Us (****) – Tethered to fear

"The film is not a classic, though it is incredibly good. The predictability of the film outweighs the quirky, threadbare premise that we're supposed to take on faith. I just can't believe there are that many subways that have been abandoned, yet so clean, for so long. Even though this film makes me want to believe."

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The Kid (***1/2) is a good first step

"The Kid is a good film with a limited scope. D'Onofrio manages to keep things within the realm of the legend as we know it and add a little something extra. Here's one vote to see the great actor work a little more on becoming a better director."

Captive State (**) is a long shot

"Wyatt and co-writer spend so much time setting up the labyrinthian plot, we are allowed little time to invest in learning much about any particular character. The end result plays more sterile than it probably should. The surprise we're expecting is more of an obligation than a relief. "

The Circle (**) is ever closing

"What possible strengths the story could have are undermined in its own ridiculousness. Two great performances by the late Paxton and Headley seem out of place when contrasted by the rest of the cast. "

Happy Death Day 2 U (***) ensuing hilarity

The obvious fun that the cast is having works its way into the viewers, to the point where every moment feels like a party. This is one of those times that they turned chicken shit into nice pizza salad. It doesn't have to make sense, because, you know, it's pizza.

Captain Marvel is reviewed by a 40+ year-old man and his teenage daughter

"Em is excited at the prospects of this film. She looks forward to seeing Captain take over a leadership role with the Avengers. Conversations drift back and forth between characters as she imagines whose place she will supplant. This is not excitement for girl power. It's just a person who enjoys the evolution of the Marvel Universe. Will this supplant her love for Tony, Peter Parker or Loki? Does it have to? Em doesn't think so."

Cold Pursuit (****) shows benefit of foreign influence

"The shame of how much one enjoys Liam Neeson's revenge-based dark comedy is the fact that so many people were distracted by his promotional tour, they may just miss his best film in decades. In all fairness though, most of the people who protested Neeson's ill-timed decision to tell the truth about his growth as a person are the kinds of folks who would have been offended by the film's humor anyway."

Spider-Man: Into The Spider-verse is a world without end

"Every once in a while, something comes along that opens your eyes to a new way of viewing cinema. Star Wars did this for me first back when I was 6 years old. Goodfellas did it in 1991. Now we have this...a comic book cartoon movie."

I don’t have a vote (and no longer care) for the Oscars – Movies of the Year

"It's tough to stay interested in watching most blowhards take credit for their work by slandering those who they disagree with, but the desire to see good work rewarded will not get old. The best thing the Oscars have going for them is they're not as bad as the other televised award shows. The gap is narrowing."