• The Day of the Jackal

    The Day of the Jackal


    A sharp and smart thriller that surprised me by how much I ended up really enjoying it. I went into this completely blind, only having seen a few of the director's other films which never really won me over. But giving this a fair chance, I was left stunned and hooked the entire way through.

    This is an old-school thriller done to perfection and one that I wish modern thrillers harkened back to. The film's pacing is very fast and…

  • Oppenheimer



    Christopher Nolan's "Oppenheimer" is very much another Nolan film, which also happens to highlight the best and worst tendencies of his filmmaking. For most of the movie, I found it to be solid with great technicalities, a good music score, and an impressive ensemble cast, but something still felt off.

    The rating I'm giving this film is me being generous, primarily due to the final act impressing me far more than what came before, as despite still finding it to…

  • Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One

    Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One


    While this doesn't come as close to the masterpiece that was Fallout and it falls into the usual traps of multi-part films where we're not given the entire clear picture and we're left wanting more. Dead Reckoning Part One still delivers a thrilling, enjoyable, and spectacular "Mission: Impossible" experience while retaining the best aspects from the films that McQuarrie has directed previously. Like solid and detailed storytelling, and a level of emotion that brings so much out of the characters…

  • Nimona



    An entertaining animated film with fun characters, a good story, and an interesting world that's a mixture of fantasy and sci-fi. While it didn't do a whole lot more for me, I can see this becoming a cult film with a dedicated following. The long journey this film went on to being made and released is fascinating and the fact that this was technically the final film that was being made by the now-closed Blue Sky Studios, this is, ultimately, as good a swan song to go out on.

  • Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny

    Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny


    A film that honestly felt like it was running on fumes as this once again brought the past its expiry date Indiana Jones back for one last adventure. And while it had a few moments of greatness, most of it is a confused, jarring, flat, and tired journey that squeezes the last little bit of magic out of this iconic character.

    To at least say something positive about the movie, the performances from most of the actors were solid. And…

  • Extraction 2

    Extraction 2


    An improvement over the first film in a lot of ways with this being way more engaging and fun to watch. My main issue with the first "Extraction" was that while it had fantastic action, the story absolutely sucked and the characters were ones you don't give a shit about. With "Extraction 2", the story was a little better. Still not great but I was engaged with it at least. The characters I still don't care for and they've brought…

  • The Covenant

    The Covenant


    A wildly different film that Guy Ritchie has done up to this point, but a welcome and refreshing change, even with its flaws. Like a lot of other Ritchie films, the first part of the movie is slow-going as it takes its time establishing things. But once the film reaches the half-hour point, it picks the hell up and becomes engaging the rest of the way through.

    Compared to Ritchie's other film "Operation Fortune" which came out earlier this year,…

  • Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

    Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse


    This film had the near-impossible task of following up one of the most acclaimed films and one that many consider (myself included) the best Spider-Man movie. But not only does this match it, but in specific unique ways, it excels beyond the 1st film. "Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse" is the most authentic and genuine love letter to Spider-Man's world and his long history that spans decades across movies, comics, TV shows, video games and so much more.

    But being painfully…

  • Blood & Gold

    Blood & Gold


    A 60's style World War Two film plus the addition of the Tarantino style with its overall feel and clear influence being from "Inglorious Basterds". Unfortunately, the brilliant writing failed to crossover, which is where the film really suffers as it's nowhere near as engaging as it should have been and I found myself not really caring as it went on. It's a good-looking film with a cool sense of style and the action is well-filmed and fun, but the…

  • Renfield



    "Renfield" is a fun but undercooked movie that still has more than enough strong positives to make up for its shortcomings. To go through the negatives first, I do think the film is way too short as it only scratches the surface of this intriguing premise. I loved the idea of Renfield breaking out from Dracula's shadow and trying to do good. But besides giving depth to his character, which is a welcome addition, it's not as truly fleshed out…

  • STILL: A Michael J. Fox Movie

    STILL: A Michael J. Fox Movie


    A captivating and deeply personal look at an actor known for playing one of the most iconic roles in cinema history, but also for battling an illness that he has refused to be beaten by.

    Michael J. Fox is an actor who was a bright shining star in the 80s. From his humble beginnings to a rough life through high school and his early acting career. And then from breaking out on TV with the sitcom Family Ties to making…

  • Smoking Causes Coughing

    Smoking Causes Coughing


    A film so weird and ridiculous that it's honestly one of the most brilliant movies and a real best-of-the-year contender. The film's brand of humor made me frequently laugh, especially with how it plays everything so straight while letting the comedy come out of how batshit insane it actually is. Even with it being an anthology film, the stories featured were just as hilarious, each coming off like a parody of a Black Mirror episode. The central story, which focuses…