Shazam!

Film Title

Shazam!

Synopsis

Big meets Power Rangers meets Hancock.

Director

Davidd F. Sandberg

Cast

Zachary Levi
Mark Strong
Djimon Hounsou
Jack Dylan Grazer
Asher Angel

Tag. You’re it! If ever a movie was being given a massive pass for not being the next putrid entry in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU), Shazam! is it. Currently, it sits at 93% positive critics ratings on Rotten Tomatoes, which ties it for best in the franchise with Wonder Woman. In no universe, including […]

Storm Boy

Film Title

Storm Boy

Synopsis

A kid raises pelicans on the beach. I am not kidding.

Director

Shawn Seet

Cast

Geoffrey Rush
Jai Courtney
Finn Little
Morgana Davies
Trevor Jamieson
Erik Thomson

No, seriously. When I read the title Storm Boy, all I can hear in my head is Phoebe from Friends, saying “Flame Boy” and it makes it really hard to take Storm Boy seriously. And it should be taken seriously. It’s about a boy and his pelican. *giggles* In fact, it’s about a boy and […]

The Highwaymen (2019) Netflix Streaming

Film Title

The Highwaymen (2019)

Synopsis

Two retired Texas Rangers are commissioned to retire the murderous Bonnie & Clyde

Director

John Lee Hancock

Cast

Kevin Costner
Woody Harrelson
Kathy Bates
John Carrol Lynch
Kim Dickens
Emily Brobst
Edward Bossert

Arthur Penn’s 1967 version of Bonnie and Clyde featured the gorgeous, but ruthless killers Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. With Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, you had one of the the hottest tandem of sexy couples since Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Bonnie and Clyde was a groundbreaking blockbuster because of its shocking violence […]

The Aftermath

Film Title

The Aftermath

Synopsis

If Days of Our Lives happened in post-WWII Germany.

Director

James Kent

Cast

Keira Knightley
Alexander Skarsgard
Jason Clarke
Flora Thiemann

Of everything. Prior to screening The Aftermath, I was looking for a quick synopsis of the film because I knew nothing about it.  The first thing that popped up in the Google search was a review for The Aftermath subtitled “The Aftermath is the cinematic equivalent of crying after sex.”  This nearly made me spit-take […]

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 […]