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”

A Quiet Place Part II

Release: Friday, May 28, 2021 👀 Theater Written by: John Krasinski  Directed by: John Krasinski Starring: Emily Blunt; Millicent Simmonds; Noah Jupe; Cillian Murphy     ****/***** Speech is silver, silence is golden. The old proverb has turned into a post-apocalyptic motivational poster in the brave new world John Krasinski has created with A Quiet Place, one in which survivors ofContinue reading “A Quiet Place Part II”

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”

Zombieland: Double Tap

Release: Friday, October 18, 2019 →On Demand Written by: Rhett Reese; Paul Wernick; Dave Callaham Directed by: Ruben Fleischer I’m not much of a zombie guy but I have a lot of time for Zombieland. The original, now over a decade old, was this fun little hang-out movie set at the end of the world, a nice, self-contained story thatContinue reading “Zombieland: Double Tap”

Month in Review: July ’19

Well unfortunately I never did manage to come up with some kind of “celebration” post for my blog’s eighth birthday — that opportunity came and went without so much as a kazoo being tooted. Actually — that can still happen. In fact, here’s literally an entire kazoo band to make up for that: Now, withoutContinue reading “Month in Review: July ’19”

Godzilla: King of the Monsters

Release: Friday, May 31, 2019 →Theater Written by: Zach Shields; Michael Dougherty  Directed by: Michael Dougherty  The sequel to Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla (2014) is undeniably a different beast, dispensing with its predecessor’s drip-fed action and methodical pacing for more direct, adrenaline-spiking payoff. Edwards had his chance to thrill us and apparently he botched it so in steps Michael Dougherty, theContinue reading “Godzilla: King of the Monsters”

John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum

Release: Friday, May 17, 2019 → Theater Written by: Derek Kolstad; Shay Hatten; Chris Collins; Marc Abrams Directed by: Chad Stahelski Actions have consequences, as we are quite explicitly shown (and told, too!) in the ultra-violent third installment of the brawn-over-brains John Wick franchise. Literally footsteps removed from the mayhem of 2017’s Chapter 2, JohnContinue reading “John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum”

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

Release: Friday, February 8, 2019 →Theater Written by: the Lord Philip; Christopher, a distinguished member of the Miller clan Directed by: someone of indeterminate skill (Mike Mitchell) Cough. It’snotasgoodasthefirst. Cough. Excuse me. The weather lately, I’m definitely under it — while also being totally over it. It was in the 60s last Friday, mere days after a coldContinue reading “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part”

Glass

Release: Friday, January 18, 2019 →Theater Written by: M. Night Shyamalan Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan All the pieces finally fall into place for M. Night Shyamalan and his long-gestating superhero trilogy with Glass, in part a direct sequel to 2017’s psychological thriller Split as well as a belated return to the awe-inspiring identity crisis established 19 yearsContinue reading “Glass”

The Girl in the Spider’s Web

Release: Friday, November 9, 2018  →Theater Written by: Jay Basu, Fede Álvarez; Steven Knight Directed by: Fede Álvarez 2018 has been a productive year for Claire Foy, star of Fede Álvarez’s gritty, Scandinavian-set crime thriller The Girl in the Spider’s Web. In the span of nine months the British actress, perhaps most recognized as Queen Elizabeth II inContinue reading “The Girl in the Spider’s Web”