Rampage

Film Title

Rampage

Synopsis

Science happens and animals go boom.

Director

Brad Peyton

Cast

Dwayne Johnson
Malin Akerman
Jake Lacy
Naomie Harris
Jeffrey Dean Morgan

Keep it simple, stupid. If you were to make a list of video games you would most like to see adapted into movies, I am guessing that list would include exactly zero classic arcade games. I have never expressed a desire to see a Galaga or Centipede movie on the silver screen nor have I […]

Ready Player One

Film Title

Ready Player One

Synopsis

A virtual treasure hunt.

Director

Steven Spielberg

Cast

Tye Sheridan
Olivia Cooke
Ben Mendelsohn
Simon Pegg
Lena Waithe
Mark Rylance
T.J. Miller

Whew! If you are not a fan of CGI and think that CGI is ruining film, Ready Player One might kill you. At the very least, it will give you an aneurism or a stroke. Possibly both. If so, you deserve it. I am not quite ready to devote my year-end review to all of […]

Pacific Rim: Uprising

Film Title

Pacific Rim: Uprising

Synopsis

Giant robots don’t fight giant monsters for the vast majority of the screen time.

Director

Steven S. DeKnight

Cast

John Boyega
Scott Eastwood
Cailee Spaeny
Tian Jing
Charlie Day
Burn Gorman

I’ve seen worse. Coming out of Pacific Rim: Uprising, there were plenty of moviegoers that enjoyed the film and that is cool. There is plenty of room in our lives for big, loud, popcorn flicks like Pacific Rim: Uprising. I, myself, enjoyed the hell out of Pacific Rim and gave it a gigantic pass on […]

Tomb Raider

Film Title

Tomb Raider

Synopsis

Lara Croft is back in the first video game movie adaptation that isn’t an embarrassment on some level.

Director

Roar Uthaug

Cast

Alicia Vikander
Dominic West
Walton Goggins
Daniel Wu

We might finally have a winner. Growing up playing video games, my generation has been waiting year after year for a good movie adaptation of a video game. Hell, we would settle for just average at this point. The genre kicked off back in 1993 with the ridiculously inept Super Mario Bros. and has continued […]

A Wrinkle in Time

Film Title

A Wrinkle in Time

Synopsis

Three kids led by three costumes search for coherence.

Director

Ava DuVernay

Cast

Oprah Winfrey
Reese Witherspoon
Mindy Kaling
Chris Pine
Zach Galifianakis
Gugu Mbatha-Raw
Storm Reid
Deric McCabe
Levi Miller
Michael Pena

And several in my brow. Recently, I have watched a couple of classic movies with my five-year old son – Jaws and the original Godzilla (the black and white Japanese version from 1954). He loved them and has now watched them multiple times. And, in case you are wondering, no, he has not had any […]

Annihilation

Film Title

Annihilation

Synopsis

Five women explore a bubble their kids blew that just won’t pop.

Director

Alex Garland

Cast

Natalie Portman
Oscar Isaac
Jennifer Jason Leigh
Tessa Thompson
Gina Rodriguez
Tuva Novotny

Is something burning? One of the best signs that you have just seen a worthwhile movie is you want to see it again. It doesn’t matter if you aren’t sure whether you liked it or disliked it because bad movies almost never illicit yearning for a second viewing. Well, unless you are into ironic viewings […]

Game Night

Film Title

Game Night

Synopsis

And now it’s gone

Director

John Francis Daley, Jonathan Goldstein

Cast

Rachel McAdams
Jason Bateman
Kyle Chandler
Jesse Plemons
Sharon Horgan
Billy Magnussen
Lamorne Morris
Kylie Bunbury

Can I play? Have you ever wanted to participate in one of those murder mystery nights with a group of people? Yeah, me neither. I tried it one time years ago and it was one of the most awkward memories I have. In order for it to be even remotely fun, everyone involved has to […]

Early Man

Film Title

Early Man

Synopsis

Cavemen. And villagers. Playing soccer-ball foot-ball.

Director

Nick Park

Cast

Tom Hiddleston
Maisie Williams
Eddie Redmayne
Timothy Spall

Soccer? Really? Of all the animated films I’ve taken my son to see, Early Man is easily the weakest. Of course, that doesn’t matter to my five-year old, so the only thing I will say about this film is if it inspires my son to want to play soccer (which the very idea of watching […]

Black Panther

Film Title

Black Panther

Synopsis

Black Panther battles vibranium smugglers and ghosts from the past.

Director

Ryan Coogler

Cast

Chadwick Boseman
Michael B. Jordan
Lupita Nyong'o
Danai Gurira
Martin Freeman
Daniel Kaluuya
Letitia Wright
Winston Duke
Angela Bassett
Forest Whitaker
Andy Serkis

You almost had it. For the first 114 minutes of its 134-minute running time, Black Panther is a really good movie. Those 114 minutes are exactly what we’ve come to expect from a Marvel Studios movie – fun, witty, and visually excellent, with memorable characters you cannot wait to see more of in future movies. […]

Maze Runner: The Death Cure

Film Title

Maze Runner: The Death Cure

Director

Wes Ball

Cast

Dylan O'Brien
Ki Hong Lee
Kaya Scodelario
Thomas Brodie-Sangster
Will Poulter
Rosa Salazar
Giancarlo Esposito
Patricia Clarkson
Aidan Gillen
Barry Pepper
Walton Goggins

Running in circles. With The Hunger Games series concluding more than two years ago and the Divergent series crashing and burning with its third film, the so-called Young Adult genre has all but died in the film world. That is not to say studios aren’t still trying to find the next Hunger Games, but they […]