Us

Film Title

Us

Synopsis

Dad jokes and murder.

Director

Jordan Peele

Cast

Lupita Nyong'o
Winston Duke
Elisabeth Moss
Tim Heidecker
Shahadi Wright Joseph
Evan Alex
Madison Curry

My lips are mostly sealed. I often struggle in these reviews with how much to reveal when discussing a movie.  Okay, I sometimes struggle.  On one hand, nobody likes spoilers.  Even for movies that are obvious and preordained crap, people want to be surprised and decide for themselves.  Incidentally, these are the same people who have to touch the […]

Wonder Park

Film Title

Wonder Park

Synopsis

June and friends try to save their amusement park from cancer.

Director

David Feiss (Uncredited??)

Cast

Jennifer Garner
Matthew Broderick
John Oliver
Ken Hudson Campbell
Kenan Thompson
Mila Kunis
Ken Jeong
Brianna Denski
Norbert Leo Butz

Only the best rides make you puke. Based on the previews, I was expecting Wonder Park to be much worse than it ended up being. I am probably cutting it some slack due to my man/nerd crush on John Oliver, but it exceeded my expectations. More importantly, it kept my son’s attention, which is really […]

Lords of Chaos

Film Title

Lord of Chaos

Synopsis

Violence erupts as a Norwegian teen attempts to launch Black Metal in Oslo.

Director

Jonas Akerlund

Cast

Rory Caulkin as Eurynomos
Emory Cohen as Varg
Jack Kilmer as Pelle 'Dead' Ohlin
Sky Ferreira as the love interest
Valter Skarsgard as 'Faust' Eithun

Fair Value of Lords of Chaos: $18.00. One of the best comedies I’ve seen in a while. A Spinal Tap for my generation, deadpan and wry. Is This Film Worth My Time? You’re either going to laugh, or you’re going to be very disturbed, at the antics of the Scandinavian misanthropes that populate this film. […]

Captain Marvel

Film Title

Captain Marvel

Synopsis

Captain Marvel learns who she is, what she can do, and what the mid-1990s had to offer.

Director

Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck

Cast

Brie Larson
Jude Law
Samuel Jackson
Ben Mendelsohn
Annette Bening
Lashana Lynch
Clark Gregg
A Cat

Settle down, all you geeks. With the release of Avengers: Endgame rapidly approaching (just six short (LONG!!) weeks away), movie theaters are preparing for the ultimate nerd-gasm. You might think they are prepared for this after the first Avengers and Avengers: Infinity War (not to mention Star Wars: The Force Awakens), but we nerds have […]

Alita: Battle Angel

Film Title

Alita: Battle Angel

Synopsis

A deactivated female cyborg is revived, but cannot remember anything of her past life and goes on a quest to find out who she is.

Director

Robert Rodriguez

Cast

Rosa Salazar as the Chosen Waif aka Big Eyes, Small Emote
Keean Johnson as Dawson's Creek in the Year 3000
Christopher Waltz as your friendly neighborhood ripperdoc.
Jennifer Connelly as Older Women are sinister
Mahershala Ali as The Man
Ed Skrein as Insufferable Recurring Lesser Villain
Jackie Earle Haley as Battle Shrek

Alita: Battle Angel 2 hours 2 minutes, PG-13 for ample cyborg ultraviolence (gore doesn’t count as long as it’s wires and not blood) Fair Value of Alita: Battle Angel- $8.00 Crunchy popcorn, even if the oil’s synthetic. Lavish visuals and an imaginative world with an underwhelming core, like an old computer with a flashy casemod. […]

Nobody’s Fool (1994)

Film Title

Nobody's Fool (1994)

Synopsis

Paul Newman is magnificent as a stubborn man who must come to grips with his past



Cast

Paul Newman
Jessica Tandy
Josef Sommer
Bruce Willis
Melanie Griffith
Dylan Walsh
Pruitt Taylor Vince
Phillip Seymour Hoffman
Gene Saks

It is no secret that Paul Newman was a god of acting, in rarefied air with those such as Peter O’Toole, Jack Nicholson, George C. Scott, Jack Lemmon and Daniel Day Lewis. Newman’s resume is almost without peer, but combined with the rest of the stellar cast, this movie was a total joy to watch […]

Greta

Film Title

Greta

Synopsis

It follows.

Director

Neil Jordan

Cast

Chloe Grace Moretz
Isabelle Huppert
Maika Monroe

Decidedly not for kids. If it seems like I have only been reviewing kid movies lately, I feel your pain. This time of year has been unusually quiet for me in the movie department, partly due to personal travel and partly due to a dearth of movies being screened in advance or that I am […]

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

Film Title

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

Synopsis

Dragon hunters and vikings clash in a kid friendly way.

Director

Dean DeBlois

Cast

Jay Baruchel
F. Murray Abraham
America Ferrera
Cate Blanchett
Gerard Butler

There be dragons. Apparently, everyone read my rules of theater etiquette prior to the screening of How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World because everyone was on their best behavior. Thus, no complaints and we’ll get straight to a six-year old’s musings of the third installment of dragon training. What’s the movie we saw?How […]

Ruthless and The Oscars: 2019 Version

Yes, I know, it is hard to imagine that it is Academy Award season again. Due to plummeting ratings, I don’t know what the Academy has in store for us this year. Maybe another Jet Ski, who knows? It is no secret that none of us here at Ruthless were thrilled with the 2018 stable […]

Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead (2007)

Film Title

Before The Devil Knows You're Dead (2007)

Synopsis

A family robbery with no victims goes horribly wrong

Director

Sidney Lumet

Cast

Phillip Seymour Hoffman
Ethan Hawke
Albert Finney
Marisa Tomei
Michael Shannon
Brian F. O'Bryne
Amy Ryan

There are movies that are familial train wrecks. There are movies like Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf that are deaths by 10,000 cuts. However, I have never before seen such a devastating wreck as Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead, a masterpiece created by the 83 year-old genius director, Sydney Lumet. This movie was not […]