• Loki

    Loki

    ★★★½

    Everyone's favorite insanely eccentric, reality-bending super-anti-hero/god is back to atone for, well, Marvel letting FX have "Legion" (Heads up on spoilers if you're the one person who missed the last two "Avengers" movies!). Whether or not the God of Mischief will draw more of a family-friendly crowd on Disney+, that ol' trickster can't stay dead even when he finally stays dead. During the Avengers' time travels to 2012 to defeat Thanos, Tom Hiddleston's Loki steals the Tesseract, and must answer…

  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

    Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

    ★★★½

    It sounds like this cat has a lot more bling than Thanos, but that many rings has to be counterproductive to martial arts. They're conveniently arm rings, and the namesake of an ancient order of warriors meeting in the mortal realm in the ultimate battle between good against evil, because Simu Liu has five seasons of pretending to be Korean to make up for. Life is not as exciting as a generic kung-fu parable for Liu's Shaun, a meager car…

  • The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

    The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

    ★★★½

    I haven't looked too much into some of the internet's outrage at Anthony Mackie, but I am also furious about Disney making Captain America... a falcon, not an eagle. Racism jokes aside, it turns out that Mackie's Sam Wilson doesn't totally disagree with those sentiments, as he decides to retire Steve Rogers' mighty shield after his friend's "retro-tirement" (You don't deserve to get that if you didn't see "Endgame"). Whatever Kurt Russell's opinion of the government, he must be proud…

  • Black Widow

    Black Widow

    Between this and "Red Sparrow", let's hope Hollywood just spreads xenophobic conspiracies about how Russians play cards. I wish Westerners knew as much about foreign cultures as they do about Marvel, though all these "Spider-Man" spin-offs are getting hard enough to keep up with. Now that I've effectively annoyed you nerds, I have of course been keeping up with Scarlett Johansson's Natasha "Black Widow" Romanoff enough to know that this could only be a prequel, picking up after the events…

  • Venom: Let There Be Carnage

    Venom: Let There Be Carnage

    Calm down, parents, this is still PG-13 for some stupid reason, so it's not like there will be blood. As long as Woody Harrelson has taken to play a supervillain with his career's recent trend of sinister monologues, Mickey Knox may somehow not be as gruesome with superpowers, but he has found an even more terrifying soulmate. So too has Tom Hardy's Eddie Brock, who is going literally out of his mind trying to curb the vicious urges of the…

  • The Suicide Squad

    The Suicide Squad

    ★★★½

    Speaking of suicide, it sounds like even DC is wanting to kill off the last film based on that "The" added to the title. James Gunn is "officially" giving the DCEU their very own rag-tag, antiheroic "guardians", and he may be committing career suicide in the process if Marvel just let him get away with "Brightburn" because it made Superman look bad. Gunn's and DC's ethical ambiguity hits an all-time low with Task Force X, or the Suicide Squad, a…

  • Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins

    Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins

    Well, I don't know if he necessarily qualifies as "A Real American Hero"... seeing as how Henry Golding is Malaysian-English. "G.I. Joe" seems like a good film franchise to reboot for a more diverse group of Americans to be proud of, but I can't say I'm necessarily proud of all these Japanese stereotypes... including a Malaysian-Englishman being cast in the lead. An elite cage fighter known only as Snake Eyes has just been recruited into the Los Angeles Yakuza by…

  • Mother and Child

    Mother and Child

    ★★★½

    Is Rodrigo García even getting so tired of his anthology films that he didn't go with the title "Mothers and Children"? Ironic as it is that "Passengers" only had one... really convoluted story, García is so desperate to go back to a dramatic formula that actually works that he's now dealing with a physical therapist. Even then, Annette Bening's Karen could definitely use Dr. Paul Weston (Sorry, Anne Hathaway) as midlife crisis and her own mother's impending demise brings anxieties…

  • Nine Lives

    Nine Lives

    Oh, Rodrigo García, do I not want to know the ending to one of those ten tiny love stories for this follow-up? I guess a dramatic anthologist can never run out of material about female suffering, but in that case, I'm just relieved that this isn't about cats. It's still a heavy saga of entrapment and relationships, the thin line between the two effectively being laid out by a prison inmate being driven to madness by a broken cubicle phone…

  • Ten Tiny Love Stories

    Ten Tiny Love Stories

    Woah, Rodrigo García, you can tell that much just by looking at her? This Colombian man is managing to pull off another anthology about the complexities of American women's personal and romantic enterprises, in what may as well have been titled "Things You Can Tell Just by Listening to Her". Among ten women delivering their own monologues are Radha Mitchell reflecting on a charismatic ex-boyfriend, and Alicia Witt waxing nostalgic about losing her virginity. Lisa Gay Hamilton laments a blind…

  • Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her

    Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her

    ★★★½

    If you're looking at her that intensely, you should probably be more worried about what she's telling the police about you. I'm not sure if it's more or less creepy that we're actually looking at five different hers, but this is some suspiciously thorough profiling of them. There's the physician who has cleared her schedule to spend the day with her invalid mother, while reckoning with a tarot card reading that alludes to a life-changing relationship ahead. There's the bank…

  • Four Good Days

    Four Good Days

    It's four days of intensely rambling about life-destroying parent issues, so I reckon Rodrigo García is also disappointed about not working on that "In Treatment" revival. Shoot, it sounds like whoever is very loosely adapting Amanda Wendler's story came from a much more functional home than most, because four emotionally good days in a row is preposterous when you're not trying to kick dope. To be candid, Mila Kunis' Molly Wheeler has probably had plenty of good times for their…