Sicario (2015)

A fantastic thriller with utterly gorgeous cinematography. The story itself, and the characters operating in it, wax and wane from engaging to less so, but the craft of the film itself never lets up. The sound design is also noticeably great. A mature, thoughtful thriller, crafted as well as any could be. I give it…

Straight Outta Compton (2015)

The rare biopic (music biopic even) that’s legitimately enjoyable! Straight Outta Compton is bursting with energy, has a solid cast, chugs along nicely, has a great soundtrack (of course), and feels relevant to the time in which it’s been released. The film is clearly not an accurate recreation of reality, and obviously there’s vested interest…

Ex Machina (2015)

I’m very happy to see great modern SF cinema like this. Great film. The film is laser-focused, with a cast of four (Oscar Isaac and Alicia Vikander particularly good), a strong narrative, and a tight grasp on its themes. The visual effects are seamless, very impressive. The film may be too focused at times, with…

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

I absolutely love this film. It’s a fantastic morality tale, a great character piece, an brilliantly unconventional western, an utter classic. There are a few little problems and aged elements – occasionally awkward pacing, a score that frustrates and overcrowds at times, and a few lines of dialogue a bit too blunt – but overall…