Pokémon Detective Pikachu

In a world where Pokémon coexist with humans, Tim (Justice Smith) teams up with Pikachu to solve the mystery about his father’s disappearance. The HighsThe Pokémon in this film look fantastic. It was such an immense joy to see my childhood realized on screen, and Pokémon Detective Pikachu is a nostalgia trip of the highest order. Almost…

I Am Mother

A girl is raised by the robot “Mother”, specifically designed to repopulate the Earth in the event of a massive calamity. Everything is changed when Mother’s true purpose – and identity – is revealed by a mysterious stranger. The HighsThe robot, Mother, looks great. I couldn’t tell how much was CGI and how much was practical…

Birds of Passage

Rapayet (José Acosta) is poor and desires to marry Zaida (Natalia Reyes), and thus endeavors to trade marijuana with the Americans. This begins the loss of the Wayúu culture and tradition in a bloody tale that spans twenty years. The HighsBirds of Passage is a very beautiful film. The desolate desert contrasted with the vibrant colors of…

Godzilla: King of the Monsters

Following the events of the previous film, the monster hunting organization known as Monarch have located and secured at least 17 different titans across the planet. A shadowy and nefarious plan to release all of the monsters leaves the fate of Earth hanging by a thread and, once again, Godzilla comes forth to restore the balance….

The Perfection

Charlotte (Allison Williams) left her life as a musical prodigy to care for her dying mother, and a decade later returns to the academy and mentor she left behind with plans to expose a dark and twisted secret. The HighsI literally can’t think of a single thing that I liked about this film. The LowsLet’s start with…

We Have Always Lived in the Castle

Three remaining members of the Blackwood family reside in near isolation until a distant relative arrives, threatening the family fortune and the family secrets. The HighsSome of the cinematography is nice. Most of the outdoor scenes are beautiful, and the space of the mansion is captured well. The performances here are good in the sense that there…

Aladdin (2019)

The street rat Aladdin (Mena Massoud) falls in love with the Princess Jasmine (Naomi Scott) and, seeking a way to win her heart, discovers a magical lamp containing an all-powerful genie that can grant three wishes. The HighsThe best part of Aladdin is, without a doubt, the costumes and set pieces. The city of Agrabah really comes to…

Triple Threat

A billionaire’s daughter is intent on bringing down a local crime syndicate and, when a bounty is placed on her head, an unlikely team of mercenaries must join together to protect her. The HighsThe fight scenes involving Scott Adkins are the best thing about this film. There are some other okay action moments, and some of…

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

John Wick’s actions in the previous film – killing a member of the High Table – has labelled him excommunicado. With a $14 million dollar bounty on his head, he has few friends and nowhere to run. The HighsI love that Chad Stahelski returned to form with Parabellum, and fights here are actually exciting and frenetic. In Chapter…

The Standoff at Sparrow Creek

After a mass shooting at a nearby police funeral, Gannon (James Badge Dale) finds himself sequestered with the local militia that he is a part of. Evidence indicates that one of his colleagues executed the massacre, and he is determined to discover their identity before the police arrive and wreak vengeance upon them all. The HighsMost…