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 […]

Den of Thieves

Film Title

Den of Thieves

Synopsis

A crew of highly trained thieves attempt to pull of a heist and character development ensues.

Director

Christian Gudegast

Cast

Gerard Butler
Pablo Schreiber
Evan Jones
O'Shea Jackson Jr.
50 Cent
Dawn Olivieri
Brian Van Holt
Maurice Compte
Mo McRae
Cooper Andrews

I did not see that coming. Raise your hand if you get super excited when you first hear about a new Gerard Butler movie. Anyone? No? Okay, raise your hand if you loved 300 and forgave Butler for doing bad rom-coms like The Ugly Truth and The Bounty Hunter. Still nothing, huh? How about this […]

The Commuter

Film Title

The Commuter

Synopsis

An ex-cop turned insurance salesman is coerced into a deadline game of Guess Who on a train.

Director

Jaume Collet-Serra

Cast

Liam Neeson
Vera Farmiga
Patrick Wilson
Sam Neill
Jonathan Banks
Elizabeth McGovern

Like Murder on the Orient Express, but not. Happy 2018 everybody. As we welcome in 2018, I’m hoping to spend a lot of executive time in my shithole. If you were wishing for 2018 to be a fresh start, keep on wishing everybody. On behalf of all non-deplorable Americans, I apologize to Haiti, El Salvador, […]

My Year in Movies – 2017 Edition

Something smells rotten. Is it just me or does 2017 feel like it has lasted about a hundred years? Between hurricanes, forest fires, racists, sexual harassers, gun massacres, and the systematic destruction of reason, decency, and ethical governing by the elephant party and the worst president this country has ever seen, I’m surprised aliens haven’t […]