3 star movies
Midsommar is a mixed bag that blends unsettling horror with bizarre comedy, resulting in a film that's equal parts fascinating and frustrating.
Annabelle Comes Home offers enough thrills, jolts, and even heartfelt storytelling to compensate for the lack of depth to its horror elements.
Late Night works as a gently funny (if somewhat toothless) dramedy, thanks to a combination of authentic performances and Kaling's sincere writing.
King of the Monsters offers the campy pleasures of an old-school Godzilla sequel, despite going overboard with its relentless kaiju battles.
The Perfection has fun telling its twisty story, which is bolstered by the compelling performances of both Allison Williams and Logan Browning.
The Sun Is Also A Star adapts the YA novel into an unapologetically sincere, and somewhat cheesy, contemporary love story that's still swoonworthy.
Photograph finds joy in the spaces between its story mechanics, which makes it easier to appreciate the film's occasionally patience-trying methods.
See You Yesterday is a fascinating and creative genre mashup that demonstrates Bristol's blossoming talent as an inventive filmmaker.
Tolkien is an earnest and well-acted dramatization of the storyteller's experiences that's hindered by its adherence to the typical biopic framework.
Netflix's Wine Country, from director Amy Poehler, is a feel-good comedy about the power of friendship with a stellar ensemble cast of funny ladies.
Teen Spirit is a simple yet exuberant coming of age story that, like the catchiest pop songs, successfully infuses an old formula with new life.
Netflix's The Perfect Date is a fairly standard and entirely enjoyable rom-com that excels as a starring vehicle for the charming Noah Centineo.
Missing Link is quite the visual feast, but its unremarkable narrative and characters (save for the charming Mr. Link) leave something to be desired.
Little successfully puts a funny new spin on age-changing comedy with a surprisingly heartfelt message about staying true to yourself when growing up.
Armed with a pulpy spirit and plenty of monster gore to go around, The Head Hunter makes for enjoyably gnarly fantasy horror B-movie entertainment.
Pet Sematary captures the bruality of King's source material, but its attempts to add shocking twists to the original narrative yield mixed results.
Made in Abyss stumbles a little during its jump to the big screen, but its mythology remains as fascinating and bizarre as ever in Journey's Dawn.
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is respectfully restrained to a fault, but its earnest and authentic outlook provides the biopic with a beating heart.