Bio: My rankings reflect how much I personally enjoy a film and how likely I will want to re-watch them. This is why some films that I can admit as being 'classics' will get low scores as I just didn't enjoy them and I don't feel a need to try and critique them objectively here.
|65 T5||Brüno (2009) - May 20, 2018
"I'm a fan of SBC and find him watchable even when he's not at his best. In Bruno, the spiritual sequel to the much funnier Borat, there are a few inspired scenes such as the Parent interviews but there's a lot that doesn't hit the mark too. With Borat, the gag was watching people be confused by and try to adapt to his foreign character. With Bruno, the scenes are often more about watching people react with disgust or even violence to his homosexuality which is a far darker subject to laugh at. "
|68 T5||Born Strong (2017) - May 18, 2018
"While clearly a sports documentary, there is a very movie like structure where four contenders from four different backgrounds are introduced and brought together to compete for the crown to be the strongest man on the planet. Loses a little when one of the contenders is forced to withdraw and is marginalized for the remainder of the feature but a dramatic climax satisfyingly concludes this look at the biggest and strongest athletes on the planet."
|59 T4||Anon (2018) - May 18, 2018
"Some of the Mini-Reviews have already nailed this. It's initially a quite intriguing mix of Watch Dogs (video game) and Spielberg's Minority Report but runs out of steam the longer it goes on, becoming less and less interesting along the way. In that way it's like a lesser sibling to Niccol's own In Time which was another exciting sci-fi concept that didn't quite follow through in delivery. Lower your expectations and you might find this a more satisfactory experience."
|54 T3||Evil Genius: The True Story of America's Most Diabolical Bank Heist (2018) - May 18, 2018
"I had heard rave reviews about this true crime mini series but ultimately I found it to be a little underwhelming. So much of the longevity of the case appeared due to repeated failure of the various law departments to do their jobs properly, and many 'breaks' in the case occurred only when the criminals decided to confess. Also didn't like the way one individual was ultimately presented as innocent based on one dramatic late interview which directly contradicted an eye witness testimony."
|65 T5||Black Panther (2018) - May 08, 2018
"Far more underwhelming that I expected. After being one of the highlights of Civil War, Boseman's Black Panther character was far less charismatic this time around. Also why is the most technologically advanced nation in the world selecting it's ruler via primitive trials by combat? The climactic face off between BP and killmonger was incredibly bland as well. I loved the setting, culture and cast, but those alone couldn't combine to make this live up to the expectations I had for this movie."
|82 T9||Avengers: Infinity War (2018) - May 06, 2018
"GordonBombay's review reflects a lot of my own feelings. Infinity War's strength is it's ambitious attempt to tie together a decade of MCU movies and the fact it does a really good job of that difficult task. If you are invested in the MCU then Infinity War is an exhilarating must see, however judging the movie on its own it is flawed and fails to match the true high points of the franchise. While a very entertaining spectacle, IW is often a little overwhelming in its pace and volume of content."
|64 T4||Now You See Me 2 (2016) - May 01, 2018
"Not quite a cash grab sequel but a clearly inferior product none the less. Having shown what was up it's sleeves previously, the audience is more aware of what to expect and are tougher to impress. NYSM2 passes as light entertainment and I enjoyed Harrelson performance and the casting of Daniel Radcliffe, but try as they may they didn't manage to pull a rabbit out of the hat with this one."
|80 T8||Major League (1989) - May 01, 2018
"One of the classic of the sports underdog genre. This is an unashamed slice of 80s comedy that overcomes the trappings of the predictable plot with some good humour and memorable characters, and it's impossible not to get caught up in Wild Thing towards the end. "
|69 T5||Eight Men Out (1988) - May 01, 2018
"A worthy big screen version of one of the most notorious scandals in baseball history. There are solid if unspectacular performances from the cast and I'm unsure whether it would hold the interest of non sports fans, but for it's intended audience Eight Men Out hits an impressive double"
|73 T6||Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey (2011) - May 01, 2018
"Quite an interesting look at the people behind the puppetry. While this focuses on Clash, there is a lot on display from behind the scenes at the Henson studios which explain how the magic all comes together. "