Godzilla: King of the Monsters – C+ (40%RT) – Not as exciting or smart as the previous two in the franchise but still entertaining if not a little rote.
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.
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.
Midsommar – C (83%RT) – 3+ hours of not scary nothing culminates in an ending not earned. Skip it.
Minding the Gap – B+ (100%RT) – Three teenage friends try to understand life, death, and child abuse through their escape of skateboarding.
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.
Long Shot – B (82%RT) – A schlubby journalist falls for the Secretary of State in this raunchy yet sadly plausible political comedy.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – B+ (85%RT) DiCaprio is fantastic as an aging 60s Western A-list actor trying to navigate the cultural shift to edgier 70s fare.
Pink Wall – D+ (83%RT) – Two characters that you would never want to be friends with meet, date, and then slowly break up over the course of 77 minutes (which felt like 177 minutes). Thank god it’s short.