Booksmart is a hilarious high school comedy that will fly under the radar as one of the underappreciated releases of the summer. That is unfortunate. It wields razor sharp wit and features great performances from leads and supporting cast alike. The writing is flat-out funny and squeezes every ounce of adult humor from its R rating.
First Man is a prototype of intense POV filmmaking. Director Damien Chazelle puts the audience in the cockpit, command module, and spacesuit in his portrayal of Neil Armstrong’s career. Despite this adrenalized proximity, First Man has a plodding pace and misuses opportunities for the character exploration necessary for a successful biopic.
I have never reviewed a movie quite like The Spy Who Dumped Me. The buddy comedy-action flick follows two women who are embroiled in international spy intrigue. The film is raunchy, action-packed, and hilarious. Much of the humor and action are surprising. The number of laughs in a movie headlined by two of the funniest actors in comedy is not.
Mission: Impossible – Fallout is the first Mission: Impossible movie that I have seen since the original 1996 film. At the time I thought that the action was cool, but was never compelled to see any of the sequels. 22 years and four films later, I feel the same way. I loved the action scenes... Continue Reading →