Yesterday - 3.5/10 Danny Boyle's decade long streak of total bullshit continues. 'What if the Beatles didn't exist, and then we didn't even try to explore the real ramifications of our premise?' The promise of a fun romp through the music industry the gimmick promises gives way to a half baked rom-com that doesn't even bother resolving the love story at its core. Ed Sheeran gets an inexplicable amount of screen time just pummeling the same joke into oblivion. Then, when you think this bland waste of your last hour and a half is coming to an end, they throw you a twist that feels exploitative and sick the more I think about it. Points for good music and finding out (hot) Lily James and Keira Knightley aren't the same person. ---------------------- Fast Color - 7.5/10 Absolutely criminal that the studio couldn't find a way to sell this movie to audiences. I hadn't even heard of Fast Color until it appeared on several 'best of 2019 so far' lists. A woman with mysterious supernatural powers journeys home to her family through a dystopian landscape with a shadowy government entity hot on her trail. This is not a niche movie. In fact, it's the best superhero movie of the year thus far. Intimate and introspective; think Logan with less violence, director Julia Hart frames this supernatural family drama and the quest for hope in a dying world worthy of the best post-apocalyptic films. Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Black Mirror: San Junipero) is a fine lead, handling the complicated emotions concerning her estranged family and balancing that with the abilities that threaten their lives. But the real standouts are the supporting performances from a phenomenal Lorraine Toussaint (OitNB, Selma) and legendary character actor David Strathairn. There is enough world building and character writing to support a legit cinematic universe here; at the very least a sequel. Fast Color is an original take on the sci-fi/superhero genre that draws you in from the first scene. But the studio machine failed Fast Color so badly, the audience for it won't even know it exists. We'll get ten more Danny Boyle abortions before we see an original idea like this get any play.