Ad Astra – A- (83%RT) A mesmerizing movie with a subdued performance by Pitt. I really enjoyed the ride.
Aniara – B+ (70%RT) A bleek, existential, entirely disturbing film about a space colony devolving. It’s fascinating and I think it would make a great series.
Aladdin – B (57%RT) It’s better than you think it’s going to be.
Always Be My Maybe – B+ (92%RT) Cute rom-com about two old friends rekindling their romance.
Avengers: End Game – B (95%RT) A small indie film about several friends dealing with the aftermath of the death of their loved ones. Themes include: depression, MPD, obesity, anger, suicidal thoughts, and anxiety.
Booksmart – A+ (97%) It doesn’t get better than this clever film about two high school senior girls making the most of their last day. Destined to be a cult classic.
Brittany Runs a Marathon – A (90%RT) A hot mess approaching age 30 reluctantly turns her life around in this clever, funny dramedy.
Bumblebee – B (93%RT) – This is basically E.T. but with a giant robot. So …the Iron Giant?
Charlie’s Angels – C+ ( %RT) – A not terribly exciting reboot of the franchise with extreme editing to hide the stunt people, lots of over-dubbing, and some weird acting by Kristen Stewart.
Child’s Play – B (61%RT) – Fun and gross and disturbing. A good reboot for the Internet of Things world we are living in.
Greta – B- (57%RT) – The acting lifts this otherwise by-the-books thriller. The most unrealistic part is when Chloe leaves her 10-speed propped outside a building in Brooklyn and it’s still there 30 minutes later.
Hustlers – B (88%RT) – True-ish story about a group of strippers who form a criminal organization. “J.Lo deserves an Oscar nom” says people.
Isn’t It Romantic – B (68%RT) – A sweet satire of traditional rom-coms. Rebel Wilson must be contractually obligated to fall down in every movie.
It: Chapter 2 – B (64%RT) – Not as good as the first but overall a satisfying conclusion to the IT story. At least we get some LGBTQ representation.
Joker – B (69%RT) – Disturbing. Phoenix will either get an Oscar or a Razzie.
Jojo Rabbit – B+ (79%RT) – This funny, sweet, and clever movie takes on Hitler and the difference between right and wrong. It’s an allegory for good people going along with bad ideas because they want to fit in.
Judy – B+ (83%RT) – A very sad portrait of a legend lost.
Jumanji: The Next Level – B (70%RT) -A decent retread of the last film. Some good action sequences but nothing too new.
Knives Out – B (96%RT) – An interesting, if a tad slow, Whodunnit with a decent twist out of the gate.
Late Night – B- (76%RT) – A mostly by-the-book script about a female writer brought in to remind a complacent talk show host who she used to be. Per usual Mindy Kaling overstuffs her scripts with useless supporting characters.
LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part – C+ (89%RT) – Nowhere near as good as the first. A good lesson for kids but a retread for adults. I feel like this was a missed opportunity to call it “Another brick in the wall”.