Troop Zero

Film Title

Troop Zero

Synopsis

A group of kids work to have their voices heard by aliens. Seriously.

Director

Bert and Bertie

Cast

Viola Davis
Mckenna Grace
Allison Janney
Jim Gaffigan
Charlie Shotwell
Milan Ray
Johanna Colon
Bella Higginbotham

A tale of two movies. Sitting next to each other, in the same theater on the same night, my wife and I saw two entirely different movies. I saw a heartwarming movie with adorable, courageous kids, a solid story, and a tight running time that kept the film from meandering. My wife saw a jumbled, […]

Bad Boys for Life

Film Title

Bad Boys for Life

Synopsis

Two detectives try to relive the glory days.

Director

Adil el Arbi, Bilal Fallah

Cast

Will Smith
Martin Lawrence
Joe Pantoliano
Jacob Scipio
Alexander Ludwig
Charles Melton
Kate del Castillo
Paola Nunez
Vanessa Hudgens

So this is what death throes look like. When I was a sophomore in high school, I was a little too talkative one day during math class. My teacher told me stay after the bell rung, and, once everyone else had left the room, told me I could not leave until I acted like a […]

Dolittle

Film Title

Dolittle

Synopsis

A man who can talk to animals goes on a quest to destroy his career now that Ironman is dead.

Director

Stephen Gaghan

Cast

Robert Downey Jr.
Antonio Banderas
Michael Sheen
Harry Collett
Jim Broadbent
Half of Hollywood (Voices)

Do you smell something? It seems almost unfair to write about Dolittle. Why on Earth would a movie with a $175 million budget and starring Robert Downey Jr. be opening in the armpit of the Hollywood calendar known as January? All the kids are back in school, almost everyone blew all of their spending money […]

Underwater

Film Title

Underwater

Synopsis

Monsters chase Kristen Stewart in a pitch-black location, but not in a Twilight way.

Director

William Eubank

Cast

Kristen Stewart
Vincent Cassel
TJ Miller
Jessica Henwick
John Gallagher Jr.
Mamoudou Athie

Seven miles shallow. As I crawl out from underneath a mountain of award-hopeful movies, a look forward at upcoming releases in January reminds me that twenty-five indie/documentary/foreign films in a row isn’t as long as it seems. Bad Boys 3? Gretel & Hansel? Like a Boss? Dolittle? DOLITTLE? Why is Dolittle, a $175 million movie […]

My Year in Movies – 2019 Edition

One is the loneliest number. The previous two years, I have repeated the same opening paragraph in my year-end review – ending the paragraph wondering how aliens hadn’t yet put us out of our misery – and I thought about doing it again. It still applies. Horrible things continue to happen, too many people are […]

1917

Film Title

1917

Synopsis

Two men navigate the hellscape that is WWI.

Director

Sam Mendes

Cast

George MacKay
Dean-Charles Chapman
Colin Firth
Andrew Scott
Mark Strong
Benedict Cumberbatch

Can you handle the truth? If you are into war movies, there are two major ones from which to get your fix. By now, you probably already saw Midway and, depending on what city you live in, might have seen 1917 as well. If not, you are waiting with bated breath for January 10 to […]

Cats

Film Title

Cats

Synopsis

Cats

Director

Tom Hooper

Cast

Francesca Hayward
Idris Elba
Judi Dench
Ian McKellan
Rebel Wilson
Taylor Swift
James Cordon
Jason Derulo
Jennifer Hudson
Laurie Davidson
Robbie Fairchild

Starting right meow. What is the musical Cats about? Apparently, no one knows. Prior to the screening, I asked several people if they had seen it or knew what it was about. The answers I got were, “No” and “I-ah-uh.” Based on my informal survey, most people have never seen Cats and those that have […]

Knives Out

Film Title

Knives Out

Synopsis

The classic tale of a greedy bunch of assholes claiming a dead guy’s money is really theirs.

Director

Rian Johnson

Cast

Daniel Craig
Chris Evans
Christopher Plummer
Ana de Armas
Toni Collette
Jamie Lee Curtis
Don Johnson
LaKeith Stanfield
Michael Shannon
Katherine Langford

And just a dash of Foghorn Leghorn. We’re finally to the last – arguably the best – big movie season of the year. Unlike the summer, it is not just filled with big, loud blockbusters plus even bigger, louder, dumb blockbusters. The end-of-year season includes prestige movies, smart dramas, Star Wars (usually), and, yes, big, […]

Ford v Ferrari

Film Title

Ford v Ferrari

Synopsis

Two guys and a car.

Director

James Mangold

Cast

Matt Damon
Christian Bale
Josh Lucas
Tracy Letts
Caitriona Balfe
Remo Girone
Jon Bernthal

Hot wheels. There are many reasons to choose from when deciding whether or not to go see Ford v Ferrari. Casting is the obvious reason. Despite Matt Damon and Christian Bale occasionally putting their feet in their respective mouths and a lot of people treating Damon like Hollywood’s version of Nickelback (whom are hated for […]

Doctor Sleep

Film Title

Doctor Sleep

Synopsis

We aren’t going to the Overlook Hotel until you eat all of your shining young missy.

Director

Mike Flanagan

Cast

Ewan McGregor
Rebecca Ferguson
Kyliegh Curran
Cliff Curtis
Zahn McClaron
Curt Lumbly

You won’t be dozing off in this one. The climax of Doctor Sleep really confused me because it takes place at the Overlook hotel (this is shown in the trailer). For the record, I have managed to watch Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of The Shining exactly one time and that was decades ago. Despite it being […]