4 out of 5 stars (one of the best of its year) Puss In Boots: The Last Wish is a breath of fresh air. A belated standalone sequel to 2011’s enjoyable Puss In Boots, this new film comes with vibrant animation style, plenty of clever gags, and energetic action all buoyed by a good story. … Continue Reading
After College Years: 2017-Present
Reviews posted here were written after I graduated from college in 2017. They are the most analytical of my reviews, but still have my sprinkles of humor. I feel that I have finally hit my stride here, but, as any good writer, am always looking for ways to improve. Enjoy!
3 out of 5 stars (average) If ever there was a movie held back from greatness by forgetting the little details, it would be Don’t Worry Darling. Director Olivia Wilde last entertained us with 2019’s sex comedy Booksmart and does so again with this bizarre yet fascinating thriller about the secrets and lies hiding in… Continue Reading
3.5 out of 5 stars (above average) I entered into Jordan Peele’s Nope excited. His previous two films, 2017’s Get Out and 2019’s Us (the latter of which earned a rare 5 stars from me) were thoroughly entertaining, detailed, and most importantly, scary horror films that quickly established him as a talent to watch. While… Continue Reading
4 out of 5 (one of the best of the year) I have seen few films this year as resonant as 1982. The directorial debut of Qualid Mouaness, the film takes place over one initially normal school day in 1982 Lebanon that slowly turns to one of panic, fear, and uncertainty as a war between… Continue Reading
5 out of 5 stars (a classic) Hollywood loves making sequels. Whether the original film is 2 years old or 52, if there’s love and nostalgia for it, a studio will greenlight a follow-up. Top Gun Maverick is that exceedingly rare sequel that comes to us decades after the original that’s actually great, building upon… Continue Reading
3 out of 5 stars (average) Take Me to the River New Orleans is going to be the Avengers: Endgame for jazz fans. Over the course of its runtime, we get candid, informative interviews with many of the great jazz legends who have helped make the genre what it is and see recording sessions where… Continue Reading