Tag: Movie Review
Jun. 9, 2017
‘It Comes At Night’ creeps into top tier horror status
Judging by his last film (2016’s “Krisha”) it wasn’t much of a stretch for Trey Edward Shults to make a horror movie next. While ostensibly about a former addict returning home for one tumultuous Thanksgiving, the unsettling score and swooping, tight camera moves gave it the feeling of a tense horror movie. Even more surprising was how well he managed that tension using his own house, family members (most notably his aunt, Krisha Fairchild), and even himself.
Apr. 21, 2017
Director Ben Wheatly hits his mark with new dark comedy film ‘Free Fire’
It’s 1978. The Irish Revolution is in full swing and IRA soldiers Chris and Frank (Cillian Murphy and Michael Smiley) are looking for weapons. They find a dealer in Boston through his sister (Armie Hammer and Brie Larson), who leads them both to a jittery South African named Vernon (Sharlto Copley) and his partner Martin (Babou Ceesay).
Apr. 7, 2017
‘T2: Trainspotting’ makes for one hell of a ride
“I’m moving on. Going straight, and choosing life.”
Mar. 17, 2017
‘Kong: Skull Island’: Big monkeys, big screen, big fun
“Kong: Skull Island” is a standout from similar movies in its genre for several reasons: not only was it unafraid to take risks, but it also wasn’t afraid to have fun. In his silver screen debut director Jordan Vogt-Roberts assembled an all-star cast including Tom Hiddleston, John C. Riley, Brie Larson and Samuel L. Jackson to put together the beginning of what will be a “King Kong” franchise.
Mar. 10, 2017
Peele projects race relations onto big screen in ‘Get Out’
Unless you have been living under a rock for the last few weeks, you have heard about the movie “Get Out.” From director Jordan Peele (of “Key and Peele” fame), this self-proclaimed “social thriller” showcases a much darker side of Peele that was never present in his comedy-skit show.
Feb. 24, 2017
‘Logan’ succeeds as unique bookend to ‘Wolverine’ series
If I were a professor at an all-mutant school and the “X-Men” franchise were a mathematical equation with “X” being the constant and I asked you to solve for X, what would be the answer?
Jan. 27, 2017
’20th Century Women’ disappoints despite cultural significance
Mike Mills’ “20th Century Women” starts off with a car on fire in a supermarket parking lot. The blazing vehicle in question is a Ford Galaxy that once belonged to the unseen ex-husband of single mother Dorothea Fields (Annette Bening). It’s a fitting opening for a movie that’s steeped in feminism, a striking visual that brings to mind the idea of bra burnings in the ’60s and ’70s.
Jan. 27, 2017
James McAvoy shines in new Shyamalan flick, ‘Split’
Director M. Night Shyamalan has hit his stride since returning to the suspenseful horror he’s been known for since his debut.
Dec. 2, 2016
Brad Pitt stars in WWII romance-drama ‘Allied’
Does Brad Pitt have some kind of obsession with World War II? I mean, he’s gone from Nazi-scalping hillbilly to grizzled tank commander and now he’s a suave Canadian intelligence officer.
Dec. 2, 2016
Gosling, Stone excel in musical movie ‘La La Land’
It’s 2016 and I thought that musicals on the silver screen were dead and gone, coordinated songs and dances instead relegated to stages on Broadway and elsewhere.