Category Archives: Movie Reviews

Destroyer is The Feel Bad Movie of Christmas!

Destroyer – Erin Bell (Nicole Kidman) –  Phot courtesy of  Annapurna Pictures.

Detective Erin Bell sets out to right a wrong that occurred because, as a young undercover officer twenty years ago, she made a series of wrong decisions.

Destroyer features a two-pronged performance from Kidman – the earnest near-rookie from twenty-four years ago and the angry, drunken, intense performance of Bell in the present.

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Welcome to Marwen Is Not Your Standard Feel Good Movie!

Welcome to Marwen – The dolls of Marwen (from left): Anna (Gwendoline Christie), Cap’n Hogie (Steve Carell), GI Julie (Janelle Monáe), Roberta (Merritt Wever), Suzette (Leslie Zemeckis) and Carlala (Eiza Gonzalez) – Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures.

Welcome to Marwen is the fictionalized story of how artist Mark Hogancamp survived a near fatal beating and, despite losing all his memories from before the beating, overcame that trauma and being in a coma for weeks, and came to be a well-regarded artist in a different field.

This is not just the story of one man overcoming overwhelming odds to survive, but to flourish.

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Bumblebee Is The Best of the Live-Action Transformers Movies!

Bumblebee – Charlie Watson (Hailee Steinfeld) and Bumblebee – Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures.

Remember the first live-action Transformers movie? The one with Steven Spielberg watching over Michael Bay’s shoulder so there was as much character as action?

Bumblebee is even better than that.

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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is Web-Slinging at its Best!

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) – Image courtesy of Sony Pictures Animation.

The last major animated feature released in 2018 just might be its best.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is spectacular!

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Mortal Engines Stalls!

Mortal engines – Hester Shaw (Hera Hilmar) – Pg=hoto courtesy of Universal Pictures.

In a world ripped apart (literally) by quantum energy weapons called Medusas, Cities and towns could only survive by becoming mobile.

Mortal Engines opens with a chase sequence like nothing you’ve ever seen before – the massive London bearing down on a small mining town. It’s very exciting – but then we start meeting characters…

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Movie Review: Bohemian Rhapsody’s Rami Malek Delivers a Stunning Performance!

Rami Malek (Freddie Mercury) and Gwilym Lee (Brian May) star in Twentieth Century Fox’s BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY. Photo Credit: Alex Bailey.  Image provided by Twentieth Century Fox via EPK.tv

Is this the real life or is this just fantasy, caught in a landslide, no escape from reality. Yes I opened this review with a lyric from Queen’s most famous song, sue me. Bohemian Rhapsody is actor Rami Malek’s love letter to the late, great Freddie Mercury. It’s too bad the movie doesn’t hold up to his amazing performance.

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Movie Review: Robin Hood is Fun! Michelle’s Take

Photo provided with permission from EPK.TV. Photo by Attila Szvacse

I’m a sucker for Robin Hood films, to date I’ve loved every retelling of this yarn. There’s just something about the tell that is timeless and gets me every time. I’m not sure what people expect when they go see a Robin Hood film. I aspect a little romance and lots of swashbuckling this current incarnation delivers exactly what I want out of a Robin Hood film. The latest take on the classic tale, simply titled, once again, Robin Hood borrows heavily from the much hated 1991’s Kevin Costner’s Classic Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. Personally, I loved the 1991 film.

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Ralph Breaks the Internet – Literally and Figuratively!

Ralph Breaks the Internet – Vanellope von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman) and Wreck-It Ralph (John C. Reilly) – Image courtesy of Walt Disney Animation Studios.

Now that Walt Disney Animation Studios equals Pixar for quality in both story and animation quality, we can be happy to see two movies from the studios in the same year.

Incredibles 2 was a lot of fun and now, Ralph Breaks the Internet comes along and is even better.

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Robin Hood: A Bit of a Mess but a Fun Ride!

Robin Hood – Robin of Locksley (Taron Egerton) – Photo by Larry Horricks/Courtesy of eOne.

Otto Bathurst’s Robin Hood aims to out-Ritchie Guy Ritchie in this weirdly familiar take on Robin Hood – weird because it emulates Ritchie’s directing style; is influenced more than a little by Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins; Irish leading lady Eve Hewson sounds very American, and, like Gore Verbinski’s The Lone Ranger, it’s a bit of a mess but still a fun ride.

Plus, machine gun crossbows; ninja-like moves and slow-mo archery.

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