Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness – It takes a while to get going and doesn’t quite add up to a great movie. There are oddly placed scenes and the usual clunky dialogue with less than stellar CGI that is becoming more and more problematic as the MCU goes on. Sam Raimi brings together a very familiar cast with a few new faces and creates one of the most promising Marvel movies to date because of the doors it opens for the rest of the multiverse. While he was allowed to push the PG-13 rating to its limit, the implied horror and brutality fell short of expectations.
The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent – An exercise in meta storytelling, with lots of real-world commentary. It’s a great concept with lots of potential payoff but it comes off as incredibly shallow but not quite boring.
The Northman – an unapologetically violent and masterfully made story about revenge, The Northman is not for the faint of heart. Animalistic and brutal scenes paired with stellar casting and an otherworldly soundtrack make this new adventure from Robert Eggers a can’t miss experience from start to blood soaked finish.
Morbius – A total trainwreck from start to finish, this Sony MCU entry is by far one of the worst movies of the year and it’s only April. Popcorn movie or not, this is not a good way to spend your box office time and money.
Most ensemble movies struggle with having too many recognizable faces and unintentionally create a Rick Dalton Pointing Meme experience. There are exceptions, like most of the later Avengers movies most notably. However, Wes Anderson is able to construct a quick sub-2-hour movie with plenty of breathing room for everyone. While nobody stands out as the shining star amongst stars, everyone brings their own unique flair and makes their story their own. A very whimsical and loving caricature of journalism, The French Dispatch tells five unique short stories that would appear inside of a mid-20th-century magazine. Interesting visuals, witty dialogue, and masterful editing await inside this humorous and well-crafted movie.
The semi faithful adaptation
of the beloved video game franchise is converted into a
decently entertaining video game movie that is
hamstrung by awkward casting. Ruben Fleischer
manages to take weak concepts and turn them into
incredibly marketable movies and this is no exception.
Don’t rush to the theater to see it, but don’t skip it on
your next movie night.
Moonfall – The ludicrous story and absurd dialogue are so bad that the whole shebang becomes laughable, which ultimately makes the movie almost enjoyable. Moonfall doesn’t take itself too seriously and because of that, it’s a halfway decent way to spend an afternoon with some buddies.
The Hobbit 1977 – An animated version of the beloved novel from JRR Tolkien, this older and very stylistic approach to Middle Earth is a blast from the past in both animation and film making.
The Kingsmen franchise has a lot of work to do in order to make me care about any future entries. This prequel doesn’t quite measure up to the ridiculousness of the original and fails to really justify why it exists. The decently stacked cast has enough chemistry to create a decent movie, but it was held back by shoddy writing and its relationship to the franchise.
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.