There are few decades-long constants in moviegoing. Even the longest-running film series experience casting changes and dud story arcs. Pixar’s Toy Story continues to defy the normal Hollywood decline. Twenty-five years after its debut, the franchise has cranked out yet one more entertaining film.
The movie Yesterday imagines the unthinkable: a world without The Beatles. Starring Himesh Patel and Lily James, the Danny Boyle film just asks that you consider a world sans the Fab Four for two hours. Watching the removal of the band's immeasurable contribution to culture is a tough ask. They have been everywhere for over 50 years. It turns out that it is a fun way to appreciate John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr.
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 →