Jeremy has written 14 reviews for films during 2016.

  • Manchester by the Sea

    Manchester by the Sea

    ★★★★★

    Manchester by the Sea is an emotional roller-coaster that tore me to shreds and left me in awe. I really can't describe the toll this film had on me. Bleak yet spirited, dark yet stunning; everything here floored me. Seriously, just write Casey Affleck's name on all the trophies because he's delivered possibly the best, the most powerful, and most touching lead actor performance in years, surrounded by a cast just as outstanding, particularly that of Lucas Hedges and Michelle Williams. It made me laugh, it made me cry. It did everything right. Manchester by the Sea is a masterpiece. Completely and totally.

  • Moonlight

    Moonlight

    ★★★★★

    Moonlight is a film about acceptance. It is a film about isolation; about love, about life, and about finding your place in the world. Excellent performances, beautiful aesthetics, and true, honest, heartbreaking moments, Moonlight is an important highlight of 2016. People say this movie changes you, and it truly does. I loved it.

  • Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

    Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

    In a world full of action entertainment, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back is another film that fits the genre. It is a fun, engaging thriller that knows its task and for the most part, works to its strengths. The movie follows Jack Reacher, a former military investigator, having to discover the truth about government conspiracies, while also having to clear both his and a fellow military major’s name. Gunfights and conflicts ensue, and that is where the movies works best.…

  • The Magnificent Seven

    The Magnificent Seven

    ★★★½

    A remake of a remake, Magnificent Seven still manages to find fresh air. Much of the humor found certainly feels modern-ish, but no modern western has felt so much like an Eastwood classic quite like M7. Some characters do feel expendable, but for the most part I was very much intrigued by these characters, specifically Ethan Hawke's. The long, wide shots of the country and sunset are beautiful to look at, and I give huge praise to Mauro Fiore, the film's cinematographer. Worth a watch!

  • Sully

    Sully

    ★★★★

    Clint Eastwood's previous effort, American Sniper, left me feeling cold, so I went into this not expecting much. What I got, however, was a powerful character study full of great performances and writing. Hanks, once again, brings his very best and truly embodies the character of Sully. What seems like a hero's miracle to so many others is an absolute horror to him. Also, although the flight scenes are incredibly shot and acted, the real standout during the incident is…

  • Blow Out

    Blow Out

    ★★★★★

    I am still in absolute shock as to how good Blow Out was. Brian De Palma delivers some of the best camerawork which I have ever seen in a film, accompanied by career defining performances from Travolta and Allen. It is quite terrifying in how much it parallels our reality, with its corrupt politics and secrecy. It is also terrifying to watch Lithgow's character in action, a seemingly unstoppable force. This feels like a love child of Hitchock's "Rear Window"…

  • Suicide Squad

    Suicide Squad

    ★★

    The opening 20 minutes to Suicide Squad are a mess; a string of character moments thrown together with barely any excuse for exposition, jumbled with over the top rock and pop songs. It wasn't until the characters actually joined together that I felt somewhat invested, and that's due to fairly strong chemistry together on screen. Will Smith and Margot Robbie steal the show, and Leto was a decent Joker for the time he was in. The action scenes were mostly…

  • Swiss Army Man

    Swiss Army Man

    ★★★

    Swiss Army Man is joyous and adventurous film which explores life, loneliness, and fear. However, that is packaged with a plethora of fart and sex jokes that can get a little excessive at points. The film feels like a simple slice of life picture, up until the climax which fortunately adds new layers to both its characters and purpose. I wouldn't go and say it's one of the year's top films, like many are doing so, but it is definitely worth the viewing, if not for the wonderful camera work alone.

  • The Shallows

    The Shallows

    ★★★½

    The Shallows was so much better than expected. It was both suspenseful and scary, and there were scenes where I was nearly on the edge of my seat. Another huge praise I can give this film is its gorgeous color pallet and cinematography, which truly captures beauty of this not-so-beautiful island. Blake Lively also gives possibly her best performance yet. However, the negatives I have with this film are some plot points that aren't fully utilized, as well as the…

  • Warcraft

    Warcraft

    ★★★

    Warcraft's gorgeous scope and interesting world are unfortunately boggled down by an overabundance of flat characters, convoluted story arcs, and some out of place CGI. However, its lead characters were interesting enough for the most part to keep me engaged, as well as its exciting action scenes. Although I wouldn't call it a good film, it did surpass my expectations.

  • Bee Movie

    Bee Movie

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  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    Batman v Superman presents certain ideas and issues regarding superheroes in the world the likes of which never fully explored in a film. There is a new level of depth found here, as it deals with social and religious controversies in such new ways. The issues similarly found in previous superhero films such as Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Spider-Man 2, but it is done with such a level of nuance that leaves me absolutely astonished. These heroes are…