It’s no secret, even to longtime fans, that the Star Wars movies are formulaic films. They follow a certain path that leads to a certain victory. And not to say that the formula doesn’t work, because it indeed does and trying something new wasn’t always Star Wars‘ biggest success (yes, I mean the prequels). However, as Star Wars is being directed by auteur filmmakers, that comforting formula will be challenged. Star Wars: The Last Jedi manages to subvert expectations while delivering a worthy sequel that takes its place among the best of the franchise.
Saoirse Ronan is brilliant in this semi-autobiographical masterpiece by first-time director Greta Gerwig
There are always two sides to adolescence – the one you remember and the one you see in movies. It’s rare for any film to mirror real life, mostly because it’s a messy and often times incomprehensible part of who we are as people. However, here enters Greta Gerwig’s compelling coming-of-age story. With Lady Bird, the famous saying “life imitates art far more than art imitates life” is no longer applicable.
Martin McDonagh balances comedy and dark subjects to deliver one of the greatest films of the year
Gruesome murders, horrific rape, and heartbreaking abuse don’t sound like the next great plot for a comedy. Of course, these subjects aren’t funny in any way, and if a comedy would attempt to make a joke out of abuse or rape, it would certainly be in poor taste. But with Martin McDonagh as the writer-director, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a successful balancing act that features an Oscar-worthy return from Frances McDormand.
Just as it arrives at its destination, Murder On The Orient Express derails
No one can write a twisty murder story quite like the queen of mystery herself. Agatha Christie’s novels have been a particular pass time of mine since the day I’ve read the brilliant And Then There Were None, a story that inspired and continues to inspire many famous modern mystery films. Yet, I’ll be the first to admit that Mrs Agatha doesn’t get enough credit for her influence on TV and cinema. However, even in an attempt to give her the credit she deserves, this remake of Murder On The Orient Express just can’t quite capture the greatness of the novel.
Taika Waititi creates a Thor movie worthy to be among the other Marvel entries
At this stage, it’s important for Marvel to keep pushing just what a superhero movie can be. With superhero movie fatigue on the rise, bringing in an established indie director such as Taika Waititi has proven to be one of Marvel’s greatest decision yet. Finally, Chris Hemsworth gets to showcase his comedic talent while getting a movie worthy to stand among the other entries of the forever lasting Marvel franchise.
A Bad Moms Christmas can’t help but feel like a rushed sequel wrapped in a cheap Christmas movie
I’m all for feminist female-centric comedy films. Heck, I even enjoyed Rough Nights despite the hate that film got. However, it’s hard to stand by A Bad Moms Christmas. What starts out as a movie about gender roles quickly becomes another cheesy and tacky Christmas movie. Even as an attempt to cozy us up to the inevitable Holiday season, A Bad Moms Christmas is here to remind me why I hate Christmas movies so much.
Netflix’s most popular series is back and better than before
When Stranger Things first came to Netflix, it was the show that everyone was raving about, so much so that I decided to watch this 80s loving sci-fi horror series last year. Surprisingly, I wasn’t as big of a fan as everyone else. I thought it started off quite slow and the 80s “homages” were more like rip-offs. With that said, after Season 2, I have to say that the Duffer Brothers have finally made an 80s sci-fi-horror series that lives up to its name and fame.