Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Film Title

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Synopsis

A troupe of Spider-Persons try to save the universe.

Director

Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman

Cast

Shameik Moore
Jake Johnson
Hailee Steinfeld
Mahershala Ali
Brian Tyree Henry
Lily Tomlin
Zoe Kravitz
John Mulaney
Kimiko Glenn
Nicholas Cage
Kathryn Hahn
Liev Schreiber
Chris Pine

The best animated feature of the year? I was not planning on going to see Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. I assumed it was going to be a throw-away film aimed specifically at comic book nerds to make an easy buck. Then, my wife asked if I was taking our six-year old son and, before I […]

Free Solo

Film Title

Free Solo

Synopsis

A lunatic climbs a really big cliff.

Director

Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi

Cast

Alex Honnold
Sanni McCandless

Do not try this at home. Or ANYWHERE! Free Solo sounds like the sequel to this year’s Solo: A Star Wars Story; the harrowing tale of a band of ragtag rebels trying to free Han Solo from his service to Jabba the Hutt. In truth, Free Solo is nearly the perfect opposite of that. Free […]

Science Fair

Film Title

Science Fair

Synopsis

A look at the International Science and Engineering Fair competition and its competitors.

Director

Cristina Costantini, Darren Foster

Cast

A bunch of kids.

You gotta love the idealism. In an effort to watch more documentaries this year than the zero I watched last year, Science Fair is the second I have watched (the first being the excellent Won’t You Be My Neighbor) so far. I was very interested in Science Fair because I can relate to the high […]

Suspiria (2018) What Year Is It?

Film Title

Suspiria (2018)

Synopsis

Yawn, except for the pretzel scene

Director

Luca Guadagnino

Cast

Dakota Johnson
Tilda Swinton
Doris Hick
Malgorzata Bela
Angela Winkler

Suspiria (2018) What year is it? (Award season consideration has returned, so my mini-reviews are back as well. Enjoy as I rapid-fire them at you through the end of the year.) I am not quite sure what to make of Suspiria. [Here is link to Matt’s review of the original] On one hand, I found […]

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Film Title

Won't You Be My Neighbor

Synopsis

The story of everyone’s favorite grandpa.

Director

Morgan Neville

Cast

Fred Rogers
Joanne Rogers
John Rogers

It’s such a good feeling. A feeling you know. Fred Rogers believed that most television programming in the 1960s – especially the content aimed at children – was loud and distracting drivel. It was entertainment at the expense of others – pies in the face, slippery banana peels, and stupidity that was intended to get […]

First Reformed

Film Title

First Reformed

Synopsis

A preacher is forced to come to terms with every major political and personal issue known to man.

Director

Paul Schrader

Cast

Ethan Hawke
Amanda Seyfried
Cedric the Entertainer

The Thanksgiving conversation of the ages. (Award season consideration has returned, so my mini-reviews are back as well. Enjoy as I rapid-fire them at you through the end of the year.) First Reformed is an ambitious film that attempts to take on multiple, major societal and political issues through the lens of a preacher. Abortion, […]

Robin Hood (2018)

Film Title

Robin Hood (2018)

Synopsis

Robin Hood steals stuff, including your money.

Director

Otto Bathurst

Cast

Taron Egerton
Jamie Foxx
Ben Mendelsohn
Tim Minchin
F. Murray Abraham
Eve Hewson
Jaime Dornan

A steaming wad of everything. In what was one of the weirdest screening experiences of my movie-writing career, I saw the eighty-fourth (approximately) incarnation of Robin Hood, inspiringly titled Robin Hood. The good news is this latest version can be whatever you want it to be. War movie, comedy, action-adventure, romance, B-movie, spoof, fantasy, homage […]

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Film Title

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Synopsis

A heap of exposition with just a dash of magic.

Director

David Yates

Cast

Eddie Redmayne
Katherine Waterston
Johnny Depp
Jude Law
Ezra Miller
Dan Fogler
Zoe Kravitz
Callum Turner
Cornell John
Alison Sudol
Claudia Kim

Not your kids’ Wizarding World. Remember way back in 2001 when a young Daniel Radcliffe charmed us all in a kid’s film based on a children’s book? We thought the first Harry Potter film was a good family affair, even if it did contain snakes, child abuse, and a creepy guy eating unicorns and living […]

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

Film Title

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

Synopsis

Exploring Narnia after the Nutcracker sharted on it.

Director

Lasse Hallstrom, Joe Johnston

Cast

Mackenzie Foy
Morgan Freeman
Keira Knightley
Jayden Fowora-Knight
Helen Mirren
Misty Copeland
Matthew Macfadyen

Ohhhhhh, dear. A couple of weeks ago, I spent the better part of eight days wandering around the various parks of Disney World. The average temperature there this time of year is low-to-mid 80s, but we were lucky enough to experience low-to-mid 90s because climate change is fake news. Toss in some legendary humidity and […]

Hunter Killer

Film Title

Hunter Killer

Synopsis

The hunt for clear and present danger.

Director

Donovan Marsh

Cast

Gerard Butler
Gary Oldman
Linda Cardellini
Common
Michael Nyqvist
Toby Stephens

Not much below the surface. We are almost into award-consideration season, as movies like A Star is Born and Bohemian Rhapsody start. We are also almost into the holiday movie season, where all of the remaining blockbusters of the year stomp all over those award-chasing films. But, we are not there yet, which is why […]