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”

Year in Review: 2018 on Thomas J! (Part 2 of 2)

In Part 2, we finish up the year (July thru December) in movie reviews, my seventh (technically sixth full-year) since first joining WordPress back in 2011. (Click here or just scroll your happy self to the bottom of this post if you missed Part 1!) The back half of 2018 found Thomas J putting upContinue reading “Year in Review: 2018 on Thomas J! (Part 2 of 2)”

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”

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”

Ant-Man and the Wasp

Release: Friday, July 6, 2018 →Theater Written by: Chris McKenna; Erik Sommers; Paul Rudd; Andrew Barrer; Gabriel Ferrari Directed by: Peyton Reed You’ve read it everywhere: Ant-Man and the Wasp is a refreshingly lightweight summer adventure that offers up more laughs than big character moments. It’s more of a superhero side dish than an entrée. But that’s okayContinue reading “Ant-Man and the Wasp”

That Ryan Reynolds Movie Everyone is Talking About

Release: Friday, May 18, 2018 →Theater Written by: Rhett Reese; Paul Wernick; Ryan Reynolds Directed by: David Leitch In Deadpool Deuce, Wade Wilson’s greatest enemy isn’t some psychotic surgeon, a mutant-hating criminal or even those gosh-darn regenerative powers of his, but rather the writers who are trying to keep things interesting. The highly-anticipated sequel takes all the R-rated, fourth-wall-breakingContinue reading “That Ryan Reynolds Movie Everyone is Talking About”

War for the Planet of the Apes

Release: Friday, July 14, 2017 →Theater Written by: Mark Bomback; Matt Reeves Directed by: Matt Reeves Maurice: “Ooo! Oo!!!!” Me: “Yeah buddy, I hate war too.” We all know how Caesar feels about it. Poor Caesar. If he had his way, we wouldn’t even be here. War for the Planet of the Apes basically details everything the alpha male, theContinue reading “War for the Planet of the Apes”

The Beguiled

Release: Friday, June 30, 2017 [Theater] Written by: Sofia Coppola Directed by: Sofia Coppola The Beguiled is an unsettling, moody drama set against the American Civil War that finds a wounded Union soldier being taken in and nursed back to health by the inhabitants of a secret all-girls school in Virginia. These women, who have lived a piousContinue reading “The Beguiled”

Spider-Man: Homecoming

Release: Friday, July 7, 2017 [Theater] Written by: Jon Watts; Jonathan Goldstein; John Francis Daley; Christopher Ford; Chris McKenna; Erik Sommers Directed by: Jon Watts The only thing that’s slightly unconvincing about the high school experience as depicted in Jon Watts’ re-re-freakin’-re-boot is the distinct lack of oily skin and pimples. Nobody ever looks as liberated from acneContinue reading “Spider-Man: Homecoming”