Booksmart (2019)

The relentless comparisons to SUPERBAD in this film’s marketing really hurt stand on its own. It’s a perfectly good, enjoyable, well-made high school comedy…and SUPERBAD is its own, iconic film from a very different context. “Female SUPERBAD!” might sound like a catchy hook but it’s a disservice to both films, especially when what works well…

Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019)

Gareth Edwards’ 2014 GODZILLA had some nice trailers that really pushed a mystical, low-on-dialogue, low-on-melodrama approach to a Godzilla story. The film seemed awesome, in the truest sense of the word, and Edwards’ fascination with imagery of scale seemed a great match for the character. The actual movie was low on mysticism but high on…