Hotel Transylvania: Transformania is a high energy franchise entry with funny reactions, outsized animation and random jokes.
Resident Evil: Welcome to Racoon City is a reboot of the zombie film franchise of the zombie survival horror game franchise
Honourable mentions: Black Widow, No Sudden Move, Pig, A Quiet Place: Part II, The Green Knight, Venom: Let There Be Carnage, Luca, Nobody
Spider-Man: No Way Home is a culmination of not only the Spider-Man story in the Marvel Universe but also a full-on victory lap for the franchise
There’s an interesting narrative trick recalling movies like Rashomon or The Usual Suspects where the same story is seen from different perspectives
Jake (Neil Patrick-Harris) takes his daughter back to his childhood home and dusts off the old Nintendo Entertainment System
At a reported price tag of about 200 million dollars, Red Notice is the most expensive movie Netflix has ever produced
A significant amount of the plot hinges upon the people dismissing the events of the original Ghostbusters, which involved a giant Marshmallow Man
Newly minted best picture writer/director Chloe Zhao (Nomadland) is the latest filmmaker to take on the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Eternals.
The physicality Courtney brings to the role is nicely intense as Michael moves with single minded determination towards his target.
Reminiscence is a sort of sci-fi, mostly film noir detective story, and a whole lot of meaningless plot twisting.
The 2021 adaptation of Dune is labelled Part 1 as it is only about half of the sci-fi opus, but it’s still a complete epic on its own.
While billed as one of the few non-franchise, non-sequel blockbuster releases, and also an actual plot point in the film is intellectual property theft
The James Bond series has gone through numerous differences over the decades and, shockingly, No Time to Die delivers what has never happened before
Venom: Let There Be Carnage noticeably improves upon its predecessor by leaning into how ridiculously crazy the concept is.
Vacation Friends is a fun romp that follows the clash between a straight-laced couple and a wild and crazy couple
The spectre of the Candyman hangs over everything. And by extension his original incarnation of Daniel Robitaille played Tony Todd.
It’s a bit odd that Netflix would release Kate barely a few months after its extremely similar female assassin goes rogue film, Gunpowder Milkshake
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings manages to differentiate itself from the other films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The Green Knight is an incredibly weird, horror influenced, visually lush and somewhat ponderous adaptation of the Arthurian legend.
An underground fight club brawler only known as Snake Eyes (Henry Golding) is pining for revenge ever since as a child he witnessed his father’s murder.
F9: The Fast Saga continues the series’ tonal mash up of dopey yet enjoyable car smashing action combined with awkward sentimentality.
James Gunn delved into the Marvel universe with Guardians of the Galaxy and now he crosses the street to the DC Universe with The Suicide Squad
Lilly (Emily Blunt) is on a quest to find a mystical flower that could potentially cure any disease. Dragging along her reluctant brother, MacGregor
Sam (Gillan) has been on her own ever since her mother, Scarlet (Lena Headey), left. Sam is working for the Firm, a league of secret assassins
LeBron James keeps trying to surpass Michael Jordan’s records so it is not surprising he’s straight up starring in Space Jam: A New Legacy.
On the run from the government after the Avengers Civil War, Natasha aka the Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), is lying low until she is attacked
Dan Forester (Chris Pratt) is a former army man when the world is upended by the arrival of a military force from 50 years in the future.
A blistering opening prologue flashes back to the first day that killer sound sensing aliens landed on Earth.
Luca is sort of Pixar animation’s Italian version of The Little Mermaid with nice visuals and a zippy pace with rapid gags.
The whole thing is wrapped around two romantic plotlines which has been the basis for most musicals.
There’s a really good twist as to why H is suddenly so great at his job with incredible killer instinct.
It’s easily established in the first ten minutes why Cruella hates Dalmatians. Estella’s nickname by her mother
The city of Las Vegas has been overrun by a zombie plague and walled off with Sin City about to experience destruction via nuclear blast.
People’s thoughts blurting out randomly in a blue haze and semi-transparent visions is something one can endure or make the experience exceptionally irrita
Without Remorse really excels is in the action which is presented with immediacy by director Stefano Sollima (Sciario: Day of the Soldado).
There are good movies about people floating in space in dire circumstances like The Martian, Apollo 13, Ad or even The Midnight but this isn't one of them
Cole (Lewis Tan) is a down on his luck fighter trying to provide for his family, until one day he’s attacked by an ice magic ninja
Nobody is forged from the John Wick mould. Maybe a bit too closely, considering the screenwriter also penned the original Wick film.
Fern (Frances McDormand) is working various odd jobs across the country, substitute teacher, Amazon warehouse worker, janitorial staff and more,
Judas and the Black Messiah certainly has an appropriate title as the two main characters are a traitor and a messianic leader.
Zack Snyder may be credited as the director of 2017’s Justice League but for him that movie remained unfinished. Snyder suffered a personal tragedy
The world of Kaumandra was a place of magical dragons but the scourge of the Druun has wasted the land, turning people into stone.
Over 30 years since his original trip to America to find true love, Prince Akeem (Murphy) of the kingdom of Zamunda is shocked to find he has a son.
The snow may barely be off the ground, but the 5 Drive-In Oakville was back in business as of Friday.
In the future, Eastern Europe has become a civil war zone and one U.S. drone pilot, Harp (Damson Idris), disobeys orders to save a bunch of marines
Mark (Kyle Allen) is living the same day over and over again and is getting quite good at predicting every little event that happens in his town.
Locked Down is a gaggle of scenarios from the world of the COVID-19 pandemic that turns into a heist movie in the last 30 minutes or so.
Denzel is playing a beaten down grizzled cop who can’t let go of a case which is a standard cop movie cliché but he sells the emotional toil.
Promising Young Woman is a solid vigilante revenge thriller with a few distinctive twists on the genre. It incorporates serial killer movie tropes
After the United States civil war, Captain Kidd, makes a living by travelling to cities in the south and reading from selected newspapers to the masses.
Roald Dahl’s The Witches is sort of a kid friendly version of a horror movie with monsters and mutations.
In the year 1984, Diana aka the super-powered Amazonian Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) is living in the world of men, secretly saving people as Wonder Woman.
Honourable Mentions: Tenet, Freaky, Kajillionaire, The Invisible Man, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. the Reverend, The Midnight Sky, Onward
The Croods: A New Age manages to skate by on whimsy and craziness. Like the preceding film, it is cranked up to 11 the entire time
Mank is a glorious throwback to a bygone Hollywood filmmaking era that still manages to feel current with themes about fake news
Freaky is a horror comedy twist on the Freaky Friday formula that succeeds in being very energetic and messy.
A combination of comedy sci-fi apocalypse and a glam up romantic comedy, Superintelligence ends up as a fairly tonally inconsistent mash up
Dreamland is a melodrama that leans into the tragedy and schmaltz with a lot of grim desperation and sturdy performances
Kajillionaire by writer and director Miranda July (Me, You and Everyone You Know) is a strange, sad, weird, and sometimes amusing experience.
Director Alexandra Pelosi, daughter of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, doesn’t exactly make the movie a didactic partisan hack job
While not deviating very much from the standard buddy movie road trip comedy formula, Unpregnant works well within that structure.
Borat (Cohen) was sent to the gulag after his first movie embarrassed the nation of Kazakhstan but now he is sent to America
In 1968, protesters descended upon the Democratic National Convention in Chicago to speak out against the Vietnam War.
The protector of all things on Halloween is Hubie Dubouis (Sandler) who is working overtime to make sure that everyone stays on the straight and narrow
The Social Dilemma begins with a cavalcade of former social media software engineers and investors telling the truth about how social media works.
The Devil All the Time is an extremely grim experience that leans into its Western gothic horror vibe with lots of creepy visuals
The 2020 Mulan live-action remake of Disney’s 1998 animated Mulan is definitely the same story in both versions, give or take an Eddie Murphy voiced dragon
It works in fits and starts as there are some good performances from some moody mutants until things finally get rolling in the finale.
A CIA agent, who is eventually nicknamed the Protagonist (John David Washington), is recruited by an agency known as Tenet.
After an almost 30 year gap in between sequels the excellent duo return in Bill and Ted Face the Music in a most triumphant manner.
Ultimately, Ivan is a film that has a sweet center although it never quite reaches being an extraordinarily transcendent talking animal fantasy
An American Pickle is a very funny and very weird movie that jumps from zany event to zany event, tonally hopping forcefully between maudlin and manic
Project Power is one of them grim and gritty and splatter ultraviolent takes on the superhero genre.
Wrestler turned actor Bautista keeps his tough guy with a heart of gold persona that he has used to good effect as Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy
Andy (Charlize Theron) runs around the globe doing mercenary for hire work with her comrades in arms
Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga is a weird movie which makes sense since it’s about an excessively extravagant singing competition
7500 is a visceral thriller that makes the most out of a single confined space and uses a real-time gimmick to create tension.
Democratic political strategist, Gary (Carrell), is trying to get his fellow liberal Washington Democrats out of a rut after their demoralizing 2016 loss
Alexander Hamilton is an up and coming American revolutionary in the late 1700s standing up to the oppression
The King of Staten Island is writer/director Judd Apatow doing his star-making comedy drama vehicle bit where he bestows fame
One day Artemis Fowl Jr. (Ferdia Shaw) finds that his father, Artemis Fowl Sr. (Colin Farrell) has gone missing and was actually a world renowned criminal
The Showtime documentary The Longest War shines a light on the US occupation of Afghanistan which, pushing towards 20 years
Digging into alternate versions of outcomes is what makes Kimmy vs. The Reverend very entertaining, eventually supplying a shockingly truly dramatic finale
Guns Akimbo is an excessively violent and extremely weird experience. It is also pretty funny with a lot of quipping amidst the chaotic splatter.
Its a zippy, profound and darkly amusing experience that shows how easy it is to twist a system if no one is watching
Extraction doesn’t have the balletic kinetic art-house pop action of something like John Wick but it does have exceptionally crunchy and messy skirmishes
Sergio (Wagner Moura from Netflix’s Narcos) works as a UN Ambassador and is sent to Iraq at the outbreak of the war.
Trolls World Tour is an outlier, it is a big budget animated family feature and a sequel to a movie that made 300+ million worldwide
Hoarding, sharing, rationing, gluttony, and starvation are unfortunately themes, nowadays more than ever, and with eerie timing The Platform arrives
Leonhard Seppala (Willem Dafoe) is a dog sled trainer and racer living with his wife Constance (Julianne Nicholson) and their faithful lead dog Togo
When a bunch of strangers wake up in the middle of a forested nowhere, they are gagged, confused, and find a cache of deadly weaponry
With movie theatres shuttering, social distancing the new normal, and new releases being yanked, at first glance it seems there is a dearth of originals
Usually movies about the invisible man make the disappearing guy the centre of the story, but this film takes a unique tactic.
Pixar’s latest effort, Onward, continues its tradition of exuberant energy, gorgeous animation, and an emotionally satisfying journey.
Jim Carrey almost singlehandedly makes it entertaining by going old school Carrey bonkers in every scene.
Harrison Ford narrates the film very sagely, telling the audience what Buck is feeling at any given moment.
Robbie delivers an energetic, fun performance. Harley starts off the movie down in the dumps as she tries to define herself without the Joker.
Miss Americana follows Swift in the present day with multiple archival footage flashbacks and confessional scenes.
Mickey (Matthew McConaughey) is a producer of marijuana in England but wants to retire so he offers to sell his operation to the smarmy Matthew