• Werewolves Within

    Werewolves Within

    ★★★

    Sort of an early Edgar Wright-lite, but without the airtight payoffs and strong jokes. Mainly works because the two leads are so charismatic, and most of the supporting cast is strong as well, but it’s never quite as funny as you’d want, nor suspenseful, and it tries to veer into a type of social commentary at the end that’s inadequately set up or developed. But fun enough.

  • Eternals

    Eternals

    ★★★★

    Call me a sucker, but I really liked this. Turns out that using real locations makes for maybe the prettiest Marvel movie (although it has some of that MCU dinginess problem), and I liked that the story didn’t really have “good” and “bad,” just moral choices. 

    But mostly I liked the trippy audacity of a giant blockbuster movie that suggested that human civilization was all because of some Marvel heroes being bossed around by huge stone space robot gods.

  • Conspirators of Pleasure

    Conspirators of Pleasure

    ★★★½

    This movie is correct. Sex IS pretty silly.

  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    ★★½

    Kristy Swanson actually does a great job here, and the supporting cast does what they can, but the flat direction and the heavily and incomprehensibly-rewritten screenplay prevent it from working. We watched this as a break in a full Buffy the TV series rewatch (my sentimental favorite TV show despite its problems), and the great triumph of the show is that it knows exactly what it wants to do. Meanwhile, the tone of the movie is all over the place.

  • That's Entertainment!

    That's Entertainment!

    ★★★½

    This was a very pleasant way for us to close out our Thanksgiving as a newly-married couple. I would’ve appreciated a little more rhyme and reason in the clips they picked and how they’re arranged and the (very little) context given. But it’s a fun greatest hits complication, with the added pleasure of seeing elderly old Hollywood stars present the segments in their varying styles, whether it be Liz Taylor breathily descending a giant staircase, or Frank Sinatra visibly bored by his cue cards.

  • Licorice Pizza

    Licorice Pizza

    ★★★★★

    So specific and unpredictable and organic that it’s almost disorienting to realize a movie can be like this.

  • Hard Eight

    Hard Eight

    ★★★★

    Still a relaxed pleasure. The worst you could say about it is maybe it’s a bit slight, and maybe it’s a bit derivative, from a director who would go on to make masterpieces. But the guy was 24 years old when he made this, so why the fuck would you wanna say those things? Jeez Louise.

  • Hobgoblins

    Hobgoblins

    ★★★

    There's a moment in this where one of the leads puts on a never-ending instrumental record and everyone dances as if Hey Ya had just been released, and then the Hobgoblins attack, and the three actors have to clutch these Hobgoblin stuffed animals to their chests and jerk around spastically to pretend like they're being attacked by them, and then a meathead dude walks up the driveway and sees them all in the window and is excited by this "new dance," because it's kinda "kinky."

    Anyway that's why cinema was invented.

  • Dora and the Lost City of Gold

    Dora and the Lost City of Gold

    ★★★

    In which Dora trips balls and sings a happy pooping song.

  • The Mummy

    The Mummy

    ★★★

    Fraser and Weisz are still a delight, but the rest of the movie doesn’t hold up as well.

  • Ghostbusters: Afterlife

    Ghostbusters: Afterlife

    ★★★

    I was honestly surprised how easy I found it to like this whenever I could forget it was a Ghostbusters sequel and just enjoy it as an Amblin-style throwback family fantasy. So, of course, they did their best to fuck things up by throwing in as many Ghostbusters callbacks and fan service moments as possible (especially during a final act that’s cool-looking, but narratively disastrous). 

    Still, during those other moments it’s an acceptable Carrie Coon and Paul Rudd delivery device. And it seems clear that McKenna Grace is gonna be a major star.

  • Mindhunters

    Mindhunters

    ★★★

    Ludicrous. (I mean that as a compliment.)