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.

The Porter Review

The Porter is an 8-part series airing on BET+. The series stars Aml Ameen, Ronnie Rowe Jr., Mouna Traoré, Loren Lott, Olunike Adeliyi, Alfre Woodard, and follows railway workers—porters—Junior Massey (Aml Ameen) and Zeke Garrett (Ronnie Rowe Jr.) as a tragic event lead them on divergent paths. Set in 1920s Montreal and inspired by true events about the first Black union, The Porter grips audiences with a compelling story that does not stint on character. 

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.

Emergency [Sundance ’22 Review]

Emergency starts as a comedy but spirals into a dramatic film that leaves you filled with dread as it progresses. Directed by Carey Williams and written by KD Davila, Emergency is about a night of would-be partying spiraling into a comedy of errors that leads to a potentially dangerous outcome. With strong directing and dynamic acting from the trio of men, Emergency tackles the terror of racism in an engrossing way. It does not seek to find a resolution but demonstrates how that unwarranted terror can have a lasting impact.

When You Finish Saving The World [Sundance ’22 Review]

Quirky with a helping of cringe and creep, When You Finish Saving The World is entertaining, although it lacks deeper substance. Julianne Moore stands out in her role as Evelyn, and Finn Wolfhard’s character, Ziggy, displays a level of white, entitled, lazy narcissism with an obsession that encapsulates a generation prizing their value with likes on social media. 

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. 

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.