Alan has written 9 reviews for films with no rating.

  • Thor: Love and Thunder

    Thor: Love and Thunder

    Some fun moments and Bale was great, but the seams are even more apparent than in Ragnarok. The Gorr story and the Jane story are both taken from very intense comics arcs, and Taika’s jokey tone really didn’t mesh with them. The comedy wasn’t as funny and the dramatic stuff mostly didn’t land as hard. Pleasant, but a disappointment considering how entertaining Ragnarok was despite its own shagginess. 

    And if they do make another of these (as opposed to Thor…

  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    This was my first time watching this in over 20 years, and it’s one of those cliched “It hits differently when you have kids” kind of films. Still technically brilliant, still full of awe and joy, Dreyfuss is still incredible. But it’s just hard for me to watch any of it without focusing on Roy scaring away his wife and kids, and then blithely abandoning them, perhaps forever, to go on a star voyage. It’s not that the movie can’t…

  • Good Luck to You, Leo Grande

    Good Luck to You, Leo Grande

    Super charming two-hander. Emma Thompson remains the best.

  • Hustle


    A fun movie that delivers exactly what it promises. And also, Tobias Harris is third-billed?!?!

  • The Kid Detective

    The Kid Detective

    Have been revisiting The OC recently and got curious about this Adam Brody vehicle. It’s very good, committing to the absolute tonal weirdness of its concept — basically, “What if Encyclopedia Brown was still a private eye in his 30s, but was haunted by a kidnapping he never solved as a boy?” — in ways that are both funny and immensely sad.

  • Chariots of Fire

    Chariots of Fire

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I have not seen this movie in 41 years, since it was in theaters on its way to winning Best Picture over Raiders of the Lost Ark and Reds (still on the bucket list). My main childhood memories were of two things: Vangelis' awe-inspiring synth score, and my disappointment that the movie seemed to be building to a big Abrahams vs. Liddell race in the Olympics, only for it not to happen because that's how events played out in real…

  • Top Gun: Maverick

    Top Gun: Maverick

    Two things can be true: Maverick is the most shameless piece of pandering towards its star in the history of cinema, and it is also an enormously entertaining piece of pandering.

    That said, I came out of it most impressed by the three actors in the three most thankless roles: Jon Hamm as Lame Boss Who Thinks Maverick's Washed, Jennifer Connelly as Generic Love Interest Here To Make You Forget That We Didn’t Invite Kelt McGillis Back & Glen Powell as…

  • The Batman

    The Batman

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I admit I went into The Batman kind of dreading it. A *three-hour* Batman movie? And one that leans into the grim 'n gritty take on the character that has become so tiresome in the years since Frank Miller first wrote him?

    I did not come out of it feeling like the movie earned its punishing length. The fight scene in Gotham Square Garden is completely unnecessary (Bruce could have learned the same lesson just talking to Riddler), and the…

  • Sleepless in Seattle

    Sleepless in Seattle

    Can’t give it a star rating because we technically didn’t finish it. My kids found Annie to be a creepy stalker and they REALLY didn’t like Sam’s son Jonah. (They also didn’t get the Dirty Dozen joke with Hanks and Victor Garner.) Oh, well. You win some, you lose some. Guess we’re watching another Harry Potter tomorrow.