Pacific Rim: Uprising lies heavily upon the shoulders of John Boyega, riding his star power from The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi to take over where Idris Elba left off in the original. This has the splashy looks and action-packed fight scenes, thanks to first-time director Steven S. DeKnight, who has levied his Starz Spartacus series into a feature-length… [Read More]
Pressing On: The Letterpress Film is a look at what many consider passé, and the people who still love and preserve the art involved in letterpress.
Tomb Raider may end up best being known for Geneva Robertson-Dworet’s film before Captain Marvel, Silver & Black (the Spider-man universe), and Gotham City Sirens (the Batman universe). That’s not to say that the film isn’t entertaining – or that Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina, The Danish Girl) isn’t every bit the action star. But somehow, this one doesn’t level up… [Read More]
Gringo is a black comedy – a dark exploration of the baser instincts of human nature mixed with a wry, ironic take on what it all means through a laser sharp lens of humor. Apparently, I am one of the approximately 43% of people (per Rotten Tomatoes) who appreciates the perspective. If you’re seeking a… [Read More]
Near the beginning of Ocean’s Thirteen, Willie Banks (Al Pacino) muscles Reuben Tishkoff out of his share of a casino, offering Reuben a pittance for his half. Reuben responds: Everybody said that you would try to screw me. That you done it to every one of your partners. But I defended you. I said, “No!… [Read More]
I am surprised how well I enjoyed Wrinkle–at least the majority of it before the mention of Camazotz.
I am an unabashed fan of Gnomeo & Juliet, a more-than-trifling adaptation of William Shakespeare’s play about star-crossed human lovers. So it was with great anticipation that our family made a date to sit down and watch the sequel, starring a Johnny Depp-voiced version of Sherlock Holmes. Unfortunately, the sequel is more X-2 or Ghostbusters 2 than Aliens or Empire Strikes Back…. [Read More]
In Ocean’s Eleven, Danny Ocean gets back the wife who had left him. (For a list of actors playing “the eleven,” see my previous review, Ocean’s Eleven: Danny’s Perfect Hand.) In Ocean’s Twelve, it’s Rusty Ryan’s turn to get back the girl. At the beginning of the movie, Rusty is seen with Isabel Lahiri, who… [Read More]
Annihilation is a strange, head-scratching film for those longing for another Arrival or Sunshine. Alex Garland (who actually wrote Sunshine) adapted the first of Jeff VanDermeer’s novels into the film starring Natalie Portman, Oscar Isaac, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Gina Rodriguez. Investigating a mysterious asteroid’s impact on the Florida Coast, Portman’s cellular bio professor/ex-Army soldier Lena serves as our guide… [Read More]
Max (Jason Bateman) and Annie (Rachel McAdams) are competitive, unlike anyone you know… I think. They compete at everything, loving games, and drawing their friends into competition, too. But when Brooks (Kyle Chandler), Max’s older brother, rolls into town, their group of friends embarks on a murder mystery night that unravels as Brooks is kidnapped… [Read More]