• Last Night in Soho

    Last Night in Soho

    McKenzie and Taylor-Joy are some of the best up-and-coming actors of this generation, and finding out that they were leading the cast of the next Edgar Wright film was exciting news, as he has never focused on female characters. Unfortunately, what he has crafted losses its charm and style quite quickly, becoming repetitive, attempting to flesh out one-dimensional characters that get little to no backstory to develop.

    As with most of Wright’s films, he chooses to explore thought-provoking and deep…

  • King Richard

    King Richard

    Not typically being enthralled with Smith’s charisma, I was a little hesitant to give what’s been coined as 2021s feel-good sports flick King Richard a watch.

    As a backstory into the William sisters, it is evident how important their father was in shaping their careers and viewpoints. The choice to focus the movie on him is understandable, most notably as it will most likely win Smith an Oscar. However, personally, this worked the best when it focused on Venus and…

  • Venom: Let There Be Carnage

    Venom: Let There Be Carnage

    Focusing too much on the dynamic between Eddie and Venom (which gets old after the first ten minutes), while also sidelining the action until the end, Venom: Let There Be Carnage becomes an unnecessary sequel that is somehow more absurd than the original. To Serkis and Hardy’s credit, they are self-aware of the audience's perception of the world and characters, not treating it as anything more than it is, with a runtime that doesn't overstay its welcome and gives the…

  • The Humans

    The Humans

    Karam’s directorial debut The Humans adapted from his play is a slow burn at its finest. With his script at the center of the film successfully balancing its humor and seriousness with ease, the film becomes a meticulous dissection of its characters, with details unraveling up until the last minute. On top of that, containing quite a peculiar ensemble, most notably with Schumer (who is a delightful surprise), The Humans is an overall engaging character study that is bound to evoke feelings and conversations that go beyond the holiday season. A hidden gem for sure.

  • tick, tick...BOOM!

    tick, tick...BOOM!

    With a fast-moving story that successfully keeps the audience engaged for its entirety not only with its engaging musical numbers but with some intriguing camerawork and performances, tick, tick…BOOM! is a pleasant surprise coming from Miranda, whose work has never been able to capture my attention as it has for many others. Miranda's directorial debut is by no means a perfect film, with some story elements feeling unresolved and unnecessary alongside a script that (at times) doesn’t match the quality…

  • Red Notice

    Red Notice

    Going into a movie with no expectations hoping for it to be dumb fun and being disappointed and frustrated beyond comprehension makes for a quite unpleasant viewing experience, and this is the case for Red Notice, which intentionally or not encompasses everything that doesn’t and shouldn’t work in movies. Whether the film tries desperately to be more clever than it is, with story elements that make no sense fore-fronting the movie, or the shtick and premise that the three leads…

  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

    Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

    Marvel’s approach to focus on lesser-known characters is always a hit or miss with their newest release Eternals not performing well, I was hesitant to finally give Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings a try. I’m glad to say that I did like this movie a lot more than anticipated.

    The first two-thirds are incredibly well-paced and assembled not only in its storytelling, interweaving present-day events, and flashbacks but with its immersive action sequences. Unfortunately, with most Marvel…

  • No Time to Die

    No Time to Die

    I finally got to see No Time to Die as I’ve been highly anticipating it all year, and while it wasn’t as good as I was hoping, it still had a lot to offer. In terms of a spy action thriller, and more specifically a Bond film, it checks all the boxes. However, a few problems follow as the vision for this film is far too grand, making parts of the film overly confusing and hard to follow. The Spectre…

  • The Harder They Fall

    The Harder They Fall

    I’m typically not the biggest fan of westerns, but Samuel’s impressive directorial debut The Harder They Fall has such a unique and fun style that it made it hard not to enjoy the world and characters. Also, featuring an all-star cast and creative music choices throughout, Samuel shows a lot of promise and potential moving forward, not only with the talent he was able to gather but with his unique style and approach to telling a redundant story. I’m eager to see what he does next.

  • The Beta Test

    The Beta Test

    Cummings’ third film The Beta Test has the most intriguing premise thus far, however, the execution is unfortunately lackluster and unfulfilling. I am very mixed on Cummings, having never fully connected to his directing style and acting quirks as many others have. And after this particular opening sequence, I am confident in saying that I never will. The Beta Test is his most ambitious and thought-provoking film to date, and I’m not sure if that’s thanks to his co-director and…

  • Tully

    Tully

    I’ve been wanting to see Tully for a while now and am so glad that I finally did. There’s something quite alluring about this film, even during its most vulnerable and uncomfortable moments, which is to the credit of the company involved. Reitman’s direction alongside Cody’s writing makes for an overall well-executed and depicted story tackling multiple themes and conversations that don’t typically get spotlighted in movies. Also, with one of Theron’s most vulnerable performances, Tully was an overall compelling flick that I highly recommend.

  • A Knight's Tale

    A Knight's Tale

    Reminiscent of Coppola’s Marie Antoinette with its approach to its storytelling, but more specifically with the music choices and their incorporation throughout, A Knight’s Tale was a nice surprise that subverts expectations in interesting ways. Ledger is incredibly charismatic in his role, and the company that he gathers was nothing short of brilliant. My only qualm is the runtime, which unfortunately drags on a bit longer than needed. Otherwise, a fun and stylish film that mixes its genres with ease.