Joel has written 2 reviews for films rated ★★★★½ during 2017.

  • Step

    Step

    ★★★★½

    The documentary of a step team from Baltimore in their senior year trying to win championship while also being the first graduating year to all go on to college all in the shadow of the death of Freddie Grey and the Baltimore riots.
    Although the doc follows the entire squad, it mainly focuses on Blessin, leader of the squad whose dealing with failing grades and home troubles, Cori, the brains of the group trying to get accepted by John Hopkins…

  • Baby Driver

    Baby Driver

    ★★★★½

    Baby Driver is Edgar Wright's crime action masterpiece and this film feels like a choreographed dance with every move the actors make just paring seamlessly with the soundtrack that is the heartbeat and through line of the film and it's a really good soundtrack. Ansel Elgort is the perfect choice to helm the film as the titular Baby as his charisma, style and acting chops just work to perfection here.
    Jon Hamm was also so brilliant in his role as…