The Shape of Water

Visionary filmmaker Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water is a strange, bold hybrid of Creature from the Black Lagoon, Beauty and the Beast, E.T., Free Willy, and La La Land that, despite its eclectic grab bag of influences, pulls off the impressive feat of not being a total mess. The movie centers around Elisa […]

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

A couple of months ago, if you had asked me whether or not a loose sequel to a twenty-two-year-old movie (that itself was only just okay) would be any good, I would have said no. So it’s with a pleasant surprise that I say that Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is an absolute blast: a […]

Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

    ***Warning, there will be spoilers in this review*** Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi is a movie I have surprisingly complicated feelings towards. On the one hand, it’s a pretty good film. It’s got a few issues here and there, but it’s competently made, solidly entertaining, and even moving at times. On […]

Justice League

**** Update: November 26, 2017. While star ratings are not a normal part of my reviews, as you’ll see below, I originally gave Justice League a star rating of 2 & 1/2 stars out of 4 to help clarify my feelings towards it. After seeing the movie a second time, I still stand by my […]

Murder on the Orient Express

There’s been a recurring criticism of actor / director Kenneth Branagh’s films, which is that they are very much style-over-substance. He puts good actors with great production design, typically with lavish sets and costumes, but then somewhat stumbles with the story. I wish I could say that his latest work, Murder on the Orient Express, […]

Thor: Ragnarok

There’s no better cinematic experience than being won over by a movie you had doubts about. I have issues with the prior two Thor movies, which both, to some extent, squandered the kind of cosmic bombast and grandeur that a Thor movie is capable of in exchange for pedestrian storytelling that places the God of […]

Blade Runner 2049

The original Blade Runner (at least someĀ versionĀ of it anyway) is considered by many to be an untouchable classic of cinematic science fiction. As such, any follow up to it always felt like it would be an inherently wrong-headed idea. Not only would it seemingly be wholly unnecessary from a narrative standpoint, but it would be […]