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…

The Good, The Bad, The Weird

In 1930’s Manchuria, three Korean gunslingers cross paths in a bloody vendetta over a treasure map containing the location of a lost fortune. The HighsThis film is fun in every sense of the word. The beginning sequence on the train is perhaps one of the most exciting, enthralling openings to any film I’ve ever seen. I…

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…

A Serious Man

In 1967, Larry Gopnik (Michael Stuhlbarg) learns that his wife is leaving him. His kids are rebellious and don’t listen, he may or may not receive tenure, and his life is more or less falling apart. As he futilely tries to find meaning in what is happening to him, Larry discovers a greater truth of…

Slither

When a meteor lands in the forest outside a small town, the alien inhabitant begins transforming the residents into mutant thralls. The HighsSlither has a ridiculously good cast, and every single person puts forth an incredible performance with the material that they are given. I will admit that I’ve always been positively biased towards Nathan Fillion because Firefly is…

The Big Lebowski

Jeff Lebowski, better known as “The Dude” (Jeff Bridges), is confused for another man of the same name that happens to be a millionaire. A series of ridiculous events ensue, but The Dude just wants restitution for his ruined rug, man. It goes without saying that The Big Lebowski is hilarious. The cinematography is incredible and the soundtrack…

Under the Silver Lake

“We crave mystery, because there’s none left.” Sam (Andrew Garfield) is a jobless liar that makes a habit of spying on women. When one of these women vanishes, he sets out to explore the secret depths and mysteries of Los Angeles in a quest to find her. This is a strange film, and there is a lot…

The Nice Guys

On the surface, The Nice Guys looks like an instant hit. A buddy cop film set in the 1970’s with Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe as the lead characters? What isn’t to like? Unfortunately, there is a lot that is unlikable about this film. Many of the jokes and attempts at humorous situations fell flat. Don’t…

Logan Lucky

This film started out with great promise. The idea of a good guy down on his luck that turns to criminal activity is always an interesting concept. I was impressed, for once, by Channing Tatum. This film is, if nothing else, proof that he is capable of decent acting. In fact, all of the cast did…

I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore

I have rarely empathized with a character in a film more than I do with Ruth (Melanie Lynskey). I’ve often felt that the odds are stacked against me, that the world is out to get me, and that I just don’t understand or feel like I belong here. Detective Bendix (Gary Anthony Williams) tells Ruth that…