#SpoilerFreeReviews

    Written by: Aaron (Dobler) Goldstein. Follow along on twitter.

    Crawl

    “Crawl” is a generic B horror flick that proves it doesn’t take a lot to provide a scary fun time. And that’s not a croc(k)!

    Spiderman: Far From Home

    Two years later and my #SpoilerFreeReview for “SpiderMan: Homecoming” is now the same for “Far From Home:”

    Both are a better high school romance movie than a superhero movie…which is not a bad thing.

    Yesterday

    “Yesterday” is in search of a leading man for today.

    As a huge fan of Richard Curtis, it pains me to say his movies as of late struggle from a leading man curse. If they don’t star Hugh Grant or a slew of awesome supporting characters (i.e. “Love Actually”), they simply fall flat and are mildly entertaining versus becoming instant rom-com classics like “Notting Hill” and “Four Weddings and a Funeral.”

    Late Night

    “Late Night” is a situational sitcom disguised as a movie. It hits all the right beats and is elevated thanks to captivating performances from Emma Thompson and John Lithgow.

    The Secret Life of Pets 2

    “The Secret Life of Pets 2” is too episodic to be a movie and the episodes are too fragmented to be a good TV show.

    Dark Phoenix

    “Dark Phoenix” is a good 15-minute movie buried in 2 hours of generic superhero filler.

    Rocketman

    “Rocketman” is a better broadway musical than it is a biopic and it’s easily one of the best movies of the year

    Godzilla: King of the Monsters

    “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” is basically a fun version of “Pacific Rim: Uprising” mixed with “The Day After Tomorrow…” and I am strangely okay with that.

    Aladdin

    If you can ignore the tonal issues and flat singing of the male leads, “Aladdin” succeeds in being the best Jasmine movie ever made.

    Booksmart

    “Booksmart” brilliantly takes two Diane Court (“Say Anything”) like lead characters and frees them of the standard high school boy meets girl setup. By doing this, it creates a funny, moving, coming of age classic that has something new to say while feeling comfortably familiar.

    In other words, I can’t wait to see it again.

    Brightburn

    “Brightburn” is an okay horror character study where the scares are greater than the characters and the credit sequence has more plot development than the entire film.

    A Dog's Journey

    “A Dog’s Journey” is the reincarnation of “A Dog’s Purpose…” or “you can’t teach an old dog movie new tricks.”

    This is not a bad thing as they are both crowd-pleasing family friendly pieces of entertainment. And that is the doggone truth. 🐶

    John Wick 3

    Director John Woo had star Chow Yun-Fat in the 80s/90s and today Chad Stahelski has Keanu Reeves.

    What does this mean? Hong Kong bloody action/ballet style cinema is still alive and well with the latest addition to the “John Wick” family.

    Detective Pikach

    “Detective Pikachu” is a bad kid’s movie disguised as a good one, thanks to the Pokémon brand.

    Long Shot

    “Long Shot” not only proves that the rom-com isn’t dead, it also flips the romantic genre stereotypes to create a hilarious, timely, feel good movie.

    Avengers: Endgame

    “Avengers: Endgame” is the “Lord of the Rings: Return of the King” of the Marvel universe.

    Pet Sematary

    Pet Sematary tagline - “Sometimes, dead is better”

    Pet Sematary #SpoilerFreeReview “Sometimes, originals are better”

    Shazam

    “Shazam” is similar to “SpiderMan: Homecoming.” It’s a better kids coming of age story than it is a superhero movie…which is not a bad thing.

    Us

    “Us” is two-thirds of a great horror movie.