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): Joe Lipsett, Nguyen Le
Rating Title/Year Author
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
C- Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) Nguyen Le While it doesn't bore the unevenness in its party tricks renders it inferior to that time the jungle comes to New Hampshire. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2018
A Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Nguyen Le In every aspect conceivable, the film no longer operates between two realms, and the result is the most gratifying big-screen Star Wars experience thus far. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2018
A- The Disaster Artist (2017) Nguyen Le After The Big Sick and Lady Bird, here is another remarkable tutorial for life delivered through the most outstanding of personalities and the most compact of films. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2018
A Coco (2017) Nguyen Le Here, the dead are more than just alive; they are festive, hyperkinetic, masters of crooning, sensitive, educative and ... able to get the whole house roaring. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2018
A Lady Bird (2017) Nguyen Le Lady Bird tells a familiar narrative, but its lead has, rather brilliantly, managed to package it with freshness that entertains and prompts reflection. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2018
B Justice League (2017) Nguyen Le It's not all spotless due to the CGI and clear occasions where the [Joss] Whedon touch trounces [Zack] Snyder's, but in the end the gears do come together. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2018
B+ Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Nguyen Le It's just the hit-after-hit of firecracker gags of sight and of speech undermine [Cate] Blanchett's efforts to make Hela sensual-yet-deadly, charismatic-yet-wily. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2018
C All I See Is You (2016) Nguyen Le All I See is You's commitment to be scenic reflects its forgetfulness to be thrilling. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2018
F The Snowman (2017) Nguyen Le While The Snowman seems to have a few words about broken families, its more obvious lesson is don't make a movie while alcohol is in the system. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2018
A+ Blade Runner 2049 (2017) Nguyen Le A perfect sequel and, arguably, film in recent memory. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2018
C+ Battle of the Sexes (2017) Nguyen Le Disappointing slumps in crafting King's story are wonderfully compensated with charged performances from everyone EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2018
A Wind River (2017) Nguyen Le Sheridan's work cinematically addresses one of the coldest crimes to have ever been committed (and is still happening) on this star-spangled soil. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2018
B+ Annabelle: Creation (2017) Nguyen Le Sandberg packs Creation with jolts that petrify mainly - and, at this point in the genre, nearing novelty - through construction. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2018
D The Dark Tower (2017) Nguyen Le So much security was courted to ignite the long-dormant project, but it couldn't even prevent the tower - at least its big-screen version - from following the ways of Babel. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2018
B- Atomic Blonde (2017) Nguyen Le As long as Lorraine keeps kicking and punching, the film remains an ally to the audience. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2018
A+ Dunkirk (2017) Nguyen Le A historical miracle [that is] now also a marvel of both the genre and contemporary cinema. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2018
A+ War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) Nguyen Le As simians and Homo sapiens touch base with their lowest, the Planet of the Apes' prequel series reaches its peak in quality. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2018
A Baby Driver (2017) Nguyen Le Completely sober thought here, but the best concert to attend this week is [one where] the headliner is a filmmaker and automobiles are the tools of the band. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2018
F Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) Nguyen Le A film that drains brains the same way Billy McFarland siphoned wallets back in April. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2018
A- Cars 3 (2017) Nguyen Le Imagine the shock when McQueen ends his third run with a blazing podium finish. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2018
C+ Boy Erased (2018) Joe Lipsett The film is perfunctory in all regards, but there is no fire or vitality in the proceedings. It feels sanitized and safe, as though the subject was important enough to justify washing the narrative clean of...challenging or confrontational elements. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2018
B A Star Is Born (2018) Joe Lipsett Not unlike Boogie Nights, the highs in A Star Is Born (ie: the first half) are very high, while the lows (the latter half) include drawn-out and repetitive elements that are so telegraphed and predictable they simply feel sad. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2018
Ben Is Back (2018) Joe Lipsett Ultimately Ben Is Back is a frustrating viewing experience because it truly does feel like two non-complementary films. The first is powerful, emotional and rich; the second is dark, grim and saggy. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2018