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”

Month in Review: October ’18

To encourage a bit more variety in my blogging posts and to help distance this site from the one of old, I’m installing this monthly post where I summarize the previous month’s activity in a wraparound that will hopefully give people the chance to go back and find stuff they might have missed, as wellContinue reading “Month in Review: October ’18”

Thor: Ragnarok

Release: Friday, November 3, 2017 →Theater Written by: Eric Pearson; Craig Kyle; Christopher L. Yost Directed by: Taika Waititi Save yourself a pat on the back for me, Marvel. The Taika Waititi experiment has paid off and now you’ve got a great big success on your hands. Thor: Ragnarok isn’t a revelation but it is a very entertainingContinue reading “Thor: Ragnarok”

Ghostbusters

Release: Friday, July 15, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Paul Feig; Katie Dippold Directed by: Paul Feig It’s fun, and perhaps more than anything inspiring, watching a foursome of funny women transforming and transcending in what was supposed to be a god-awful Ghostbusters reboot. Yeah, I said it — I enjoyed the new movie. Bring it on, man. I ain’t afraid ofContinue reading “Ghostbusters”

In the Heart of the Sea

Release: Friday, December 11, 2015 [Theater] Written by: Charles Leavitt; Rick Jaffa; Amanda Silver Directed by: Ron Howard From the infamously dangerous Nürburgring and into the heart of the sea Ron Howard has steered his cameras in an altogether new direction, facing the unenviable task of crafting a cinematic event based around the circumstances that inspired 19th Century writerContinue reading “In the Heart of the Sea”

Marvel’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron

Release: Friday, May 1, 2015 [RPX Theater] Written by: Joss Whedon Directed by: Joss Whedon In the chaotic and climactic final twenty minutes a wistfulness arose within me, and though I didn’t let it fully disengage me from one of the year’s most ambitious CGI spectacles I was annoyed I let it happen. I knew it was going to, though.Continue reading “Marvel’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron”

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”

Rush

Release: Thursday, September 26, 2013 [Theater] 2013 finds Ron Howard operating well within his comfort zone again, returning to construct the definitive racing film. A gripping, polished and thoughtfully-crafted drama piece, Rush delves into one remarkable season of racing which would ultimately define the careers of two top performers in Formula 1. Howard and comedy, itContinue reading “Rush”