Aaron Paul in “El Camino”. Photo: Netflix

Quick Take: EL CAMINO

Fans of the show will appreciate Vince Gilligan’s style, and Aaron Paul is fine, even if the movie feels far from necessary. 


 

Choi Woo-shik, Song Kang-ho, Jang Hye-jin and Park So-dam in “Parasite”. Photo: Neon

Review: PARASITE

It has a phenomenal script that remains flawless throughout.


 

Sam Worthington in “Fractured”. Photo: Netflix

Quick Take: FRACTURED

The path leading up to the twist feels entirely run-of-the-mill.


 



“My Life As a Comedian”. Photo: SF

Quick Take: MY LIFE AS A COMEDIAN

A moving examination of the far-reaching effects of bullying among schoolchildren, boosted by good performances.


 

Will Smith in “Gemini Man”. Photo: Paramount

Quick Take: GEMINI MAN

Intense action, but hampered by the film’s ultra-crisp TV movie look.


 

Helen Mirren in “Catherine the Great”. Photo: HBO

Quick Take: CATHERINE THE GREAT

Playing lustful, power-hungry people, Helen Mirren and Jason Clarke look like they had fun.


 



Patrick Wilson, Harrison Gilbertson, Laysla De Oliveira and Avery Whitted. Photo: Netflix

Quick Take: IN THE TALL GRASS

As the forces of the field have an effect on its victims the movie derails, resulting in a chaotic final half hour.


 

Joaquin Phoenix in “Joker”. Photo: Warner

Review: JOKER

Towering above all this is Joaquin Phoenix’s brutally tortured performance as a scarier clown than anything Pennywise can throw at us.

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