Derek has written 10 reviews for films rated ★★★★★ .

  • John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous at Radio City

    John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous at Radio City


    Pure genius.

  • The Autopsy of Jane Doe

    The Autopsy of Jane Doe


    I haven't been that legitimately frightened in years.

  • Hell or High Water

    Hell or High Water



  • The Little Prince

    The Little Prince


    Stunningly beautiful animation and a touching story of the acceptance of death and growing up. Definitely more of an animated film for adults, this is one of my favorite films of 2016.

  • Deadpool



    What the assssssss?! Extreme violence. Extreme language. Extreme sex. Extreme nudity. Extreme hilarity. Extreme 4th wall breaking. Quite possibly the best comic book adaptation yet. Deadpool 4 life.

  • The Invitation

    The Invitation


    I'm a huge fan of slow burn horror/thrillers. HOUSE OF THE DEVIL is a good example of this or ROSEMARY'S BABY. Honestly I knew little to nothing about this film heading into it other than some of the cast members. But HOLY SHIT did I have to white knuckle it all the way through. By the time of the big payoff I was so on edge that the turning point of the story left me on my ass. Truly great indie thriller that I'll be marketing the shit out of when we play it at the Drafthouse.

  • The Hateful Eight

    The Hateful Eight


    Could this be my favorite Tarantino film?! Is Walton Goggins going to get ALL of the acting offers after people see this stupid awesome performance?!?! Did the amount of violence make me gasp?! These questions are all answered with a resounding YES! Holy shit this movie rocked.

  • The Big Short

    The Big Short


    Anyone that knows me personally knows that I love movies about Wall Street. And this one is no different. Told from the perspective of the people who made it big from the 2008 housing market crash, this movie paints a picture of a corrupt system using a healthy mix of humor and drama. And if all of the fancy terms confuse you (and they will) they break the fourth wall to dumb it down for you, which may infuriate some…

  • Spotlight



    Engrossing. It's the best word I can think of to describe this movie. No action. No explosions. No humor. No witty dialogue. Just pure and powerful storytelling from a very sad and disturbing truth about a corrupt system that has affected too many individuals and families. This film is an absolute necessity for anyone to watch and one that should be used in journalism classrooms.

  • Creed



    I heard pretty great things going into this movie and I'll tell you right now it's one of my favorites of 2015. I could tell how much love and care was put into making this film. This wasn't some haphazard reboot. This was a film, from the ground up, that knew it had to be something special to resonant with it's audience. And it succeeded. Michael B. Jordan was truly great in it and Sly Stone's performance is worthy of…