Movies

Ambulance: Is Michael Bay having fun again?

I would really despise this film if it tried to be deeper than it really is. But Bay made an engaging film that doesn’t let go of you until the final piece of tension breaks.

Last Night in Soho: Edgar Wright is the master of comedy

In its role as a dramatic first in Edgar Wright’s career, this film disappointed. It stands as a better example of a genre it doesn’t want to be — comedy — than of a thriller.

“The Matrix Resurrections:” How deep does the mundaneness go?

It seems like director Lana Wachowski really tried to  throw every idea against the wall to see what sticks. However, when some ideas fell off the wall, she forced them to stick anyway.

Eternals’ pain on the critic’s mind

The writers really expected us to care about heroes that we just met and are only given short scenes to get to know.  There are literally 10 characters in the Eternals, and none of them are prioritized over the end of the world story where *SPOILER ALERT* the world doesn’t end.

“Cruella”: a case study in imposter syndrome

How is it that, in a world where people are more aware of identity and mental health, people don't notice when a film tries peddle itself off as unique when it's really trying to hide it's own ignorance?

“The Batman” is a bat out of hell

The details in "The Batman" make it worth seeing two or three times, because while it’s a close to three-hour run time, every action, line, and setting has weight.

Spencer: All work and no play makes Diana a dull girl

While I initially regretted never being able to see "The Shining" in its intended 1:66:1 aspect ratio, watching "Spencer" use it so chillingly has allowed me to finally forgive myself.

Marry Me: the return of the rom-com

No one is going to see a romantic comedy to be surprised by the plot. On Valentine's Day, I went to see "Marry Me" with the lowest of expectations. I anticipated a movie that was so-bad-it’s-good, but it was actually good. It was incredibly fun and charming, and I left the theater beaming.

‘Shang-Chi’ serves comedy of the worst kind

“Shang-Chi” is a waste of time. The writers thought they were making some drama regarding intergenerational conflict, accepting your past, and unhealthy obsessions. But if you really want to explore these themes, just watch Yasujiro Ozu films, because the “Shang-Chi” writers treat these topics with a severe lack of sensitivity.

‘Level 16’ teaches us to think ahead in a world of oppression

While the idea of oppression and having all your rights stripped away remains unthinkable, we can learn something about how we can work better in an oppressive world through characters who face these tribulations and grow to understand the mechanisms that bind them.