Jean-Luc has written 4 reviews for films rated ★★½ during 2019.

  • Batman: Hush

    Batman: Hush

    ★★½

    I've fallen behind on the DC animated movies over the last year (in part because the quality's taken a hit but mostly just because I don't care for the Death of Superman story) but I do tend to enjoy them. Their length and relative lack of depth make them good movies to toss on in the evening after a long day. Hush fits that bill--it's entertaining enough and clocks in just over 80 minutes. It was also the first Batman…

  • Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

    Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

    ★★½

    Miss Peregrine's came out at a time when I was seeing a ton of movies while also being incredibly busy balancing school and an internship, so despite really loving both the source material and Tim Burton, it just slipped through the cracks. I've been meaning to get around to it ever since, hoping I would find a bit of a hidden gem that appealed to my sensibilities.

    Unfortunately, that's not exactly the case. Certain elements of the movie do work,…

  • How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

    How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

    ★★½

    I've always found these movies wildly over rated, but this is the first one I think is straight up bad. It feels like a hastily constructed direct to DVD sequel that somehow made its way into theaters. Very little about the film feels well thought-out, from an incredibly weak villain to the abysmal pacing. There's no time for the film to actually do the character arcs it sets out to, and so we're left simply being told "these characters changed…

  • Vice

    Vice

    ★★½

    Vice is, unfortunately, a movie that uses an exceptional cast to try and make me feel anything but the utmost contempt for Dick and Lynne Cheney and everyone in their circle. The only time I want to hear about Dick Cheney is a) When he dies and/or b) When he and his disgusting ilk are being held accountable for their many, many crimes.

    Vice tries to be the latter, but you don't accomplish that by trying to make him appear…