Category Archives: Movie Reviews

Mission: Impossible Might Make You Fall Out of Your Chair, After Sitting on its Edge – A 4DX Review

L to R: Benji (Simon Pegg), Ilsa (Rebecca Ferguson), Ethan (Tom Cruise), and Luther (Ving Rhames) return to stop an international terrorist threat in MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT. Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures

Mission: Impossible – Fallout is the continuing story of Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) whom, along with his team, are the people you call when the world needs saving. In their 6th outing, the Impossible Mission Force (IMF) have found themselves facing a dilemma regarding missing plutonium that is likely to be used for nuclear weapons. This is mostly the IMF’s fault due to an exchange gone bad where Hunt decides to save the life of his friend, Luther (Ving Rhames), over completing his mission. Continue reading Mission: Impossible Might Make You Fall Out of Your Chair, After Sitting on its Edge – A 4DX Review

Mission: Impossible – Fallout Is This Summer’s Best Action Movie!

Mission: Impossible – Fallout – Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) – Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures.

Mission: Impossible – Fallout is unique in several ways: it’s the first time a writer-director has done two consecutive IMF missions; it’s the first time an entry in the series is a direct sequel to the previous one; it’s the first entry in which its star suffered an injury severe enough for the film to take an eight-week hiatus, and it’s the second straight entry to feature a female character – Ilsa Faust – who is as good at her job as Ethan Hunt is at his.

It’s also a non-stop rush – and really puts the impossible in Mission: Impossible.

Continue reading Mission: Impossible – Fallout Is This Summer’s Best Action Movie!

Puzzle Has Several Good Pieces, But Can’t Fit Them All Together

Kelly Macdonald stars as Agnes in PUZZLE, a story of a woman trying to put her life back together. Photo Credit: Sony Pictures Classic.

Puzzle is the story of Agnes (Kelly Macdonald), a stay-at-home mom who has led a mundane life. She’s married to Louie (David Denman) whom she met young. Louie has good qualities—he’s loyal and devoted—but he suppresses Agnes actively and passively, either announcing family-impacting decisions without her input, or glaring across the dinner table with eyes that scream “know your place.” After Agnes receives a jigsaw puzzle as a random present, her life begins to change. Continue reading Puzzle Has Several Good Pieces, But Can’t Fit Them All Together

The Equalizer 2: Reliably Calm; Reliably Deadly!

Robert McCall, the OCD ex-CIA operative with the imperturbable Zen calm, is back.

Once again played by Denzel Washington and directed by Antoine Fuqua, The Equalizer 2 is pretty much the sequel we’ve been expecting – McCall is now stepping in for those who seemingly can’t be helped and, exacting revenge for the death of a friend.

Continue reading The Equalizer 2: Reliably Calm; Reliably Deadly!

Skyscraper – Die Hard in The Towering Inferno It’s Not

Skyscraper – Will Sawyer (Dwayne Johnson) – Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures.

In Skyscraper, a man has to save his family from the world’s tallest building after a group of mercenaries set it ablaze.

It can’t decide if it wants to be goofy summer fun or an all-out disaster flick. The only real survivors of Skyscraper are Dwayne Johnson and Neve Campbell.

Continue reading Skyscraper – Die Hard in The Towering Inferno It’s Not

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation Is No Vacation!

Just through its playful riffing on famous monsters and legends, the first two entries in the Hotel Transylvania franchise provided some seriously goofy summer fun. The trick was finding a core of great characters and some complementary secondary characters that could hold the screen in support.

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation spends so much time on its core characters – and one newcomer – that those delightfully weird secondary characters are left with little to do. The result is a mediocre film that wears out its welcome well before the (admittedly delightful) closing credits.

Continue reading Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation Is No Vacation!

Sorry to Bother You: Unapologetically Poignant

Detroit (Tessa Thompson, L), and Cassius (Lakeith Stanfeld) attend a worker walkout in SORRY TO BOTHER YOU

Sorry to Bother You is the story of Cassius Green (Lakeith Stanfeld). Green knows three things: he’s broke, he’s in love with Detroit (Tessa Thompson), and he desperately wants the means to provide for her. Green falls into a job as a telemarketer, where he struggles at first, but then a mentor-like figure (Danny Glover) gives him the ultimate tip—Green should use his white voice (dub-over by David Cross) to close sales over the phone. This new tactic propels Green into the status of overnight phenom and begins getting the love from management for the amount of money he’s raking in. Continue reading Sorry to Bother You: Unapologetically Poignant

Ant-Man and the Wasp – Relatable Stakes Make for a Delightful Adventure!

After all the end-of-half-the-living-beings-of-the-universe holy crap!@ness of Avengers: Infinity War, there are two aspects of Ant-Man and the Wasp that make it a refreshing change.

The stakes are Scott Lang’s freedom and the life of Janet Van Dyne (and, okay, tangentially, the life of the costumed ‘villain’ of the piece – but not the mundane villain of the piece).

Continue reading Ant-Man and the Wasp – Relatable Stakes Make for a Delightful Adventure!

Ant-Man and the Wasp: A Tiny but Important Victory for Marvel

Marvel Studios ANT-MAN AND THE WASP..L to R: The Wasp/Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) and Ant-Man/Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) ..Photo: Ben Rothstein..©Marvel Studios 2018

Ant-Man and the Wasp begins about two years after the events of Captain America: Civil War. Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) finds himself under house arrest for violation of the Sokovia Accords—the new international decree that forbids unauthorized and unregulated superhero activity. While combating extreme boredom, Lang has begun making some changes in his life that he hopes will prepare him for a stable a life once he’s on parole. He’s used the time to grow closer to his family, come to terms with the fact that his days as Ant-Man are over, and even helped start his own security company with his friend Luis (Michael Peña). Continue reading Ant-Man and the Wasp: A Tiny but Important Victory for Marvel

Sicario: Day of the Soldato Is One of the Best Films of the Year!

Sicario: Day of the Soldato is a unique film in that its set in the same world as the first one; features a couple of characters from the first one and starts a war between two cartels – one of which was the antagonist in the first film… and yet, the story is not really a part of that story.

Continue reading Sicario: Day of the Soldato Is One of the Best Films of the Year!