First Man

Film Title

First Man

Synopsis

Gemini and Apollo, featuring Neil Armstrong.

Director

Damien Chazelle

Cast

Ryan Gosling
Claire Foy
Jason Clarke
Corey Stoll
Kyle Chandler
Pablo Schreiber
Christopher Abbott
Olivia Hamilton
Ethan Embry
Ciaran Hinds

Nerds. Have you ever ridden Mission Space at Epcot? I have and I love it. My wife has also and decidedly did not love it. I think her exact words were I have a headache and I might throw up. First Man has the same effect without requiring that pesky centrifuge to simulate increased G-forces. […]

Venom

Film Title

Venom

Director

Ruben Fleischer

Cast

Tom Hardy
Michelle Williams
Jenny Slate
Riz Ahmed
Scott Haze
Reid Scott

Where have all the villains gone? According to IGN, Venom is the twenty-second greatest comic book villain of all-time. I have no idea what that really means because I do not read comic books. I would be very hard-pressed to name twenty-three comic book villains at all (unless we are just naming X-Men bad guys), […]

A Star is Born (2018)

Film Title

A Star is Born

Synopsis

Your standard nobody-becomes-a-rock star story, but with booze, beards, and great music.

Director

Bradley Cooper

Cast

Bradley Cooper
Lady Gaga
Sam Elliott
Andrew Dice Clay
Anthony Ramos
Rafi Gavron
Dave Chappelle

Loose strings. Immediately after watching A Star is Born, I felt satisfied. For the past two months, I have been sitting through movies that range from tolerable to ghastly. Recently, I was asked if I had seen any good movies lately, and my brain took a nap. Christopher Robin was pretty good, but that was […]

The Best Pop Movie Award: Coming in 2019

The Best Pop Movie Award: Coming in 2019 And the Oscar Goes to: On August 7, 2018, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences governors, a.k.a. those people who continue to not recognize your favorite movie, announced they would finally recognize your favorite movie. You heard that right. Starting in 2019, a new Oscar […]

The Predator

Film Title

The Predator

Synopsis

Predator versus super predator versus idiocy.

Director

Shane Black

Cast

Boyd Holbrook
Olivia Munn
Jacob Tremblay
Keegan-Michael Key
Trevante Rhodes
Thomas Jane
Sterling K. Brown
Alfie Allen
Augusto Aguilera
Yvonne Strahovski
Jake Busey

Flipping stupid. Eight years ago, I was only a fledgling movie critic. At that time, I did not have press credentials, I was not part of the Denver Film Critic Society, and I was mostly writing as part of a podcast I co-hosted about reality TV shows (long story). I was also not yet attending […]

The Nun

Film Title

The Nun

Synopsis

Demon nun. DEMON NUN!

Director

Corin Hardy

Cast

Taissa Farmiga
Demian Bichir
Jonas Bloquet
Bonnie Aarons

Holy shit. (Their words, but who am I to argue?). My first grade teacher was Sister Julianna. No last name – she was married to God and God does not have a last name. Like Prince. Which is kind of ironic when you think about how weird some religious dudes get about their new wives […]

Kin

Film Title

Kin

Synopsis

Kid finds science fiction gun. No further science fiction ensues.

Director

Josh Baker, Jonathan Baker

Cast

Myles Truitt
Jack Reynor
Zoe Kravitz
Dennis Quaid
James Franco

I cannot explain myself. Do you know what the best Labor Day weekend box office (U.S. only) result is for any movie since 1982? Take a guess. Lower. No, lower. $30.5 million. Now, try to guess what movie earned that number.* You know what – forget that. Try to name any movie that opened on […]

Operation Finale

Film Title

Operation Finale

Synopsis

The not-so-harrowing tale of the capture of Adolf Eichmann.

Director

Chris Weitz

Cast

Oscar Issac
Ben Kingsley
Melanie Laurent
Nick Kroll
Haley Lu Richardson

It is a good thing I like history. Operation Finale is the story of how a team of Israeli Mossad agents captured Adolf Eichmann, one of the top Nazi SS officers and main organizers of the Holocaust. Eichmann was discovered living in Argentina under a false identity, captured in 1960 and taken to Israel, where […]

Mile 22

Film Title

Mile 22

Synopsis

A 22-mile gauntlet in which not one good guy wonders how the bad guys always know where they are.

Director

Peter Berg

Cast

Mark Wahlberg
Lauren Cohan
Iko Uwais
John Malkovich
Ronda Rousey

Just brutal. As I have been thinking about what to say about Mile 22, I spent some time perusing other reviews to see what other critics have been saying. Of note, the early-review embargo for Mile 22 was not lifted until Thursday, so pickings were slim. The initial consensus was that the movie is a […]

The Meg

Film Title

The Meg

Synopsis

Sharkalodonado.

Director

Jon Turteltaub

Cast

Jason Statham
Li Bingbing
Rainn Wilson
Cliff Curtis
Winston Chao
Ruby Rose

I’m meltiiiiinnnnngggg. Am I a bad parent for taking my six year-old to see The Meg? Maybe. In my defense, he really, REALLY wanted to see it. I am not saying it is a good defense, just a defense that is slightly more effective than that of the Cleveland Browns. Hi Clevelanders. At some point, […]