• Spooks: The Greater Good

    Spooks: The Greater Good

    ★★

    MI-5 is an underwhelming spy thriller that relies on convenience and stereotypical plot devices, and feels like a quickly made tv film. Peter Firth and Kit Harrington both do fine in their respective roles, but neither are able to elevate the quite bland script. Just take Bond or Mission Impossible without any of the charisma, interesting characters, production value, or overall enjoyment, and you have this film.

  • Her

    Her

    ★★★★½

    Her Is the 2013 science fiction/ romance film directed by Spike Jonze and starring Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlett Johansson. 

    The film takes a look at humanity in a new way, looking at a future with complex AI and the interactions between man and machine. Unlike a movie like Ex Machina, Her focuses more on the inner turmoil and emotions of its characters. The film is less of a warning of the future and more of a discovery of what could…

  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★★★

    Parasite is the 2019 Oscar and Palme d’Or winning film directed by Bong Joon-ho set in South Korea. 

    The film centers around an impoverished family who find themselves a way to improve their lives through deceit and cunningness. The family is neither truly good or evil, walking the grey line between the two. However, they get in way over their heads as the film progresses and the film’s simple concept gets turned on its head. 

    Defying usual tropes, Parasite creates…

  • The Deer Hunter

    The Deer Hunter

    ★★★★½

    The Deer Hunter is the 1978 war drama starring Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, John Savage, John Cazale, and Meryl Streep. 

    The Deer Hunter tells the story of three steelworkers who go off to fight in the Vietnam War. 

    The film is tense, emotional, and heartbreaking. It shows the many brutalities of war, from the actual fighting and getting captured, to the longterm mental, physical, and psychological effects it can have. 

    All three of the main characters come out of…

  • Running on Empty

    Running on Empty

    ★★★½

    Running on Empty is the 1988 Sidney Lumet drama starring River Phoenix. 

    The film follows a family who have been on the run from the government for decades. The parents, despite their ideals of freedom and open communication, find themselves in a world of hypocrisy when they stunt the growth of their children by forcing them into a life of lies and hiding. 

    Running on Empty may be too melodramatic at times, but it succeeds in showcasing ideas of guilt, love, and freedom in captivating ways. River Phoenix played his role with passion and never failed to impress throughout the runtime of the film.

  • Us

    Us

    ★★★★

    Us is the 2019 horror film from Jordon Peele starring Lupita Nyong’o about a family on vacation who encounters their doppelgängers. 

    After his debut film Get Out, Jordan Peele proved that he had an eye for horror, and he incorporates comedy to lift some of the most tense moments and also provide an air of uneasiness. 

    Us is chillingly shot, well acted, and the script was creatively put together. I had a good amount of fun with Us despite a…

  • Halloween

    Halloween

    ★★★★

    Halloween is the 1978 John Carpenter slasher movie starring Jamie Lee Curtis. 

    The film is widely recognized as a classic horror movie, setting the stage of slasher movies for decades to come. 

    Besides directing and co-writing, John Carpenter also created the score for Halloween. The music helps to set a tense mood throughout the film, following Michael Myers as he stalks around, and it is thoroughly more effective than what is seen in the likes of Friday the 13th. The…

  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049

    ★★★★★

    Blade Runner 2049 is the 2017 sequel to Blade Runner, directed by Denis Villeneuve, and starring Ryan Gosling. 

    Blade Runner 2049 builds on the lore and story of the original in a fresh way, following Gosling’s replicant character K as he navigates LA and Las Vegas in 2049 in search for answers. 

    The film’s cinematography is brilliant shot by Roger Deakins, who finally picked up his first Oscar win for this film. 

    Ryan Gosling is joined by a phenomenal cast,…

  • Blade Runner

    Blade Runner

    ★★★★★

    Blade Runner is the 1982 science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott and starring Harrison Ford. 

    What can I say about this film? It’s a perfect blend of noire and science fiction. The film entrenches you with its incredible world building, striking cinematography and intriguing story. 

    Blade Runner takes a look at humanity in a way that few other films have, making us question: What makes us human? 

    Hope everyone is staying safe out there!

  • The Producers

    The Producers

    ★★★½

    The Producers is the 1967 Mel Brooks black comedy film starring Gene Wilder and Zero Mostel. 

    The film is about a producer who convinces an accountant to help him with a scam that involves over-financing a sure fire flop of a play called Springtime for Hitler. 

    The Producers may not be one of Brooks’s best, but it has plenty of charm and a very funny script. Unfortunately, the film has a very predictable plot and doesn’t boast a strong ending.…

  • Dolemite Is My Name

    Dolemite Is My Name

    ★★★½

    Eddie Murphy makes his comeback in this biography of Rudy Ray Moore, known for his Dolemite persona in the 1970’s. 

    The film takes us through the making and expanding of Moore’s Dolemite character, from his stand-up routine to eventually movie making process. 

    Eddie Murphy’s comeback is a thing of beauty, as he proves he still has the comedic timing and charisma needed to carry a film. 

    A competent cast, which help compliment Murphy’s incredible performance, includes Keegan Michael-Key, Wesley Snipes, and Craig Robinson. 

    I hope that Eddie Murphy continues to involve himself in projects like this one!

  • Three Colors: Blue

    Three Colors: Blue

    ★★★★★

    Blue, the first film in Krzysztof Kieślowski’s Three Colours Trilogy, is a beautiful yet haunting film about a women suffering through loss and dealing with isolation. 

    Grief is a powerful thing. Sadness, anger, isolation, and depression are just some of its associations. Kieślowski compliments these sentiments with hues of blue, which is a beautiful way to showcase the films overarching themes and emotions. 

    Blue features a soundtrack that perfectly compliments every scene, providing the film with a chilly ambience. 

    Juliette…