There are no fewer than 10 Spider-Man movies across the last two decades, so it’s difficult to anticipate a fresh spin on the character’s perennial juggling act of power, responsibility, and superheroism, but Across the Spider-Verse tackles the stalwarts of Spider-Man lore not only in a fresher way, but also a deeper way. Miles’ expected struggle balancing his vigilantism with his overbearing - but well-meaning - parents is buoyed by endearing performances from Luna Lauren Veléz and Brian Tyree Henry,…
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 2023
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is likely the most unwieldy of the trilogy, overflowing with emotional ideas trying to finagle themselves into cohesion. As Rocket’s backstory is filled in - a Grant Morrison We3 pastiche that tugs at everyone’s latent affinity for baby animals, and one that can only end in tragedy - much of the film’s present-day urgency struggles for lockstep. Some of the cast, both old and new, feels shortchanged: Adam Warlock and his mother Ayesha (Elizabeth…
Knock at the Cabin 2023
Blown away by M. Night Shyamalan’s formal dexterity at full blast. His best since The Village with stunning tension, performances, and visual elegance. Book lovers will be divided, but I adored the change to the novel’s gut-punch ending — which felt more like a shocking way to cop out — to something much more textured.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania 2023
With Quantumania, it shouldn’t be a surprise that Marvel’s signature, assembly-line CGI is front-and-center. Inexplicably dim and muddy, Ant-Man’s very own journey into mystery is a far cry from the weird, eye-popping exercise in bombast it should be. An entire zany world reduced to brown and dark orange hues, it’s Marvel’s stubborn allergy to color and contrast writ large. Even worse, Quantumania’s turgid visuals only highlight one of its biggest problems: Scott Lang in the Quantum Realm just isn’t that…