• 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

    JERY! GET! iPAD!

  • 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…

  • It's Such a Beautiful Day

    It's Such a Beautiful Day

    ★★★★★

    It amazes me at how much animation can emotionally affect a person. With just stick figures and an array color flashes, I have not been this moved by a film since Japan's 1988 animation "Grave of the Fireflies." As it projects some of life's hardest moments and feelings in an absolute flawless way, "It's Such a Beautiful Day" is perhaps the most perfect piece of cinema I have ever encountered. Unquestionably, a 5/5.

  • Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2

    Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2

    This is unbearable. It is the furthest thing from funny and entertaining. The first one was terrible, but at the very least, somewhat watchable. With this, I think physical harm is more appropriate.

  • Spotlight

    Spotlight

    I went into Spotlight with high expectations, and I was still surprised by how genuinely good it was. Taking a very controversial and quite sad subject, Spotlight highlights the decisions taken, without it ever feeling pretentious or manipulative. Across the board, everyone gives astonishing performances, with Ruffalo delivering one of the best of his career, as well as Keaton (though nothing can top Birdman :p.) However, acting isn't all that makes a film; The directing is splendid to look at,…

  • Bridge of Spies

    Bridge of Spies

    ★★★★½

    What really defines our country? Are we all honestly being treated equally under our amendments, and if not, is that justified? These are the questions asked by Steven Spielberg’s new thriller Bridge of Spies. The film tells the real life story of American lawyer James Donovan, played by Tom Hanks, in the middle of the cold war who decides to defend a believed Soviet Spy. It is during this that both he and everyone around him are questioning his loyalty…

  • The Visit

    The Visit

    ★★★

    There was a time where the director of this film, M. Night Shaymalan was considered one of the greatest filmmakers of his generation. With groundbreaking films of storytelling such as The Sixth Sense, Signs and Unbreakable, the man seemed unstoppable in Hollywood. Then, his career took a turn for the worse. In both my and many opinions, he essentially lost his touch and originality after delving into more generic blockbusters (not to hate on blockbusters by any means). However, when…

  • Fantastic Four

    Fantastic Four

    Fantastic Four‬ movie review. This movie is bad. It's not completely terrible, but it's bad. The first half hour makes you believe the film has plenty of potential and starts off intriguing, but once the team gets their powers, it just leads to more build up. I swear, this entire film is just setting up for another movie and makes it feel more like a pilot episode for a TV show. However, though it is mostly build up of the…