Here comes another “Poops & Praises”, a style of review where I just list what I liked (praises) and what I didn’t like (poops). Warning, there are mild spoilers ahead.
Film Review Fantastic Beasts The Crimes of Grindelwald · David Yates · Johnny Depp · Eddie Redmayne · Ezra Miller · Jude Law · PG-13 · 2018 · PROJECT-FILM-52
“The Crimes of Grindelwald” is the second installment of five planned movies (yes, you read it correctly) in the “Fantastic Beasts” Harry Potter spin-off/prequel series. While the first film showed some promise, the second film isn’t able to reproduce those results.
Film Review Green Book · Peter Farrelly · Viggo Mortensen · Mahershala Ali · Linda Cardellini · PG-13 · 2018 · PROJECT-FILM-52
“Green Book” advertises itself as a racially-themed, crowd-pleasing, feel-good film, and it succeeds on all fronts, as long as you don’t think too hard about it.
Film Review The Commuter · Jaume Collet-Serra · Liam Neeson · Vera Famiga · Patrick Wilson · PG-13 · 2018 · PROJECT-FILM-52
The experience of watching “The Commuter” ends up being like most commutes: we know where we’re headed, and the train gets us there somewhat reliably, but the ride isn’t all that memorable.
Film Review Tomb Raider · Roar Uthaug · Alicia Vikander · Dominic West · Walton Goggins · Daniel Wu · PG-13 · 2018 · PROJECT-FILM-52
As far as video-game based movies go, the 2018 “Tomb Raider” reboot isn’t terrible, but it fails to stand out in the action-saturated movie market we have today and largely feels like a wasted opportunity to revive the failed franchise from 15 years ago.
Film Review Wonder Woman · Patty Jenkins · Gal Gadot · Chris Pine · PG-13 · 2017
Let me just say that while many genres have my sympathy, the superhero genre is usually not one of them. With the exception of Nolan’s Batman films, I find many superhero movies to be rather lukewarm with their predictable outcomes and action scenes for the sake of action. However, Wonder Woman blew away all of my expectations and more.
Film Review Joy · Jennifer Lawrence · Bradley Cooper · Robert De Niro · David O. Russel · PG-13 · 2015
As the film celebrates strong matriarchal characters and the power of determination, I can’t help but wish “Joy” was better.
Film Review Star Wars · The Force Awakens · Disney · J. J. Abrams · Daisy Ridley · John Boyega · Oscar Isaac · Adam Driver · Harrison Ford · Carrie Fisher · Mark Hamill · PG-13 · 2015
The most anticipated movie of the year, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, lives up to all the hype, and J. J. Abrams delivers the best early Christmas present I could ask for.