Beautiful Boy – B+ (TBD) A disturbing and distressing look at a teen’s descent into drug addiction and how his father tries to cope. Timothée Chalamet will probably get an Oscar nod. Elevated only because of the performances.
Black Panther – B+ (97%RT) Probably the best and most important Marvel movie to date says everyone.
Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story – B+ – (97%RT) Genius inventor that was dismissed for her good looks. Without her invention we wouldn’t have wi-fi, bluetooth, spy satellites, and more.
Book Club – C+ (59%RT) Consider the fact that if it wasn’t for the A+ talent in this movie my grade would be lower. These women deserve a better script.
Cloverfield Paradox – B- (16%RT) Serviceable space adventure that marginally fits into the Cloverfield Universe. Explains how it came to be but felt like a TV movie.
Deadpool 2 – B- (84%RT) Worthy sequel that is almost as funny and almost as awesome as the first. Domino is the star. Needs more Negasonic Teenage Warhead.
Fast Color – A- (85%RT) A woman with superhuman abilities returns home after years on the run. It’s a story of female empowerment and rebirth. One of the top 8 films of SXSW.
Game Night – B- (82%RT) Some legitimate “Oh my god!” moments make up for the fact that the main characters have no sense of self-preservation, the bad guys are all inept fools, and the holes in the plot can be overlooked.
Hereditary – A- (94%RT) Brilliant acting by Toni Collette elevates this psychological ghost story. Disturbing and atmospheric. I have a theory about the ending.
I Feel Pretty – A- (35%RT) Renee wishes she were “beautiful” but insteads learns confidence and positivity are way sexier. Funny, sweet, and a great message.
Incredibles 2 – C+ (94%RT) The “bad guy’s” motivation was extremely sloppy and makes no sense and it was easy to figure out who it is within the first few minutes. Plus 90 minutes of the film the family is apart. Formulaic and sloppy.
Keep the Change – B+ (100%RT) A New York RomCom about two adults with autism. Funny, sweet, and touching.
Love, Simon – B (91%RT) A John Hughes-esque love story for Gen-Z about a teen struggling to come out. Sweet and kind and lovely.
Molly’s Game – A- (82%RT) – True story of Molly Bloom ex-Olympian who ran the most exclusive high-stakes poker game in the U.S. and how the FBI caught her. Fascinating and quick paced.
Ocean’s 8 – B (68%RT) – Like all the “Ocean’s” movies (and Logan Lucky) it requires everything to go according to plan but that’s what you know going in. It’s fun.
Phantom Thread – A- (91%RT) – This movie about a jerky fashion designer and his muse wraps around you like a beautiful piece of silk. The third act will leave you talking about it for days afterwards.
Ready Player One – B+ (76%RT) – Faithful to the book only in spirit this fun action, adventure, VR Willy Wonka is a true Spielberg classic.
That Summer – B (88%RT) – Found footage of the Bouvier Beale’s life in squalor from 1972.
The Endless – B (96%RT) – Two brothers return to the “UFO death cult” they left ten years earlier only to discover that maybe the cult wasn’t lying.
The Post – B+ (88%RT) – Extremely relevant into today’s political climate, this film tackles the First Amendment amongst government corruption and sanctions.
Tully – B- (87%RT) – An acerbic and somewhat endearing tale of a night-nanny come to rescue a postpartum mom doesn’t completely earn it’s ending; a twist that doesn’t resolve anything and falls apart on closer examination.
Veronica – B- (88%RT) – Routinely referred to as “the scariest movie on Netflix” this moody possession film is about as scary as a Twilight Zone episode.
Won’t You Be My Neighbor? – A+ (99%RT) – Poignant and emotional documentary on Mr. Rogers. It’s exactly what the world needs right now.