"Power Rangers" Review
I want to begin this review with an apology - to all the movies in the past that I blasted for having extremely long set-ups. The reigning champ in this category was 2015's "Fantastic Four" reboot, which was essentially "Fantastic Four Origins" with one action scene at the end. "Power Rangers" is structured exactly the same way, except this set-up is EVEN LONGER, covering just about the first hour and 20 minutes of the film's two hour length.
"Gravity", "Interstellar", "The Martian" and "Passengers" are just SOME of the action movies that have taken us into Outer Space over the past 5 years. The latest is "Life" - a horror/thriller that was originally supposed to open Memorial Day weekend, but now gets to put a jolt in Spring.
"The Belko Experiment" Review
James Gunn, the creative mind behind Vol. 1 and the upcoming Vol. 2 of the "Guardians of the Galaxy" saga, has written a psychological horror/thriller that mixes originality with familiarity. "The Belko Experiment" pulls you in with an interesting premise that could have gone in a variety of directions, but, ultimately, the film leaves you unsatisfied.
"Kong: Skull Island" Review
I was only 7 when the 2005 "King Kong" came out, and the massive Kong image on the posters, lobby displays and magazine covers shook me a bit. In fact, to this day, whenever I see a picture of that Kong, I still get a little bit of a jolt.
"Beauty and the Beast" Review
Gosh it disturbs me to see this, Gaston - such a beautiful film go to waste. My favorite movie has now been remade - and I’m going to share my dis-TAAASTE.
"Table 19" Review
"Table 19" starts-out as a subtle satire on weddings and the extravagant receptions that often accompany them. In the opening scene, Eloise (played by Anna Kendrick) struggles to decide whether to check "Accepts with Pleasure" or "Declines with Regret" on a wedding invitation. She changes her mind multiple times - and we'll eventually learn why.
It’s The End of an Era. 17 years ago, “X-Men” launched the superhero movie genre as we know it. And now, its breakout star Hugh Jackman is saying goodbye to his iconic Wolverine character in “Logan”. It’s Jackman’s third Wolverine spinoff movie, and a commendable swan song.
"Get Out" Review
I rarely see horror movies. Normally, in a given week, there are much better options in the pool of new releases to check-out (not to mention the fact that the majority of efforts in the genre are generic and unoriginal).
"Fist Fight" Review
"Fist Fight" is easily one of the most tasteless and worthless movies ever made. For starters, the concept is absolutely ridiculous: raged high school teacher Mr. Strickland (played by Ice Cube) loses his job (after he snaps in class) and he decides to challenge fellow teacher Mr. Campbell (Charlie Day) to fight him in the parking lot at the end of the day. The whys and hows don't matter.
"The Great Wall" Review
Hollywood’s trend of making movies specifically for overseas audiences and box office continues with "The Great Wall" - a film made in China for a reported $150 million. It’s grossed $170M in that country since its December release. And while overseas moviegoers may be game for a goofy, outlandish “historical” monster movie, here in the States, this will go down as one of the biggest missteps of star Matt Damon’s career.