“Joker” is not a date-night movie much less a film for children; it is disturbing, raw, frightening, and human. It is a character study that would be heralded as such if it were called anything but “Joker.”
It is evident from the very first reel of the film that Quentin Tarantino has graduated from a student of film to a somewhat mythical master of it long ago. For his 9th Film Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood, his mastery is on full display, albeit with mixed results.
Avengers: Endgame is a blockbuster in its purest form. It delivers on all levels, answers every question, and ties up every main loose end, while allowing characters we’ve grown to love ride off, shrouded in the glow of the sunset.
Venom had the potential to be 2018’s Spawn, but instead its flawed story and shallow characters leave a sour taste in our mouth.
“Us” is a fantastic exercise in social commentary; it is not in it for the cheap scare. It holds a mirror to ourselves and forces us to confront the fear of the “other.”