Moving at breakneck speed and never coming up for air, Ben Affleck makes The Town soar while he juggles this nigh impossible feat. Jon Hamm, Jeremy Renner, and Chris Cooper round out one of the most stellar casts in modern cinematic history. Ladies and gentlemen, if The Town doesn't thrill you, then you weren't paying attention.
Quite possibly the greatest action film of all time, Fury Road sprints into action and never stops. Everyone and everything performing at their absolute peak. From the impeccable cast to the larger than life set pieces to the jawdropping practical effects, Fury Road is decidedly opposed to the idea of wasting anyone's time. An indisputed masterpiece, this is the playbook by which other films will be made and the new standard by which other films will be judged.
Weighed down by an over-reliance on nostalgia and spectacle, Ready Player One is a bloated and endlessly frantic tribute to other superior media. In desperate need of an editor, Player has a runtime of what feels like 24 hours. Unfortunately, there's no amount of expensive CGI or bombastic action that can compensate for its shockingly dull and obnoxiously elongated excuse for a plot. Save your quarters and your time unless you don't value either.
Ryan Gosling delivers a career-defining performance as an inept and incompetent detective, always getting himself into spectacularly dangerous situations. Russell Crowe balances the tone as a freelance henchman for hire who finds himself in Gosling's investigative territory. Mysterious, compelling, and tremendously funny, The Nice Guys is easily one of the best comedies of the last decade.
Incredibles 2 is a serviceable enough sequel to a superior predecessor. The plot is expectedly fun, if not thoroughly predictable. The animation and voice work shine, but the exhaustingly toxic family dynamics often wear thin quickly. If it wasn't for the thoroughly engaging action, Incredibles 2 might be worth skipping just to spare yourself the misery of observing this decidedly abrasive family in their natural, joyless habitat.
El Mariachi plays like a Breaking Bad fever dream. Surprisingly intense and consistently fun, it's a guarantee that you'll be impressed by its inherently silly but altogether believable narrative. Made for a mere $7,000 and boasting a cast of thoroughly talented amateurs, El Mariachi is a must-see for lovers of independent cinema.
Tenet hopes that by constantly changing locations and continually moving the narrative goalposts, you'll be so distracted that you won't notice how hopelessly clumsy it is. It relies on the expectation that people around you will accuse you of "not getting it" if you don't like it. Tenet's problem isn't that it's too complex and profound for the average moviegoer. On the contrary. Tenet is so chronically distracted, so brazenly meandering, it has no idea what its own message, plot, goal, or narrative is. Christopher Nolan should be ashamed of himself. This is insufferable pseudo intellectual drivel at its insufferable peak.