I saw this one because I like Anne Hathaway and my wife Sue would kill me if I aw The Long Shot without her. The Hustle isn't terrible, but it's not great. A better bet would be to watch Dirty Rotten Scoundrels again. B-
Nothing very fresh or interesting here. You could predict the entire story after watching ten minutes. C-
The Avengers: Endgame
Okay. I stayed for the whole thing, the entire three hours, and found the flick entertaining and imaginative. But I do get a kick out of our cultural leaders blathering about movies like this as if they are significant in some way. It escapes me. Basically, a lot of humans (diverse) saw things in the usual way: violent war! B+
I like this a lot - more than I enjoyed Bohemian Rhapsody - although I'm a little bigger Queen than Elton John music fan. The elite performance by Aaron Egerton was terrific and the film was really nicely directed. The small glitch for me was that the music and dance tended to gloss over how painful and difficult Elton John's life seemed to have been. A-
I have a vague memory of the original shaft and remember kind of being amused. The new Shaft seems wrong-headed. The main character is unlikeable. The dialogue isn't believable or funny enough, and the direction is a little wooden. Other than that, it's ok. C
Based on a true story this still felt a bit thin and phony to me. The performances are good but the script and direction left a lot to be desired. I know it’s a hit, I know some critics are talking about JLo’s academy award but I can’t really go that way. The script and the direction left much to be desired. B-
Stallone’s acting (at least the dialogue scenes) is better here than it’s been in the past. (I’m not even sure what that means). Stereotuping Mexicans seems all wrong to me. Also the violence is very very graphic. C
If you’re feeling a little suicidal, and want to feel a lot suicidal, this is your movie. I can’t decide whether it’s an A or an F.
The movie feels like two episodes of the PBS TV show. The film is lush, the dialogue very British, it’s a high soap from beginning to end. C+ for Episode 1. A- for Episode 2.
Personally, I’m tired of watching astronauts floating in space and chit-chatting in claustrophobic rocket ships. Also, I don’t entirely understand casting the very handsome Brad Pitt and then putting a space helmet over his face. I also don’t get why a studio would release an expensive film and allow it to be called Ad Astra. B-