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Rating Title/Year Author
Underwater (2020) Rain Jokinen It's never a good sign when a film's release is delayed two years, and it's an even worse sign when said film is released in the month of January, the chosen dumping ground for movie garbage. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2020
Cats (2019) Rain Jokinen I'll skip the obvious first question, which is just an incredulous "Why??" because I know the answer. It's the pervasive idea that anything popular that isn't a movie has to be turned into one. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2019
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Rain Jokinen A Beautiful Day In the Neighborhood isn't a bad movie, it's just a predictable and common one that doesn't do justice to a person who turned out to be one of world's most uncommon heroes. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
Ford v Ferrari (2019) Rain Jokinen [A]nyone who has watched a race, especially a long one, can't deny it can get monotonous. The same holds true for Ford v Ferrari. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
Doctor Sleep (2019) Rain Jokinen The trip back to the haunted Overlook, while certainly fun, in a pandering-to-the-fans kind of way, is just a Halloween attraction compared to the knowledge that you might grow up to be exactly like the person you most loved, feared, and hated. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
Motherless Brooklyn (2019) Rain Jokinen Noir fans willing to have their patience tried will likely find it worth their time. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
Jojo Rabbit (2019) Rain Jokinen [A] home the point that the past is present, and those who cannot laugh at the absurdity inherent in our world's history of hate are perhaps doomed to repeat it. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
Downton Abbey (2019) Rain Jokinen The transfer from television to the cinema has its advantages. There are some nice aerial shots, and the big screen can better convey the sheer size and grandeur of Downton Abbey. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) Rain Jokinen I may have some issues with the central premise of Brittany Runs a Marathon, but its heart, humor, and central performance from Jillian Bell turn it into something I didn't feel guilty about consuming. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Rain Jokinen The film's final stretch, centered in Antarctica ... is definitely beautiful ... It almost had me buying that Bernadette could actually "find" herself there. I could buy it. But I still couldn't feel it. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Rain Jokinen Is Hobbs & Shaw a good movie? Does it matter? EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
Yesterday (2019) Rain Jokinen Yesterday would have you believe that the songs of the Beatles are such powerful entities apart from their creators that they'd rock the world even if they were just performed by one charismatically challenged and mediocre musician with a guitar. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2019
Toy Story 4 (2019) Rain Jokinen While [Toy Story 4] doesn't feel like an addition anyone needed, it's certainly not one that deserves to be thrown in the trash. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) Rain Jokinen As well as being one of the best movies of the year, The Last Black Man in San Francisco is a cinematic anecdote to the recent proliferation of doom and gloom profiles of a supposedly soulless San Francisco past the point of saving. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
Ma (2019) Rain Jokinen By ignoring the topic [of race], the film falls into the camp of unsurprising crazy killer stories, offering no real nuance, commentary, or subversion to the genre. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
Booksmart (2019) Rain Jokinen [Booksmart is] the teenage comedy I wanted as a teenager, and as a young adult, and now, and forever. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
Poms (2019) Rain Jokinen While Poms would like us to believe the cheerleading is some kind of metaphor for dancing in the face of death, the inspiration falls as flat as a drunken sorority girl on top of a pep squad pyramid. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
Long Shot (2019) Rain Jokinen Rogen is playing a pretty standard Seth Rogen man-child character, but his pairing with Theron as both his straight man and a comedic partner, helps make him more likeable than he has been in years EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
Avengers: Endgame (2019) Rain Jokinen [F]or the first 30 minutes or so ... [t]here's so much gloom, doom, and clinical depression among the remaining team you'd think you were watching a DC movie. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019
Little (2019) Rain Jokinen Seeing the movie, its origins make perfect sense, as too often Little feels like a clever concept not fully realized. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
Shazam! (2019) Rain Jokinen I certainly wouldn't mind seeing [Shazam] teamed up with other DC characters in future films, but as a standalone movie, it had my inner 14-year-old dreaming of the ability to speed up time, or at least hit a magic fast forward button in the IMAX theater. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
Captain Marvel (2019) Rain Jokinen [The] 90's is the perfect era for Captain Marvel to land in. It was the last time women could make noise without having to immediately hear a response from a dozen men screaming about their own alleged suppression. (The Internet ruined everything.) EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
Greta (2018) Rain Jokinen Greta is a pretty standard stalker-centered horror film that does nothing new, and yet, because of its pedigree, almost feels fresh. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Rain Jokinen As long as [Jessica Rothe] returns, I'll gladly repeat the experience for the Happy Death Day 3(D?) that is promised by film's end. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
What Men Want (2019) Rain Jokinen What Men Want follows every comedic beat and plot resolution you'd expect it to; nothing about it is very surprising, including the private inner lives of men. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
They Shall Not Grow Old (2018) Rain Jokinen [A] powerful reminder that they were indeed real men and boys, and not just silent faces lost to history. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2019
Glass (2019) Rain Jokinen Beware the ides of March, and the films of January, especially if said film comes with the label "from M. Night Shyamalan." EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2019
Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Rain Jokinen [I]n the true story Can You Ever Forgive Me?, McCarthy gets serious, and gives her best and most surprising performance in years. (Yes Melissa, you are forgiven for those previous missteps.) EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2018
Halloween (2018) Rain Jokinen Welcome the grandma's house, Michael. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2018
Don't Leave Home (2018) Rain Jokinen [Manages] to produce some scares, and several very eerie images, culminating in a party scene and art auction that rivals Get Out on the 'white people be hella creepy' scale. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2018
Peppermint (2018) Rain Jokinen [If] Peppermint were a good movie, it wouldn't be opening in September EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2018
The Bookshop (2017) Rain Jokinen The Bookshop is classically British, from its salty seaside characters, to its fireplaces and knit shawls, and especially to [its] central conflict. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
The Happytime Murders (2018) Rain Jokinen [W]hile The Happytime Murders didn't retroactively ruin my childhood, god bless the child who accidentally stumbles upon it while flipping cable channels. I hope their parents can afford the therapy. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2018
Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Rain Jokinen It's next to impossible not to be charmed by Crazy Rich Asians and its version of a...modern fairy tale. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2018
The Meg (2018) Rain Jokinen The Meg is a movie featuring Jason Statham fighting a [giant shark]...For some, that will be all the information you need to know you're going to stay far, far away. For's all you need to know to say, "Oh hell yes. I'm watching that." EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2018
The Darkest Minds (2018) Rain Jokinen With each passing day our depressing present begins to resemble dystopian future more and more, so The Darkest Minds may benefit from timing more than actual profundity. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2018
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) Rain Jokinen The movie grinds to a halt for [Cher's] performance of "Fernando," as well it should. You may groan at the obviousness of the number. You may role your eyes a bit. But you'll be smiling the whole time EDIT
Posted Jul 20, 2018
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Rain Jokinen At this point in the seemingly never-ending Jurassic film franchise, it can safely be said that humans are idiots and they should just let the dinosaurs have the planet. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2018
Tag (2018) Rain Jokinen Most of the film is the equivalent of running in circles, which is the epitome of predictable. EDIT
Posted Jun 15, 2018
Ocean's 8 (2018) Rain Jokinen Ocean's 8 is as good as the first Ocean's film, and better than its previous sequels. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2018
Hereditary (2018) Rain Jokinen [At first] we never really know where its going, and ambiguity lends to the terror. But then it decides to stop the ambiguity, landing with a very heavy thud on one side, favoring the kinds of things that ultimately don't keep us up at night. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2018
Book Club (2018) Rain Jokinen [It's] the moments that feature just them, screen legends, together and talking, away from any men, that elevates the film above your basic rote, multi-storied rom-com. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2018
Life of the Party (2018) Rain Jokinen I'm sure Melissa McCarthy loves her husband Ben Falcone very much, but the bottom line is she has to stop making movies with him. EDIT
Posted May 11, 2018
Tully (2018) Rain Jokinen [Tully goes] beyond the experiences of motherhood, and into the pain of losing your youth forever to the curse of irreversible adulthood. EDIT
Posted May 4, 2018
Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Rain Jokinen It's ironic that one of Marvel's darkest films is also one of its most fun, with the character banter and personality clashes that have made so many Marvel movies memorable in full abundance. EDIT
Posted Apr 27, 2018
I Feel Pretty (2018) Rain Jokinen I Feel Pretty comes so close to doing something unexpected with Renee's transformation, but doesn't have the guts to follow through. EDIT
Posted Apr 20, 2018
A Beautiful Day (2017) Rain Jokinen You can never accuse Joaquin Phoenix of phoning in a role; he always throws his entire body weight at a character, and this time that body weight is bulked up, his battered dad bod on full display in several scenes. EDIT
Posted Apr 13, 2018
A Quiet Place (2018) Rain Jokinen This is a horror movie where instead of wanting to scream at the characters for doing something dumb, you'll want to scream for them, since they can't. EDIT
Posted Apr 6, 2018
Unsane (2018) Rain Jokinen The lack of any traditional Hollywood glamour, in any aspect of the filming, from the make-up, to the clothing, to the casting, to the sets, gives everything a good feeling of reality, which is countered by our uncertainty over Sawyer's grasp of it. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2018
A Wrinkle in Time (2018) Rain Jokinen [A Wrinkle in Time] is not an unmitigated disaster. It does a lot of things right, the best of which is wearing its heart on its sleeve; it's nice to see a kids movie that isn't bogged down by knowing winks or cynicism. EDIT
Posted Mar 9, 2018