• Iron Man 3

    Iron Man 3

    ★★★★

    Rather than framing him as a guy with cool suits and lots of cash who can do no wrong, Iron Man 3 sets up Tony Stark as a manic, sleep-deprived weirdo with deep personal demons that he has to reckon with, especially those caused by the movie we just saw him in. I'm really into it.

    It plays like a comic book, warts and all. I still don't entirely understand the why's and how's of the EXTREMIS test subjects having…

  • Night Eggs

    Night Eggs

    ★★★★★

    The perfect movie to bury jeans in your yard to

  • Rocky

    Rocky

    ★★★½

    a movie about saying hey to your rude Italian neighbors that ends with a boxing match

  • The Avengers

    The Avengers

    ★★★½

    Sometimes I wonder if I'm wasting my time by writing up long reviews of these Marvel movies. But this is undeniably the defining movie of the 2010s. A decade later, these things are basically America's only cultural output, and thus, have to be engaged with.

    I think the majority of this movie really works. Even some of the more Whedon-y lines. I don't mean to give him too much credit, but I firmly believe he's a much more competent director…

  • Captain America: The First Avenger

    Captain America: The First Avenger

    ★★★½

    One could make the case this is in the top tier of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It's certainly the best of these Phase One movies. The most well-directed, too.

    There are benefits to telling a very contained origin story. Having the first Captain America set almost entirely in the 1940s encourages a unified color scheme and aesthetic, something that not even some of the slipperiest CGI can falter. I'm also fine with Howard Stark being featured quite prominent in this…

  • Godzilla vs. Kong

    Godzilla vs. Kong

    ★★★★

    Movies are at their most magical when I can see King Kong piledriving Godzilla into a building

  • Kong: Skull Island

    Kong: Skull Island

    ★★★

    A movie so stupid and in-your-face ridiculous that I truly expected to see Kong's d'n'b in some of these wide shots

  • Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

    Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

    ★★★★

    "Let me guess: you're from outer space."

    "No, I was born in Iowa. I work in outer space."

  • Thor

    Thor

    ★★★

    It's hard to picture how much of a financial guarantor the first Iron Man was for the MCU until you start watching these in order. Its wild box office success enabled Marvel to putter around in the B to C- range for years. Those are mostly passing grades, to be fair, but are you sure you don't need to hire a tutor or something? This could be better.

    Thor is mostly a middling movie that feels extremely aimless for a…

  • The Last Blockbuster

    The Last Blockbuster

    ★★★

    Kevin Smith cannot be allowed to dress himself any longer

  • Iron Man 2

    Iron Man 2

    ★½

    There's a lot going on here. It seems like this is generally seen as the worst of the MCU movies, so I guess it's only up from here?

    The movie's first stumble is with its buy-in: it expects the audience to like Iron Man and want him to succeed. Now I'll fully cop to not being the biggest fan of RDJ's performance as Iron Man. But you know, that's a me problem, not the movie's problem. He's totally charismatic in…

  • Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

    Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

    ★★★

    The problem with Search for Spock is that it's sandwiched between the best of the original series' movies. It can't help but feel underwhelming and just like a long, slightly doughy episode of TOS. It's got some interesting ideas and some not so interesting ones.

    Christopher Lloyd is great, but you knew that already.