David has written 23 reviews for films rated ★★★ during 2020.

  • The Lego Star Wars Holiday Special

    The Lego Star Wars Holiday Special

    ★★★

    So, is this canon oooorrrrr...

    Idk, it's fine I guess. There are some good jokes, but it's definitely a bit too kiddie overall, the jokes are very hit and miss, and it felt a bit too sloppily put together.

    It's not bad, but not good either.

    Rating: C+

  • Unhinged

    Unhinged

    ★★★

    Unhinged is pretty alright. Russell Crowe is great in the film but that's really all this film has going for it. There are some really intense sequences, but upon looking back, it's largely due to Crowe's Joker-like performance. There's really no character development beyond the most straight forward character arc imaginable. And the supporting actors don't hold a candle at all to Russell Crowe. He really carries the entire film and I don't think it would be half as good…

  • Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

    Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

    ★★★

    Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm is a sequel that improves upon the original, but still feels a bit hollow by the end.

    This time, there's a bigger story, which the lack thereof was one of my biggest problems with the first film. The story is fine, but it feels like it was seriously impacted by everything happening in 2020, especially in the second half of the film. It's not exactly jarring, but it's certainly noticable and impacted my enjoyment of the film.…

  • Sinister

    Sinister

    ★★★

    Sinister is pretty much a standard horror movie disguised as an arthouse or an indie. It looks, feels, and plays out very well in the first act as characters are set up, some really creepy found footage clips play, and the story starts to turn into something, well, sinister.

    But unfortunately it becomes less atmospheric and stylish as it goes on, and becomes something more reliant on jumpscares and shock value. Good characters turn into dumb ones, and the mythology…

  • Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

    Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

    ★★★

    Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan is a perfectly fine movie that works as a series of reaction videos but not quite as much as a feature film. The character of Borat is pretty basic, but Sacha Baron Cohen does a good job of portraying the character and showing the blind nature he has.

    There are definitely some good laughs here and there, and it's entertaining to see how people react to certain things…

  • The Devil All the Time

    The Devil All the Time

    ★★★

    The Devil All the Time is a dark, well directed film with an all star cast. Tom Holland gives an especially good performance here that will be sure to put him on a lot of people's radars, if he's not already. The supporting cast is also quite good with the other big standout being Robert Pattinson.

    Antonio Campos does a really good job in the director's chair, and is great at getting the most out of every actor and making…

  • You've Got Mail

    You've Got Mail

    You’ve Got Mail is quite an interesting film to watch. Writer/director Nora Ephron made a cute, charming film that can be quite fun to watch at times but distracting at others. The film is clearly inspired and based on the film The Shop Around the Corner. Ephron found some really neat ways to nod to that movie here, whether it be the story itself, the characters, or even some shots taken directly from it. The film is at its best…

  • The New Mutants

    The New Mutants

    ★★★

    The New Mutants is a pretty decent movie that's at its best when it's being different and embraces what it is. It struggles a bit in the first half as it finds its identity and goes through quite a lot of setup for the characters and the institution they're in, but once it gets going, it's much more entertaining and fun to watch.

    The direction here is easily the most intriguing aspect of the film. After all, it's a Marvel…

  • The One and Only Ivan

    The One and Only Ivan

    ★★★

    The One and Only Ivan is pretty much your typical Disney feel good movie. There's really no other way to put it, and depending on how that makes you feel, you'll probably either really like this or find it uninspired. I'm somewhere in the middle. On one hand, this movie is pretty sweet. I really like the message the film is trying to get across, and I think the voicework, casting, and CGI are all good. But on the other…

  • Project Power

    Project Power

    ★★★

    Project Power isn't nearly as good as it should've been, but it's not bad either. With a premise as original and unique as this, my expectations were very high. And with a solid cast with names such as Jamie Foxx and Joseph Gordon Levitt, I was even more excited. Unfortunately, it just didn't live up to the hype.

    That's not to say it's bad, not at all. It's actually fairly entertaining. But it just doesn't have the energy and style…

  • An American Pickle

    An American Pickle

    ★★★

    An American Pickle is an interesting little movie with an identity crisis. Yes that's right, a PG-13 Seth Rogen movie about an immigrant getting preserved in a pickle brine for 100 years has an identity crisis.

    All jokes aside though, the first half of this film is genuinely good. It has a really nice light-hearted tone, while still having a lot of heart. Seth Rogen also gives an unexpectedly good performance, or performances in this case. The film also does…

  • Philadelphia

    Philadelphia

    ★★★

    Philadelphia is fine, I guess. This could've been a really great film, and I think there are definitely scenes to prove it, but I found a lot of what the film was going for to be less impactful than the filmmakers intended. Every message, every theme this film tackles is good and heartfelt. But unfortunately, the characters involved and the direction just didn't really work for me.

    Denzel Washington and Tom Hanks both give stellar performances, and while Hanks gives…