Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Film Title

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Synopsis

Finding news way to suck the fun out of dinosaurs.

Director

J.A. Bayona

Cast

Chris Pratt
Bryce Dallas Howard
Rafe Spall
James Cromwell
Ted Levine
Justice Smith
Daniella Pineda
Toby Jones
Jeff Goldblum
BD Wong
Isabella Sermon

How to train your dinosaur (or, A steaming pile). “I am never mad at the end of movies. All I wanted from this movie was to be entertained and it could not even do that. And, I liked A Wrinkle in Time. Well, at least until I started thinking about it.” – My friend, after […]

American Animals

Film Title

American Animals

Synopsis

Four privileged kids try to steal rare books and it goes as well as you would guess.

Director

Bart Layton

Cast

Evan Peters
Barry Keoghan
Jared Abrahamson
Blake Jenner
Ann Dowd

Bad boys, bad boys, whatcha gonna do? When I was a kid, my parents watched America’s Most Wanted with John Walsh. Episodes featured cheap reenactments of crimes committed by featured suspects to give the audience something to watch besides Mr. Walsh talking, even though that something to watch had the cinematic quality of anthropomorphic finger […]

Solo: A Star Wars Story

Film Title

Solo: A Star Wars Story

Synopsis

How Han gets his stuff.

Director

Ron Howard

Cast

Alden Ehrenreich
Donald Glover
Emilia Clarke
Woody Harrelson
Thandie Newton
Paul Bettany
Joonas Suotamo
Jon Favreau
Phoebe Waller-Bridge

Sorry, were you hoping to learn something interesting about Han Solo? Benign. Rote. By-the-book. Fine. Adequate. Entertaining enough. All are applicable adjectives to the latest Star Wars movie, Solo: A Star Wars Story. Hell, “A Star Wars Story” is probably the perfect way to describe Solo because it is generic and tells us something we […]

Avengers: Infinity War

Film Title

Avengers: Infinity War

Synopsis

WordPress Strikes Again

Director

Anthony and Joe Russo

Cast

Everyone

Winter is here. Ten years people. We have been waiting ten years for Avengers: Infinity War and it is finally here. Eighteen movies and three television series later and it is finally here. Okay, so not many people watch all three TV series. I forgot Inhumans was even a thing (just eight episodes), Agent Carter […]

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 […]