#SpoilerFreeReviews

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

    Can You Ever Forgive Me?

    No, I cannot forgive you for wasting 105 minutes of my life.

    #SpoilerFreeReviews “Can you Ever Forgive Me?”

    Green Book

    “Green Book” is a manipulative feel-good movie where not much happens except for Viggo Mortenson consuming food…tons and tons food.

    Widows

    With strong multi-facet female characters plus an all-star cast to fill the roles, “Widows” plays more like a slow-burn Netflix series than a feature film…and that is not necessarily a bad thing.

    Roma

    Alfonso Cuaron has made a masterpiece, unfortunately it’s not “Roma” and remains to be the criminally under-watched, “Children of Men.”

    The Gift

    With “The Gift” and “Boy Erased,” Joel Edgerton has officially mastered the art of somber suspense. Here’s hoping his next film is a rom-com.

    Wreck It Ralph 2

    “Wreck It Ralph 2” is a clever family comedy with a lot of heart but in search of a big-bad.

    Creed II

    Despite being trapped in predicable “Rocky”sequel formula, “Creed II” quickly sets itself apart by focusing outside the ring on compelling family drama.

    Instant Family

    “Instant Family” is a great network sitcom disguised as a feature-length film.

    Overlord

    “Overlord” is the best violent survival video game of the year.

    The Grinch

    “The Grinch” is a disappointing holiday themed “Despicable Me” sequel that no one asked for and no one needed.

    Bohemian Rhapsody

    “Bohemian Rhapsody” is a two+ hour rock concert in search of a better movie to support it…oh and it’s also a hell of a good show.

    Mid90s

    “Mid90s” is a passable gritty mood piece in search of a plot to support it.

    Halloween

    “Halloween” struggles with it’s identity, trying to find a balance between “Scream” like jokes and 70’s slasher scares. In the process, David Gordon Green delivers a good not great film that is miles ahead of all other “Halloween” sequels but nowhere near a classic, like “A Quiet Place” from earlier this year.

    First Man

    The Neil Armstrong biopic, “First Man” hits all the right technical and thematic beats from family, adversity, and long-take shaky dramatic camera sequences yet for some reason, it simply soars within orbit versus truly being out of this world.

    The Old Man and the Gun

    “The Old Man and the Gun” is like your favorite nightcap that you don’t want to finish. It’s comforting, smooth and it may or may not lull you to sleep after you finish viewing it.

    The Hate U Give

    “The Hate U Give” at times feels like a YA version of “Crash” #JustSayNo2CrashHating.

    It is not simply a contrived story with racial tension, it’s also a meaningful cinematic journey that sheds a much needed light on what is wrong in America today told through the singular POV of an African American teenage girl.

    It is an emotional gut-wrenching experience that is simply one of the best of the year.

    PS: Don’t watch the trailer, which shows key moments in the film that don’t happen until the final scene -_-

    Venom

    “Venom” is an excellent origin superhero movie…for the 90’s.

    A Star is Born

    With an improvisational cinematic style clearly inspired by David R. Russell, “A Star is Born” is a musical-therapy session for Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper that you won’t want to end.