Joel has written 18 reviews for films rated ★★★ during 2016.

  • Green Room

    Green Room

    ★★★

    Green Room is a dark visceral suspense film about a band that gets trapped in a green room of a roadhouse run by white supremacists when the witness something they shouldn't and from there it's a battle to survive. The violence is gut wrenching at times and the cinematography makes the atmosphere of the film feel gritty and helps amp up the tension at times.
    The story however is formulaic (predictable) in how the events unfold. The main characters make…

  • Hello, My Name Is Doris

    Hello, My Name Is Doris

    ★★★

    Sally Field is a revelation in her performance as Doris, an older lady who has an infatuation for a younger man(Max Greenfield) and it's a story about an older woman finding herself again after being in a mundane existence. Michael Showalter writes the story in such a fun way that there is a lot of fun "daydreaming" sequences that add a lot of humor and complexity to the Doris character. The film does occasionally dive into indie cliches, but every…

  • The Bronze

    The Bronze

    ★★★

    The Bronze is a raunchy comedy about a retired Olympic bronze medal gymnast skating by on her fifteen minutes of fame and her taking a young new rookie under her wing to bring her name back to notoriety.
    The story is a basic sports story of a retired veteran taking a new athlete under their wing and learning something from each other but the performance Melissa Raunch brings to the role helps The Bronze break away from other films of…

  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    ★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Batman V. Superman fails as a truly great film because it tries to be too much all at once. It tries to be a Man Of Steel sequel (although clearly told by multiple sources that it would not be) in that Superman is being called to court to answer for his crimes with a Scott McNairy subplot involved that gets abandoned when the court blows up and no repercussions are seen in the rest of the film. The film also…

  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    ★★★

    Batman V. Superman is not a bad film. It just failed to deliver on the lofty expectations audiences put on it thanks to the great Frank Miller story that the film was sourcing. The film abandoned story lines at will, utilized throwaway lines to loosely tie the story together, failed to deliver on a compelling villain and overall detracted away from what the film should have been: an epic fight between the two most iconic superheroes in comics. Period.
    There…

  • Barbershop: The Next Cut

    Barbershop: The Next Cut

    ★★★

    The continued story of a barbershop on the South Side Of Chicago,Calvin's owned by Calvin (Ice Cube) and run by the same cast of characters from the previous two films including Regina Hall, Cedric The Entertainer, Common, Anthony Anderson and many others. The story tries to balance the comedy power that many of these hard hitting comedians with a powerfully driven drama about gang violence and taking a stance against it. The film delivers more on the drama as the…