Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Film Title

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Synopsis

A video game movie that somehow manages to be watchable.

Director

Jake Kasdan

Cast

Dwayne Johnson
Kevin Hart
Karen Gillan
Jack Black
Nick Jonas
Bobby Cannavale

A trophy for trying. I’m not sure there was any movie in 2017 for which I had lower expectations than Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. Well, maybe Justice League. And Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. And Transformers: The Last Knight. And Kong: Skull Island. Ok, so there were many movies to be […]

Darkest Hour

Film Title

Darkest Hour

Director

Joe Wright

Cast

Gary Oldman
Lily James
Ben Mendelsohn
Kristin Scott Thomas
Stephen Dillane
Ronald Pickup

Churchill would like his soul back. (It’s award consideration season and I’m playing catch-up. As I tear through them, I thought I’d try mini-reviews. Enjoy!) Darkest Hour is best described as the deleted scenes from Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk. It’s the Deep Impact to Armageddon, but not moronic. Darkest Hour takes place during the couple of […]

The Man Who Invented Christmas

Film Title

The Man Who Invented Christmas

Director

Bharat Nalluri

Cast

Dan Stevens
Christopher Plummer
Johathan Pryce
Morfydd Clark
Justin Edwards
Annette Badland
Simon Callow
Valeria Bandino

A tale of two stories. (It’s award consideration season and I’m playing catch-up. As I tear through them, I thought I’d try mini-reviews. Enjoy!) When I was in high school, I was forced to read Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations, only one of which I was able to finish (the […]

Lady Bird

Film Title

Lady Bird

Synopsis

A look at the final year of high school for Lady Bird and a million other girls.

Director

Greta Gerwig

Cast

Saoirse Ronan
Odeya Rush
Laurie Metcalf
Timothee Chalamet
Lucas Hedges
Beanie Feldstein
Tracy Letts

Let it go. (It’s award consideration season and I’m playing catch-up. As I tear through them, I thought I’d try mini-reviews. Enjoy!) For about eight minutes, some hay was made about Lady Bird breaking a record for the most positive consecutive reviews without a negative review on Rotten Tomatoes. Then, a single film critic gave […]

I, Tonya

Film Title

I, Tonya

Synopsis

The story of Tonya Harding and why she might not be the worst person of 1994.

Director

Craig Gillespie

Cast

Margot Robbie
Sebastian Stan
Allison Janney
Julianne Nicholson
Bobby Cannavale
McKenna Grace

A little bit. (It’s award consideration season and I’m playing catch-up. As I tear through them, I thought I’d try mini-reviews. Enjoy!) In 1994, Tonya Harding was the most hated person in America (well, at least until O.J. Simpson went for a drive in his white Bronco). In 2017, anyone who watches I, Tonya is […]

The Disaster Artist

Film Title

The Disaster Artist

Synopsis

A brilliant telling of the making of an un-brilliant film.

Director

James Franco

Cast

James Franco
Dave Franco
Alison Brie
Seth Rogen
Ari Graynor
Jacki Weaver
Paul Scheer
Josh Hutcherson

Art has nothing to do with it. (It’s award consideration season and I’m playing catch-up. As I tear through them, I thought I’d try mini-reviews. Enjoy!) On my Movie Fixers podcast, we covered a movie called The Room from 2003. It is easily one of the worst movies ever put to film (think bad Lifetime […]

Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

Film Title

Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

Synopsis

It’s not just about the billboards.

Director

Martin McDonagh

Cast

Frances McDormand
Woody Harrelson
Caleb Landry Jones
Sam Rockwell
Lucas Hedges
Peter Dinklage
John Hawkes
Samara Weaving
Sandy Martin

Whose side are you on? (It’s award consideration season and I’m playing catch-up. As I tear through them, I thought I’d try mini-reviews. Enjoy!) About seventeen minutes into Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri, [Goat’s Review] Sheriff Willoughby (Woody Harrelson) has the following exchange with distraught mother Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand) whose daughter was raped and […]

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Film Title

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Synopsis

Star Wars

Director

Rian Johnson

Cast

Daisy Ridley
Mark Hamill
Adam Driver
Domhnall Gleeson
Carrie Fisher
Andy Serkis
Oscar Isaac
John Boyega
Kelly Marie Tran
Laura Dern
Benicio de Toro
Gwendoline Christie

I’m not sure either side should win. As much as I look forward to many movies every year, none of them do I anticipate as much as Star Wars. Since writing movie reviews does not pay the bills (or anything but movie admissions, for that matter) and advanced screenings of Star Wars flicks are always […]

The Shape of Water

Film Title

The Shape of Water

Director

Guillermo del Toro

Cast

Sally Hawkins
Michael Shannon
Octavia Spencer
Richard Jenkins
Doug Jones
Michael Stuhlbarg

There is a hole in your shape. (It’s award consideration season and I’m playing catch-up. As I tear through them, I thought I’d try mini-reviews. Enjoy!) The Shape of Water is another attempt by Guillermo del Toro to convince us he is anything more than weird creatures. To be fair, Pacific Rim was absurdly entertaining […]

It Comes at Night

Film Title

It Comes at Night

Synopsis

A family cowers in their house in the forest from something that never comes.

Director

Trey Edward Shults

Cast

Joel Edgerton
Christopher Abbott
Carmen Ejogo
Riley Keough
Kelvin Harrison Jr.

It didn’t in this movie. (It’s award consideration season and I’m playing catch-up. As I tear through them, I thought I’d try mini-reviews. Enjoy!) Nothing ruins a movie quite like failing to follow through on a promise. It Comes at Night is a title that promises us something coming at night. For an hour and […]