For the seemingly hundredth time in her career, Tilda Swinton plays an over-the-top character, complete with dramatic makeup and attire. But Swinton's stock character is practically the only familiar thing about the new Netflix film "Okja".
"Transformers: The Last Knight" Review
I never thought it was possible for the fifth “Transformers” movie to actually be the worst of the franchise - especially considering 2009’s 2nd installment “Revenge of the Fallen” was such a disaster. Director Michael Bay began this series 10 years ago with a fun, cool coming-of-age story of a teen and his relationships with cars that “transformed” into giant, talking robots. But “T-5” proves that the on-screen exploitation of the ‘80s toy action figures has gone on far enough.
"The Book of Henry" Review
"The Book of Henry" is, without a doubt, the strangest movie of the year. It's based on an original screenplay and not a book, because this story, in print, never would've gotten a publisher. This is a film that mixes genres: drama, family dynamics, light comedy, suspense, action (and a few I can't mention). Last year's "The Accountant" included all of those, and did a brilliant job melding them together into a coherent, effective movie.
Best Animated Movie Sequels of the Past 20 Years
With the release of "Cars 3" this weekend, I've decided to rank my favorite animated movie sequels of all-time. In the time I've been a moviegoer and movie critic, I've seen a couple dozen animated film franchises begin, reach their peaks, end and/or crash and burn. These are the best animated sequels of the past two decades:
"All Eyez On Me" Review
Two years after the satisfying but lengthy N.W.A. origin story "Straight Outta Compton" comes this biopic of a solo rap artist who changed the music industry and popular culture forever. "All Eyez on Me", released on what would've been Tupac Shakur's 46th birthday, is a cradle-to-grave look at the iconic performer, who lived his 25 turbulent, troubled and triumphant years to the fullest.
"Cars 3" Review
As I’ve said and written so many times - “Cars” is my favorite Pixar movie. And I remain one of the few who believe the 2011 International Racing Tour spy caper sequel “Cars 2” is a very entertaining film. Now comes “Cars 3”, which is actually the “Cars 2” everyone thought they wanted.
"The Mummy" Review
Tom Cruise’s Twitter bio includes the phrase: “Running in movies since 1981”. Someone even created a 19-minute compilation video last year called “Every Tom Cruise Run. Ever”. And, yes, Cruise does even more sprinting and dashing in his new, highly familiar reboot of “The Mummy”.
"My Cousin Rachel" Review
Roger Michell may not be a familiar name, but he's directed several movies you've likely heard of, including the Hugh Grant/Julia Roberts rom-com "Notting Hill", the charming TV news comedy "Morning Glory" and the underwhelming "Hyde Park on Hudson", starring Bill Murray as FDR.
"It Comes At Night" Review
The post-apocalyptic/mankind on the verge of extinction/epidemic virus crisis genre continues to grow at a rapid pace. From “World War Z”, “Contagion” and "28 Days Later" to the “Planet of the Apes” and “Hunger Games” franchises, and even “WALL-E”, we've seen it all.