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Lightyear (2022)::rating::3
I remember reading a scathing review for one of Paul McCartney's solo albums.  From anyone else, the author argued, the new songs would've been just fine.  Adequate.  But this is the guy who gave us "Hey Jude" and "Eleanor Rigby," and there are no excuses for simply parring the course.  Hate to say it,…
The Princess Bride (1987)::rating::5
L ong ago, The Princess Bride was borne as a loving spoof of beloved fantasy tales, but somewhere along its three-plus decades, a wonderful thing happened.  Viewers latched onto its gentle humor, quotable dialogue, sharp performances, and cheerfully retro aesthetic.  It became beloved in its own right.  Now, parents pass The Princess Bride down to their kids, who…
Top Gun: Maverick (2022)::rating::3.5
T op Gun: Maverick shouldn't work as well as it does.  After all, the original film has long become an 80s nostalgia piece--a cinematic keepsake of a different era, with a zeitgeist that couldn't feel more dated in 2022:  Top Gun was a overblown anthem to hyper-patriotism, with flared nostrils and jittery cocaine sweats.  That…

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