The Foreigner (2017)

Film Title

The Foreigner

Synopsis

An IRA headman’s worst nightmare – an old man bent on revenge.

Director

Martin Campbell

Cast

Jackie Chan
Pierce Brosnan
Katie Leung
Rufus Jones
Mark Tandy

Jackie Chan for the win. Of all the actors you’ve seen in a film or television, can you name one that appears to love their job more than Chan? You know when you hear he’s in a new movie, you are in. You don’t even need to know the title; just when the film opens […]

American Made

Film Title

American Made

Synopsis

A history lesson about the contras and how one bored pilot had a whole lot of fun.

Director

Doug Liman

Cast

Tom Cruise
Sarah Wright
Domhnall Gleeson
Alejandro Edda
Mauicio Mejia

This actually happened. If the only thing you think of when you hear the word contra is up-up-down-down-left-right-left-right-b-a-b-a-select-start, youre not alone. Even with as much history as I consume, I still haven’t jumped into the events of the late 1970s and early 1980s involving the Central and South American rebels and their U.S. backing. But, […]

Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Film Title

Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Synopsis

The hell if I know, but Elton John does a flying kick.

Director

Matthew Vaughn

Cast

Taron Egerton
Mark Strong
Colin Firth
Hannah Alstrom
Julianne Moore
Jeff Bridges
Halle Berry
Elton John
Channing Tatum

It sucked, but not because it’s a sequel. Just before the movie It released and shattered box office records, a bunch of Chicken Littles wrote a bunch of articles bemoaning the poor summer box office returns, reheating a classic groupthink explanation for those poor returns. Variety provided a great example of this intellectual emptiness, stating […]

American Assassin

Film Title

American Assassin

Synopsis

Based on the novels of Vince Flynn, a young CIA operative must help thwart a plot to detonate a nuclear bomb.

Director

Michael Cuesta

Cast

Dylan O'Brien
Michael Keaton
Sanaa Lathan
Charlotte Vega
Shiva Negar
Taylor Kitsch

Mmmmm. Ears. Long live the 80’s. When the climax of American Assassin completed, I immediately knew I would be writing a review in Ruthless Review’s 80’s Action Movie format. American Assassin checks off all the boxes and even reminds us of other standard components – the training montage, bomb timers, and crazy Michael Keaton, among […]

It

Film Title

It (2017)

Synopsis

A bloodthirsty clown returns after exactly 27 years, as advertised (well played New Line Cinema).

Director

Andy Muschietti

Cast

Jaeden Lieberher
Sophia Lillis
Bill Skarsgard
Jack Glazer
Finn Wolfhard
Wyatt Oleff
Jeremy Taylor
Chosen Jacobs
Nicholas Hamilton

Less is more. In one of the weirder quirks of movie scheduling, two Stephen King adaptations released within a month of each other. The first – The Dark Tower – was a bit of a disappointment financially and a major flop among critics. Personally, I thought it was acceptable. Now comes a new take on […]

The Only Living Boy in New York

Film Title

The Only Living Boy in New York

Synopsis

New York, featuring jerks.

Director

Marc Webb

Cast

Callum Turner
Kate Beckinsale
Pierce Brosnan
Jeff Bridges
Cynthia Nixon
Kiersey Clemons

Pretentious is as pretentious does. It is not a good sign for a movie when one of the first things the audience hears is how New York just isn’t New York any more. I’m not sure if New Yorkers know this, but the vast majority of people in this country don’t live in New York […]

Wind River

Film Title

Wind River

Synopsis

A hunter and an FBI agent show tribal police how to solve murders.

Director

Taylor Sheridan

Cast

Jeremy Renner
Elizabeth Olsen
Graham Greene
Gil Birmingham
Kelsey Asbille
Jon Bernthal

The Great White Hunter The last shot of the movie Wind River has a title card stating that no data is kept tracking the number of missing Native American girls. This is a strange way to end a movie that isn’t about missing girls, but is about solving the murder of a Native American girl. […]

The Dark Tower

Film Title

The Dark Tower

Synopsis

A kinda, sorta, vague adaptation of bits and pieces of Stephen King’s Dark Tower series.

Director

Nikolaj Arcel

Cast

Idris Elba
Matthew McConaughey
Tom Taylor
Jackie Earle Haley
Abbey Lee Kershaw

Adapt at your own risk. Let’s just get this out of the way right now. If you are a fan of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series, at the very least, you are probably going to be disappointed in the movie The Dark Tower. At the very most, you’re going to be pissed off for […]

Atomic Blonde

Film Title

Atomic Blonde

Synopsis

An MI6 agent is tasked with Ethan Hunt’s first mission while set to awful music.

Director

David Leitch

Cast

Charlize Theron
James McAvoy
John Goodman
Sofia Boutella
Eddie Marsan
Toby Jones
James Faulkner
Roland Miller

Confusion and breasts. It’s not often that I’m completely confused by my feelings for a movie, but Atomic Blonde is one of those instances. My immediate reaction at the end of the movie was “I think I liked it? Maybe?” It definitely had elements I liked and there weren’t any obvious (at least to me) […]

Dunkirk

Film Title

Dunkirk

Synopsis

Dunkirk.

Director

Christopher Nolan

Cast

Fionn Whitehead
Harry Styles
Kenneth Branagh
Tom Hardy
Jack Lowden
Mark Rylance
Tom Glynn-Carney
Cillian Murphy
Barry Keoghan

The war-iest of war movies. We’ve all seen what Christopher Nolan is capable of and it’s almost always been fantastic. We’re at a point now where “Directed by Christopher Nolan” is all that needs to be said to peak interest in a new movie. In other words, the opposite of “Directed by M. Night Shyamalan.” […]