• The Invisible Man

    The Invisible Man

    ★★★★½

    There's an old saying in writing techniques: "Show, don't tell." Don't rely on an overabundance of exposition to relay the story and its details to your audience, but rather allow them to experience the story for themselves through its unfolding. Leigh Whannell's excellent modernized adaptation of H.G. Wells' timeless classic forgoes both of these elements to a literal extent, rather allowing wide open spaces and the absence of characters to convey a sense of dread and an unseen menace, the…

  • Ad Astra

    Ad Astra

    ★★★★½

    Sad Brad and the Search for His Bad Dad... In Space.

  • Muse: Simulation Theory

    Muse: Simulation Theory

    ★★★★

    (I'm gonna make you)
    (I'm gonna break you)
    (I'm gonna make you)
    Realize that Simulation Theory is a great album and its concert movie-doc hybrid is equally entertaining.

  • Memento

    Memento

    ★★★★½

    Memento succeeds where Tenet failed in using its reverse time gimmick as a narrative style rather than a plot device. It incorporates seamlessly into Nolan's breakthrough film, mirroring the protagonist's mental state for the audience, and therefore indirectly involving us with the unfolding and interpretation of said story. If Nolan could go back to unique storytelling formats rather than plot themes, then he might have another modern classic on his hands.

  • Tenet

    Tenet

    I wanna see Nolan tackle something tame for once like a romcom tbh.

  • The Martian

    The Martian

    ★★★★½

    It's like Home Alone in Space but instead of traps it's inventions for survival and instead of the Wet Bandits it's the hostility of Mars' climate.

  • Cuties

    Cuties

    ★★★½

    Great film. AWFUL marketing campaign.

    Seriously, what was Netflix thinking? Sexualizing children has been a seedy issue in Hollywood for as long as the industry has existed (Shirley Temple was notoriously groomed in her younger years), but the marketing campaign Netflix originally launched behind Mignonnes is so baffling in a post-#MeToo and Harvey Weinstein era that is so fraught with forthcoming controversies and accusations. You'd think that someone behind the desk over there would have thought twice about how they…

  • I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    ★★★★★

    You aren't ready for I'm Thinking of Ending Things. No one is. It's Kaufman unhinged, starting quiet and reserved- yet with a strange sense that nothing is as it seems. At first glance, it seems just like an ordinary relationship drama, just before morphing into an unholy amalgam of something indescribable- and, at first, indecipherable. Perceptions change at the slightest turn of the camera, completely transforming key aspects of its focal characters without so much as a warning.

    I'm Thinking…

  • Bill & Ted Face the Music

    Bill & Ted Face the Music

    ★★★★

    The spirit of the 80's lives on in a most excellent and unprecedented sequel that does exactly what it sets out to do, respecting its past while looking forward to its future. Not perfect by any stretch, but it's a really good time.

  • Toy Story 2

    Toy Story 2

    ★★★★★

    It's been more than a decade since the last time I saw Toy Story 2, and I think I can say without hesitation that it's my favorite entry in an ever-expanding franchise that (hopefully) has ended on the highest note possible. After the original Toy Story's runaway success in 1995 (my mother still recalls the time she struggled to find a Woody doll for me for Christmas that year), its followup sequel expanded upon some of the key characters' backstories-…

  • Bloodshot

    Bloodshot

    ★★½

    The corniness of 90s comic book attempts brought into 2020, and the living meme of Vin Diesel could not be stronger here. It's fun, absolutely outlandish, but by no means a standard of action cinema in this decade.

  • Roger Waters: Us + Them

    Roger Waters: Us + Them

    ★★★★★

    And if the cloud bursts, thunder in your ear
    You shout and no one seems to hear
    And if the band you're in starts playing different tunes
    I'll see you on the dark side of the moon....