• Marcel the Shell with Shoes On

    Marcel the Shell with Shoes On

    ★★★★½

    "Guess why I smile a lot. Uh, 'cause it's worth it."

  • Lightyear

    Lightyear

    ★★

    Just 105 minutes of Disney shouting, "REMEMBER WHEN BUZZ DID THIS IN TOY STORY?!?!?!?!?!" all within an incredibly mediocre story.

    I refuse to believe that a kid with as vivid an imagination as Andy would have this as his favorite movie.

  • Top Gun: Maverick

    Top Gun: Maverick

    ★★★★½

    At the risk of sounding hyperbolic, it's been a real long time since I've seen anything like this. Such a blast filled with so much heart. And it looks and sounds so much better than most other blockbusters. Really glad we caught this in the theater before it left!

  • Holes

    Holes

    ★★★★

    "Dig It" is still 🔥🔥🔥 20 years later.

  • The Sea Beast

    The Sea Beast

    ★★★½

    Could have used a bit more style in the character and creature designs, but it's a really comfortable and fun watch with a great message. Maisie is the best. ❤️

  • Ms. Marvel

    Ms. Marvel

    ★★½

    Iman Vellani is wonderful, and it's her charisma that makes this as watchable as it is. The visual style is great when it's present (but I definitely wanted more of it). And the last scene with her officially taking the Ms. Marvel name is a nice moment.

    But all that aside, it's full of my now commonplace MCU complaints:
    - Iffy CGI
    - Too many bad jokes
    - Not great action scenes
    - Stilted writing and a choppy story
    - No sense of what they want to say

    So yeah, like most of these MCU productions anymore it's fine, but it's unfortunately not too memorable.

  • Thor: Love and Thunder

    Thor: Love and Thunder

    ★★

    I loved or liked maybe a quarter of this and hated the other three-quarters.

    The fight scenes are great, especially the black-and-white sequence. I liked the Omnipotent City part but wanted to see more gods than just Zeus. The scene at Eternity is good, and the ending is cute, even if it doesn't totally feel earned.

    But those STUPID goats and the quite literal joke-a-minute pace just wasn't for me. Probably 10% of the humor landed for me. And man,…

  • The Last Tree

    The Last Tree

    ★★★★

    A touching, quiet, beautiful journey of self-discovery. Shola Amoo approaches this with so much respect and it shows in every shot.

  • Lamb

    Lamb

    ★★★★

    This was kind of a ride for me. I went in having only seen the trailer, so mostly just intrigued but not sure what to expect.

    The first half nearly lost me. A lot slower paced than I expected and it felt like nothing was happening.

    But then the second half really paid it all off. The tension that had been slowly building finally made itself present, and I finally caught onto some of the subtext. So then the ending…

  • Columbus

    Columbus

    ★★

    I read the synopsis and thought, "This seems like a major snoozefest but it's supposed to be good so I'll give it a shot." Lo and behold, it's a major snoozefest. But even so, Kogonada's style is so gentle and luscious that at least it was a comfortable watch, even if it wasn't interesting at all.

  • The Northman

    The Northman

    I needed this to either be 100 times more interesting or else just a 40-minute cut where there's like 2 minutes of context before each scene where Alexander Skarsgård wrecks people.

  • Dinosaur

    Dinosaur

    Not completely devoid of merit, as a couple sequences are actually breathtaking and the score is great.

    But it's mostly incredibly boring and a soupy mess to look at.