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“Ant-Man and the Wasp”
Light-hearted and relatively low-stakes, ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ is a hilarious and much-needed break from the MCU’s current state. Paul Rudd turns in another solid performance as the most underrated Marvel hero, Evangeline Lilly kicks ass and Michael Peña is flat out hysterical.
— Zach Goins (@zach_goins) July 6, 2018
‘American Animals’ felt a bit slow, filled with a lot of lead up that drags on at times, but things crank up during the last 45 minutes. A very fascinating blend of narrative and documentary-style storytelling adds a unique flare to what could be seen as just another heist film.
— Zach Goins (@zach_goins) July 4, 2018
Despite its cliches and predictability, I was pleasantly surprised with ‘Uncle Drew.’ Clearly more appealing to sports fans, it still turned out to be more than cheap laughs and stupid humor. @SHAQ and @nickkroll are equally hilarious! #UncleDrew
— Zach Goins (@zach_goins) July 3, 2018
“Sicario: Day of the Soldado”
While not quite as good as it’s predecessor, ‘Sicario: Day of the Soldado’ is a worthy sequel. Stefano Sollima directs a new, dynamic plot filled with the same thrilling tension, but with a touch more violence. Del Toro is phenomenal, and the summer of Brolin continues.
— Zach Goins (@zach_goins) June 29, 2018
“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”
An absurd plot paired with a lazy script easily makes ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ the disappointment of the summer. The dialogue and action are extremely predictable, and the characters, other than Pratt, just aren’t likable. Save your money and catch this one on Netflix.
— Zach Goins (@zach_goins) June 24, 2018
‘Incredibles 2’ was absolutely worth the wait – can’t beat the original, but a worthy sequel. The attention to detail in the film’s animation is stunning and produces some beautiful visuals. Loved getting to see Elastigirl take the reins this time around, and Jack Jack is a star.
— Zach Goins (@zach_goins) June 17, 2018
‘Hereditary’ is a slow burn, beautifully escalating it’s haunts until they become full blown terror. Combining the reality of tragic family drama with a touch of the supernatural, ‘Hereditary’ creates an atmospheric dread while managing to avoid the tropes of other horror films.
— Zach Goins (@zach_goins) June 10, 2018
“Ocean’s 8” was a fun movie, but left me wanting more. Such an opportunity with a cast full of so much talent, but it doesn’t quite deliver. Hathaway proves to be the film’s secret weapon, and Rihanna’s slick Nine Ball impresses, but I feel Kaling was severely underutilized.
— Zach Goins (@zach_goins) June 8, 2018
‘Adrift’ does an excellent job telling an extremely emotional story. The true story is perfectly suspenseful without ever feeling too dramatized for the big screen. Woodley and Claflin’s chemistry carries the movie, despite some plain and unconvincing dialogue.
— Zach Goins (@zach_goins) June 1, 2018
“Solo: A Star Wars Story”
‘Solo’ is good, but left me a bit underwhelmed. After ‘Rogue One’ set the standalone bar so high, expectations were even higher this time. Bit of a slow start, but once it gets rolling, it’s lots of fun. Glover & Clarke are excellent, no surprise there. Ehrenreich is a solid Han.
— Zach Goins (@zach_goins) May 25, 2018
The Merc with a Mouth outdoes himself in ‘Deadpool 2’ as the hilariously outrageous sequel ups the comedy, violence and emotion. Unlike its predecessor, DP2 mixes in a surprisingly heartfelt message between quips, dismembered body parts and pop-culture references. #Deadpool2
— Zach Goins (@zach_goins) May 19, 2018
“Avengers: Infinity War”
‘Avengers: Infinity War’ absolutely delivers. With so many characters meeting for the first time, Marvel adds tons of new, dynamic relationships. After an 18-movie build up, all of the pieces that have been in motion for +10 years seamlessly come together in an explosive climax.
— Zach Goins (@zach_goins) April 27, 2018
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“A Quiet Place”
Krasinski knocks it out of the park in his horror debut. ‘A Quiet Place’ is a beautiful, minimalistic masterpiece. Simple and straightforward, yet every single scene feels so high-stakes. Its use of sound makes ‘A Quiet Place’ a totally unique moviegoing experience.
— Zach Goins (@zach_goins) April 6, 2018
The pacing & comedic timing of ‘Game Night’ make for nonstop laughs & fun. In a star-studded cast, jokes are surprisingly balanced between characters, but Plemmons doesn’t have a scene without leaving audiences cackling. Can’t remember the last time I laughed so hard in theaters.
— Zach Goins (@zach_goins) March 24, 2018
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
‘Three Billboards’ is absolutely phenomenal. Compelling dialogue, extremely complex characters and shockingly dark humor. McDormand, Harrelson and Rockwell rightfully deserve their noms.
— Zach Goins (@zach_goins) March 3, 2018
Wow… #BlackPanther was a masterpiece. So much more than just a superhero movie. Michael B. Jordan’s Killmonger gives us a villain we actually care about, Letitia Wright’s Shuri steals every scene, and, of course, Boseman as T’Challa is perfection.
— Zach Goins (@zach_goins) February 16, 2018
If you’re looking to waste money, time and brain cells, go see ‘Father Figures.’ Whether it’s trying way too hard to be overly sentimental or ridiculously unfunny, FF never decides what kind of movie it wants to be. Big disappointment from an impressive cast.
— Zach Goins (@zach_goins) December 28, 2017
‘Downsizing’ stretches itself thin over its lengthy two-plus hour runtime, touching on interesting ideas but never diving deep enough. An extremely interesting concept that doesn’t quite deliver.
— Zach Goins (@zach_goins) December 25, 2017
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”
My quick, spoiler-free thoughts:
– Rey solidified as my favorite Star Wars character
– Beautiful symbolism/parallels to the trilogy
– Not an Empire remake — lots of unexpected plot twists
– Love the exploration of the Force
– Powerful women & POC = good
– Porgs = bad#TheLastJedi
— Zach Goins (@zach_goins) December 15, 2017
After further review including a second viewing, I’ve come to the decision that… Porgs are, in fact, good. Final answer. #TheLastJedi
— Zach Goins (@zach_goins) December 22, 2017
‘Justice League’ erases any progress the DCEU made with ‘Wonder Woman.’ Rushed exposition of new heroes, sloppy villain with no motivation. Cyborg, Batfleck and Superman are weak, wanted more Aquaman. Just give us a Flash/Wonder Woman movie and call it a day.
— Zach Goins (@zach_goins) November 25, 2017
“Only the Brave”
‘Only the Brave’ delivers a raw & gripping story of true heroism. Excellent use of simultaneously developing characters & building conflict.
— Zach Goins (@zach_goins) October 21, 2017
“Kingsman: The Golden Circle”
‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ brilliantly blends violence & art in a way few movies can. Don’t expect any awards, just 2 hours of pure fun.
— Zach Goins (@zach_goins) September 23, 2017
'American Assassin' was a pleasant surprise. Despite its cliches, Keaton shines + constant, gripping action. Expect a franchise for O'Brien.
— Zach Goins (@zach_goins) September 16, 2017
So, "It" was basically scary "Stranger Things."
— Zach Goins (@zach_goins) September 11, 2017
“The Hitman’s Bodyguard”
'The Hitman's Bodyguard' is ridiculous, overblown action w/ far too much profanity-laden banter. Chemistry is there, dialogue is brainless.
— Zach Goins (@zach_goins) September 9, 2017
Wow… @WindRiverMovie is amazing & heartbreaking. A thrilling drama full of tense action & raw emotion. Excited to see more from E. Olsen.
— Zach Goins (@zach_goins) September 2, 2017
“The Dark Tower”
"The Dark Tower" raises more questions than it answers. Both the story & the camera are all over the place making both difficult to follow.
— Zach Goins (@zach_goins) August 11, 2017
'Dunkirk' shows the terror of war in its simplest form. Nolan creates suspense/intensity w/ minimal action & Zimmer's score only adds depth.
— Zach Goins (@zach_goins) July 22, 2017
"Spider-Man: Homecoming" is two plus hours of pure fun. Holland is finally the young, inexperienced, geeky hero fans have been waiting on!
— Zach Goins (@zach_goins) July 8, 2017
Don't think I've ever seen a movie perfectly blend high-speed action with art and cinematography like "Baby Driver" does. Highly recommend.
— Zach Goins (@zach_goins) July 4, 2017
"The House" had its moments, but wasn't nearly as hilarious as I expected. For two of comedy's biggest names, Ferrell & Poehler disappoint.
— Zach Goins (@zach_goins) July 1, 2017
"Rough Night" is the stupidly hilarious movie it's expected to be. Chemistry makes up for the weak plot and McKinnon steals the show again.
— Zach Goins (@zach_goins) June 24, 2017
“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales”
"Dead Men Tell No Tales" wasn't very good, but seeing Will and Elizabeth finally reunite at the very end made it all worthwhile. #OTP
— Zach Goins (@zach_goins) June 9, 2017
"Wonder Woman" was freaking amazing. So glad to finally see another good DC movie. Gal Gadot is an absolute bad ass. #wonderwoman
— Zach Goins (@zach_goins) June 3, 2017
'Hacksaw Ridge' excellently tells a story of courage & faith. Garfield justifies his best actor nom & Vaughn's comedic balance is perfect.
— Zach Goins (@zach_goins) March 4, 2017
“La La Land”
I really didn't want to like "La La Land" because everyone in the world loves it, but wow that was good. The hype is well deserved.
— Zach Goins (@zach_goins) February 25, 2017
Just finished "Moonlight" in round two of tonight's double header. An excellent, heartbreaking movie about finding your identity.
— Zach Goins (@zach_goins) February 25, 2017
McCavoy's ability to seamlessly switch between nine of his 24 characters combined with Shyamalan's classic twists makes "Split" a must see.
— Zach Goins (@zach_goins) January 21, 2017
'Why Him?' — The crude comedy it's expected to be. Cranston/Franco's chemistry is surprisingly great, but Key's "Gustav" steals every scene.
— Zach Goins (@zach_goins) December 25, 2016
'Assassin's Creed' was a mess. A cast with Fassbender/Cotillard had potential, but it seemed catered to gamers and lacked an engaging plot.
— Zach Goins (@zach_goins) December 21, 2016
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”
Rogue One was dope, you guys.
— Zach Goins (@zach_goins) December 16, 2016
'Moana' was a great time. Beautiful animation, music and story. Disney never fails to disappoint. Plus, @TheRock kills it singing.
— Zach Goins (@zach_goins) November 27, 2016