Bright (2017) Netflix

Film Title

Bright (2017) Netflix

Synopsis

Will Smith and his reluctant Orc Partner battle Magic, Police corruption and other evil forces

Director

David Ayer

Cast

Will Smith
Joel Edgerton
Noomi Rapace
Edgar Ramirez
Lucy Fry
Happy Anderson
Veronica Ngo
Enrique Merciano
Nadia Gray
Chris Browning

A lady friend of mine suggested that I watch Bright, the latest movie offering by Netflix. After seeing some of the professional reviews, I wondered what I had done to make her hate me. Some critics had panned it as the worst movie of 2017, which is a bold claim when you consider things like […]

Seven Psychopaths (2012)

Film Title

Seven Psychopaths (2012)

Synopsis

No, this is not Star Wars.

Director

Martin McDonagh

Cast

Colin Farrell
Sam Rockwell
Harry Dean Stanton
Christopher Walken
Tom Waits
Woody Harrelson
Linda Bright Clay
Abbie Cornish
Long Nguyen

Two of the best movies that I’ve reviewed at Ruthless are In Bruges and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Both movies were written and directed by Martin McDonagh, a very talented screen-writer and movie director. When I realized that this genius had another movie floating out there, I rushed to my amazon store and purchased […]

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 […]

Betting Big: The Best Blackjack Movie Scenes

Whilst there is no real consensus on the true origins of Blackjack, most experts agree that the game originated as Vingt-et-Un (which conveniently translates to 21)in French casinos sometime during the 18th century. Blackjack remains one of the most popular casino games to this day due to its fast-paced nature and relatively simple concept in […]

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 […]