• Big Man on Campus

    Big Man on Campus

    ★½

    The title doesn't really make any sense, if you think about it.

  • Holiday Road

    Holiday Road

    ★★½

    Take about every holiday movie idea that's been done, put it in a blender, add a huge scoop of Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, and the John Candy subplot from Home Alone, and you get this Hallmark TV movie. Hallmark in every way possible, which means capitalistically influenced good tidings & joy, with overly saccharine moments, and manipulative downers. Still, it isn't terrible terrible, but the amount of plot threads that they have to wrap up, does make the third act exhausting.…

  • Medicine Man

    Medicine Man

    Two absolutely atrocious performances here. Like, bonkers how bad the two leads are. Don't even get me started on all the other problematic elements of the film. Seems dated for even the early 90s.

  • Steel

    Steel

    ★★½

    "Eat the hot dog, don't be one."

    It's not great, but every comic book movie that came after it does owe it a tip of the hat.

  • Blue Juice

    Blue Juice

    ★★

    Chock this one up as one of the weirder 90s subculture flicks, focusing on UK surf culture in Cornwall. I have no idea how accurate this is, but surfers walking around barefoot when there are no sand beaches, seems a little bit odd. Overall, the film suffers from having way too many sub-plots. Like, sub-plots are being added in the second act that have no bearing on anything. The high point is seeing Sean Pertwee lead the film, as that dude had a good b-movie run in the 00s, so he's a recognizable face.

  • Five Nights at Freddy's

    Five Nights at Freddy's

    Screenwriters wrote the entire movie utilizing one of the most basic screenwriting don'ts. If you do not have enough runtime, add a dream sequence. Tedious at best.

  • Dumb Money

    Dumb Money

    ★★

    Extremely shallow film, that does nothing to expound on the events that it showcases. The only interesting thought that I had was watching is how insane The Social Network's influence on pop culture has been.

  • Instinct

    Instinct

    ★★

    Lots of scattered pieces, and once they are all assembled, it's just like "nice try". There is still a little bit of 90s charm here, and it feels like they are trying to do a Grisham thing here. Cuba's Shawshank moment does kind of have to be seen, just because it makes no sense.

  • Asteroid City

    Asteroid City

    ★★★★★

    Just a huge smile on my face for this whole movie.

    This flick, coupled with the Netflix Dahl shorts, really show an elevation regarding Anderson's focus on the dissection of storytelling. The levels of storytelling hit so hard in Grand Budapest, but the complexity didn't really work for me in The French Dispatch. With Asteroid City and the Dahl shorts, he just completely knocks it out of the park. The storytelling approach is engaging, fun, and particularly with the Dahl…

  • The Killer

    The Killer

    ★★★½

    Finch treading in pretty well-worn territory here. Lots of awesomeness in the first act, followed by a fairly paint by numbers film after that. The third act is a disappointment, and I think there is restraint shown when the film should have gotten subversive. Lacking in coolness compared to joints like Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai and Haywire.

  • Barbie

    Barbie

    ★★★

    It's not Mistress America, but it has its moments.

  • True Identity

    True Identity

    ★★

    While the makeup is pretty darn impressive, the white face element really doesn't play into the plot that much. My first introduction to Lenny Henry, which explains all the Shakespeare elements.