Joel has written 3 reviews for films rated ★★★★½ during 2018.

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★★★★½

    Caution- Minimal Spoilers Below:
    Star Wars: The Last Jedi starts second after the Force Awakens ends and is the continuation of the Skywalker Saga. The Rey-Luke storyline was by far the best aspect of the film. Mark Hamill turns in one of his best performances as Luke and his mentorship of Rey was compelling and the scenes showing what led Luke to isolate himself quite meaningful and poignant. The training of Rey really paralleled Luke's training by Yoda quite well…

  • The Greatest Showman

    The Greatest Showman

    ★★★★½

    The Greatest Showman is a musical that stars Hugh Jackman as PT Barnum, the creator of the circus, and infused with the music from those behind the music in La La Land and this movie is really enchanting. Is the movie light and fluffy? Sure. Does it stray away from the negativity of the circus as far as the mistreatment of animals? Sure, but that's not the story it wants to tell.
    Jackman has the charisma in this role that…

  • The Shape of Water

    The Shape of Water

    ★★★★½

    A modern day fairytale that takes elements of Beauty and the Beast and Little Mermaid to tell a story that is perfect for Guillermo del Toro's sensibilities and directing prowess, Shape Of Water tells the story of Elisa(in an Oscar worthy performance by Sally Hawkins), a mute who works at a government facility and falls in love with a creature being experimented on and must save it.
    Sally Hawkins excels in this role without saying as word as she really…