Brian and Charles Review

Shot documentary-style in the beginning, someone comes to interview Brian (David Earl) about his inventions. Brian lives alone in a rural England area, and when the loneliness becomes too much, he decides to build a robot from various parts. He names the robot Charles (Chris Hayward). Though parts drag and there is a syrupy sweetness, Brian and Charles is an adorable tale of a man and his robot with a heartwarming message. 

Top Gun: Maverick Review

The best parts of Top Gun: Maverick are Tom Cruise and the camaraderie between the pilots and the action. While there is little we learn about the other characters outside of their relationship with Maverick, Top Gun: Maverick is a captivating, exciting sequel that does not tarnish the original film. This film brings a smile to the face.

Jujutsu Kaisen 0 Review

Jujutsu Kaisen exploded onto Crunchyroll and quickly gained a fan base. Based on the manga by Gege Akutami, each episode had the perfect blend of heart, action, and stunning animation. After the first season, fans awaited a second season. Although we have to wait till 2023 for the second season, Studio Mappa released a prequel film directed by Sunghoo Park, Jujutsu Kaisen 0. I love this movie. From the animation that shines brighter to the characters, Jujutsu Kaisen 0 gives fans more of what and who they love. 

Asking For It Review

Tonally confusing with disconcerting edits, bland dialogue, and low stakes, there is not much here to appreciate. A further issue with Asking For It is the lack of dimension with the characters. That presents a challenge connecting with them. I am a fan of women-led revenge films, but Asking For It misses the mark. 

The Batman Review

In The Batman, Batman (Robert Pattinson) has to stop serial killer the Riddler and unearth the corruption of Gotham and the connection to his family. It sounds impressive, but on its own, The Batman lacks characters to hold interest, yet the thriller noir atmosphere might be enough. I liked the film because I want them to the fantastic world from this one and add in more character development so I can give a damn about more of the characters. Still, I’ve never seen Gotham like this before.

In Search Of Tomorrow Review

Science fiction films broaden ideas and possibilities for the present and future. Though each decade has memorable films and concepts in the sci-fi genre, the 80s were pivotal due to the vast ideas explored on the silver screen. Like how Romero’s Night of the Living Dead made a blueprint for zombies that all other films and shows followed, the 80s science fiction films crafted dystopian, futuristic worlds and ideas that most present-day science fiction movies pull from. In Search of Tomorrow discusses each year of the 80s and picks apart the film’s quality, vision, technology, practical and special effects, and moments that impact audiences. 

The Tender Bar Review

e Tender Bar, directed by George Clooney, based on the memoir by J.R. Moehringer, is entertaining thanks to the characters’ quirkiness. George Clooney’s direction creates a film that has humor, tension, and warmth. The film stars Ben Affleck, Christopher Lloyd, and Lily Rabe. In the lead role of J.R. is Tye Sheridan playing the teenage, young adult version and Daniel Ranieri as the kid version. I’m tired of stories of this nature, truth be told because it is the same white man lens, but the film did get chuckles and anger out of me at the violent, toxic nature of J.R.’s biological father. 

Twas the Night Review

Twas the Night is a low-budget, holiday comedy that reminds me a bit of Weekend at Bernie’s. The film, written and directed by Chris Rodriguez and Grant Rosado, is about a newly engaged couple having a get-together at their home with their respective parents when some unforeseen drama throws a kink in their festivities.

Nine Days Review

Nine Days, written and directed by Edson Oda, is a visually arresting exploration of life and the moments that remind us of living, even for ones who don’t exist yet. Nine Days is at once restrained and brimming with emotion thanks to its story and phenomenal cast. The film follows Will (Winston Duke), a recluse, who has to interview a group of souls for the chance to be born. This process lasts nine days.