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."

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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."

Golden Sombrero: Hello Mary Lou, Prom Night II (no stars) – Ironside High

"The most notable aspect of the film for me is that Michael Ironside actually makes it through the entire film. If he's not necessarily living, he's at least able to drive."

Avengers: Endgame(*****) – I love you 3000 (no spoilers)

"After four Avengers films, they've finally made the perfect one. There's but one overly gratuitous moment for me. It easily washes out, though, when the rest of the film feels so comfortable, so tense and anything but inevitable."

Forgotten Gem: Miller’s Crossing (*****) catching a star on the rise

"This film is a definite display of two of the best filmmakers of their time in Joel and Ethan Coen. They show all of the range that would later be used to make some of the films which I really enjoyed, even if there were still those weird one offs that still haven't grabbed me. "

Forgotten Gems – Lone Star(*****): John Sayles is still the king

"This is just the tip of the iceberg that goes down into the depths of a deep sea of the human condition. If there is one film that shows a completely honest viewpoint of life on the border of so many things."

The Curse of La Llorona (***1/2) is a nice add to the Conjuring Universe

The Curse of La Llorona - 2019 Director Michael ChavesScreenplay Mikki Daughtry, Tobias IaconisStarring Linda Cardellini, Raymond Cruz, Patricia Velásquez, Jaynee-Lynn Kinchen, Roman Christou, Marisol Ramirez, Sean Patrick Thomas, Tony Amendola The Curse of La Llorona is the kind of film that has merit for being solid, if not spectacular. Though there are no scenes … Continue reading The Curse of La Llorona (***1/2) is a nice add to the Conjuring Universe

There’s a turd in The Basement

"I saw this film on a dare from someone who saw the first 10 minutes then fast forwarded to the end. Both he and I had seen this film pushed to the top of our Netflix login, saying there was a 90+% chance we'd like this film. Not sure what the criteria is, but it's not nearly as accurate as those Amazon adbots that put items similar to what you were browsing for on every future page you visit. He wins, even if he saw only 5 minutes less than I did. "

Forgotten Gems: Elvis & Nixon (****) – The claws of a tiger

"This film is a must for fans of Michael Shannon. It's yet another example of his powerfully subtle presentation skills. If one can get past the fact that it stars Spacey, this is film will delight, inform and entertain the viewer."