Encounter – A surprisingly well made and unsettling story with the incredibly talented Riz Ahmed and Octavia Spencer.
Matrix Resurrections – The latest sequel that nobody asked for, The Matrix Resurrections failed to live up to the hype of the original trilogy and suffers from being an overindulgence of meta-commentary.
The Matrix – An astonishingly fresh movie from way back in 1999, The Matrix is just as relevant and revered today as it was back then with genre-defining visuals and ideas from an all star cast.
Nightmare Alley – A swing and a miss this boring noir drama is brimming with quality visuals and A list talent. Bradley Cooper, Rooney Mara, and Cate Blanchett put the story through its paces and make it watchable to a point, but it is a hard watch.
Spider-Man No Way Home is the ultimate fan service hype machine but it is still the most fun and well-executed MCU entry since Endgame. There’s a lot to love about this Spider-Man movie, but there are a fair amount of flaws that prevent it from being great. Drawing vast influence from previous iterations and animated versions, No Way Home is without a doubt the MCU event of the year and will ultimately provide a shot in the arm for the theater industry.
Cowboy BeBop: The Movie – This classic is worth the trouble to find and is the perfect way to finish watching the critically acclaimed and beloved series.
Spencer – A dramatic and painful fable about Princess Diana’s time with the royal family and how crushing the weight of family history can be. Pablo Larraín directs the Kristen Stewart and the supporting cast to near perfection.
Movies Not Films – 2020 to 2021 Year in Review
Fargo – A Coen Brothers classic, Fargo was released in 1996 and has since become a cult classic that has also spawned a multi-season, award-winning TV show.
Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City – While not an awful movie, it is ultimately and unfortunately par for the course as a video game movie. Johannes Roberts captures more of the atmosphere and visuals of the games while presenting a more faithful story than previous iterations. B-Tier casting and rushed dialogue do this reboot no favors, but it is a low bar to clear and will ultimately garner a few sequels.