Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

Release: Friday, September 3, 2021 👀 Theater Written by: Dave Callaham; Andrew Lanham; Destin Daniel Cretton Directed by: Destin Daniel Cretton Starring: Simu Liu; Awkwafina; Tony Chiu-Wai Leung; Meng’er Zhang; Fala Chen; Michelle Yeoh ****/***** Marvel Studios’ most recognizable batch of comic book origins stories are behind us, but given Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings‘ strong boxContinue reading “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings”

The Tomorrow War

Release: Friday, July 2, 2021 (Amazon Prime) 👀 Amazon Prime Written by: Zach Dean Directed by: Chris McKay Starring: Chris Pratt; Sam Richardson; Yvonne Strahovski; Betty Gilpin; J.K. Simmons; Edwin Hodge ***/***** The creatures at the center of Chris McKay’s fast-moving and action-packed sci-fi blockbuster are microcosmic of the overall experience of The Tomorrow War. You can’t take yourContinue reading “The Tomorrow War”

Free Guy

Release: Friday, August 13, 2021 👀 Theater Written by: Matt Lieberman; Zak Penn Directed by: Shawn Levy Starring: Ryan Reynolds; Taika Waititi; Joe Keery; Jodi Comer; Lil Rel Howery   ***/***** Following more the logic of the heart than the brain, Free Guy is a whacky but entertaining circus of big visual effects, videogame Easter eggs, and shameless (more likeContinue reading “Free Guy”

The Ice Road

Release: Sunday, June 25, 2021 (Netflix) 👀 Netflix Written by: Jonathan Hensleigh Directed by: Jonathan Hensleigh Starring: Liam Neeson; Laurence Fishburne; Marcus Thomas; Amber Midthunder; Benjamin Walker   **/***** Though Liam Neeson’s latest thriller The Ice Road may be out of season for those of us in the northern hemisphere, it lies smack in the middle of a prolific runContinue reading “The Ice Road”

Wrath of Man

Release: Friday, May 14, 2021 👀 Theater Written by: Guy Ritchie; Marn Davies; Ivan Atkinson Directed by: Guy Ritchie Starring: Jason Statham; Holt McCallany; Josh Hartnett; Jeffrey Donovan; Scott Eastwood; Andy Garcia   ***/***** Jason Statham is really not messing around in this dead-serious action thriller that reunites the British badass with director Guy Ritchie for the fourth time andContinue reading “Wrath of Man”

Extraction

Release: Friday, April 24, 2020 (Netflix) →Netflix Written by: Joe Russo  Directed by: Sam Hargrave  The more cynical takeaway here is that Extraction exists for no other purpose than to prove that the three — er, make it four — Marvel Cinematic Universe alums who have made it possible are capable of more hard-hitting, violent movies. The marketingContinue reading “Extraction”

Terminator: Dark Fate

Release: Friday, November 1, 2019 →On Demand  Written by: David Goyer; Justin Rhodes; Billy Ray Directed by: Tim Miller Terminator: Dark Fate is the best installment in the series since Judgment Day and it’s not even close. That said, having never been a die-hard I have gotten along pretty well with most* of the sequels, even the mind-bendingly-complex-and-not-in-a-good-way Terminator Genisys,Continue reading “Terminator: Dark Fate”

The Lovebirds

Release: Friday, May 22, 2020 (Netflix) →Netflix Written by: Aaron Abrams; Brendan Gall; Martin Gero Directed by: Michael Showalter  The entertaining but uneven The Lovebirds gives one the impression director Michael Showalter wanted to do something more laidback and lightweight following The Big Sick. While The Lovebirds has a few of the elements that made his 2017 romantic comedy such aContinue reading “The Lovebirds”

Angel Has Fallen

Release: Friday, August 23, 2019 →Netflix Written by: Robert Mark Kamen; Matt Cook; Ric Roman Waugh Directed by: Ric Roman Waugh Angel Has Fallen is the third but definitely not last installment in the Fallen action movie franchise. That there are enough of these movies to justify the word ‘franchise’ seems an indictment of the American Secret Service. HowContinue reading “Angel Has Fallen”

Coffee & Kareem

Release: Friday, April 3, 2020 (Netflix) →Netflix Written by: Shane Mack Directed by: Michael Dowse I really like Ed Helms. He is an actor I apparently will follow even into the seedier, more desperate corners of Netflix. I don’t know much about director Michael Dowse, other than the fact his résumé is populated with such silly titles asContinue reading “Coffee & Kareem”