Day Shift Review

Though slow at the start, the tedium vanishes as the stakes ratchet up. Exciting choreography with a “how’d they do that” feel; Day Shift delivers smooth action and comedy thanks to the skillful Jamie Foxx’s comedic acting. 

The Gray Man Review

The Gray Man, directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo, has a lot of action. It is a story of an assassin with a heart of gold. Assassin Sierra Six (Ryan Gosling) is on the run after discovering a CIA agent’s criminal enterprise. However, he has to rush into danger to save his former boss’s niece. The film’s misplaced, weak dialogue, combined with too many jump cuts for action sequences, make this film feel like a generic cross between the Marvel universe and John Wick. That is not to say The Gray Man is horrible, but it is not good. The Gray Man feels like a filler movie made between projects because everyone was bored.

Kotaro Lives Alone Review

Kotaro Lives Alone on Netflix is a must-watch. Based on the manga by Mami Tsumura, the 10-episode anime has hilarious comedy but an underlying ache because of the circumstances surrounding the story. Kotaro Sato (Rie Kugimiya) is a 4-year-old boy who rents an apartment next door to a struggling manga artist Shin Karino (Toshiki Masuda). The story is a slice-of-life anime. However, there is no happy reason a toddler lives alone. 

Army of Thieves Review

Army of Thieves, prequel to Zach Snyder’s Army of the Dead, focuses on beloved, quirky safecracker Dieter (Matthias Schweighöfer) as he joins a group of thieves to open a trio of safes across Europe. Matthias Schweighöfer directs the film, and Shay Hatten writes the screenplay. Visually, Army of Thieves nails it, and I love the mystery of Hans Wagner’s four safes; the direction is good, but the pacing, dialogue and plot, lack depth and comedic timing. So Army of Thieves is a mix, and it will depend on what the viewer values most. 

You Season 3 Review

You’s third season is like watching a collision from the sidelines; you’re unable to look away because you want to see who walks away. You continues to have great dialogue, killer acting and ups the drama to flabbergasted levels. 

On My Block Season 4 Review

On My Block on Netflix follows a quartet of quirky, street-smart urban teens going through high school and living in South Central, Los Angeles. There is Monse (Sierra Capri), Cesar (Diego Tonico), Ruby (Jason Genao), and Jamal (Brett Gray). Season four continues a couple of years after the events of the third season. The final season of On My Block wraps up the series with its usual flair of comedy mixed with drama and cements itself as a staple coming-of-age story.

The Guilty: TIFF ’21 Review

The Guilty, directed by Antoine Fuqua, is an American remake of a 2018 Danish film of the same name. With a screenplay written by Nic Pizzolatto and the original screenplay by Gustav Möller and Emil Nygaard Albertsen, the film follows Joe Baylor (Jake Gyllenhaal), assigned to 911 dispatch pending a trial, as he races against time to save a kidnapped woman who calls in. Despite copaganda elements, The Guilty is a fraught, riveting movie with dynamic acting and overarching themes of systemic issues, provided you haven’t seen the original.

There’s Someone Inside Your House Review

There’s Someone Inside Your House, directed by Patrick Brice and written by Henry Gayden, does a good job crafting the horror elements but falls flat elsewhere. There’s Someone Inside Your House has memorable moments; however, it is predictable with a lackluster story and plot that fails to make a lasting impression.