Under the Silver Lake (***1/2) – Jesus wouldn’t hide a message in a message

"Garfield is good in a performance that would test the limits of any actor. His eyes betray a vulnerability that his actions don't always match. He is clothed in an ignorance, like NEO from The Matrix. He just doesn't have anyone there to guide him as clearly as Morpheus. "

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Always Be My Maybe (***1/2) more comedy than romance

"Romantic comedies too often forget the second part of that description. Wong and Park put the emphasis on the comedy and leave the romance to fend for itself."

Godzilla: King of the Monsters (***) – Too much breaking stuff

"This is not a great film. It's barely a good one. The feeling that this is just a placeholder for the real battle coming overwhelms the last half of the film. Once we see images of Kong in passing, it's hard to guess who is going to come out on top in a film with Godzilla's name in the title."

Rocketman (*****) How about a hug?

"This may not ascend to the highs of Bohemian Rhapsody. It deserves to, though. We don't have a martyr here. We have a survivor who moved past the stage of needing love from those who'd never give it to him. What he finds is a way to be his own friend. From there, he woke up to the world and embraced it. As he let it embrace him."

The Perfection: Music Nuts (***1/2)

"The Perfection is one of the few films in which the trailer seems to give it all away, but it really serves to set the viewer up for something entirely different. This is primarily a pleasant surprise. "

Brightburn (***) could be great, but isn’t

"The ride we're given by the plot feels like the New York New York roller coaster ride in Las Vegas when it first came out. Harrowing, herky jerky and it feels like it is not completely safe. Did anyone test the ride ahead of time?"

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum…if you want peace (***1/2)

This would be much less interesting were it not for the kind, world weary face of the protagonist. He never has much time to recover or explain. He just keeps going taking non-vital shots and delivering death blows after a prolonged series of battles.

Pokémon: Detective Pikachu (**1/2) is a fluffy delight

"If you ever liked the creatures or know someone who really would, give it a shot. For me it's a level above the TNMNT movie from 1990. It's better looking, of course. And it doesn't have Corey Feldman."

Another Look: Full Metal Jacket (***)

"In total, this film means the same thing to me that it did back in 1987. It's schizophrenic and frustrating. In the effort to make mirror images of life before and after being honed into the "full metal jacket" they forgot to make the story a believable one. It might have been more effective if the characters were more than just big, dumb mouthpieces of some of the post poetic prose you ever did hear about war. Or if they'd just stuck with Hartman until the end."