If you suspend belief, Sharper may charm you
Stilted dialogue and an unbelievable story blunt Sharper’s self-proclaimed wit.
Magic Mike’s Last Dance strips away logic with its barely there plot
Magic Mike’s “final tease” swaps drugs and tear-away pants for pseudo-feminism and an ill-developed romance.
Turn Every Page documents a legendary literary duo’s fear of legacy, mortality, and … semicolons?
Gottlieb showcases her artistic talent through this emotional journey of their respective lives, legacy, and love
Bones and All’s writing is just bare bones: This cannibalistic romance lacks real depth
The romance of Bones and All, despite what it lacks in its writing, shines through in its cinematography.
Armageddon Time: The power of white privilege
In this semi-autobiographical film, Gray attempts to show the power, privilege, and advantages of being white in America.
She Said offers an engaging (if imperfect) look at the story behind the #MeToo Movement
Adapted from the 2019 book of the same name, She Said (2022) doesn’t directly grapple with the impacts of the article that started it all.
Empire of Light bites off more than it can chew
In this ’80s period film, Colman portrays Hilary, a middle-aged movie theater manager in an English coastal town.
Legacy honored as Black Panther: Wakanda Forever tenderly chaperones its audience through grief and loss
But the movie is an ode to Boseman. Wakanda Forever is, at its core, a story of grief, resilience, and recovery.
Smile is an entertaining horror film that squanders its thematic potential
Perhaps this recent shift in consumer interest helps make sense of the seeming contradiction between Smile’s aggressive promotion and thematic scope.
Aftersun is all hazy memories and melancholy
Sunshine, salt air, and sadness color this stunning portrayal of a father-daughter bond.
Cleanse your palettes: The Menu is a meal you won’t want to miss
Once you’ve peeled back its layers, The Menu proves to be a clever satire on food culture as well.
Good Night Oppy: a story of human love and innovation
Good Night Oppy (2022) looks at the most human thing we’ve sent to Mars: twin rovers named Spirit and Opportunity.
My Policeman is a heart-wrenchingly beautiful portrait of forbidden love and its consequences
My Policeman ensures that despite their relationship’s foretold end, viewers will experience the heartbreak alongside the characters as they attempt to navigate the ramifications of the 1950s’ restrictive social culture.
Ticket to Paradise is the ultimate feel-good getaway
If watching George Clooney and Julia Roberts play beer pong was not on your 2022 bingo card, you are not alone.
Triangle of Sadness is a parable about beauty and excess
But the film truly shines when dissecting the economic value of beauty as it exists today with Instagram influencers and their ilk.
Amsterdam’s star-studded style can’t make up for its lack of heart
While the movie may be entertaining, it isn’t engrossing: its biggest shortcoming is prioritizing style while not having enough substance.
The Banshees of Inisherin digs deep into a breakup like no other
Discussions of loneliness and niceness and greatness all weave together to produce a profoundly philosophical masterpiece.
Moonage Daydream wants you to experience David Bowie, not understand him
In this film, narrative doesn’t just take a backseat to style; it’s not even allowed in the car.
Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile is wacky, weird, and wonderful
Shawn Mendes as a singing crocodile is objectively absurd, and yet, I loved it.