20th Century Women – A (89%RT) – A brilliant and beautiful performance by Annette Bening elevates this touching and funny film. It’s the companion film to Mike Mills’ Beginners (that was about his dad; this his mom.)
Baby Driver – A- (94%RT) – Every scene is perfectly in sync with the music. Give the editor an Oscar.
Beauty and the Beast – B- (70%RT) – Entertaining but nothing better than the original. The 4 new s%ongs are forgettable but the chemistry between Belle and Beast is good. Gaston and LeFou steal the show.
Claire in Motion – B (62%RT) – After her husband goes missing Claire (Betsy Brandt) realizes that her marriage and husband both had issues that she had been ignoring. Great performances all around.
Dunkirk – A (92%RT) – Nearly perfect in every way. Gorgeous, harrowing, and troubling. My only quibble was that the dialogue get’s lost in the action and score.
Get Out – B+ (99%RT) – Disturbing satire about liberal white-guilt and the evil that is buried beneath it.
Hidden Figures – A (92%RT) – One of the best movies of any time. Such a lovely and important film; great for the entire family!
Kedi (The Cats of Istanbul) – B (96%RT) – Documentary about the hundreds of thousands of cats the roam the streets of Istanbul.
Kong: Skull Island – B+ (79%RT) – This fun non-stop action-packed adventure subverts the monster genre slightly. The post credits scene is a game-changer.
Lego Batman – B+ (91%RT) – A lot of fun and the only good DC movie in years. Although it gets a little crazy at the end it’s still entertaining with a good message.
Life – C (67%RT) – Somehow this action-packed film is really dull. Completely un-original. I was rooting for the alien.
Lion – A- (88%RT) – The first half of this heartwarming film could be told with no words and it would still be heartbreaking and gorgeous. The second half made me wish I had a head of hair like Dev Patel.
Logan – A- (92%RT) – Depressing and gruesome but a perfect ending for this current franchise. NOT for kids.
The Big Sick – A- (97%RT) – Uncomfortable, awkward, funny, depressing, and real.
The Lost City of Z – C+ (88%RT) – Everything that I loved about the book was watered down to make a plodding relationship drama that never finds it’s central purpose.
Spider-Man: Homecoming – A- (93%RT) – Finally a great Spidey movie! Tom Holland is fantastic as the teenage webslinger trying to navigate high school, girls, Aunt May, and bad guys. It’s like if John Hughes made a superhero film.
Split – B- (74%RT) – James McAvoy is amazing in this otherwise by-the-book slow burning thriller. Not as suspenseful as it should have been nor as original. It’s watchable but it’s just a complete setup for that last reveal (per usual).
Wonder Woman – B (92%RT) – The best (read: only good) DC movie they’ve had in years. Diana kicks ass and despite some slight 3rd act problems the movie as a whole is inspiring, exciting, and necessary