• Dune: Part Two

    Dune: Part Two

    ★★★★★

    Buckle up this is going to be a long one, don’t worry though there won’t be any spoilers in this review, and I’ll refrain from going into detail on specific things.

    I'm still at a loss for words. Dune: Part Two is an absolutely masterful sequel that surpasses its already fantastic predecessor in nearly every way and not to sound hyperbolic but makes for one of the finest achievements the sci-fi genre has ever seen. It's absolutely no surprise to…

  • Ordinary Angels

    Ordinary Angels

    ★★★

    Ordinary Angels being one of the very few bright spots of these first few months of the year definitely wasn’t on my 2024 bingo card. For a faith based film, this is thankfully very toned down and is focused first and foremost on telling its story, even if it does occasionally cross into preachy territory ever so slightly. Hilary Swank and especially Alan Ritchson are both great and work extremely well together, and the true story it's telling is undeniably…

  • Land of Bad

    Land of Bad

    ★★½

    I'm not going to pretend Land of Bad is a great film or even all that good of one, but it fits comfortably alongside the recent string of entertaining B-movies Russell Crowe has done lately and is easily the best new release of the weekend. Liam Hemsworth makes for a solid lead and delivers in the action sequences while Russell Crowe steals the show and obviously gives the best performance in the entire film. It's entertaining, well paced, and the…

  • Bob Marley: One Love

    Bob Marley: One Love

    ★★

    Bob Marley: One Love is the type of safe, formulaic, and unfocused biopic that I'm getting absolutely sick and tired of seeing. Kingsley Ben-Adir is tremendous as Bob Marley and perfectly captures Marley's mannerisms, personality, and spirit, while Lashana Lynch is equally fantastic as his wife Rita. The cinematography is great and there are a handful of effective moments and scenes sprinkled throughout primarily the more intimate one's Kingsley-Adir and Lynch share, but otherwise this is one of the blandest,…

  • Madame Web

    Madame Web

    ★½

    Madame Web might not be the worst thing ever, but it's a baffling misfire that's objectively pretty terrible and not even worth watching out of curiosity. This is all around a horribly made film from its disastrous camerawork and choppy editing to the horrendous writing and laughable dialogue throughout. The visuals aren't the worst of this genre but they're also not very impressive and it's shocking how little action this has for a superhero movie. The action is few and…

  • Players

    Players

    ★★½

    Went into Players with extremely low expectations and while it's nothing special, it's better than expected and a decent enough little romcom. Gina Rodriguez is a lot of fun in the lead role and shares really sweet chemistry with Damon Wayans Jr. and the rest of her friend group, who all feel like real life friends. It could've gone further but it's refreshing to see a romcom with a little raunchiness in it again and it has a good heart…

  • Out of Darkness

    Out of Darkness

    ★★★½

    Out of Darkness is an intense, tightly paced, and visceral prehistoric survival thriller that gripped me from start to finish. Andrew Cumming's direction is extremely immersive, and he creates a haunting atmosphere with some very brutal imagery and bleak but stunning cinematography. Safia Oakley-Green gives an excellent lead performance and although the character work isn't the highpoint, her arc and journey throughout is an undeniably compelling one. Also props to the cast for selling the made up language they speak…

  • Sometimes I Think About Dying

    Sometimes I Think About Dying

    ★★★½

    Sometimes I Think About Dying won't be for everyone but I really appreciated and enjoyed pretty well everything it was going for. Rachel Lambert brilliantly captures its mundane setting and characters so well to the point where you feel like a fly on the wall watching these characters go about their day to day lives. This explores a lot of different themes that many will be able to connect with and will likely find very timely if their able to…

  • Upgraded

    Upgraded

    ★★★

    Upgraded doesn't reinvent the wheel and is about as predictable as romcoms come but it gets a lot of mileage out of Camila Mendes winning lead performance and makes for a pretty delightful albeit slight addition to the genre. Mendes is the glue that holds it all together and this character allows her to show off how charismatic, likeable, and funny of an actress she is, no matter the material. She shares great chemistry with Archie Renaux, and their growing…

  • Argylle

    Argylle

    ★★

    What happened here? As a fan of all of Matthew Vaughn's previous work, it sucks to say that Argylle is a massive disappointment and easily Vaughn's worst film to date. It feels like a carbon copy of about a dozen other better spy films and it's far more concerned with delivering predictable twist after twist then it is with telling a good or investing story with characters you care about. Matthew Vaughn knows how to helm an action sequence and…

  • A Real Pain

    A Real Pain

    ★★★★

    As someone who really enjoyed Jesse Eisenberg's directorial debut, I'm very happy to report that his sophomore feature A Real Pain is even better and further proves how gifted of a filmmaker Eisenberg is. Eisenberg shows real growth as a director and his script exceptionally explores collective pain, unprocessed trauma, and self discovery while perfectly blending comedy and drama together seamlessly. Eisenberg gives one of his best performances in years that's much more dryly funny and nuanced than you'd expect,…

  • Little Death

    Little Death

    ★★½

    Little Death is an energetic directorial debut from Jack Begert that's equally stylish and entertaining as it is messy and disjointed. This is essentially two completely different films wrapped into one and while they do connect especially regarding there characters and themes of addiction, they don't come together in a very satisfying way, and both take away from the other more times than not. Both storylines are good on their own and perfectly suited for their own feature film, but…