Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them / Suicide Squad / Sully (2016) / If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)

SULLY [2016, B+] – Scene plotting works small wonders, bringing accumulative power in succinct narrative. Hanks in top form. Brilliant, sensitive even in the subtlest of nuances. Deserved better VFx. Aesthetic leanness works; could’ve been pushed more, but I’m fine with this.

FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM [2016, B/B-] – Visuals astound, save for some of the fantastic beasts and their inconsistent visual effects. Narrative either becomes too busy or just simply dull. Visual splendor can only do so much if story has weak emotional core.

IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK [2018, A] – Lived-in performances. Richly layered writing. Exquisite cinematography. Sweeping music. Jenkins holds nothing back in this timeless mirror of America, love, and life. Its beauty fills my heart. A love story for the ages. A film to remember.

SUICIDE SQUAD [2016, C/C-] – Cast obviously try to do their best (Davis, Robbie, Leto, etc.) with underdeveloped characters stranded in messy, convoluted narrative. Visuals go from cluttered to really good. Overlong. I’m supposed to like it less, but I actually kinda enjoyed it.