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.
Multiversity — Everything Everywhere All at Once Review
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?!"
Musicology — CODA Review
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.
Begin Again — The Batman Review
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.
Super Avengers – Eternals Review
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.
Pique Entertainment — In the Heights Review
De la Vega has his own dreams -- to one day return to the place of his favorite memories, the Dominican Republic. Having lost his parents at a young age, Usnavi hopes to continue where his father left off by rebuilding the oceanside cafecito that now lies in ruins after the hurricane.
Evergreen — Minari Review
Jacob Yi, a South Korean immigrant with ambitious plans, hopes to corner the market on Korean produce by building a farm that can supplant importers supplying Dallas stores with inferior goods.
The Hand That Feeds — Knives Out Review
The real story and mystery reveals itself as a parable about good vs. evil, treating your guests hospitably, and the current state of our nation.
Schadenfreude — The Disaster Artist Review
The Disaster Artist (the movie) centers on the relationship between Tommy Wiseau (James Franco) and his best friend Greg (Dave Franco) who find a common bond as aspiring actors. They team up and move to Los Angeles to take Hollywood by storm.
Syndicated — Murder on the Orient Express Review
In Murder on the Orient Express, it takes a village to come up with a master plan.