Joel has written 3 reviews for films rated ★★★★½ during 2016.

  • The Nice Guys

    The Nice Guys

    ★★★★½

    Shane Black is back at it again in one of his best under appreciated films since 2005s Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and feels very much like a spiritual sequel to that film. The way Black is able to capture the 70s era of Hollywood to near perfection makes for such a beautiful film. Ryan Gosling plays a bumbling PI and Russell Crowe muscle for hire with ambitions of being a PI that just happen to be working on the same…

  • The Jungle Book

    The Jungle Book

    ★★★★½

    Having already reviewed this movie in 3D, this will be more about the difference between my 3D and 2D experience. The film still holds up in 2D but it's because of the great voicing cast and the great way Justin Marks was able to flesh out the narrative(as the 1967 cartoon was more interested in being a fun film for kids but felt light on story) to give a more compelling experience for audiences of all ages.
    The 3D experience…

  • The Jungle Book

    The Jungle Book

    ★★★★½

    Jon Favreau's The Jungle Book took the nostalgic story of the 1967 animated film and the Rudyard Kipling story and updated it for a new generation with amazing looking CGI that completely immerses the audience in the world(recommend seeing in 3D as it helps you feel more in touch with the world despite all the landscape and animals being CGI-ed). The voice acting is what really delivers in the film. Bill Murray is the perfect fit for Baloo, Ben Kingsley…