I rated how to train your dragon: the hidden world 6/10 on IMDb


with a couple of patrolled plot threads, a menacing hunter, and compelling event this dragon movie takes the characters through a difficult rite of passage.

The animation seems more sophisticated than the last how to… film I saw and retains the cartoonish nature of every character.

The bad guys are suitably arch and bumbling for a children’s movie.

Things are a bit drawn out at times but overall this felt the right sort of length for the number of plot elements that get introduced, handled, and resolved.

It’s fun and has some tension and I defy you not to shed a tear at some points.


I rated captain Marvel 8/10 on IMDb


8/10 is a high score for a superhero movie. What makes this one different is some subterfuge, some actual thought, and endearing characters with some entertaining dialogue.

Marvel is a tough superhero as she’s more super than DC’s superman. Potentially, very boring indeed. However, this relatively complex multiple origin story makes for a good movie.

2 post credit scenes add to the fun. And Marvel’s recurrent flashbacks are an integral part to the movie and her grit.

Didn’t seem as long as it is.

I rated Can You Ever Forgive Me 7/10 on IMDb


really good to see a film with tension, fear, and subterfuge that doesn’t have supernatural nonsense or gun-toting violence.

Melissa McCarthy and Richard E Grant are very persuasive in their roles. It is all but impossible to avoid glimpses of Withnail & I given the down-at-heel nature of both characters. Nonetheless, this stands distinct as cinematic ‘based on a true story’. The characters have a real journey as they join up, commit fraud, become friends, have problems, and finally part.

Nearly, they’re real characters with a mix of lovely qualities and at the same time they’re criminal, alcoholic degenerates.

Well worth seeing.

I rated The Mule 7/10 on IMDb


A simple and unsensational story of an old man and failed father enjoying driving while smuggling drugs across state lines.

Family events are played very well with credible emotion and tension.

Some run-ins with the tough guys make it tense at times.

Great to see a crime and law enforcement movie whose main protagonist isn’t involved in ridiculous car chases and impossible shoot outs while toting a hand gun.

I particularly liked the commentary on modern life. Mostly shared in a single conversation in a diner. Carpe diem.

This film has drugs, guns, cars, family, and sex. But not presented in the way your familiar with.

I rated Beautiful Boy 6/10


like a TV movie. But compelling.

The main cast play their characters in a compelling way.

Based on the true story of the Sheff family, this film shares the struggles of dealing with drug addiction.

It’s slowly-paced and this helps the consideration of the material. The heartbreaking events and resignation of addict and parent is very well done.

I rated Glass 7/10 on IMDb


7/10 for an M Night Shyamalan film. I was surprised too.

It has the characteristic Shyamalan story arc. Make sure you catch the end credit scene.

This is a modest-paced film with a fair amount of dialog for the ‘genre’. A nice change. Some might consider it a bit drawn-out. The action scenes are fairly confined and the cinematography gives ambiguity to some of them. This helps maintain the plausibility of the superpowers.

This carries along the idea propagated in Unbreakable and Split that there are people who are capable of superhuman feats. Not flying or imaginary telekinetic powers, but stronger than usual, smarter than usual, and mutable in physiology.

There’s a certain B-movie aspect to the understated nature of a lot of the movie and action compared to the blockbuster Marvel movies. But the limited nature of the FX makes this more like a movie than a video game.

Worth seeing if you liked Unbreakable all those years ago.