Malignant

Release: Friday, September 10, 2021 👀 Theater Written by: Ingrid Bisu; Akela Cooper; James Wan Directed by: James Wan Starring: Annabelle Wallis; Maddie Hasson; George Young; Michole Briana White; Jake Abel   ***/***** Horror maestro James Wan returns to his stomping grounds with Malignant, an unabashedly strange film with a concept stretched like Playdoh to imaginatively icky extremes. ThoughContinue reading “Malignant”

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”

Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard

Release: Wednesday, June 16, 2021 👀 Theater Written by: Tom O’Connor; Brandon Murphy; Phillip Murphy Directed by: Patrick Hughes Starring: Ryan Reynolds; Samuel L. Jackson; Salma Hayek; Antonio Banderas; Morgan Freeman **/***** Short review: Well, I’ve seen worse. But that’s not exactly the endorsement I was wanting to write. Not that I was necessarily expecting to come out ofContinue reading “Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard”

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”

Palm Springs

Release: Friday, July 10, 2020 (Hulu) →Hulu Written by: Andy Siara Directed by: Max Barbakow Palm Springs, a buzzy new Hulu original starring Andy Samberg, Cristin Milioti and J.K. Simmons, for me has an unusual distinction. This romantic comedy about two strangers stuck in a time loop at a wedding boasts one of the best post-credits scenes I’veContinue reading “Palm Springs”

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”

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”

Yesterday

Release: Friday, June 28, 2019 →HBO Written by: Richard Curtis Directed by: Danny Boyle Imagine all the people living day to day without the music of the Beatles. Imagine John Lennon aging into his 70s, living a quiet life with an un-famous instead of infamous significant other. And imagine being Jack Malik (Himesh Patel), the only one inContinue reading “Yesterday”