Monthly Film Roundup: June 2022

Films Watched: 6

How Many Were First-Time Watches: 6

Best Films: The Firm (1993), Before Sunrise (1995), Elvis (2022)

New Releases: Swan Song, Jurassic World: Dominion, Lightyear, Elvis


Swan Song (2021)
Though Udo Kier gives an almighty performance, this film is a little too meandering for its emotional throughline to hit home. Some weaker supporting performances and an unsure tone contribute to a slightly dragging runtime

The Firm (1993)
An exciting adaptation of the classic John Grisham legal thriller. Tom Cruise delivers another fabulous performance as a young lawyer whose dream law job hides a dark secret

Jurassic World: Dominion (2022)
With a poor script and charmless performances, it’s stunning how a film filled with so many dinosaurs can be quite so boring and predictable. Only Jeff Goldblum injects any energy into an otherwise extinct franchise

Before Sunrise (1995)
Beautifully romantic but heartbreakingly melancholy, this is truly a masterclass in delicate filmmaking. Ethan Hawke and Julia Delpy are stunning together, and Richard Linklater and Kim Krizan’s script perfectly sums up the confusion of falling in love

Lightyear (2022)
Despite a few moments of wonder and some nice animation, the majority of this film is pretty dull. A spin-off of a fictional toy, it really might be the most unnecessary and bland film you’ve ever seen.

Elvis (2022)
Baz Luhrmann delivers another stunning kaleidoscopic fever dream, this time tackling the tragic life story of Elvis. Austin Butler utterly disappears into his role as the titular lead, delivering perhaps the most convincing biopic performance of recent years

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