Infinity War is the most elaborate spinning of plates Marvel has had to execute and they do it damn near flawlessly. It is a perfectly balanced film that thrives on unexpected pairings and modern gods battling across wild set pieces.
Rampage puts The Rock front and center with a big goofy ape and it’s a pretty stupid fun ride. He has solidified his ability to not just rake in millions and put butts in the theaters, but he’s proven he can do it with the most unexpected, unasked for properties.
The writing is clunky, the plotting nonsensical, and the entire conceit laughable. Movies (horror especially) can get by with having just style or just substance but to lack both is unforgivable. Unfortunately, Truth or Dare was absolute garbage.
A lot is being made of Ready Player One as a ‘dumb popcorn flick.’ Spielberg is masterful at setting up his action, there’s no doubt there and he can imbue a movie with that sense of wonder, but he can only polish a turd so far.
Pacific Rim Uprising is fun, even if it doesn’t quite recapture the surprising delight of the original. It has its low moments, but it keeps chugging along despite them and makes up for those missteps.
‘Love, Simon’ is funny and if you’re looking for a coming of age tale (and a gay one at that!) that isn’t too trope-y or tragic you are in for a treat. It’s a fun teenage comedy, and you’ll find yourself caring for all of these kids.
Tomb Raider is a fun enough action-adventure flick with a strong female hero who goes through an actual arc from being a bit of a screwup to a motivated adventurer.
Companies saw a place for another low budget horror movie to turn a profit but they couldn’t be bothered enough to wait an extra month to secure that sweet Friday the 13th money. The Strangers: Prey At Night cost $5mil to make, is projected to take in $7mil opening weekend and that’s enough for them.
A Wrinkle In Time is enjoyable, unabashedly earnest and preaching good things, even if it isn’t complicated. It’s a solid kid flick with cool visuals and a heartwarming message. Just don’t expect anything exceptionally deep or game-changing.
Gringo is one of those movies where you can see the promise. You can see how the pieces might better fit together to create that madcap comedy. Unfortunately, it has too much superfluous padding throughout.