Incredibles 2

June 20, 2018 by  

“The Incredibles” asked the age-old question in the world of superheroes: what do we do about all the damage they cause while saving the world? The answer is to make them illegal. Of course, this was back in 2004 when there was no MCU or DC Universe in films. All we had were 2 “Spider-Man” films and a few “X-Men” movies. Interesting now after 14 years, we are re-introduced to the superhero family: the Incredibles; and they are still illegal, and now it almost looks... Keep Reading...

Deadpool 2

May 22, 2018 by  

Breaking the 4th wall in a film is always a risk. I recall the late great critic Gene Siskel who said, “If you’re going to turn to that camera, you’d better have something to say.” Some actors can pull it off. Ryan Reynolds turns it into an artform in the sequel to “Deadpool”, the most raunchy of the Marvel superheroes. I liked the first film, even though at times it could be a little too jokey. Reynolds really wanted to redeem the “House of the Dead”... Keep Reading...

Avengers: Infinity War

May 2, 2018 by  

After 10 years of what we now nickname the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Univerrse), and nearly 20 films, we have come to the supposed culmination of what this was all about: the Avengers joining forces with others from other film franchises to defeat a common enemy, known as Thanos. Throughout these films, we’ve been thoroughly entertained by A-list actors portraying high end characters, cross-referencing story lines, and explosive special effects and fairly convincing CGI. Franchises include the... Keep Reading...

A Quiet Place

April 25, 2018 by  

Given how low key John Krasinski’s remote family thriller “A Quiet Place” is, it might be a complete shocker that it was co-produced by Michael Bay. While there are flashes of explosions and explicit CGI, the best moments of the film are in its silence. Credit that to Krasinski and the cast, and the writing–that had to play all the notes you don’t hear. The story takes place a few months after an apparent invasion of creatures that can attack by sound. Evidenced by numerous... Keep Reading...

Ready Player One

April 12, 2018 by  

Dystopian futures are a steady fixture of sci-fi films–particularly “thinking” films. “Ready Player One” is no “1984” though–unless it was an arcade game. But thinking isn’t really the point of “Ready Player One”, the new Steven Spielberg film that really tries to push the video game zeitgeist of this millennium into the forefront, with the idea that in the future we can change the world–virtually. Based upon the novel by Ernest... Keep Reading...

A Wrinkle in Time

March 13, 2018 by  

Ava DuVernay’s “A Wrinkle in Time” is an adaptation of the popular sci-fi fantasy classic by Madeleine L’Engle. Sometimes popping up in Scholastic book fairs and read by children in higher grade school levels, possibly even junior high, the story revolves around a girl named Meg and her little brother Charles Wallace (and yes, he is always referred to by this complete name), and their adventures in the universe to save their father, Dr. Alex Murry since his disappearance 4... Keep Reading...

Black Panther

February 20, 2018 by  

“Black Panther” is a project that had been in the words for over 2 decades, beginning with Wesley Snipes, who went onto be in the “Blade” films; and by the time he could realize the film and bring it to fruition, he’d already been known as Blade for too long. “Black Panther” needed a new face. And we would never see that face until “Captain America: Civil War” when we first see Chadwick Boseman portray him. Black Panther was an interesting character,... Keep Reading...

The Shape of Water

February 15, 2018 by  

Guillermo del Toro always has a way of blending fantasy with reality, and did it to perfection with “Pan’s Labyrinth”. Since then he’s been hit or miss; but here, he takes a familiar story and tells it predictably–yet, it is still an amicable and poignant film. A mute, lonely woman, Elisa (Sally Hawkins), works at a top secret government lab, as a custodian. Her only “friends” are her co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer), and Giles, her next-door neighbor at... Keep Reading...

The Greatest Showman

February 7, 2018 by  

If you were looking to learn more on the life of P.T. Barnum, “The Greatest Showman” is probably not your best resource. If you were looking for a bombastic, CGI-infused and light hearted carnival, the film will not disappoint. The question is, which did you want to see? For me personally, the former would have been preferable to the latter. While there are some strong moments in the just-shy-of-two-hours film, “The Greatest Showman” lacks depth, character development, and... Keep Reading...

Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

December 28, 2017 by  

40 years ago, the “Star Wars” phenomenon began with “A New Hope” (then only called “Star Wars”). It ushered in a new kind of film franchise: the sci-fi action film. It broke box office records, and along with “Jaws”, began to define a new sub-genre of film: the blockbuster. Since then, we all know the story. We all know the characters. We all know the downfall. In 2015, “Star Wars” came back to the “original trilogy” to continue... Keep Reading...

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