This stellar ensemble cast is weight down by a predictable and often bland story despite ‘The 355’s cultural variety and incredibly well choreographed action sequences.
Luckily, Sing 2 hits all the right notes that the first Sing film did. These characters are hard not to love, and you really do almost forget that they’re animated. It also succeeds at aiming its story toward both adults and children alike. Who would’ve thought that a story about singing elephants, pigs, gorillas, and porcupines could be so touching?
‘Juice WRLD: Into the Abyss’ is the fifth and final documentary from HBO’s Music Box series of docs. Sadly, Into the Abyss couldn’t be a more fitting title for this Juice WRLD documentary. It’s also appropriate considering the fact that he had the words tattooed in large writing on both of his forearms. Charting the rise of his massively successful career, it also subsequently charts his downfall and demise as his drug use gets more and more intense.
‘BEING THE RICARDOS’ is at its best when it gets past the relationship drama going on between Lucy and Desi, delving into the inner-workings of “I Love Lucy” and peeling back the glitz and glamour of showbiz.
C’MON C’MON looks to the future in this genuinely heartfelt story that is visually stunning and makes even the most mundane emotions and parts of life seem universally felt. This character feels the closest to Joaquin Phoenix and is such a 180 from his role as the Joker. Woody Norman offers such an honest, realistic child perspective unlike any kid actor I’ve ever seen.
‘House of Gucci’ is a crowd-pleaser of a film that makes perfect use of its runtime. Lady Gaga acts with such conviction in this Cinderella story turned sour, and the emotion held within her eyes is palpable. Jared Leto dials it up to 11, and (somehow) it works. Adam Driver, Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons, and Salma Hayek are each superb.
This ticking time bomb of a film is an entirely boundless, chaotic, and emotional love letter to the art of musical theatre. Andrew Garfield delivers a manic performance that is convincing and over-the-top without feeling overdone.
‘Belfast’ is a memory box of a film is a nostalgic, touching, and heartwarming story told through a rich cinematic lens with noteworthy acting performances all around.
Broadening the scope of the universe to massive proportion with beautiful visuals and philosophical themes, this superhero story’s character development does well at building up each of the many new stars.
It may be called The French Dispatch, but this film is a Russian doll of storytelling with its story-within-a-story-within-a-story structure. Compiling Wes Anderson’s distinct whimsy, timely humor, pristine production design, an all-star cast, and social commentary into one, the subject matter feels especially relevant and downright enjoyable.