Toy Story 4 (2019)


When a new toy called “Forky” joins Woody and the gang, a road trip alongside old and new friends reveals how big the world can be for a toy. (IMDb)
It’s not unnecessary, with its expanded universe, deeper themes, and bevy of fun new (or just newly developed–badass Han Solo-esque Bo is great) characters, but it does feel a little detached from its three predecessors with no strong central plot thread or thematic thrust and the usual gang sadly neglected (which makes the emotional climax a little underwhelming). Slightly unmet expectations aside, it’s still very fun (the action set pieces are great), very funny, and very well-animated.
7.5/10 (Really Good)


The Informant! (2009)


The U.S. government decides to go after an agro-business giant with a price-fixing accusation, based on the evidence submitted by their star witness, vice president-turned-informant Mark Whitacre. (IMDb)
Damon’s brilliantly-played Mark Whitacre is undoubtedly the highlight here; his fascinating blend of awkwardness, excitability, and sense of self-importance certainly provokes plenty of chuckles, but amidst the film’s quirky, voiceover-laden portrayal of the corporate and legal drama at hand, a serious and intriguing character study eventually emerges too. The film’s oddball editing and cheery orchestral music get a little repetitive but are fun nonetheless in this uniquely entertaining film.
7.5/10 (Really Good)