This isn't the Usual Suspects with its grand reveal. The suspense is contained in the weaving of the narrative as Slowik relentlessly leads his guests through the menu for the night. It's a little bit of Very Bad Things and Knives Out -- characters receive self-revelations when their feet meet the fire, but it's far too late for them. The overall theme, exploring the death of art in a social media world, measures toxicity the way tasters seek out acidity in their dishes.
Yet, somehow, Top Gun: Maverick soars and is one of the best action movies I've seen in recent times. It's efficient and compelling with a plot grounded in reality. Coupled with a dynamic camera that will satisfy any audience member's need for speed, fans of the first movie will leave theaters feeling like they've had the ride of their life.
Right now, Marvel Cinematic Universe is doggedly jumping through every loop and loophole it can to make the next phase of its cinematic universe bigger and better. With Disney+ shows adding another dimension (lol!) to the mix in addition to the comic book source material, things -- as dark Dr. Strange says in the trailer but not in the movie -- just got out of hand.
Regardless, or irregardless, Everything Everywhere All at Once is a masterpiece. Its title isn't just appropriate for the plot -- it's the method in which the film delivers its story. The film will overwhelm you with images, sensations, and an experience that will make you laugh, cry, and shout, "What the what?!"
In ways, CODA is an orchestra of characters playing in and out of harmony. There's a slight but pertinent dissonance in some of the chords as conflicts come to play, but that's where the film shines brightest as it highlights common human struggles.
If you're looking for bombast or a narrative that hits you on the head, you'll miss the subtle notes that hide a wellspring of thought. Like a good Nirvana track -- Something In the Way plays at least three times in the movie -- the more I think about the structure and words, the more I appreciate where Reeves is taking the character.
has its fingerprints all over modern-day pop-culture, and Resurrections' self-referential scripting taps into the wake of the original trilogy's gigantic influence on media by putting the Matrix into the Matrix.
The Eternals is a visually beautiful film that tries, but fails, to lay down some deeply profound conflicts. Over the course of its 157-minute runtime, it manages to somehow fail to plumb those conflicts in any real meaningful way.