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Brian has written 185 reviews for films rated ★★★ .

  • The Hate U Give

    The Hate U Give

    ★★★

    Bites off more than it can chew in terms of storytelling but Hornsby should really be in the awards conversation more and Stenberg is gonna be a STAR.

  • A Simple Favor

    A Simple Favor

    ★★★

    Blake Lively is phenomenal and I can’t wait to see what she does over the next decade but everything else is just ok.

  • Custody

    Custody

    ★★★

    I liked it most when it felt most genuine, reminding me even of Dardennes at times, but it's also a bit more manipulative than its fans believe, and the final act doesn't really work for me dramatically, even if I WAS absolutely terrified.

  • Suspiria

    Suspiria

    ★★★

    Witches be crazy.

  • Calibre

    Calibre

    ★★★

    Lesson: If your mate says “no harm done” after the deaths of two people, you’re in trouble.

  • Solo: A Star Wars Story

    Solo: A Star Wars Story

    ★★★

    #ReleasetheLordMillerCut

  • Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

    Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

    ★★★

    ‪Fallen Kingdom is much better than Jurassic World. And it’s not really close. Some of it is clunky and stupid, but it has an actual director and a kinda crazy final act.‬

    My kids who almost fell asleep during JW were with every second of this one.

  • Ben Is Back

    Ben Is Back

    ★★★

    It gets too convoluted but Roberts and Hedges are great.

  • Vox Lux

    Vox Lux

    ★★★

    That first hour is something else but Corbet can't quite stick the landing.

    Still, I agree we will all someday pray to our pop princesses.

  • Beautiful Boy

    Beautiful Boy

    ★★★

    Chalamet is so phenomenal but the movie’s structure is often actively working against him. More in a review soon...

  • Destroyer

    Destroyer

    ★★★

    Some pacing and urgency issues overcome by Queen Kidman.

  • Tomb Raider

    Tomb Raider

    ★★★

    Big love for the new games (to which this is surprisingly loyal) + super low expectations + a really long week + Goggins Power = I Kinda Liked It!