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”

Month in Review: August ’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 well asContinue reading “Month in Review: August ’18”

Alpha

Release: Friday, August 17, 2018 →Theater Written by: Daniele Sebastian Wiedenhaupt Directed by: Albert Hughes As the dog days of summer are finally upon us, you might consider taking a walk somewhat off the beaten path by checking out Albert Hughes’ Alpha. A prehistoric epic adventure set 20,000 years ago in unrecognizable Europe, it offers a taleContinue reading “Alpha”

Month in Review: July ’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 well asContinue reading “Month in Review: July ’18”

Skyscraper

Release: Friday, July 13, 2018 →Theater Written by: Rawson Marshall Thurber Directed by: Rawson Marshall Thurber  There’s no ignoring the fact the star of Skyscraper, a veritable homage to one of cinema’s greatest action reels, once donned a sacrificial lion’s head as battle gear in a movie directed by Brett Ratner about the god Hercules. Earlier this summer, heContinue reading “Skyscraper”

Hell or High Water

Release: Friday, August 12, 2016 (limited) [Theater] Written by: Taylor Sheridan Directed by: David Mackenzie The day after you’ve watched something is probably not the time to proclaim that thing an instant classic. It would be wise to allow the infatuation phase to run its course before declaring your undying love for your partner. Unfortunately for me,Continue reading “Hell or High Water”

Suicide Squad

Release: Friday, August 5, 2016 [Theater] Written by: David Ayer Directed by: David Ayer Sigh. Suicide Squad is neither a disaster nor a revelation. It’s just really, really uneventful and in that way, crushingly disappointing. Let me grab a calculator and get back to you, because the math really doesn’t add up. I don’t quite know how you commitContinue reading “Suicide Squad”

Lights Out

Release: Friday, July 22, 2016 [Theater*] Written by: Eric Heisserer Directed by: David F. Sandberg In Swedish filmmaker David F. Sandberg’s feature debut, an expanded realization of a short film he made in 2013, something sinister lurks in the absence of light and enjoys tormenting anyone unfortunate enough to be in the same room with it. That is, ofContinue reading “Lights Out”

Free State of Jones

Release: Friday, June 24, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Gary Ross; Leonard Hartman Directed by: Gary Ross In Gary Ross’ new film, inspired by the life of Civil War medic-turned-rebel Newton Knight, the firepower has been upgraded from crossbows to muskets and bayonets, but both the fire and the power in the former Hunger Games director are absent in Free StateContinue reading “Free State of Jones”

The Shallows

Release: Friday, June 24, 2016 [Theater] Written by: Anthony Jaswinski Directed by: Jaume Collet-Serra  Blake Lively vs. Huge Shark: The Movie is a pretty sweet little thriller, a self-contained enterprise that seeks to unnerve rather than terrify by tapping into human’s innate fear of deepwater-dwelling beasts like great whites (not to mention horrifyingly large jellyfish). Jaume Collet-Serra’s tropical-set horror/thrillerContinue reading “The Shallows”