Review: Black Widow (2021)

It’s fair to say that Black Widow has been one of the most anticipated movies of 2021, and not just because of the pandemic, which delayed its release for over a year (going two years without a Marvel film is very difficult for a MCU nerd like myself, but thankfully there are several being released this year alone).  This is the first [and only] time Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff gets a solo film, despite having been around since 2010’s Iron Man 2. 

Review: In the Heights (2021)

Is In the Heights perfect? Probably not, but it’s the perfect summer movie. It’s a crowd-pleaser that’s actually very well-made and well-acted, featuring a diverse cast and characters. Sure, it’s probably a little long, but what else do you need for a summer movie? 

Review: A Quiet Place Part II (2021)

A Quiet Place Part II is among the many theatrical releases that got postponed due to the pandemic, and is one that almost requires this kind of viewing, as opposed to the option of viewing through any number of streaming services -- not that there’s anything really wrong with streaming, but this film is one with such excellent sound design and thrilling scenes that would make it difficult to appreciate its technical qualities on a smaller screen.

Review: Those Who Wish Me Dead (2021)

It's the kind of entertaining action/adventure flick that's not quite good enough to stand out from others in the genre, aside from outstanding work from the cast, including Angelina Jolie in her return to acting (after a several-year hiatus). 

Review: The Father (2020)

The Father is the last of this year's Best Picture nominees that I've seen; unfortunately, it wasn't released until last month, and only became available to rent until a couple weeks ago. You may wonder if it's worth $20 to rent, and it certainly is, especially if you consider how much it would cost for 2+ people to go to the movies, get popcorn, etc. I watched it with my mom, and even though we had to pause multiple times -- and watch over two days -- I still found The Father to be an extremely effective, sympathetic, authentic portrait of living with dementia.

Review: Tomb Raider (2018)

Tomb Raider is more about Croft’s bravery, intelligence, and determination. In her first leading role post-Oscar win (for The Danish Girl), Alicia Vikander shines and her months of training for the role clearly paid off. She is almost too pretty for the role and when she was originally cast, many doubted that she could do it physically (no one doubts her talents as an actor). But she definitely proved everyone wrong.

Review: RBG (2018)

RBG was released just a couple weeks after the record-breaking Avengers: Infinity War and, even though one is fact and the other is fiction, the two have more in common that one might expect for a documentary and a science-fiction/fantasy epic. They both feature superheroes, the woman at the center of RBG being much more of an unlikely one than the expected ones in Avengers.

Review: Chappaquiddick (2018)

Chappaquiddick may or may not be an accurate representation of what transpired over the course of approximately one week in the late 60’s. While the late Senator Ted Kennedy — known as the “Lion of the Senate” — expressed his guilt over what had happened, he never told us [the American people] what exactly occurred.