• Primer

    Primer

    I understood everything on first viewing

  • Beau Is Afraid

    Beau Is Afraid

    ★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    AKA Big Mother Is Watching You.

  • The Super Mario Bros. Movie

    The Super Mario Bros. Movie

    Even if I saw this on a plane I would’ve walked out

  • Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One

    Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One

    ★★★★

    Feels like McQuarrie has got these movies down to a science now. So well-engineered and fun.

  • Murder Mystery 2

    Murder Mystery 2

    ★★★

    Some laughs, only 90 minutes. What more can you ask for

  • The Banshees of Inisherin

    The Banshees of Inisherin

    ★★½

    I found the central conflict unconvincing and a bit repetitive. The eventual escalations of the plot are easier to accept if these two characters are viewed more as symbols of the kind of pointless infighting that McDonagh suggests tore the country apart at the seams (you’ve heard of cutting off the nose to spite the face…well now here’s this). It seems like he backs himself into a corner with the ending as well, and as a last resort tries to…

  • Nope

    Nope

    ★★½

    Found this infinitely more interesting when it was still unclear as to what it was actually about, and I think the direction it ultimately takes is unimaginative and a letdown.

  • Watcher

    Watcher

    ★★★

    Doesn’t reinvent the wheel when it comes to thrillers, but features an ending as perfect as I’ve seen in awhile.

  • Red Rocket

    Red Rocket

    ★★★★

    Challenging film about the disarming power of charisma and how it can render people forgiving to a suicidal degree. Like his previous films, more an observation of life on the margins of society than an overt political statement, but certainly affords the audience an understanding of how people who should know better can be easily seduced by a good showman.

  • The Last Duel

    The Last Duel

    ★★★½

    Ridley Scott’s Rashomon

  • Café Society

    Café Society

    ★★★½

    "Dreams are...dreams"

    Forgot how brutal this was lol

  • Pig

    Pig

    ★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Starts out as what is ostensibly a revenge thriller, utilizing Cage's recent image as an actor who stars exclusively in direct-to-DVD schlock to create that impression. Sarnoski does this deliberately in order to set the bar low in terms of audience expectations, so that when the film does eventually become more than a John Wick style revenge thriller, the effect seems more profound than it actually is. Pig simply shifts gears from one exhausted genre to another, transitioning from a…