Joel has written 4 reviews for films rated ★★ during 2018.

  • Daddy's Home 2

    Daddy's Home 2

    ★★

    Daddy's Home 2 and Bad Moms Christmas are essentially the same movie: The parents of the leads(Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg) come home for Christmas and hijinx ensues. Unlike Bad Moms 2, Daddys Home brings cringeworthy humor, bad performances and chemistry from the leads and manages to be more offensive than anything.
    Mel Gibson is more or less being himself but he's bringing the best performance here as his sarcasm is at least relatable even if he is given some…

  • Ferdinand

    Ferdinand

    ★★

    Ferdinand is an animated movie about a bull named Ferdinand, voiced by John Cena, raised by a young girl as a pet who gets returned to the bull ranch he was born at and must make his way home.
    John Cena is charismatic in his role as Ferdinand and his connection to the girl is endearing but unfortunately that is only a small part of the film as they are quickly separated. The rest of the movie is full of…

  • Father Figures

    Father Figures

    ★★

    Ed Helms and Owen Wilson costar in a comedy about two brothers who set out on a journey to find their father. The story breaks up into several different stories where the brothers go from father potential to the next as they try to discover the truth with Terry Bradshaw, JK Simmons and Christopher Walken cameoing in the film. Ving Rhames and Katt Williams also star in small roles with Williams's role feeling shoehorned in just to try and get…

  • Downsizing

    Downsizing

    ★★

    Alexander Payne, director of Descendants, Sideways and Nebraska, directs a film about a world where people have been shrunken down to prevent overpopulation.
    The premise seems fun and quirky and Downsizing works best when it's focusing on the world bending aspect of the world they live and in that respect it is fun and inventive. The film soon evolves into something political and often too preachy as it takes its aim at global warming among other things and gets lost…