2018 | Dir. Panos Cosmatos | 121 Minutes
5 out of 5
CRAZY! Sweet sensory overload. Simultaneously beautiful and beyond over-the-top and in its gloriously visceral gorey colorful vision. The first half is a slowish boil but if your attention-span holds you'll see the film go off the rails at a million miles per hour after the shit hits the fan. Director Panos Cosmatos delivers a biker gang that looks and operates like Clive Barker-style demons, animated dream sequences that take a page from Heavy Metal, the worst Christian folk musicians ever, and more! Best of all, we get Nicolas Cage going Full Cage in the best way imaginable. Filing this one under Great 3am Fever Dream Movies.
MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - FALLOUT
2018 | Dir. Christopher McQuarrie | 147 Minutes
4 out of 5
Another solid entry in the series. It's death-defying stunts and convoluted twists galore. Henry Cavill and his mustache are glorious. Plot-wise, it's absolutely ludicrous that the IMF hasn't been permanently shuttered at this point but whatever -- we're here to see Tom Cruise skydive, leap across buildings, and dangle off helicopters. I suspect these movies will continue to thrive and entertain as long as Cruise believes he's invulnerable.
SORRY TO BOTHER YOU
2018 | Dir. Boots Riley | 111 Minutes
5 out of 5
Hilarious, disturbing, incisive, and timely. Boots Riley's directorial debut is rich with cutting social commentary and inventive visual flourish. There's a lot to unpack but notable sight gags and some of the film's upsetting satirical concepts will undoubtedly prove to have real lasting power. Lakeith Stanfield is magnificent as morally-conflicted telemarketer Cash, leading a fantastic cast.
2018 | Dir. Drew Pearce | 94 Minutes
3 out of 5
Loaded with fun actors and style but less than the sum of its highly derivative parts. Somehow, the plot and characters are simultaneously overwritten and underdeveloped. At best, it's an entertainingly meandering ride. At worst, it's a substantial waste of talent and vision.
2018 | Dir. Ari Aster | 127 Minutes
5 out of 5
Deeply, deeply unsettling with long uncomfortable sequences of mounting dread that play like the inverse of the standard cheap jump-scare. Toni Collette delivers an award-worthy performance as a troubled woman in a truly awful situation nestled within pre-existing challenging circumstances. I particularly appreciate the way the picture doesn't beat you over the head with exposition, methodically laying out all the pieces that lead to its masterfully disturbing conclusion.