InSession Film

InSession Film is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Alan French, Catherine Springer, Joe Lipsett, Nguyen Le
Rating Title/Year Author
C No Sudden Move (2021) Catherine Springer No Sudden Move is carved from the Ocean's mold and borrows more than a little from it, but it isn't able to find the traction necessary to hold together as a consistent or cohesive enough cousin to the iconic heist franchise. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2021
C The Tomorrow War (2021) Nguyen Le The final product, at 140 minutes, warps back and forth between being a throwback with fancier effects and a fresh breeze with thrown-back irritants. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2021
B- Luca (2021) Nguyen Le Luca is an Italian getaway you should take when it's available, even when it will all-too-quickly become a haze once it's over. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2021
B Those Who Wish Me Dead (2021) Alan French With a combination of well-known actors and impressive newcomers, Those Who Wish Me Dead fills the mid-budget hole that many of us yearn for. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2021
C- Mortal Kombat (2021) Nguyen Le Despite ... the best-looking and best-sounding adaptation of the game to date - the visuals and direction are hampered by editors ... damaging reliance on choppiness. EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2021
B Nobody (2021) Alan French Few actors can balance a PTSD-riddled killer with the suburban dad aesthetic. Odenkirk excels at depicting duality, and the role of Hutch highlights his strengths EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2021
4/4 Warriors of the Wind (1984) Alan French Beyond the visual splendor of Nausicaä lies a basic human ethos that is impossible to ignore. Nausicaä remains one of the most humanistic characters ever put to screen. EDIT
Posted Jan 5, 2021
B- Nocturne (2020) Nguyen Le For anyone who thinks Quirke would go all-out with the supernatural shenanigans ... apologies. She doesn't have to, but her material always summons it even on a passive level. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2020
B- The Lie (2018) Nguyen Le Perhaps you can spot the twist way before it hits or become drained from the seemingly extended beats ... but Enos' acting has the ability to glue you to the screen... EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2020
C+ Evil Eye (2020) Nguyen Le Evil Eye seems to be eyeing for the title of episode with the most pronounced supernatural element. Turns out, it's not. For better and worse. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2020
B Black Box (2020) Nguyen Le Out of the four films, Black Box can claim itself as the most inventive, or at the least the one that flirts with invention. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2020
4/4 Psycho (1960) Alan French Psycho remains one of the ten best horror films ever made. Hitchcock balances comedy, sex, and death at a knife's edge, creating a riveting story from start to finish. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2020
A- Mulan (2020) Nguyen Le With both respect to what's done and commitment on what can be done, this Mulan is an epic delight - as much as the 1998 film and as its own entity. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2020
B- The Rhythm Section (2020) Nguyen Le A refreshing and thrilling clandestine revenge piece that can definitely hang with Nikita and Hanna, even when its steps are often marked with dissonances. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2020
A- Relic (2020) Nguyen Le Relic is horrific and poetic, and for a debut it is simply a stunning one. EDIT
Posted Jul 21, 2020
B+ 1917 (2019) Nguyen Le It's a tribute to heroism with an abbreviated emotional outreach, yet it's consistently impressive to look at and to sense the scale of. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2020
D- 6 Underground (2019) Nguyen Le Can't see it? Who cares. Can't feel it? Middle finger to you. No questions? Here's more pyrotechnics to fill up the screen and semi-naked girls to push things along. Again, just because. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
C+ Earthquake Bird (2019) Nguyen Le If the frames are converted into data for a seismograph to read, be ready to see mainly flat lines. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2019
B- The King (2019) Nguyen Le [Although it] misses out the chance to let us share the uneasiness - and the heaviness - of the crown on Henry V's head, the spectacle characterizing the rest of the works are far from lowliness. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
A- Ad Astra (2019) Nguyen Le Under the guise of a sizeable picture is a resonating meditation, a futuristic symphony with a most-relevant note that the known has what the unknown teases. EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2019
D+ The Goldfinch (2019) Nguyen Le It's a problem when The Goldfinch needs to take as long as the filming period of Boyhood to tell its story. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2019
B Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Nguyen Le There will be some undercooked character beats to contend with before the surprisingly nerve-fraying encounters... EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2019
A+ The Farewell (2019) Nguyen Le [The Farewell] presents us with the struggle to find a more human and fulfilling story in 2019. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
A- Widows (2018) Nguyen Le When the widows come knocking - masked and armed - the right thing to do is to roll out the carpet that leads to the safe. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2018
B- Bodied (2017) Nguyen Le ... hyper-straightforward in every aspect, resulting in a beat that is frenzied and heady and beastly and lucid. Sounds about right after you get bodied for real, no? EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2018
A Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Nguyen Le It seems fair to warn that the film shouldn't be seen on an empty stomach or after an itinerary-less month. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2018
B Hold the Dark (2018) Nguyen Le In making it difficult for viewers to embrace the frame do Jeremy Saulnier and company find a way to paint "dark" rightly. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2018
B- Halloween (2018) Nguyen Le Halloween walks with a freakish ability to rouse viewers with little effort, even if afterward ... there's no sign of the chills one once felt when The Shape was first on the loose. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2018
D- The Predator (2018) Nguyen Le The insulting, or humorous, thing here is not that you've been lied to ... it's that Predator 2 is more engaging than this. Add Predators, too, while we're at it. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2018
D+ The Little Stranger (2018) Nguyen Le One will wonder whether Lenny Abrahamson has his heart in all this way, way more than whether if the establishment has an (alleged) unwelcoming-presence problem. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2018
A Mission: Impossible -- Fallout (2018) Nguyen Le We might feel like the Road Runner trying to keep up with the proceedings ... but [director/writer Christopher] McQuarrie always has us oriented and, amazingly, whiplash-free. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2018
B- Skyscraper (2018) Nguyen Le For once, [Dwayne] Johnson's inhabiting of a paragon of a role has little trace of spectacle, that beneath it all lies a person we can confide in and relate to. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2018
B Ant-Man and The Wasp (2018) Nguyen Le [Evangeline Lilly's] Wasp is the ... provider of the film's backbone and the answer to why part two surpasses the first - if only by half an ant. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2018
C- Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) Nguyen Le And when the main task is to legitimize the new op, or somehow make the heart link up with the left-field workings, Sicario 2, or Soldado, or - inhale - Sicario: Day of the Soldado, responds with static. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2018
B- Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Nguyen Le Buoyed by the Bayona, this film is, and so it would be beyond-smart to have him again when (or if) this planet does go to the dinos. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2018
B Ocean's 8 (2018) Nguyen Le Everyone in Ocean's 8 aims to impress - not to hear regressive spiel, in other words - and "with zest" plus "with gloss" are the aptest descriptors for how that job went down. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2018
C+ Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Nguyen Le There's enough swashbuckling action to stay for the ride for the rest, but don't be surprised when none of it moves you afterward. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2018
C+ Deadpool 2 (2018) Nguyen Le Despite still not knowing the family all that well, there's still a desire to see what else Deadpool's House for Dysfunctional Mutants has in its halls. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2018
A- Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Nguyen Le Although burdened with enough scale that can minimize the meaning of "scale," Infinity War rarely buckles when there are a million ways that it could. Now that's a marvelous show! EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2018
C- Rampage (2018) Nguyen Le [Dwayne Johnson's] Goodall-hearted-in-Salmoni squared-physique appeal isn't enough for Rampage to be a competent exercise in mindless fun. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2018
D Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) Nguyen Le For all of its demoting and de-specializing of del Toro's print, at least Uprising will still please its friends from across the Pacific. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2018
B Tomb Raider (2018) Nguyen Le [Alicia] Vikander and director Roar Uthaug's ability to entertain with as much octane as the film's polygon-rich counterpart provides a great shelter for any flaw. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2018
C A Wrinkle in Time (2018) Nguyen Le There's no dismissing the ambition of DuVernay and company, but tessering is required to be where a better version of the film is screening. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2018
B Red Sparrow (2018) Nguyen Le Although Red Sparrow places Lawrence the performer at the forefront of its promos ... this is more a showcase for Lawrence the director. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2018
A Black Panther (2018) Nguyen Le Black Panther demonstrates the result of letting the oft-overlooked give the formula a whirl - marvelous, pun heck-to-the-yes intended. Statement-making, even. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2018
B- Peter Rabbit (2018) Nguyen Le Save for two sequences where Sony Pictures' take on the jacket-wearing hopper mirrors Beatrix Potter's ... the film operates between fourth and fifth gears. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2018
B- Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018) Nguyen Le Thankfully, consolations are present in director Wes Ball's crafting of the high-octane and O'Brien's acting, both of which are at their peak. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2018
C+ The Commuter (2018) Nguyen Le [Liam] Neeson makes Michael a more sympathetic and clickable soul than the script demands, a warrior still worth rooting for when he stumbles into the Hudson Line's fight club. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2018
D Insidious: The Last Key (2018) Nguyen Le The fourth trek into The Further resembles what awaits when one duplicate their abode's metallic pass at most Houston Home Depots: a dud. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2018
D Downsizing (2017) Nguyen Le So far so good; still synapses-igniting and discussion-worthy. Had craft been chosen over concept, Downsizing would have remained so and avoided a spectacular self-immolation. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2018