Black Panther

Black Panther is a movie that falls in a strange place for me. As I left the theater after having watched it, I found myself without any strong feelings — either positive or negative — about it. It’s a serviceable superhero film that makes an admirable attempt at addressing the social themes that its central […]

The Post

It has to be nice for Steven Spielberg knowing that if he makes a historical drama, it’s essentially guaranteed to get nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars. The Post is the latest in line to get the nod, and while it’s an overall decent film, enjoyable and well-made, it also lacks the spark of […]

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, […]