Movie review: “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood”

As with all Tarantino films, the audience for “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood” will be a self-selected one: people who already like Quentin Tarantino. Like Wes Anderson, Kevin Smith, or Woody Allen, Tarantino commands a niche market of people who picked up the Q habit somewhere between ages fourteen and twenty-eight. No one smokes […]

Movie review: “Shazam!”

Let’s get right to the point, “Shazam!” is a goddamn delight.   S P O I L E R S DC has pulled off a light-hearted hat trick: an understandable villain, a likeable protagonist, and a coherent and inventive plot. In completely unrelated news that I am sure is a total coincidence, Zack Snyder was […]

Movie review: “Captain Marvel”

It’s difficult to be objective about a movie that delights you as much as “Captain Marvel” has delighted me. And that’s why I’m not going to try. Instead, I am going to tell you a few things about the world I grew up in, and see if you recognize anything from your own past there. […]

Movie review: “Aquaman”

Splat. The marine installment of the DC Extended Universe has arrived, and boy is it soggy. An exposition-laden, by-the-numbers origin story detailing Arthur Curry’s (Jason Momoa) struggle to accept his destiny to ascend a throne and unite the world of Atlantis with the world above… you know what, my eyeballs are drying out and life […]

Classic movie review: “Rocky IV”

So Fraser had a suggestion tonight. “Why don’t you write some reviews of classic movies?” he asked. “I’d love to read your review of ‘Rocky IV’.“ So “Rocky IV”. I should start by saying I’ve never actually seen this movie before. Sure, I know what happens in “Rocky IV”. I know it by the same cultural osmosis […]