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  • The Big Lebowski

    The Big Lebowski

    ★★★★★

    Some folk dive into this movie looking for deeper meaning. I disagree. The real message here is "shit happens, so who gives a damn?" The Coen Brothers made a movie where a right-wing gun nut is friends with a carefree stoner. UNITY. This singlehandedly contains one of my favorite main characters (Jeff Bridges as The Dude), one of my favorite side characters (John Goodman as Walter), and my favorite written line ("and I hate The fuckin' Eagles, man"). Every movie…

  • The Little Things

    The Little Things

    ★★

    An average script that deserves a moderate touch-up here and there—solid cast; unfortunately, they don't add anything to an already mediocre direction. Even with the nice-looking framing and camerawork, the editing hurts this movie, which harms it badly. Imagine Se7en, but the editing is like a modern-day Taken sequel. You have to let the film breathe. Good GRIEF. It feels like anyone could have played Malek and Leto's roles, and it feels like better performances would come from recasting those…

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  • Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    ★★★★★

    Tom Cruise's and Christopher McQuarrie's symphony of destruction. A globe-trotting chaos fest where the stakes are just so ludicrously large and the stunts are just so ludicrously dangerous that it's arduous to look away. Ben Hardy shoots this thing so nicely. I love that shot of the cavalry of police vehicles (overlayed with somber music). And not only did they give Henry Cavill a role that utilized his physical prowess, but they gave him a mustache so cool, it fucked over Joss Whedon. What a massive win.

    The long shot of Tom Cruise running on the bridge deserves to live in the Smithsonian.

  • Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation

    Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation

    ★★★★½

    The world's most insane and death-defying performer gets his very own version of the Siegel/Eastwood connection, as Jack Reacher collaborator Christopher McQuarrie brings the most suspense and tension to the series since entry number one. Cruise meets his match with the terrific Rebecca Ferguson. McQuarrie, just like that kick-ass car chase in Jack Reacher, knows how the roar of engines can make the best symphony. The opera sequence? Chef's kiss.

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  • You Don't Mess with the Zohan

    You Don't Mess with the Zohan

    ★★★★★

    This is, by far, the greatest comedy ever made. You Don't Mess With the Zohan is a masterful humor riot from the minds of Adam Sandler and Dennis Dugan, the team behind Big Daddy and Jack & Jill (which both are hilarious, too). Its message can be related to the real world, where Israeli commandos are now looking to become hairstylists in the heart of America.

    You Don't Mess With the Zohan stars the Daniel Day-Lewis of comedy, Adam Sandler as…

  • Gravity

    Gravity

    ★★★★★

    Gravity is a film that deserves it's praise and recognition. There is no other film like it, nor will there be for a long time.

    Alfonso Cuaron's entrancing experience deserves to be seen on the largest screen possible, with the best sound system, and I dare say this.....in 3 dimensions. All three of these qualities mesh together to pull you and the audience into Space. A damn fine setting, indeed.

    Gravity is a 90 minute thriller in the deadliest setting…