Bad Times at the El Royale – A- (71%RT) Five strangers, each with an agenda, meet at a motel and things go south quickly in this unique, and intriguing thriller. One of my favorites of 2018.
Beautiful Boy – B+ (68%RT) 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, the story is so-so.
BLACKkKLANSMAN – (B) Two cops team up to infiltrate the KKK in the 70s. Not much has changed with racism since then.
Black Panther – B+ (97%RT) “Probably the best and most important Marvel movie to date” says everyone.
Blockers – B (83%RT) This was a lot funnier than I expected. Leslie Mann and John Cena are great.
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.
Crazy Rich Asians – B- (93%RT) Some of the comedy in this Rom-Com fell flat but overall it’s an entertaining love story.
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.
Eighth Grade – A (98%RT) Awkward teen Kayla is trying to navigate the space between jr. high and high school in this sweet, unsettling, and all-too-real film.
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.
First Man – A- (88%RT) – Ryan Gosling plays Neil Armstrong in this exhilarating bi-pic. The sequences of him in flight are a marvel!
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.
Hearts Beat Loud – B (90%RT) A father-daughter band navigate modest success and real life. Good for a rental.
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.
Juliet, Naked –B (81%RT) Love story about one relationship at it’s end and another that is doomed to start. Sweet and funny.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom – C+ (50%RT) I didn’t care about two of the new characters, in fact they disappeared for about 35 solid minutes. Unethical and immoral decisions abound from both sides. It’s all just a setup for the third movie.
Keep the Change – B+ (100%RT) A New York RomCom about two adults with autism. Funny, sweet, and touching.
Leave No Trace – A- (100%RT) A caring widowed father with PTSD lives off the grid with his teenage daughter. He feels this is their best life, she knows better.
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.
McQueen – C+ (100%RT) This documentary about revolutionary designer Alexander McQueen sits on the surface of his life. It never gets deep enough on his life or his fashions.
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 Old Man & The Gun – B+ (89%RT) – Redford is the world’s most charismatic and prolific bank robber in this true life cat-and-mouse slow burn.
The Post – B+ (88%RT) – Extremely relevant into today’s political climate, this film tackles the First Amendment amongst government corruption and sanctions.
Three Identical Strangers – B (94%) – What starts off as a heart-warming story of triplets reunited after 19 years takes a dark turn, then a darker one, then takes a left into crazytown.
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.