The long-running Rocky series over the last two movies has morphed into the Creed series. The third installment of Creed manages a few curveballs
A film that is “Based on a true story” or, as it has been rewritten lately, “Inspired by true events”, can be a dicey prospect
The Quantumania isn’t quite the same as the first two Ant-Man movies, those were heist movies with a superhero size shifting twist.
You People is a comedy that dips into romance, culture clashes, race relations, in-laws angst, podcasting, loneliness and more.
Knock at the Cabin is a psychological thriller that is slightly guilty of repeating the same horror moments over and over but it’s still effective.
It’s not exactly a great or original action movie nor is it a great or original romantic comedy. But it has an endearing madcap energy
Missing has an interesting hook where it all takes place through the point of view of technology via laptops, phones, security cameras and more.
In 1830 in New York at West Point Military Academy, a cadet is found hanged and brought in to investigate is retired detective Landor (Christian Bale).
M3GAN weaves between camp, horror, comedy, and some decently emotional scenes for something that is zippy, entertaining and lots of chaos.
Honourable mentions: Top Gun: Maverick, Prey, Emily the Criminal, The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
After more than a decade, the sequel to the highest grossing movie of all time arrives with Avatar: The Way of Water.
Santa Claus (David Harbour) is on his nightly voyage across the world to deliver toys to everyone. Although he has started to become cynical about his job.
Glass Onion has a looping plot structure that wasn’t a huge aspect of the previous film which makes this entry distinct
The Menu is a movie that both celebrates elaborate dining and foodie culture while also calling it incredibly vapid.
The technologically advanced nation of Wakanda is under threat as the outside world wishes to possess the valuable material vibranium.
Kat (Lyric Ross) is a young girl sent to a boarding school after the untimely death of her parents, Delroy (Gary Gatewood) and Wilma (Gabrielle Dennis)
As far as incongruous, anachronistic, and silly reinterpretations of William Shakespeare’s iconic Romeo and Juliet go, Rosaline is decent.
Black Adam, the latest DC superhero movie in the DC Extended Universe, is more of Shazam! sequel than the marketing admits.
Four years after Michael Myers (James Jude Courtney) went on yet another rampage in the sleepy town of Haddonfield
Hocus Pocus 2, a decades later sequel to the 1993 movie, manages to avoid the pitfalls of many legacy sequels by not being just a thinly skinned remake.
Blonde is an extremely dark biopic about Marilyn Monroe that is difficult to watch. It bobbles between gritty realism and trippy surrealism.
Sonny (Kevin Hart) is a stay-at-home dad looking after his two kids while his wife, Maya (Regina Hall) is the breadwinner with a rich client
Alithea (Tilda Swinton) is an academic studying stories across humanity, even though she deals with visions that frequently haunt her waking hours.
Puppet and clock maker Geppetto (Tom Hanks) is making a puppet named Pinocchio (Benjamin Evan Ainsworth) while coping with the loss of his son.
Samaritan attempts a unique take on the superhero genre by crossing it with urban crime drama, coming of age tale family melodrama
Beast is a propulsive man versus nature movie. It’s not overflowing with thematic depth but it is a lean stalk and chase movie.
This isn’t consistently funny but there’s a few laughs when it gets close to Evil Dead 2 style splatter chaos.
Operative Serra Six (Ryan Gosling) does black-ops work for the CIA under the command of the nefarious Carmichael (Regé-Jean Page).
With a back to basics approach, Prey turns out to be a shot in the arm for the long-running Predator franchise.
With an interestingly loose approach to DC Universe lore, the animated DC League of Super-Pets is a quirky entry in the DC Universe filmography.
The Princess (Joey King) is chained in a high tower, waiting to be married to the evil warlord Julius (Dominic Cooper).
Otis Haywood Jr. aka OJ (Daniel Kaluuya) is a professional animal wrangler who lends out horses to Hollywood productions
It is legitimately awesome that in the fourth movie about Thor, plus four more Avengers movies, the character and world can still be entertaining.
The most distinctive thing about The Man from Toronto would probably be its unique title as it is ultimately a generic action-comedy flick.
While for other franchises that can seem stagnant, the fact that Beavis and Butt-Head remain exactly the same is part of the gag.
Buzz Lightyear (Chris Evans) is a Space Ranger and his team has been stranded on a far away hostile alien planet because he screwed up his exit
Dinosaurs walk amongst the Earth again after the genetically engineered beats escaped onto the mainland.
Antonio (Eugenio Derbez) is working as a valet, hoping he can reconnect with his ex-wife, Isabel (Marisol Nichols)
The crux of the film is a bit annoying as Maverick is stuck being a flight instructor when he’s the best pilot ever.
Chip ‘n Dale juggles multiple characters from various animation worlds and does it better than Space Jam: A New Legacy
Amleth (Oscar Novak) is a prince living with his mother, Gudrun (Nicole Kidman) and is overjoyed at the return of his father, the Viking King Aurvandill
The film bounces around a bit from crazy action to some chatty lulls and lots of exposition about what reality they’re in.
Uncharted is a game series that takes generic, B-movie action and makes it a visceral, gripping gaming experience
A James Bond or Jack Bauer adventure this is not. It takes place almost entirely in bars, cars and offices.
Michael Morbius (Jared Leto) has a rare disease that prevents him from full mobility, a curse he shares with his childhood friend Milo (Matt Smith).
Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore is meant to be the third movie in a five-movie prequel to Harry Potter.
Dubbed Apollo 10 ½, the mission will test the moon landing while everyone else thinks that Stanley is away at summer camp.
Billed as an “erotic thriller”, Deep Water can only manage vaguely titillating and mildly disconcerting moments.
Young Adam (Walker Scobell) is 12 years old and living with his mother, Ellie (Jennifer Garner), after the passing of his father, Louis (Mark Ruffalo).
In the magical land of 2002 Toronto, Mei (Rosalie Chiang) is a 13 year old 8th Grader who excels at her studies and is subservient to her mother
More than almost any other Batman movie, Pattinson’s Batman carries the film as he’s in basically every scene.
As far as trapped in a snowy location with maniac thrillers go, No Exit is a sturdy entry. It’s a zippy ninety minutes.
The King’s Man, a 100 year earlier prequel to the Kingsman movies, is an interesting, if somewhat muddled, divergence for the franchise.
Kimi, the latest film by prolific director Steven Soderbergh (Oceans 11, Logan Lucky), is an interesting character study that morphs into a thriller
House of Gucci has a few interesting moments as greed, lust for power and prestige causes a couple to crumble from within.
The Ice Age Adventures of Buck Wild is the 6th installment of the Ice Age franchise, although after 20 years it is starting to show its age
Young JR (Daniel Ranieri) and his mom (Lily Rabe) move into the home of his grandpa (Christopher Lloyd) after the JR’s father (Max Martini) abandons them
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.