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 […]

Terminator: Dark Fate

Film Title

Terminator: Dark Fate

Synopsis

Same story. Different machine.

Director

Tim Miller

Cast

Linda Hamilton
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Mackenzie Davis
Gabriel Luna
Natalia Reyes

Have you seen this bo- …er, girl? Every franchise hits that point where it either has to start over, switch to prequels, or ignore much of what came before it in order to keep audiences coming back for more. The Alien franchise did it with Prometheus, choosing to go the prequel route. The Predator franchise […]

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

Film Title

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

Synopsis

Lather. Rinse. Repeat. Still with the same old formula.

Director

Joachim Ronning

Cast

Angelina Jolie
Elle Fanning
Michelle Pfeiffer
Harris Dickinson
Sam Riley
Chiwetel Ejiofor
Robert Lindsay

You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means. I am almost certain I have used that tagline on previous reviews, but can you blame me for repeating myself? The Princess Bride is a brilliant film with eminently quotable lines and that line in particular is just too […]

The Addams Family (2019)

Film Title

The Addams Family (2019)

Synopsis

The Addams Family, probably the way it was always meant to be seen.

Director

Greg Tiernan, Conrad Vernon

Cast

Charlize Theron
Oscar Isaac
Chloe Grace Moretz
Finn Wolfhard
Allison Janney
Nick Kroll
Bette Midler
Elsie Fisher

Neat. Petite. As usual, my son is providing the meat of the review of new, animated, The Addams Family movie. But this one has a slight twist – his grandma and grandpa are asking the questions. Buckle up folks. Also, he gives lots of SPOILERS, but I doubt any kids are reading this. Have you […]

Gemini Man

Film Title

Gemini Man

Synopsis

Are we really talking about cloning again?

Director

Ang Lee

Cast

Will Smith
Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Clive Owen
Benedict Wong
Linda Emond

Dude, you got a computer on your face. Now, this is a story all about howMy life got flipped-turned upside downAnd I’d like to take a minuteJust sit right thereI’ll tell you how I became the target of a group of elite killers, including a clone of me thirty years my junior In west Philadelphia […]

Joker

Film Title

Joker

Synopsis

The man. The myth. The legend.

Director

Todd Phillips

Cast

Joaquin Phoenix
Zazie Beetz
Robert De Niro
Frances Conroy

Why so serious? Apparently, there is some controversy surrounding the new film Joker. I had no idea this was happening until I started poking around the Internet for early reviews and first impressions of the movie. Instead, I found several stories about its divisiveness, how people are upset about its depiction of violence, and Keanu […]