Derek Deskins

Review: 'The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes' Sizzles at the Start, Fizzles by the Finale
Review: 'The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes' Sizzles at the Start, Fizzles by the Finale

"The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes" is two-thirds of a crowd-pleasing grand adventure that gets bogged down by the obligations of being a prequel.

by Derek Deskins | Nov 17, 2023

Review: 'Bottoms' is Decidedly Unique, Cozily Familiar, and Unrelentingly Funny
Review: 'Bottoms' is Decidedly Unique, Cozily Familiar, and Unrelentingly Funny

Writer-director Emma Seligman has delivered a movie that stretches its own genre and tells a story that is decidedly unique, while also feeling cozily familiar.

by Derek Deskins | Aug 24, 2023

Review: 'Summoning Sylvia' a Howl, but Not of Fright
Review: 'Summoning Sylvia' a Howl, but Not of Fright

"Summoning Sylvia" is an enjoyable time with a captivating crop of characters. Just don't expect any of it to scare you.

by Derek Deskins | Mar 31, 2023

Review: Spielberg Bares his Life in Touching 'The Fabelmans'
Review: Spielberg Bares his Life in Touching 'The Fabelmans'

With "The Fabelmans," Spielberg makes his coming-of-age picture, an achingly personal trip through his life that proves the man hasn't lost a beat.

by Derek Deskins | Nov 23, 2022

Review: 'Weird: The Al Yankovic Story' Simply Silly
Review: 'Weird: The Al Yankovic Story' Simply Silly

A biopic of Al Yankovic's life was never going to be a serious affair. This was always going to be a parody of a decidedly tired medium that is begging to be mocked. if only it were a good parody.

by Derek Deskins | Nov 15, 2022

Review: 'Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery' a Must-See
Review: 'Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery' a Must-See

More than just a sequel to "Knives Out," this followup shows us a director confidently making the movies that he wants to in a manner that only he can. See it for sure.

by Derek Deskins | Nov 23, 2022

Review: 'The Menu' All Sizzle, no Follow-through
Review: 'The Menu' All Sizzle, no Follow-through

For much of its runtime, this film is immensely enjoyable. But when it sets out to give itself meaning, it struggles to find its footing.

by Derek Deskins | Nov 19, 2022

Review: Starring Brad Pitt, Bad Bunny, & More, 'Bullet Train' is Messy, Violent Fun
Review: Starring Brad Pitt, Bad Bunny, & More, 'Bullet Train' is Messy, Violent Fun

With "Bullet Train," director David Leitch furthers his streak of violent fun.

by Derek Deskins | Aug 5, 2022

Review: Hulu's Dark Comedy 'Not Okay' is Trite and Boring
Review: Hulu's Dark Comedy 'Not Okay' is Trite and Boring

"Not Okay" is unnecessary tedium that will be forgotten as quickly as it takes to refresh an Instagram feed.

by Derek Deskins | Jul 27, 2022

Review: Careful Thoughtful 'Hustle' a Pure Delight
Review: Careful Thoughtful 'Hustle' a Pure Delight

Oh, the emotional roller coaster that is the life of an Adam Sandler fan.

by Derek Deskins | Jun 9, 2022


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