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 […]

Downton Abbey (2019)

Film Title

Downton Abbey (2019)

Synopsis

The story of the Crawley family in the early 20th Century in England

Director

Michael Engler

Cast

Matthew Goode
Tuppance Middleton
Maggie Smith
Michael Dockery
Elizabeth McGovern
Kate Phillips
Allen Leech
Laura Carmichael

The Triumph of the Servant’s Hall It begins with news of a royal visit and ends with a waltz. In between you see romance, duty, honor, intrigue, respect for tradition and hope for the future. You hear that rarity in today’s movies, literate dialogue. It is a joy to watch. The cinematography has natural look […]

Parasite (2019)

Film Title

Parasite (2019)

Synopsis

The Haves and the Have Nots

Director

Bong Joon-Ho

Cast

Kang ho-Song
Yeo-jeong Jo
So dam-Park
Woo-sik Choi
Sun-kyun Lee

Until the night I saw Parasite, I had been struggling to decide what my favorite movie so far this year has been. There have been many contenders, from highly anticipated sequels like John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum and Avengers: Endgame to wild, weird arthouse flicks like Midsommar and Relaxer, not to mention the feature film […]

30 Nights (2018)

Film Title

30 Nights (2018)

Synopsis

A desperate couple tries to save their marriage by implementing a bizarre 30-day plan. Much hilarity ensues.

Director

Tom Metz III

Cast

Mandy Kaplan
Dan Fogler
Johnny Giacolone
Katie Walder
Jenny O'Hara
Krista Sutton

I’ve said it before and will say it again, we really have some great fans and readers here at Ruthless. I was contacted by Mandy Kaplan, asking if I would screen and review her movie. I always look, because I have discovered some really outstanding Indie movies like The Road To The Well and Piranha […]

The Human Centipede III (2015)

Film Title

The Human Centipede III

Synopsis

Just one more reason to try to stay out of prison

Director

Tom Six

Cast

Dieter Laser
Laurence R. Harvey
Eric Roberts
Robert LaSardo
Tommy 'Tiny' Lister!
Bree Olson
Clayton Rohner
Akihiro Kitamura

As both of my readers might know, I work at an indie/art-house movie theater in New York City. What you might not know, and might even find surprising, is that that is the type of venue at which the pretty much universally reviled Human Centipede movies get their theatrical exhibitions. The first one was kind […]

Joker: Is The Joke on Us?

Joker. It is an extraordinary film, clever, well made, beautifully acted and I feel destined to become a classic. A rare five-star rating from me, recommended for any lover of psychological thrillers, crime film noir, psychological horror and very (very) black comedy. The well named Joker film is exactly that, a Joke on the modern […]

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 […]

Rock N Roll Frankenstein (1999)

Film Title

Rock & Roll Frankenstein

Synopsis

Music agent Bernie Stein, his scientist nephew Frankie, and a drugged out roadie named Iggy team to create a superstar by putting together the remains of dead rockers

Director

Brian O'Hara

Cast

Graig Guggenheim
Jayson Spense
Barry Fetterman
Hiram Jacob Segarra

EDITOR’S NOTE: Again, I am pleased to point out that we have some great fans and readers. Some of our fans and readers even make real movies! Brian O’Hara contacted Ruthless to let us know that he uploaded his classic good/bad Halloween Horror Special to YouTube (I hope they leave it up a while, so […]

Toning Down the Terror: Another look at Stephen King at the Movies

Few authors in the 20th century (or any time, for that matter) have been more frequently adapted for the movies than the favorite son of Maine, Stephen King. This Halloween season, I wanted to offer a look at some (not nearly all) of those movie adaptations and the ways in which certain elements were changed […]