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
The reclusive Dolittle (Downey Jr.) can talk to the animals until one day Tommy (Harry Collett) arrives looking to fix a squirrel Tommy accidentally shot.
Underwater is basically Alien, except, as the title mentions, it’s underwater. Not that taking inspiration is a bad thing
Honourable Mentions: Spider-Man: Far From Home, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, Marriage Story, The Irishman, Glass, Midsommar, Joker, The Lighthouse
It’s easy to confuse The Grudge with The Ring because they’re both mid–2000s horror franchises that got half–hearted reboot attempts
Somewhat impossibly, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker has wrapped up the sagas Skywalkers and Force powered folks presented in 42 years of films.
Jumanji: The Next Level fulfills the sequel requirements of following the last installment Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle by delivering the same movie
Charlie (Adam Driver) and Nicole (Scarlett Johansson) are divorcing and trying to do what’s best for their son
Writer and director Rian Johnson (Brick, The Last Jedi) returns with the peppy and hilarious murder mystery Knives Out.
There isn’t an elaborate makeup job for Tom Hanks as Fred Rogers; he’s just wearing a wig and some fake eyebrows
In the mid– ’60s, Ford Motor Company needs an image makeover as Ferrari cars are the fanciest in the land.
Danny Torrance (Ewan McGregor) is a middle-aged guy traumatized from his experience at the haunted Overlook Hotel 40 years ago
Terminator: Dark Fate is the 6th film in the Terminator franchise, although since it ignores parts 4 through 5, it is sorta the 3rd film.
The Lighthouse is an old school drama wherein it basically takes two actors, sticks them in an enclosed location, and has them slowly go nuts.
Zombieland: Double Tap isn’t as fresh as the original movie was 10 years ago mainly because there has been a whole lot of zombie related movies since then
Breaking Bad was a slow burn TV phenomenon that was a rare show that became more popular as it went on
DC Comics latest film, Joker, shuns being a part of a universe and stands apart as a dark, disturbing, character piece about the origin of the villain.
Yi is a young girl trying to save up for a trip across China. Things however become slightly complicated when she discovers an Abominable Snowman
Rambo: Last Blood isn’t exactly a great capper to the long running franchise but it does an okay job at giving Rambo one final ride
Hustlers is a movie that basically plays by the standard crime movie genre conventional arc of rags to riches
It Chapter Two is a sprawling horror film that is slightly less focused than its predecessor. That may be due to the nearly 3 hour running time
Road to the Lemon Grove is a pleasant enough diversion. A Canadian independent film with a distinct flair of Hamilton
Weaving has had a lot of smaller roles over the years but this is her first big lead and she absolutely nails it.
While the shock of seeing tweens spewing raunchy language can only get so much comedic mileage, Good Boys manages to keep things consistently entertaining.
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is a haphazard horror experience. It wants to be random scare stories
Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw may sound like the name of a burger joint but is, in actuality, the 9th film in the Fast and Furious franchise.
Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time In... Hollywood is a grab bag of various film styles and scenes which wildly careens from hilarious to heartfelt
At Pride Rock, the Lion King Mufasa (James Earl Jones, the only returning cast from the original) presents his new son, Simba (JD McCrary)
Crawl is a zippy closed quarters horror experience that is mostly dumb but features good chaos and keeps things lively almost it’s entire running time.
Spider–Man: Far From Home is technically the 8th Spider–Man film (or 9th, give or take a Venom) and Far From Home proves he is still a viable character.
Ghost hunting power duo the Warrens, Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine (Vera Farmiga), have recently acquired a mysterious and very creepy looking doll
She keeps relegating Woody to the back of the closet, something that minor control freak Woody isn’t used to after being the top toy in town.
Zombies have been used as social commentary for a very long time ever since the original Night of the Living Dead movies
The X–Men series has 12 movies in 19 years and Dark Phoenix may have not been planned to be the ending of the X–Men series
Hamilton, Ontario Review: A lonely woman befriends a group of teenagers and decides to let them party at her house.
The origin story of Superman is engrained in pop culture mythos, it is surprising it has taken this long to get an evil twist on that story.
With her family scheduled to be deported back to Jamaica tomorrow, young Natasha (Yara Shahidi) takes to the streets of New York.
A remake of the 1988 comedy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (which was a remake of the 1964 film Bedtime Story)
Based on the toy line this doesn’t turn out to be another surprise like The LEGO Movie, instead UglyDolls is bland.