Cary has written 14 reviews for films rated ★★★½ during 2021.

  • Free Guy

    Free Guy

    ★★★½

    It’s actually like… kind of good? What the fuck?

  • Fear Street: 1666

    Fear Street: 1666

    ★★★½

    Tucker and Dale vs Goode

    There is just something inherently creepy about 1600s Puritan colonies, and Leigh Janiak really drew out her inner Robert Eggers to tap into that eerie atmosphere. A very well done trilogy that offers something different with each part.

  • Fear Street: 1978

    Fear Street: 1978

    ★★★½

    Genuinely surprised by this one! Definitely an improvement over the first one, and is a lot more tonally consistent.

  • Luca

    Luca

    ★★★½

    A gorgeously animated full length Vespa commercial

  • In the Heights

    In the Heights

    ★★★½

    This is a 5/5 if every scene had Vanessa in it.


    Is Usnavi’s kid gonna be named Usarmi? Or Usmariñe?

  • Superman: Red Son

    Superman: Red Son

    ★★★½

    Long live Chairman Somishka

  • Justice League Dark: Apokolips War

    Justice League Dark: Apokolips War

    ★★★½

    King Shark is a shark!!!!!!!!!!

  • Justice League: Doom

    Justice League: Doom

    ★★★½

    This one and Crisis on Two Earths are the best Justice League movies out there

  • The Way Back

    The Way Back

    ★★★½

    A by-the-book sports drama led by an emotional performance from Ben Affleck, and is surprisingly (in a good way) less about the sport but more a story about grief and how we cope with it.

  • Another Round

    Another Round

    ★★★½

    One thing that I thought was interesting was the inclusion of Kierkegaard and his concept of existential anxiety. Not sure if that was intentional or if it was just because Kierkegaard was Danish and is for some reason a required reading in Danish high schools? But the inclusion of that scene made me want to examine the film through the lens of existential dread and anxiety, and from that perspective this felt like a much more coherent film, with alcohol consumption being a manifestation of and reaction to the absurd.

  • Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

    Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

    ★★★½

    A dazzling final performance by Chadwick Boseman and an usual showing of Viola Davis’ phenomenal acting chops, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is elevated by its cast and characters.

    The problem I have with the film, I think, stems from the fact that this was based on a play (a masterful August Wilson one at that). The movie just felt like someone put a camera in a theater and filmed everything like it was a play. I imagine that some of…

  • One Night in Miami...

    One Night in Miami...

    ★★★½

    Social movements are complicated, and we all have our own roles to play in them.

    A fascinating character study on four individuals who championed and fought for progress and social change in their own ways. The story is not always neat, and the pacing is not always consistent, but you can clearly feel Regina King’s voice and heart underneath the dramatic soliloquies delivered by the talented and, dare I say, hot cast. And Leslie Odom Jr’s charisma...wow.