is quite innocent and lovely and heartbreaking while his bromance with Bucky also rings true (and sets up the future quite well--Winter Soldier indeed).

    The ending with Nick Fury is, of course, thrilling, but its Cap's heartbreaking final line that hits hard and cuts to the bone.

  • Iron Man 2

    Iron Man 2

    ★★★★

    Obviously it was going to be hard to top the first IRON MAN, but thanks to scribe Justin Theroux's lively script it comes close. Sam Rockwell is a great comic foil for Stark who is suddenly facing down his own mortality as the palladium core that keeps him alive goes sour on his insides. Downey manages a soulful balance between Stark's natural joviality and the slow, creeping onset of doom.

    With the origin story out of the way, Stark is…

  • Himizu

    Himizu

    Can't wait to see this on a double bill with INGLORIOUS BASTARDS.

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel

    The Grand Budapest Hotel

    ★★★★

    Can't wait to see this on a double feature with INGLORIOUS BASTARDS.