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 Meg

Release: Friday, August 10, 2018 →Theater Written by: Dean Georgaris; Jon and Erich Hoeber Directed by: Jon Turteltaub More like . . . The Meh. I really couldn’t give a shark shit about this movie, but here goes this anyway. It says something about Jason Statham‘s box office pull that I found my tingling buttocks planted in aContinue reading “The Meg”

Train to Busan

Release: Friday, July 22, 2016 (limited)  [Netflix] Written by: Yeon Sang-ho Directed by: Yeon Sang-ho Train to Busan is a breathless and brutal South Korean zombie flick that broke a number of records last year, becoming the first Korean feature to breach the $1 million mark at the Singaporean box office. Over the past several months it has taken theContinue reading “Train to Busan”

No Escape

Release: Wednesday, August 26, 2015 [Theater] Written by: John Erick Dowdle; Drew Dowdle Directed by: John Erick Dowdle No Escape shouldn’t work as well as it does and yet, strong performances from an unlikely cast make for a taut thriller that plays to the tune of Taken, becoming an often absurd yet emotionally resonant tale of survival. Owen WilsonContinue reading “No Escape”

Blackhat

Release: Friday, January 16, 2015 [Theater] Written by: Morgan Davis Foehl Directed by: Michael Mann Even with an hilariously miscast Chris Hemsworth, Blackhat is utterly forgettable. Something that’s less forgettable is its horrendous opening weekend performance. Set against a budget of $70 million, Michael Mann’s cybercrime would-be-thriller brought in a grand total of $1.7 million in its debut, necessarily deeming BlackhatContinue reading “Blackhat”

Only God Forgives

Release: Friday, July 19, 2013 (limited) [Netflix] Ah, but does He forgive a movie like this? Nicolas Winding Refn and Ryan Gosling again team up to put forth another noir-rich effort that skimps on dialogue — only this time it’s one that has left audiences scratching their heads rather than thoughtfully rubbing their chins. To beContinue reading “Only God Forgives”