• The Matrix Reloaded

    The Matrix Reloaded

    ★★★★

    I asked for more. The Wachowskis delivered.

  • Catch Me If You Can

    Catch Me If You Can

    ★★★

    Cute, sometimes very cute, and often too cute.

  • The Animatrix

    The Animatrix

    ★★★★

    Good! though mostly horny

  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Though shallow, regressive and boring, this film has just enough cute or spectacular moments to redeem it from total depravity.

  • Solo: A Star Wars Story

    Solo: A Star Wars Story

    ★★

    They really fluffed this one, especially in the colour grading and writing.

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★★★★½

    Too long, but I love this queer-coded, antifascist, legacy-defying delight.

  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    ★★½

    Yeah, fine. I found the big moments largely boring or unearned.

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    ★★★

    Though it takes too long and excessively recapitulates the original, this film has charm and moments of sincerity.

  • Soul

    Soul

    ★★★½

    Perhaps Pixar fatigue explains my ambivalence re: this film.

    Despite wonderful music, unobnoxious, well-chosen performances in Jerry (Braga; Ayoade), Terry (House), Libba (Rashad) or Dorothea (Bassett), and gorgeous colour, with elegant, 1940s Picasso-inspired visual effects, the centre of this film feels tired. The concept and jokes rehearse previous movies. Whatever core conflict exists proves flatly artificial in the end.

    I think 22 (Fey) does fine, although I recognise the awkwardness of that casting.

    I liked the jazz story. The heavenly realm looks cute. For me, they failed together.

  • The Jackal

    The Jackal

    ★★

    Hollywood continued to spin terrorist redemption and assassin antihero yarns in the run-up to 9/11.

    Major Koslova (Venora) bemoans life as gorgeous with a barely visible scar. Jack Black explodes in a shower of blood. Mulqueen's (Gere) rancid Dublin accent poorly fits his presumed Provisional IRA profile. His boring backstory and gormless acting almost ruin the film. The Jackal himself (Willis), a hyper-prepared nut-storm, drives up the score with brutal cool and fun disguises.

    Watching this thriller did not totally constitute a waste of my time, but it runs too long, and the plot needs work.

  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars

    Star Wars: The Clone Wars

    ★★★

    Despite a few overlong battle scenes, and a kids' TV tone, this movie entertains, and avoids some of the prequels' embarrassing flaws.

  • Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

    Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

    ★★★

    [I watched Labyrinth of Evil fanedit]

    I think this film works, except that Anakin switches sides a little too readily. I love the Emperor.