Don’t oversell it. Watching a DC Extended Universe (DCEU) movie is a bit like Charlie Brown trying to kick Lucy’s football. Every time you line up the kick, she promises that, this time, she won’t pull it away. By now, you have slipped four discs in your spine, bruised your tailbone, dislocated a hip, and […]
Film TitleBirds of Prey
Harley Quinn’s post break-up story.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Ella Jay Basco
Film TitleThe Gentlemen
A smooth-talking drug lord tries to sell his marijuana business, which is still illegal in 2020 somehow.
Travel well indeed. Guy Ritchie needed a win. After the success of his two Sherlock Holmes films in 2009 and 2011, people largely ignored the very good The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015), King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017) was an unmitigated disaster, and the Aladdin remake (2019) was a pile of shit that was […]
Film TitleTroop Zero
A group of kids work to have their voices heard by aliens. Seriously.
DirectorBert and Bertie
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, […]
Film TitleBad Boys for Life
Two detectives try to relive the glory days.
DirectorAdil el Arbi, Bilal Fallah
Kate del Castillo
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 […]
A man who can talk to animals goes on a quest to destroy his career now that Ironman is dead.
Robert Downey Jr.
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 […]
Monsters chase Kristen Stewart in a pitch-black location, but not in a Twilight way.
John Gallagher Jr.
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 […]
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 […]
Two men navigate the hellscape that is WWI.
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 […]
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 […]
Film TitleKnives Out
The classic tale of a greedy bunch of assholes claiming a dead guy’s money is really theirs.
Ana de Armas
Jamie Lee Curtis
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, […]