#SpoilerFreeReviews

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

    Fahrenheit 11/9

    The new doc, “Fahrenheit 11/9,” is a better combined sequel to “Roger & Me” and “Bowling for Columbine” than it is an original movie on Trump.

    PS - super proud to see footage of my dear friend Tasha Dixon standing up for what’s right in the film!

    Mandy

    On paper, “Mandy” sounds like the best cult film of all-time.

    It’s part Lynchian drug-fueled zaniness, a touch of style via Ridley Scott “Legend” & “Blade Runner,” with animated sequences drawing inspiration from Ralph Bakshi, and an over-the-top “Death Wish” performance that Nicholas Cage was born to play.

    It’s just too bad the viewing experience does not add up to anything worthy of referencing…outside of the Cheddar Goblin. Yes, there is a Cheddar Goblin and his 30-second cameo is glorious.

    The Predator

    “The Predator” is one of the worst films of 2018, but at least it has one important life lesson; a pre-teen with Asperger syndrome may or may not be able to save the world and is totally employable…by the government

    A Simple Favor

    Regardless of ridiculous tonal shifts, questionable character motivations and film noir cliches audiences have seen countless times before - “A Simple Favor” is simply a good time…to stream at home.

    Juliet, Naked

    “Juliet, Naked” is a good character study disguised as a feature film. In other words it’s just like ALL big-screen Nick Hornby adaptations.

    Searching

    “Searching” is “Unfriended” + empathy, making for a great genre thrill ride.

    Alpha

    “Alpha” is the best Hughes brother film that no one will see.

    The Meg

    A horror movie about Meg from “Family Guy” would have been more entertaining than “The Meg.”

    Blackkklansman

    Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing” inspired me to move to Los Angeles.

    “Blackkklansman” inspires me to move back.

    P.S. Prediction - Spike Lee will finally win his long overdue directing Oscar come award season next year.

    Christopher Robin

    Another year and another “Christopher Robin” film. This proves that Disney should consolidate the “Hundred-Acre Wood” to a TV series versus retreading the same universal themes on the big-screen.

    Blindspotting

    The definition of “Blindspotting” — When a situation or an image can be interpreted in two different ways, but you can only see one of the interpretations. You have a blindspot to the second interpretation. Often used when referring to people seeing the wrong interpretation.

    Mamma Mia 2

    “Mamma Mia 2” #SpoilerFreeReview in the form of Cher songs:

    Flashback scenes - “If I Could Turn Back Time”

    Present day scenes - “Do You Believe in Life After Love” and “I Got You Babe”

    Leave No Trace

    “Leave no Trace” is the best slow-burn movie of the year to have zero plot.

    Sorry to Bother You

    “Sorry to Bother You” at times feels like the early works of;

    - Spike Lee shining a light on racism

    - The fantasy-world building of Terry Gilliam

    - The offbeat sensibilities of Charlie Kaufman

    - The slapstick comedy stylings of David Zucker / Jim Abrahams.

    While it may lack empathy, making for a tough viewing experience, the audience can’t escape Boots Riley’s timely polarizing voice that will surely be remembered as he has created the most original film of 2018.

    Rampage

    Rampage > Skyscraper > San Andreas

    Sicario: Day of the Soldado

    “Sicario: Day of the Soldado” is an emotionless technically proficient sizzle reel for Stefano Sollima to get a job directing “Narcos.”