“The Banker”

8.5

Nick Fury and Hawkeye make a valiant return to the screen in this early home run for AppleTV+. Societal issues are front and center, and the 3 lead actors do a beautiful job of bringing them to light through this fascinating story of real estate, banking, and society as a whole. Really can’t go wrong with this cast, whose chemistry is undeniable. Truly moving and entertaining work of cinematic art, topped off by a happy ending in the sun. AppleTV+ has really hit the ground running in the quality department.

“The Rock”

8.3

Strap in and prepare for the movie Michael Bay was born to direct! Action from the very first frame to the last. Explosions and testosterone galore. All set to the backdrop of pure patriotism. One of Nicholas Cage’s finest performances, with just the right amount of manic. Sean Connery bringing an unrivaled level of sophistication and class to the screen. Ed Harris playing the ultimate bad guy you understand and sometimes almost root for. An epic film, from an epic time in American cinema.

Side note: they just don’t make trailers like this anymore.

“Hooking Up”

7.8

Definitely rated R. Not for family streaming during quarantine. However, if you’re looking for a pleasant twist on the modern rom-com, with 2 people learning from each other, friendship, struggle, addiction, intimacy, and hooking up… then have I got the movie for you! Plus, Brittany Snow… *heart eyes*

This road trip between complete strangers really goes the distance, and explores the depths of intimacy and the deeper meanings behind our relationships with one another, be it platonic or romantic. The two leads play off each other extremely well and have the perfect chemistry as polar opposites that of course attract in the end. Strap-in, get ready for an interesting ride. Again, probably without kids around.

“The Little Rascals”

8.2

I’m biased. This one gets one big Smoley Oley from this critic. One of my first favorite movies, with my first crush (Darla), before I made it to Kindergarten and met the real life one.

This story of brotherhood, youth, and overcoming adversity with the help of your pals is what makes it truly timeless. So many classic lines, so many great performances. All time greatness put to film. Throw it back to the nice guy getting the girl, and winning the race by a hair.

“Mighty Ducks”

7.2

EMILIO! A solid Disney original. Underdog story with a hot shot learning humility, family drama, and a group of misfits becoming a kickass hockey team. This one has it all. Kind of miss when the NHL team had the cool logo and was owned by Disney. The 90’s were a wild time. Definitely give this one a shot.