The Qwipster Film Review Podcast

The Qwipster Film Review Podcast

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Film reviews by Vince Leo, author of the review site Qwipster.net, covering the latest blockbusters, independent films, foreign cinema, and VOD.
Leave No Trace (2018)
Jan 10 • 9 min
Ben Foster’s war vet Will, widower father to the young teenage girl with the boy’s name of Tom (Thomasin McKenzie), is suffering from some sort of Post Traumatic Stress from his time in the service, living out in the woods, completely off the grid,…
Bumblebee (2018)
Jan 6 • 13 min
This time out, the character of Bumblebee ends up going back to his original look from the toy line and cartoon series of a Volkswagen Beetle, when he arrives on Earth back in 1987 as part of a last-minute escape plan for the Autobots on Cybertron to find…
BlacKkKlansman (2018)
Dec 31, 2018 • 12 min
In this Spike Lee joint, we go back to the 1970s, where we find Ron Stallworth, the first black police detective working for the Colorado Springs Police Department. In one of his first assignments after laboring behind the scenes to test the waters as a…
Aquaman (2018) A Podcast Film Review
Dec 21, 2018 • 9 min
The setting starts sometime in the 1980s, where we find Atlantean queen Atlanna (Nicole Kidman) coming up to the surface in the state of Maine to get away from an arranged marriage, seeking a bit of sanctuary and time to heal in a lighthouse run by a…
Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)
Nov 24, 2018 • 10 min
Bryan Singer directs this tribute biopic on Freddie Mercury and his stint with one of the most influential rock groups from the 1970s and 1980s, Queen. Electrifying performances, lavish stage costumes, and a peek into Freddie’s confusion and acceptance of…
Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch (2018)
Nov 14, 2018 • 8 min
Illumination Entertainment brings Dr. Seuss’ beloved story to the modern age with 3D animation and the vocal talent of Benedict Cumberbatch. The Grinch hates Christmas and plans to thwart the festivities of the Christmas-loving denizens of nearby…
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018)
Nov 7, 2018 • 9 min
Mackenzie Foy stars as Clara, suffering through grief with her father and two siblings during their first holiday without her recently deceased mother, Marie. Clara receives an enigmatic and ornate Christmas gift, the last from her mother, a metallic…
Bullitt County (2018)
Oct 27, 2018 • 10 min
BULLITT COUNTY is a small-scale dramatic thriller set in the late 1970s, where a bachelor party trip to Kentucky Bourbon country could prove lucrative when the quatrtet of friends decide to head off the beaten path to search for a cache of buried treasure…
Halloween (2018)
Oct 22, 2018 • 12 min
Jamie Lee Curtis returns as Laurie Strode in this sequel that ignores all others in the franchise after John Carpenter’s 1978 original HALLOWEEN. Michael Myers breaks from his prison existence to return to where it all started, in Haddonfield, IL, during…
Destination Wedding (2018)
Oct 15, 2018 • 9 min
Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder star as bickering travelers who just so happen to be going to the same destination: a wedding of her ex, and his half-brother, who neither of them particularly hopes is happy. Two unhappy people surrounded by mirth leads to a…
Venom (2018)
Oct 8, 2018 • 14 min
The Marvel Comics villain gets the antihero treatment in this Spiderman-less origin story filled with grotesque body horror and lots of crazy CGI-infused action. Tom Hardy stars as reporter Eddie Brock, who finds himself the host of an alien symbiote he…
The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018)
Sep 24, 2018 • 8 min
Set in a small town called New Zebedee, in Michigan during the mid 1950s, we follow the adventures of a ten-year-old orphan named Lewis Barnavelt, mourning the recent loss of his parents to a fatal car accident, staying in the rickety and seemingly…
The Predator (2018)
Sep 22, 2018 • 9 min
Shane Black tries to do what no one has done thus far, and that’s to make a good follow-up to John McTiernan’s 1997 action classic, PREDATOR. Here, the Predators are back searching for their old technology, and possibly taking over the Earth, having to…
Searching (2018)
Sep 16, 2018 • 10 min
John Cho stars as a widower father whose life gets turned upside down when his teenage daughter goes missing. As he goes online to search for clues to her whereabouts, he discovers that the close relationship he thought he had with her may not have been…
Won’t You Be My Neighbor (2018)
Sep 8, 2018 • 8 min
Won’t You Be My Neighbor? examines the life and work of Fred Rogers, aka Mr. Rogers, who was the creator and star of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” on public television (PBS) from the years 1968 to 2001. He invited children to come into his home, sing them…
The Happytime Murders (2018) – A Podcast Film Review
Sep 3, 2018 • 11 min
In this puppet/human effort directed by Brian Henson, son of Muppets creator Jim Henson, Bill Barretta voices the top puppet character known as disgraced burnout Los Angeles-based private investigator Phil Phillips, who has to get to the bottom of a…
Summer of 84 (2018) – A Podcast Film Review
Aug 26, 2018 • 13 min
RKSS return after their Turbo Kid to deliver yet another throwback to the 1980s in the mystery-suspense-horror flick, SUMMER OF 84. A quartet of boys go out in search of a serial killer of teenage boys (just like them) that they feel could be the cop that…
Crazy Rich Asians (2018) – A Podcast Film Review
Aug 19, 2018 • 11 min
Constance Wu stars as Rachel Chu, who essentially serves as our best surrogate for the story, the daughter of a single Chinese immigrant mother, who rose above her station to become a professor of Economics at NYU. Her current boyfriend is a man names…
The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) – A Podcast Film Review
Aug 15, 2018 • 8 min
Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon star in this buddy comedy about two best friends who end up embroiled in a spy assassin plot when some terrorists come looking for them for information that Kunis’ most recent boyfriend, who she didn’t know was a secret agent,…
The Meg (2018) – A Podcast Film Review
Aug 11, 2018 • 10 min
A big shark and Jason Statham are the big draws to THE MEG, in which a rescue team of humans must try to survive, and eventually take on, a prehistoric shark of gargantuan proportions that threatens everyone off of the coast of China. Jon Turteltaub…
The Equalizer 2 (2018) – A Podcast Film Review
Aug 5, 2018 • 8 min
Denzel Washington returns to exact some brutal vigilante justice on the predators of the world in this follow-up to the 2014 hit, the first sequel in the veteran actor’s long and varied career. In this one, he seeks to avenge the murder of one of his old…
Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018) – A Podcast Film Review
Jul 27, 2018 • 8 min
The sixth film in the franchise sees Ethan Hunt trying to recover some plutonium before it gets employed by a ruthless anarchist terrorist group out to shake up the world order through detonating these bombs in the the world’s most revered religious…
The First Purge (2018) – A Podcast Movie Review
Jul 23, 2018 • 11 min
The fourth film in the Purge series is a prequel to the other three, as The First Purge shifts directors to Gerard McMurray, though retaining James DeMonaco’s services as screenwriter. This one showcases the trial run’ experiment that led to the Purge, as…
Skyscraper (2018) – A Podcast Film Review
Jul 17, 2018 • 7 min
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson stars in this high-rise thriller, playing a security consultant for the Pearl, the world’s largest building in Hong Kong, set to open to the public soon. While in the mostly empty building, it gets taken over by terrorist out to…
Ant-Man and the Wasp – A Podcast Film Review
Jul 8, 2018 • 12 min
Ant-Man’s second foray in his own Marvel Cinematic Universe film isn’t quite a solo adventure, as now he has a partner in Hope, who dons a high-powered suit as The Wasp. They’re out to save her mother from the Quantum Realm, where she’s been presumed…
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) – A Podcast Film Review
Jun 20, 2018 • 10 min
Acclaimed director J.A. Bayona takes over the reins of this lucrative franchise with JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM, the follow-up to 2015’s biggest box-office smash. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard reprise their roles, this time having to figure out…
Hereditary (2018) – A Podcast Film Review
Jun 18, 2018 • 9 min
First-time feature film director Ari Aster makes a splash in this thoughtful and well-acted blend of family melodrama and supernatural horror. Toni Collette’s performance anchors this tale of a mother trying to cope with the loss of her own manipulative…
Ocean’s 8 (2018) – A Podcast Film Review
Jun 11, 2018 • 9 min
11 years after we last saw the Ocean’s gang pull down a big heist, we have Danny Ocean’s sister, Debbie (Sandra Bullock), freshly out of prison and ready to hatch a new plan to get herself and her fellow female partners in crime millions by lifting a…
Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Alden Ehrenreich – Review
May 27, 2018
Ron Howard directs this spin-off prequel, showing us how the iconic reluctant hero Han Solo went from his lowly existence on the planet Corellia to becoming one of the best smugglers int he galaxy. Alden Ehrenreich, Amelia Clark, Donald Glover and Woody…
Deadpool 2 (2018) – Ryan Reynolds – Film Review Podcast
May 19, 2018
Ryan Reynolds returns as the mer with a mouth, this time trying to mature into potential fatherhod, with DEADPOOL 2, the follow-up to 2016’s surprise smash hit. This one introduces Josh Brolin as Cable and the pulling together of their mutant super-team,…
Ready Player One (2018) Steven Spielberg – Movie Review
Apr 5, 2018 • 13 min
Steven Spielberg adapts Ernest Cline’s best-selling novel about a future in which many, if not most, of the world escape into a massive multiplayer online game known as the OASIS. The creator of the OASIS has passed away, but as a final act, promises to…
Tomb Raider (2018) Alicia Vikander – Movie Review
Mar 30, 2018
Alicia VIkander takes the starring role in this reboot of a film series that once famously starred Angelina Jolie, TOMB RAIDER, based on the wildly popular video game. Unlike most other films based on games, this one tries for a more traditional approach…
Pacific Rim: Uprising (2018) – Film Review Podcast
Mar 25, 2018
This follow-up to the off-the-wall Gullermo del Toro kaiju flick sees more emphasis on action and effects with less overhead. Kaiju are gone but something is causing the new drone Jaegers to go amiss. Does new director Steven DeKnight do justice to the…
A Wrinkle in TIme (2018) Disney Movie Review Podcast
Mar 15, 2018
Ava DuVernay gets her first crack at a big-budget adventure, and the results have been wildly mixed among critics and fans alike. Storm Reid, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling and Chris Pine star in this extravagant romp through space and…
Mute (2018) Duncan Jones | Netflix Movie Review
Mar 12, 2018
Duncan Jones tries to course correct after the disappointing WARCRAFT with the passion project he has been wanting to make since before his smash debut feature, MOON. MUTE is a futuristic noir starring Alexander Skarsgard, a mute nartender searching for…
Annihilation (2018) Alex Garland – Podcast Movie Review
Feb 27, 2018
Alex Garland follows up EX MACHINA with another heady science fiction exploration of the human condition, this time showing us how we either must fight or adapt to change, and how adverse conditions may result in us destroying ourselves in the process of…
Black Panther (2018) Marvel, Ryan Coogler – Movie Review
Feb 17, 2018
From the pages of Marvel Comics comes Black Panther, directed by the very skilled Ryan Coogler, starring Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa. The MCU continues its roll in delivering a quality entertainment, this time with more to think about beyond the run time…
Fifty Shades Freed (2018) Dakota Johnson – Movie Review
Feb 11, 2018
The third and final film in the FIFTY SHADES trilogy sees the much anticipated marriage of Anastasia Steele to mega-billionaire Christian Grey, while they overcome trust issues, the question of children, and a psycho maniac hell-bent on revenge.
Justice League (2017) Zack Snyder, Joss Whedon – Movie
Feb 3, 2018
At last, the Justice league puts together Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, The Flash (and Cyborg) into one film. Is it worth all the hype?
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) Film Review
Jan 20, 2018
Frances McDormand shines in this potent dark comedy from Martin McDonagh, playing a grieving mother who goads the local police force to action when they haven’t found any leads to her daughter’s grisly death. Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell support.
Lady Bird (2017) Greta Gerwig – Podcast Movie Review
Jan 7, 2018
Saoirse Ronan stars in Greta Gerwig’s splash solo directorial effort that takes from her own life as a teen in Sacramento, in LADY BIRD, one of the best teen comedies to come out in many years. Laurie Metcalf is fantastic as the mother who has trouble…
Thor: Ragnarok (2017) – Marvel Cinematic Universe Review
Jan 1, 2018
Taika Waititi takes over the reins of the Thor segment of the MCU and employs lots of his trademark humor, resulting in perhaps the funniest of the Marvel films to date. Thor, Hulk, and lots of surprises add up to a wild and funny ride.
Ferdinand (2017) John Cena – Podcast Movie Review
Dec 22, 2017
John Cena voices the titular bull who would rather sniff flowers than fight against matadors. Blue Sky Studios offers another colorful animated adventure for younger viewers. Based on the children’s book by Munro Leaf.
Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi (2017) movie review
Dec 18, 2017
Rian Johnson takes over the reins of the venerable franchise. Does he hit a new height, or is this progressing the wrong direction? Fans are debating, and I offer my take here.
The Shape of Water (2017) Guillermo del Toro – Movie Review
Dec 5, 2017
Guillermo del Toro returns to the dark fairy tale genre in this story about an unlikely relationship that develops between a mute janitor and a strange creature that is part man and part fish.
Coco (2017) Pixar Disney – a podcast movie review
Nov 26, 2017
Taking a look at Pixar’s latest big film, Coco, which incorporates the Dia de los Muertos tradition into yet another heartwarming family tale.
Darkest Hour (2017) Gary Oldman – Movie Review
Nov 24, 2017
This true story begins at the onset of World War II when, within days of becoming Prime Minister of Great Britain, Winston Churchill has to face one of his most critical of trials: contemplating a peace treaty with Nazi Germany, or standing firm to fight…
Blade Runner 2049 (2017) Denis Villenueve Film Review
Oct 8, 2017
A podcast review of Denis Villenueve’s continuation of Ridley Scott’s 1982 science fiction masterpiece.
Detroit (2017) Kathryn Bigelow film review
Sep 29, 2017
The riots and looting in Detroit, 1967, were sparked by the mostly white police force coming into a predominantly black neighborhood in order to infiltrate a nightclub operating without a license, which ended up with yet another incident of police…
It (2017) Stephen King – Movie Review
Sep 10, 2017
The action in It takes place in the fictional small town of Derry, Maine, where we mostly follow a group of about seven adolescents on their break during the summer. The de-facto leader of the group, Bill Denbrough, has recently been plagued by thoughts…
Atomic Blonde (2017) Charlize Theron – Movie Review
Aug 13, 2017
Set in Berlin in 1989, shortly before the collapse of the Berlin Wall, we find an MI6 agent named Lorraine Broughton on a mission to try to get a much sought after highly classified list of spies working for Western agencies around the world, kept hidden…
The Big Sick (2017) Kumail Nanjiani – Movie Review
Jul 19, 2017
Kumail Nanjiani stars and co-scripts this romantic comedy about himself (more or less), a Pakistani immigrant to America turned stand-up comedian living in Chicago who ends up going out and then falling into a romantic relationship with a white,…
Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) Tom Holland – Movie Review
Jul 9, 2017
In this outing, we find Peter Parker as an awkward teenager, who has a crush on schoolmate Liz, while also brushing up on his knowledge on a school team vying for a national academic competition. He also happens to have an internship with part-time father…
Baby Driver (2017) Edgar Wright – Movie Review
Jul 1, 2017
Set in Atlanta, Ansel Elgort plays Baby, a baby-faced (naturally) but extremely talented driver who constantly plays music on several of his old iPods while he works to overcome his persistent tinnitus, the result of a childhood car accident that left him…
Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy (1996) – Encore Movie Review
Jun 18, 2017
Brain Candy deals with a drug company, Roritor Pharmaceuticals, that is in need of a hit wonder drug, launching a new and mostly untested antidepressant they call Gleemonex, which promises to locks its patient into the sensation of reliving their happiest…
The Mummy (2017) Tom Cruise – Movie Review
Jun 13, 2017
Tom Cruise plays a roguish armed forces associate who doubling as a tomb-raiding antiquities procurer, Nick Morton, who, along with smart-alecky partner-in-crypts, Chris Vail, earns his living digging up ancient artifacts, then selling for the highest…
Wonder Woman (2017) Gal Gadot – Movie Review
Jun 7, 2017
Wonder Woman starts with her origin on the shrouded and magically hidden island-paradise of Themyscira, where the Greek gods are real, and Diana is born and raised into the ways of the Amazons, who teach her honor and how to battle. All of their training…
Frantz (2016) Francois Ozon – Movie Reviews
May 24, 2017
Frantz is set in Quedlinburg, Germany, in 1919, just after the Great War (World War I) has concluded, though the aftermath is still quite fresh in the hearts and minds of the people. A local woman named Anna is but one of many who are mourning for the…
Their Finest (2016) Gemma Arterton – Movie Reviews
May 21, 2017
Set in 1940, around the time of the London Blitz during World War II, Their Finest stars Gemma Arterton as Catrin Cole, a fledgling screenwriter from Wales who has been hired on by the British Ministry of Information, Film Division, looking to women to…
Snatched (2017) Amy Schumer – Movie Reviews
May 19, 2017
Amy Schumer stars as Emily Middleton, who cajoles her divorced doting mother Linda to accompany her on a non-refundable vacation to a posh resort in Ecuador she booked back when she had a job and a significant other to come with her. It’s fun for the…
Batman & Bill (2017) documentary movie review
May 15, 2017
Batman & Bill is a Hulu-original documentary that asserts that, contrary to popular belief, that Bob Kane was not only not the sole creator of the DC Comics’ superhero, The Batman, but wasn’t really the main ideas guy behind his most iconic aspects. As…
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) – Movie Review
May 6, 2017
This second volume finds Peter Quill and the gang getting their bacons saved by someone who is more than a man, named Ego, who claims to be Peter’s father. Despite skepticism due to Ego’s seeming abandonment, Peter is invited to join Ego on the latter’s…
Personal Shopper (2016) Kristen Stewart – Movie Reviews
Apr 18, 2017
Kristen Stewart plays Maureen Cartwright, an American artist working in Paris as a personal shopper for an internationally famous model and celebrity named Kyra, who wants her to purchase the latest in designer clothes and jewelry before they are worn by…
The Fate of the Furious (2017) Vin Diesel – Movie Reviews
Apr 17, 2017
In this entry, we open with Dominic Toretto on honeymoon with his beloved Letty in Havana, Cuba, where, of course, he gets into a bit of racing for pink slips on the never-too-crowded city streets. Dom finds his stay not entirely blissful when he is…
Ghost in the Shell (2017) Scarlett Johansson – Movie Review
Apr 9, 2017
Scarlett Johansson stars as Major, a law-enforcement agent whose human brain, after a terrible accident that nearly killed her, has been put into a body that’s entirely synthetic — she’s essentially a robot with a human mind, and the first of her kind.…
Life (2017) Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Reynolds – Movie Review
Mar 30, 2017
This one puts the action on the International Space Station, whose six-person crew have just discovered a single-cell organism, the very first evidence of life outside of Earth, within one of the soil samples they’ve taken from Mars. Powers that be at…
Beauty and the Beast (2017) Emma Watson – Movie Review
Mar 19, 2017
The story involves a lovely and fiercely independent girl named Belle, who lives with her widower inventor father in a small provincial French village. She’d rather pursue her own path, which brings consternation to the local narcissistic he-man, Gaston,…
Donald Cried (2016) Kris Avedisian – Movie Review
Mar 18, 2017
After his grandmother passes away, late-30s New York financier Peter reluctantly returns to his home town in Warwick, Rhode Island, for the first time in about two decades, to tidy up her estate. Unfortunately, he inadvertently loses his wallet en route,…
Kong: Skull Island (2017) Brie Larson – Movie Review
Mar 11, 2017
After an introductory sequence set during World War II to introduce the massive ape, Kong, and the island he resides on, we spring ahead to 1973, where we find the United States’ government, in the waning days of their involvement in Vietnam, planning an…
I Am Not Your Negro (2016) James Baldwin – Movie Review
Mar 10, 2017
Raoul Peck’s Academy Award-nominated documentary on famed author James Baldwin, whose unfinished manuscript for a proposed memoir on the deaths of several Civil Rights giants, tentatively entitled, “Remember This House”, provides the basis for the…
Logan (2017) Hugh Jackman – Movie Reviews
Mar 4, 2017
Set in the year 2029, we find a world where there are no newly born mutants, and the ones that did exist have been all but completely wiped out. Spirit broken, body beaten and losing its ability to quickly heal, and with a sense of self-loathing to the…
Get Out (2017) Jordan Peele – Horror-Comedy Movie Review
Feb 28, 2017
Daniel Kaluuya stars as photographer Chris Washington, a young African-American involved in a close relationship with the white Rose Armitage, so close that it’s time for Chris to meet Rose’s parents. Chris is nervous about their weekend retreat to Rose’s…
Elle (2016) Isabelle Huppert, Paul Verhoeven – Movie Review
Feb 25, 2017
Isabelle Huppert stars as Michele Leblanc, the manager of a video-game company. Michelle is raped by a masked man in her own home. Because of her checkered past, she decides to not report it to the police, and is reticent to tell friends right away. The…
Fifty Shades Darker (2017) Dakota Johnson – Movie Review
Feb 21, 2017
In this follow-up to the wildly popular kinky romance drama Fifty Shades of Grey, we find perpetually blushing publishing-house editorial assistant Anastasia Steele making it through life without the help or attention of controlling Seattle-based…
The LEGO Batman Movie (2017) Will Arnett – Movie Reviews
Feb 20, 2017
The Joker here is a bit more of a softie — still a madman, but one that knows the bond of hatred between himself and the Batman needs to be reciprocal so that he can be the yin to his yang. To cement himself as #1 on Batman’s hate list, Joker and a host…
John Wick Chapter 2 (2017) Keanu Reeves – Movie Review
Feb 13, 2017
John Wick tries to go back into retirement after getting his revenge from those who’ve done him wrong. It would work, except that one particular party, an Italian crime boss named Santino D’Antonio, means to cash in on a marker, a favor he did for Wick…
Paterson (2016) Jim Jarmusch – Movie Review
Feb 6, 2017
Adam Driver stars as Paterson, who coincidentally shares the same name as his town in New Jersey. We follow Paterson over the course of a week in his life, his routines, his conversations with his aspiring baker/singer girlfriend Laura, the conversations…
The Girl with All the Gifts (2016) Movie Reviews
Jan 30, 2017
The story is set in England at an unspecified time in the future, where we find that Earth may have all but been completely dominated by some sort of invasive fungus that can latch itself and grow inside humans within seconds, turning them into Hungries,…
The Founder (2016) Michael Keaton – Movie Review
Jan 21, 2017
Set primarily in the 1950s, we find Ray Kroc is a struggling traveling salesman trying to peddle an electric milkshake mixer that promises to spark sales by increasing the supply by shortening the wait time involved with having to churn out one milkshake…
Hidden Figures (2016) Janelle Monae – Movie Review
Jan 18, 2017
Hidden Figures seeks to showcase the little-known story of three adept African-American women, all computers who worked for NASA’s space program in the 1960s. In an age before computers did all of the calculations, these women were part of a team…
Silence (2016) Martin Scorsese – Movie Review
Jan 10, 2017
Shusaku Endo’s 1966 novel provides the basis for Martin Scorsese’s adaptation set in the 17th Century, regarding a couple of Portuguese missionaries, Father Sebastian Rodrigues and Father Francisco Garupe, who travel to Japan to find their long-lost…
Jackie (2016) Natalie Portman – Movie Review
Jan 5, 2017
Jackie is a speculative historical drama that seeks to give us a peek into the hypothetical goings on of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy in the week following the assassination of John F. Kennedy in Dallas on November 22, 1963. The First Lady has taken up…
The Eagle Huntress (2016) documentary – Movie Review
Jan 4, 2017
Aisholpan is a thirteen-year-old nomadic Kazakh girl living in proximity to the snowy and treacherous Altai Mountains region of western Mongolia, who ends up being shown the ropes of becoming an ‘eagle hunter’ by her father, whose family has practiced the…
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) Felicity Jones – Movie
Dec 20, 2016
Felicity Jones stars as Jyn Erso, daughter of Galen Erso, a scientist-turned-farmer who once reluctantly helped design the Death Star for the Empire. Jyn had run away from harm when her father had been captured, under the iron hand of the director of the…
La La Land (2016) Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling – Movie Review
Dec 20, 2016
Emma Stone stars as a struggling actress named Mia, who works as a barista in a coffee shop on the Warner Bros. lot, in between auditions that only serve to make her feel frazzled by the experience. Ryan Gosling is an ambitious jazz pianist, Sebastian,…
Manchester by the Sea (2016) Casey Affleck – Movie Review
Dec 12, 2016
Manchester by the Sea is a drama concerning a contentious Boston ‘burb janitor named Lee Chandler, working with little joy for a meager wage and a basic one-room abode. It turns out that there is a reason for him being anguished at this stage in his life,…
Shut In (2016) Naomi Watts – Movie Review
Dec 10, 2016
Naomi Watts stars as child psychologist Mary Portman, living with her eighteen-year-old paralyzed stepson, Stephen, the victim of a car accident that saw Mary’s husband perish. Stephen has always been a problem child, something that Mary feels guilty…
Rules Don’t Apply (2016) Warren Beatty – Movie Review
Dec 4, 2016
Warren Beatty’s film involves a real-life figure in billionaire Howard Hughes, though most of the action involves two young associates of Hughes. Set mostly in the late 1950s, we follow the attempts by a young, virginal, devout Baptist pageant winner…
Gleason (2016) documentary (Steve Gleason) – Movie Review
Dec 3, 2016
Gleason is a documentary film around the trials and tribulations of Steve Gleason, a former NFL player who retired from the game in 2008, then was diagnosed with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, aka Lou Gehrig’s disease) in 2011, concurrent to learning…
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) Movie Review
Nov 27, 2016
Eddie Redmayne stars as klutzy magizoologist Newt Scamander, the author of the future guide of magical creatures that exist in this world and, of course, where they may be found. Set mostly in New York City in 1926, we find those who can work magic living…
Moana (2016) Disney; Dwayne Johnson – Movie Reviews
Nov 25, 2016
Moana is the chief’s daughter within her tribe on the New Zealand island of Motunui. Unlike most girls in her Maori village, she is destined to be the chief of her tribe herself one day, pushing them to further greatness in that insular community.…
Arrival (2016) Amy Adams – Movie Reviews – Sci-Fi
Nov 14, 2016
After twelve alien spacecraft have descended to various spots across Earth, American Amy Adams stars as Dr. Louise Banks, a linguistics professor who is visited by representatives from the U.S. Army to try to decipher the alien language heard on a…
Doctor Strange (2016) Benedict Cumberbatch – Movie Reviews
Nov 3, 2016
Benedict Cumberbatch stars as New York-based neurosurgeon, Dr. Stephen Strange, a big shot at his profession with as big an ego to flaunt, a level of cocky, self-satisfied smarm not too dissimilar to Tony Stark in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Iron Man…
Hacksaw Ridge (2016) Mel Gibson – Movie Reviews
Nov 2, 2016
Mel Gibson’s film loosely showcases the true story of small-town Virginia resident Desmond Doss and his heroic actions as an American soldier fighting in the Pacific against the Japanese forces during the waning days of World War II. Doss, a devout…
Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016) Mike Flanagan – Movie Reviews
Oct 26, 2016
Set in Los Angeles in the year 1967, we find a widowed scam artist named Alice, who is working from home as a spiritual medium to make ends meet for herself and her two misfit daughters, fifteen-year-old Lina and nine-year-old Doris. Inspired by a new…
Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders (2016) Movie Reviews
Oct 24, 2016
The plot involves the Dynamic Duo trying to take down their main four nemeses — Joker, Riddler, Penguin and Catwoman — who’ve joined forces to capture a Replicator Ray. which is a laser-gun of sorts that can make an exact replica of anything it targets.…
Inferno (2016) Tom Hanks, Felicity Jones – Movie Reviews
Oct 23, 2016
The third film in the Dan Brown adaptation series that already includes The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons sees Tom Hanks return to play main Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon, who we find at the beginning of the story waking up with a head injury…
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) Tom Cruise – Movie Review
Oct 21, 2016
Tom Cruise returns as Reacher, who travels to Washington DC to meet up with the attractive Military Police officer Major Susan Turner, only to find that she has been discharged from duties and has been arrested for espionage in connection with the killing…
The Accountant (2016) Ben Affleck – Movie Reviews
Oct 18, 2016
Ben Affleck stars as the titular accountant, a highly functional autistic savant and skilled fighter/gunman named Christopher Wolff, who currently has an office at a strip mall that fronts for his real business, and a lucrative one at that, as the…
The Girl on the Train (2016) Emily Blunt – Movie Reviews
Oct 12, 2016
Emily Blunt stars as lonely, alcoholic divorcee Rachel Watson, who spends a part of every day commuting on a train, looking at the goings-on in a couple of homes that happen to be along the suburban New York route. One of those homes happens to be her…
Birth of a Nation (2016) Nate Parker – Movie Reviews
Oct 8, 2016
Nate Parker’s Birth of a Nation is based on real-life events that occurred in Virginia in 1831, where a slave named Nat Turner would lead a revolt against the white slave-owners. The film showcases how Nat went from Africa as a child to the cotton…
Lo and Behold (2016) Werner Herzog – Movie Reviews
Oct 6, 2016
Filmmaker and documentarian Werner Herzog continues his fascination with the current state of the planet Earth and its inhabitants with Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World, which seeks to show how the internet has changed the way human beings…
Deepwater Horizon (2016) Mark Wahlberg – Movie Review
Oct 3, 2016
Deepwater Horizon depicts the events leading up to and during what would eventually become the worst oil spill in the history of the United States, where the titular drilling rig, the largest in the world at the time, would explode under massive amounts…
Queen of Katwe (2016) Oyelowo, Nyong’o, Disney Movie Review
Oct 2, 2016
Phiona Mutesi, who we see growing up in Katwe, in the crime-ridden slums of Kampala, capital of Uganda, with a future ahead of her that seems to offer more of the same for her and her family. David Oyelowo co-stars as Christian missionary and youth…
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Movie Review
Oct 1, 2016
Asa Butterfield stars as Jacob, an American teenager close to his grandfather, Abe, who would frequently impart his fanciful stories of his own youth spent at the peculiar home of the story’s title. The home is run by Miss Peregrine, who caters to orphan…
Complete Unknown (2016) Rachel Weisz – Movie Review
Sep 26, 2016
Michael Shannon plays Tom, celebrating his birthday at a critical time in his life, wondering what to do when his Persian wife is on the verge of moving from their home in New York to California to continue her education and help in her passion to make…
The Hollars (2016) John Krasinski – Movie Review
Sep 25, 2016
A man’s mother whas been discovered to have an advanced-stage brain tumor that needs immediate removal, with John Krasinski playing the role of bored office worker and would-be graphic novel author John Hollar, who moved to New York and is currently…
The Magnificent Seven | 7 | (2016) Denzel – Movie Review
Sep 23, 2016
Set in the year 1879, this new version moves the action from feudal Japan and Mexico to a struggling new town called Rose Creek, who are being bled dry and forced to leave or die from a ruthless and iron-fisted land baron named Bartholomew Bogue, who is…
Snowden (2016) Oliver Stone – Movie Reviews
Sep 18, 2016
Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as Edward Snowden (doing a reasonable interpretation of his voice and demeanor), a neoconservative wanting to serve his country but whose military career is cut short due to frequent injuries, turning his sights to working to…
Blair Witch (2016) Callie Hernandez – Movie Reviews
Sep 18, 2016
As with the first film, we’re greeted with a title blurb informing us that what we’re about to watch is footage found in the woods of Burkittsville, MD — aka, the Black Hills Forest. We see the beginnings of the footage at the home of a 20-ish aged man…
Bridget Jones’s Baby (2016) Renee Zellweger – Movie Reviews
Sep 17, 2016
Bridget is now 43 years old, alone and still living in the same flat in London — no husband and no children — working as a producer for a London televisions news program. On the urging of a friend and colleague, Bridget is cajoled into attending an…
Little Men (2016) Greg Kinnear – Movie Reviews
Sep 12, 2016
Jake is an artistically gifted but introverted 13-year-old kid whose therapist mother Kathy and actor father Brian relocate from Manhattan to Brooklyn when they take over the abode of the recently deceased father Brian barely spoke to anymore. The…
Other People (2016) Molly Shannon – Movie Review
Sep 11, 2016
The film takes place over the course of a year, with the primary focus being on a struggling comedy writer and improv comedian named David (Plemmons), returning to his hometown of Sacramento from New York to look after the needs of his terminally ill…
Sully (2016) Tom Hanks – Movie Reviews
Sep 10, 2016
Sully is a docudrama that tells the story of the events surrounding the water landing in the New York’s Hudson River for a commercial jet en route to Charlotte piloted by veteran Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger on January 15, 2009. The Airbus A320 lost both…
Equity (2016) Anna Gunn – Movie Reviews
Sep 5, 2016
Naomi Bishop, a self-made, shrewd and successful investment banker who has made great gains in launching highly successful IPOs, though her most recent less-than-stellar effort, in which she was pulled from representing just before launch, had been seen…
Blood Father (2016) Mel Gibson – Movie Reviews
Sep 3, 2016
Blood Father casts a weathered Mel Gibson as a former alcoholic tattoo artist ex-con divorcee named John Link, who’s spent the last few years mostly off the grid in a trailer park in California’s Coachella Valley (shot in New Mexico). He has been…
Morgan (2016) Kate Mara – Movie Reviews
Sep 3, 2016
Most of the action takes place, as with Ex Machina, at a large house in a scenic remote location that doubles as an experimental laboratory where scientists are observing the maturation of a synthetic young woman named Morgan, who is five years old in…
The Fits (2016) Royalty Hightower – Movie Review
Aug 31, 2016
Toni is a tough but socially disconnected eleven-year-old girl from the projects in Cincinnati, who is a regular participant and a helpful assistant in the nearby community center, where her older brother, Jermaine, a boxer, also trains. Toni tries out to…
Hell or High Water (2016) Jeff Bridges – Movie Review
Aug 28, 2016
Chris Pine and Ben Foster play brothers Toby and Tanner Howard, who we find at the beginning of the film on a bank-robbing spree in West Texas. Toby’s the smart one who has generally been above the fray, but he’s now going in headfirst into a life of…
Southside with You (2016) Tika Sumpter – Movie Review
Aug 28, 2016
The story, inspired by anecdotes chronicled in the memoirs of their actual first date, begins in August, 1989, in the South Side of Chicago, on a day in which a young, smart and career-minded corporate lawyer, Michelle Robinson, accepts spending the day…
War Dogs (2016) Miles Teller, Jonah Hill – Movie Review
Aug 27, 2016
War Dogs follows two lifelong friends, struggling massage therapist and bedsheet salesman David Packouz and two-bit wheeler and dealer Efraim Diveroli, two down-and-out Miami stoners who are looking to find a way to make ends meet in a variety of schemes…
Don’t Breathe (2016) Stephen Lang – Movie Review
Aug 26, 2016
Set in Detroit, a trio of young poverty-stricken friends make ends meet by robbing the houses in more affluent areas around the city, though fencing the hot merchandise doesn’t always make the risk worth their while. These petty thieves want to get out of…
Indignation (2016) Logan Lerman – Movie Review
Aug 24, 2016
Set in 1951, Logan Lerman plays Marcus Messner, an incoming Jewish college transfer at Ohio’s small but prestigious Winesberg College during a time when many of his friends are fighting in the Korean War. He must overcome the influence of his…
Mechanic: Resurrection (2016) Jason Statham – Movie Review
Aug 22, 2016
Arthur Bishop is) retired from the contract killing profession, but gets pulled back in again by one of his old enemies, an international arms dealer named Riah Crain, looking to root him out for another contract that Bishop initially rebuffs. While on…
Morris from America (2016) Markees Christmas – Movie Review
Aug 21, 2016
Morris from America is a coming-of-age story about a pudgy, thirteen-year-old African-American kid named named Morris Gentry, who lives with his widower soccer-coach father Curtis in a place where there are few who look like them, Heidelberg, Germany.…
Ben-Hur (2016) Jack Huston – Movie Reviews
Aug 21, 2016
the story of Judah Ben-Hur, a wealthy Jewish prince living in Rome-occupied Jerusalem, as well as his strong competitive bond with his adopted Roman brother, Messala Severus, who will come to be his main adversary in that climactic race. However, that…
Kubo and the Two Strings – LAIKA – Movie Reviews
Aug 19, 2016
Kubo is set in a fantasy/folk version of medieval Japan, where we find young Kubo spending his days using his elaborate magical origami constructions to spin beautiful stories of the heroism of his legendary father, the samurai Hanzo, to the people of his…
Pete’s Dragon (2016) DIsney – Movie Reviews
Aug 17, 2016
The gentle, dreamlike film starts with some of the heavier material when we find the titular Pete as a very young boy left orphaned after a car crash, leaving him alone in the dense woods of the Pacific Northwest with seemingly no one to protect him —…
Weiner (2016) Anthony Weiner Documentary – Movie Reviews
Aug 16, 2016
Weiner is a behind-the-scenes documentary covering the publicly disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner and his bid for mayor of New York City in 2013. Carrying a great deal of baggage going in, Weiner manages to gain some traction by claiming that…
Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) Meryl Streep – Movie Reviews
Aug 15, 2016
Set in New York during the mid 1940s, Stephen Frears’ film about a real-life, upper-class heiress with a zest for music and charitable works gives Meryl Streep another juicy role that taps into even more of her seemingly boundless talent as an actress,…
Sausage Party (2016) Seth Rogen – Movie Review
Aug 12, 2016
The food items at the supermarket named Shopwell’s are excited about the prospects of the annual ‘4th of July’ sale, where many of them get chosen by the ‘gods’ to go to the promised land of the “Great Beyond.” The most excited are the members of a…
Don’t Think Twice (2016) Mike Birbiglia – Movie Review
Aug 7, 2016
Birbiglia plays Miles, the eldest member of the Commune at 36, who teaches improv to younger up-and-comers in his spare time. He feed the hopes and dreams they all have, though all the while, he has grown more cynical and bitter with each passing year of…
Suicide Squad (2016) Will Smith, Margot Robbie Movie Review
Aug 6, 2016
The Dirty Dozen-inspired plotline involves black ops ringleader, federal agent Amanda Waller, bringing together Task Force X, a group of strangers, all violently criminal super-powered sociopaths locked away in elaborately imagined high-security prisons,…
Captain Fantastic (2016) Viggo Mortensen – Movie Review
Aug 4, 2016
Viggo Mortensen stars as Ben Cash, a father of six (ages range from six to eighteen), living “off the grid” in the remote dense wilderness of the Pacific Northwest as part of some sort of self-imposed counterculture exile, where they live off mostly of…
Jason Bourne (2016) Matt Damon – Movie Review
Aug 1, 2016
This chapter in the saga finds Jason Bourne giving up the spy game and living completely off the grid, earning his keep as a bruising slugger in the Eastern European underground fighting circuit. That’s until he’s pulled out by his old crony in the CIA,…
Cafe Society (2016) Woody Allen – Movie Review
Jul 31, 2016
Set in the 1930s, Jesse Eisenberg stars as Bobby Dorfman, a young Bronxite and aspiring writer who calls on his distant uncle Phil to hook him up with a job in his top-flight talent agency in Hollywood. Shortly after relocating, Phil sends hisassistant,…
Bad Moms (2016) Mila Kunis – Movie Reviews
Jul 29, 2016
Mila Kunis plays 32-year old wife and mother of two, Amy, whose already stale marriage in the Chicago suburbs (filmed in New Orleans) hits an impasse when she catches her hubby having an online affair. Her best friends, spitfire sexpot single-mom Carla…
Nerve (2016) Emma Roberts, Dave Franco – Movie Review
Jul 28, 2016
Emma Roberts plays venus ‘Vee’ Delmonico, an introverted, straight-as-an-arrow senior in a Staten Island high school. Vee is cajoled by her more outgoing and bold friend Sydney to install a popular underground (“dark web”) smartphone and desktop app…
Ice Age: Collision Course (2016) – Movie Review
Jul 26, 2016
In this film, the antics of Scrat the squirrel flying a UFO in outer space, chasing the elusive acorn, ends up inadvertently causing a massive meteor shower to hit Earth. Manny the woly mammoth and his wife Ellie forget, for a moment, their fears that…
Batman: The Killing Joke (2016) Conroy, Hamill Movie Review
Jul 25, 2016
Batman, after some introductory scenes in which he battles some bad guys with the help of Barbara Gordon as Batgirl, goes to confront The Joker at Arkham Asylum, only to discover he has made his escape and is out and about causing havoc. The Joker, out to…
Lights Out (2016) Teresa Palmer – Movie Review
Jul 24, 2016
The main story involves a dysfunctional family, who are particularly in dire trouble now that the depressed mother, Sophie, has begun to exhibit signs of mental illness that she thought her medications had all but completely eradicated. Sophie’s first…
Star Trek Beyond (2016) Justin Lin – Movie Review
Jul 23, 2016
This one showcases the third year of their five-year mission, with Captain James T. Kirk pondering a career move for the better, thanks to the heroic deeds chronicled in previous entries. Decisions can wait, when they end up picking up an escape-pod…
Zero Days (2016) Alex Gibney – Movie Reviews
Jul 18, 2016
Prolific documentarian Alex Gibney continues his roll of crafting some of the most intriguing and topical films in recent years with Zero Days, this time taking a look at a new and different kind of international warfare. It’s not one fought with bullets…
Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) Taika Waititi Movie Reviews
Jul 17, 2016
Julian Dennison plays Ricky Baker, a rebellious, chubby, twelve-year-old foster thug-life wanna-be who ends up dumped by an exasperated social worker to a childless couple, kind-hearted Bella and her cynical husband Hec, a last-chance effort from the…
Ghostbusters (2016) Wiig, McCarthy – Movie Reviews
Jul 16, 2016
Kristen Wiig plays Erin Gilbert, an ambitious associate professor seeking tenure at New York’s prestigious Columbia University who ends up losing that when a book she published years ago on ghosts surfaces, putting the credibility of the institution in…
The Infiltrator (2016) Bryan Cranston – Movie Reviews
Jul 14, 2016
Bryan Cranston decides to go on the other side of the drug laws from his stint on the seminal “Breaking Bad” with The Infiltrator, playing a true-life U.S. Customs agent named Robert Mazur, who, in the 1980s, would go undercover as a money launderer to…
The Secret Life of Pets (2016) Louis CK – Movie Reviews
Jul 12, 2016
Max is dog living a life of relative bliss in a New York City apartment who gets all of the love and attention he needs when his owner Katie’s home, but now finds himself having to compete when bleeding-heart Katie brings home a shelter pooch in the form…
The Purge: Election Year (2016) Frank Grillo – Movie Review
Jul 11, 2016
The “Purge” of the title, for those who are still unaware, is an annual “celebration” in which, for a twelve-hour period, any crime you can think of is declared legal, as the police, fire fighters, and medical services take a break and let the U.S.…
Eat That Question Frank Zappa in His Own Words (2016) Review
Jul 10, 2016
Eat That Question offers plenty of archival footage of various interview sessions Frank Zappa did for television, combining this with clips from some of his own personal movies, as well as a number of his stage performances in front of crowds both…
The Legend of Tarzan (2016) Movie Review
Jul 6, 2016
Based on characters created by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Alexander Skarsgard stars as John Clayton III of Greystoke Manor, an earl living comfortably in London during the Victorian Era, whose past has made him something of a legend, where he was orphaned and…
The BFG (2016) Steven Spielberg – Movie Reviews
Jul 1, 2016
Set in London, a clever but unhappy,insomnia-afflicted orphan named Sophie wakes up in the middle of the evening and sees something outside the orphanage window. Investigating, she discovers a giant man skulking around in the neighborhood outside, causing…
Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016) Movie Reviews
Jun 29, 2016
Adam Devine and Zac Efron play the Mike and Dave of the film’s title, respectively, two irresponsibly party animals who’ve merely used all their family get-togethers as excuses to get drunk, chase skirts, and invariably embarrass their kin through…
The Shallows (2016) Blake Lively – Movie Review
Jun 27, 2016
Blake Lively stars as Nancy, former medical school student from Galveston, TX, who travels to her recently deceased mother’s favorite secret surfing spot in a lush spot on the Mexican coast to feel a connection with her as part of the grieving and healing…
The Neon Demon (2016) Elle Fanning – Movie Reviews
Jun 26, 2016
Elle Fanning stars as Jesse, an awkward and innocent 16-year-old who arrives from out of state and takes up residence at a fleabag motel in Pasadena, hoping to kick start a career as a model within a decadent version of Los Angeles as her beauty is the…
Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) – Movie Review
Jun 24, 2016
Twenty years after the first war for Earth between humans and their would-be alien exterminators, Earth has made light years of advancements in adopting things they’ve learned from the remnant alien technology, which they’ve not only used to rebuild their…
Central Intelligence (2016) Kevin Hart, The Rock – Movie
Jun 21, 2016
The storyline starts in 1996. A young, CG-enhanced version of Dwayne Johnson plays overweight and geeky misfit Robbie Weirdicht, the frequent target of ridicule by the bullies in his high school. By contrast, the most popular kid in school, Calvin Joyner,…
De Palma (2015) documentary – Movie Review
Jun 19, 2016
De Palma is strictly a documentary about Brian De Palma, in his own words. No other people are interviewed, and the interviewers voices are not heard. All you see is Brian De Palma on the screen, either front and center, or while clips of each movie play…
Me Before You (2016) Emilia Clarke – Movie Review
Jun 19, 2016
The story revolves around two people, Will Traynor, a rich-but-dejected London man who is living a life of pain and solitude as a quadriplegic, and Louisa, aka “Lou”, a chatty and free-spirited woman hired take care of Will’s basic needs as well as to…
Dheepan (2015) Jacques Audiard – Movie Review
Jun 19, 2016
Jacques Audiard (A Prophet, Rust and Bone) directs and co-scripts this insightful drama with mild thriller elements about three unrelated refugees from the war-torn island nation of Sri Lanka who find it hard to assimilate to life in the rough-and-tumble…
Finding Dory (2016) Disney Pixar – Movie Review
Jun 17, 2016
Ellen Degeneres voices the short-term memory-addled Dory as an adult blue tang, continuing her friendship with clownfishes Marlin and his son Nemo in the reefs near Australia. Dory is struggling to remember her parents that she was separated from at an…
The Measure of a Man (2015) Vincent Lindon – Movie Review
Jun 14, 2016
Lindon plays Thierry, who we find at the beginning of the film unemployed for a year and a half since being laid off from his job as a factory worker, desperate for any form of work in order to make ends meet, with a wife and special-needs child to take…
Warcraft (2016) Duncan Jones – Fantasy Movie Reviews
Jun 12, 2016
Much like in Homer’s “The Iliad”, the storyline told from both parties involved in the war, we’re introduced into this fantasy universe through the Orcs first, a warlike race of strong brutes who livelihoods are on the verge of extinction, forcing them to…
Now You See Me 2 (2016) Jesse Eisenberg – Movie Reviews
Jun 12, 2016
The wildly popular troupe of master illusionists known as the Four Horsemen do mostly for self in this outing, no longer the Robin Hoods of the glitzy stage one year removed from prior events. This one’s more personal, putting a backstory to the…
The Conjuring 2 (2016) James Wan – Horror Movie Review
Jun 11, 2016
The story starts in 1976, with an introductory nod to the case that made the Warrens most famous, in Amityville, the source of a best-selling book and a whole slew of horror movies. allegedly based on true stories. Their reputation spreads to other parts…
Casual Encounters (2016) Taran Killam – Movie Review
Jun 10, 2016
Taran Killam stars as Justin, who we meet at the beginning of the film waking up to hear his girlfriend of five years’ voice on a popular national shock-jock radio show breaking up with him after revealing she had a threesome to get back at him for…
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Out of the Shadows Movie Review
Jun 6, 2016
In this entry, the dreaded nemesis of humanity, Shedder (Tee) is broken out of prison by kooky-but-brilliant scientist Baxter Stockman (Perry), who has been entrusted to invent an ultra-powerful transporter device that will allow for travel between…
Maggie’s Plan (2015) Greta Gerwig – Movie Review
Jun 5, 2016
Greta Gerwig plays liberal arts college advisor Maggie Hardin, 30-something in age, neurotic in stage, feeling her biological clock is ticking in thunderous tones, thinking it best to go the route of artificial insemination, given her history with men…
Popstar (2016) Andy Samberg, Lonely Island – Movie Review
Jun 5, 2016
Andy Samberg stars as Conner, the most popular member of a Beastie Boys-esque hit rap trio known as the Style Boyz, know known under his stage name, Conner4Real. He retained the services of the other Style Boyz member, Owen, who produced the music, as his…
The Meddler (2015) Susan Sarandon – Movie Review
Jun 2, 2016
Widowed Marnie Minervini lives in the Los Angeles area, a New Jersey transplant, to be near her daughter Lori, who has moved there to pursue her career as a screenwriter. That’s much to Lori’s chagrin, as Marnie, without her husband or any friends in the…
Love & Friendship (2016) Kate Beckinsale – Movie Review
May 31, 2016
Set in late 18th Century England, Kate Beckinsale plays recently widowed and unquestionably un-wealthy Lady Susan Vernon, visiting (or, more accurately, mooching off of) her brother-in-law Charles and his wife Catherine with eyes use her prodigious skill…
The Do-Over (2016) Sandler, Spade – Movie Review
May 30, 2016
The film starts off at a 25th high-school reunion where Charlie meets up with an old friend named Max, who seems to have far exceeded his initially dismal expectations in life in almost every respect by being the kind of “Action Jackson” globe-hopping…
A Bigger Splash (2015) Tilda Swinton – Movie Reviews
May 29, 2016
Tilda Swinton stars as Marianne Lane, a Bowie-esque,world renown rock star who is on vacation with Paul, her documentarian boyfriend of six years, on Pantelleria, a small, secluded Mediterranean island off between the coasts of Sicily and Tunisia.…
Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) Johnny Depp – Review
May 27, 2016
The story picks up as Alice has come home to London for a spell after traveling the world as the captain of her own ship. However, she comes to find that her ex, Hamish, is using financial leverage that pressures her to stop adventuring by handing over…
The Angry Birds Movie (2016) Sudeikis, Hader – Move Review
May 25, 2016
Jason Sudeikis voices Red, aka “eyebrows”, a hot-headed cardinal (one presumes) who frequently doesn’t quite see eye to eye with his feathered flock around him on the island they all reside in, Bird Island. These non-flying birds think they are all there…
X-Men Apocalypse (2016) Oscar Isaac – Movie Reviews
May 24, 2016
This entry in the retro X-Men series finds the mutants in the series-alternate universe year of 1983, ten years after the events of Days of Future Past, where the cold war is rampant between the United States and the Soviet Union, with most people already…
Neighbors 2: Sorority RIsing (2016) Bad Neighbours 2 review
May 21, 2016
Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne return as married couple Mac and Kelly Radner, set to find a bigger home in a nicer neighborhood to live in after Kelly finds that she has another baby on the way. After putting down for their new abode, they find a buyer for…
The Nice Guys (2016) Gosling, Crowe – Movie Review
May 20, 2016
Set in 1977, we watch an opening sequence in which a hot young porn star named Misty Mountains ends up killed. Ryan Gosling plays widower private dick Holland March, whose been recently hired to find Amelia, a young woman who many think is dead, despite a…
Pele: Birth of a Legend (2016) Movie Review
May 18, 2016
The film covers about eight years of the life of Edson Arantes do Nascimento, better known as Pelé (a name borne from a youthful insult he would later embrace), from his young childhood as a nine-year-old boy from an poor family in 1950, through his debut…
The Man Who Knew Infinity (2015) Dev Patel – Movie Review
May 16, 2016
The Man Who Knew Infinity looks at the life of Srinivasa Ramanujan, a mathematician from India who would become famous in the math world for his prodigious work in the early part of the 20th Century. Ramanujan had a gift for mathematics that was seemingly…
The Family Fang (2015) Jason Bateman – Movie Review
May 14, 2016
As adults, siblings Annie and Baxter Fang are played by Nicole Kidman and Jason Bateman, respectively. Annie is a famous actress who has recently become a tabloid sensation after going topless in her latest film role, while Baxter is a struggling writer…
Money Monster (2016) Clooney, Roberts – Movie Review
May 13, 2016
George Clooney stars as Lee Gates, a flashy Jim Kramer-ish cable television network host of a financial advice program called “Money Monster”, happy to dole out stock advice in a snarky, cocky manner, drawing more out of entertainment and spectacle than…
Louder Than Bombs (2015) Jesse Eisenberg – Movie Review
May 9, 2016
Gabriel Byrne stars as Gene, a widower high school teacher trying to establish a firm connection again with his two sons, Conrad and Jonah, over two years after the death of his award-winning war photojournalist wife’s death in a fatal car accident. A…
Dough (2015) Jonathan Pryce – Movie Review
May 7, 2016
Jonathan Pryce stars as elderly widower Nat, the current owner of the family’s century-old Jewish bakery that’s just barely been scraping by of late, mostly because his predominantly Jewish clientele are moving away from the East End London neighborhood…
Captain America: Civil War (2016) Marvel – Movie Review
May 6, 2016
Loosely taking off from an idea borne of the giant crossover storyline mostly under the direction of comics writer Mark Millar, Civil War is a movie that addresses something that is not often remarked upon in superhero stories, and that is the cost of the…
High-Rise (2015) Tom Hiddleston – Movie Review
May 3, 2016
Set in 1975, Tom Hiddleston stars as successful physiologist, Dr. Robert Laing, who has recently moved in to the 25th floor of one of several new high-rise buildings in a not-quite-finished avant-garde apartment complex in London. The architect of the…
Miles Ahead (2015) Don Cheadle – Movie Review
May 2, 2016
Set mainly during the course of about a day in the musician’s life in New York’s Upper West Side (Cincinnati substitutes) in the 1979, when creatively burnt-out Miles had taken a self-imposed five-years-and-counting break from releasing new music.…
Green Room (2015) Patrick Stewart – Movie Review
Apr 30, 2016
Touring the Pacific Northwest, the D.C.-based punk quartet known as the Ain’t Rights haven’t quite taken this part of the country by storm, ending up taking a bit of a detour from their tour to secure some much-needed gas money for the cross-country trip…
Keanu (2016) Key & Peele – Movie Review
Apr 29, 2016
Key stars as Clarence, a straight-laced suburbanite who is lured by his recently broken-up slacker cousin Rell, played by Peele, to finally cut loose with his wife away for the weekend. Little do they know that this ‘cutting a little loose’ might involve…
Elvis & Nixon (2016) Michael Shannon – Movie Reviews
Apr 28, 2016
In this semi-fictional yarn, the impetus for Elvis wanting to meet with either J. Edgar Hoover or Nixon is born from his growing discontent at seeing where America has been headed, particularly in the growing cultural unrest among its people, from the…
The Jungle Book (2016) Disney – Movie Reviews
Apr 26, 2016
Neel Sethi stars as young Mowgli, raised in the jungles of (presumably) India by a pack of wolves after his father is slain by the power-hungry tiger Shere Khan, who does not like humans one bit, fearing that the older Mowgli gets, the more he will…
The Huntsman: Winter’s War (2016) Chris Hemsworth – Review
Apr 25, 2016
On the prequel front, we find that the wicked Queen Ravenna (Theron) has a sister named Freya (Blunt), a more benevolent (at least at first) younger sibling who is seemingly always in the eldest’s shadow. Freya ends up in an affair with a handsome duke…
A Hologram for the King (2016) Tom Hanks – Movie Review
Apr 23, 2016
Tom Hanks plays Alan Clay, a recently divorced IT salesman, down on his luck in both his personal and professional life, called out on a rare assignment to Saudi Arabia in order to try to peddle his company’s pricey holographic technology to the king for…
April and the Extraordinary World (2015) – Movie Review
Apr 21, 2016
Comic book legend Jacques Tardi’s graphic novel provides the inspiration for this loose big screen adaptation from France, from screenwriters Franck Ekinci (who-codirects with Christian Desmares) and Benjamin Legrand, with graphic design work on the film…
Criminal (2016) Kevin Costner – Movie Review
Apr 19, 2016
Criminal starts with Ryan Reynolds as a CIA superspy named Bill Pope, on assignment in London, soon finding himself surrounded by murderous assassins working for an international super-terrorist from Spain named Xavier “The Anarchist” Heimbahl. Heimbahl…
Born to Be Blue (2015) Ethan Hawke – Movie Review
Apr 19, 2016
The film starts with Baker playing himself in a film that was planned, but never actually made, about his own life. Born to be Blue utilizes this film-in-a-film approach to draw out the glamorized, black-and-white version of Chet Baker with the so-called…
Sing Street (2016) John Carney – Movie Reviews
Apr 18, 2016
Set in Dublin in 1985, teenage dreamer Conor is a new student in a Christian Brothers school that writer-director John Carney also attended during the same year, Synge Street, whose hard-knocks with bullies and over-petulant Catholic headmasters equally…
Barbershop: The Next Cut (2016) Ice Cube – Movie Reviews
Apr 15, 2016
A much-belated comedy sequel, coming about twelve years after the previous Barbershop entry (not counting the female-centric spin-off, Beauty Shop), Barbershop 2: Back in Business, Barbershop: The Next Cut picks up mostly where we left off, even if it’s a…
Hardcore Henry (2015) Sharlto Copley – Movie Reviews
Apr 10, 2016
At the beginning of the film, we find the Henry of the title having been all but entirely killed from a brutal attack that sees his eyes, one of his arms, and one of his legs replaced by powerful robotic counterparts from a scientist who tells Henry, who…
Midnight Special (2016) Jeff Nichols – Movie Reviews
Apr 9, 2016
Midnight Special is an intriguing straight-faced science fiction-thriller which immediately shows us two armed and anxious men who’ve seemingly abducted an eight-year-old boy for reasons that are increasingly made clear as we course through the story. One…
The Boss (2016) Melissa McCarthy – Comedy Movie Reviews
Apr 9, 2016
Melissa McCarthy plays Michelle Darnell, an unwanted orphan who channels her despondent feelings into making something of her self as an adult, eventually emerging as a wildly successful financial tycoon (the 47th wealthiest woman in the country,…
Remember (2015) Christopher Plummer – Movie Reviews
Apr 5, 2016
Christopher Plummer stars as Zev Guttman, a 90-year-old recent widower of German origin who embarks on a road trip to try to find and kill the culprit for many deaths in Auschwitz during World War II. Guttman, whose severe dementia erases every short-term…
Marguerite (2015) Catherine Frot – Movie Reviews
Apr 3, 2016
Marguerite is a seriocomic look at an absurd set of circumstances, loosely inspired by the true story of American singer Florence Foster Jenkins (Jenkins is set to get her own film in 2016, played by Meryl Streep). Set in France around 1920, Catherine…
I Saw the Light (2015) Tom Hiddleston – Movie Reviews
Apr 2, 2016
Tom Hiddleston stars as country music legend Hiram King “Hank” Williams in this biopic on his short life, several loves, and his influential career, crafting such classics as “Hey Good Lookin’”, “Move It On Over”, and the posthumously released gem, “Your…
Embrace of the Serpent (2015) – Movie Review
Mar 31, 2016
The black-and-white film, sumptuously captured by cinematographer David Gallego, bounces back and forth between two different time periods about 30 years apart, with an older and younger version of the main character, a shaman named Karamakate, to unite…
Hello My Name is Doris (2015) Sally Field – Movie Reviews
Mar 28, 2016
Sally Field plays the titular role of sixty-something-year-old Staten Island shut-in Doris, an aging holdover in her Manhattan-based company who ends up developing a crush on a friendly, hunky, and much younger new employee named John Fremont. Most of her…
Eye in the Sky (2015) Helen Mirren – Movie Reviews
Mar 27, 2016
Bouncing the action around between Air Force operations based in the United States, war rooms in England, and a small village in Kenya, the storyline involves one such potential strike of a house in Kenya in which there is a meeting among several…
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016) Nia Vardalos Movie Reviews
Mar 27, 2016
Now happily married (though the romantic spark has largely gone), Toula and Ian have a 17-year-old daughter, Paris, who is already getting pressure from Toula’s father, Gus, to find a boyfriend, get married and start having Greek babies. Toula is more…
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) – Movie Reviews
Mar 25, 2016
DC decides to expand its cinematic universe to catch up with the Marvel films with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Batman feels Supes is a danger to humanity, and Superman view Batman as a threat. Taking advantage of the separation comes Lex Luthor,…
Rams (2015) Grimur Hakonarson – Movie reviews
Mar 24, 2016
We mostly follow the film from the perspective of mild-mannered Gummi (Sigurjonsson), who beams with pride on his stock of sheep, entering his ram into a local competition for the best example of good breeding. We see him narrowly losing the latest…
Pee-wee’s Big Holiday (2016) Netflix Movie – Pee-wee Herman
Mar 21, 2016
Pee-wee Herman has never left his hometown of Fairville to see anything beyond its city limits, save for a harrowing botched attempt to go to Salt Lake City that nipped his wanderlust in the bud. While at work as a cook in a local diner, Pee-wee meets and…
Allegiant (2016) Divergent Series – Movie Reviews
Mar 19, 2016
The futuristic film opens with Naomi Watts’ character, Evelyn, now in charge of walled-in Chicago after the demise of Jeanine, and she’s trying to provide ‘justice’ for past sins against the members of Erudite by conducting public trials in which they’re…
The Young Messiah (2016) Sean Bean – Movie Reviews
Mar 13, 2016
The film starts with young Jesus with his family, having fled to Egypt due to a decree by Herod the Great to find the child that had managed to escape slaughter as a babe seven years back. At this point in his life, Jesus isn’t yet aware of his divine…
The Brothers Grimsby (2016) Sacha Baron Cohen – Movie Review
Mar 12, 2016
Sacha Baron Cohen stars as Norman ‘Nobby’ Butcher, a who lives in Grimsby with his lusty wife Dawn (Wilson) and eleven hooligan children (two who are his grandchildren) in the working-class town of the film’s title. Despite the large family, deadbeat…
10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) John Goodman – Movie Reviews
Mar 11, 2016
Mary Elizabeth Winstead stars as Michelle, who is leaving her fiancé, Ben voiced by Bradley Cooper), after an apparent deal-breaking disagreement that he must feel sorry for, given that he is persistently calling as she’s on the rural Louisiana road…
Songs My Brothers Taught Me (2015) Chloe Zhao – Movie Reviews
Mar 10, 2016
Set in the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, Songs My Brothers Taught Me primarily revolves around seventeen-year-old brother Johnny Winters and his eleven-year-old sister Jashaun, living with their alcoholic single mother Lisa below the…
The Boy and the Beast (2015) Anime Movie Reviews
Mar 7, 2016
The story involves a nine-year-old boy named Ren, who, after the untimely death of his mother after a bitter divorce, ends up filled with despair and rage, roaming the streets of Tokyo rather than live with his distant relatives. That’s when Ren is…
Mustang (2015) Deniz Gamze Erguven – Movie Reviews
Mar 6, 2016
Five orphaned, loving, and seemingly carefree sisters living in a very conservative town in Turkey are growing up fast — so fast that when they’re spotted engaging in a bit of innocent horseplay with some local boys, they’re immediately disciplined, and…
London Has Fallen (2016) Gerard Butler – Movie Reviews
Mar 5, 2016
The story begins in Pakistan, with an American drone strike on the abode of terrorist-supplying arms dealer Aamir Barkawi, where a wedding appears to be taking place. Two years later, the unfortunate death of the British prime minister has many world…
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016) Tina Fey – Movie Reviews
Mar 4, 2016
Tina Fey stars as Kim Baker, a journalist stuck in a life rut while working in television news as a copy-editor in New York, who ends up taking on an assignment to cover the war in Afghanistan beginning in 2003. What initially had been intended as a…
Gods of Egypt (2016) Gerard Butler – Fantasy Movie Reviews
Mar 1, 2016
The film is set in Ancient Egypt, at a time when gods and human co-existed in the lands. The gods were like humans, mortal and fallible, but were twice as tall and their veins coursed with gold instead of blood. Each of them also had unique superhuman…
Eddie the Eagle (2016) Taron Egerton – Movie Reviews
Feb 27, 2016
Directed by Dexter Fletcher, Eddie the Eagle tells the story of Michael “Eddie” Edwards, who would find fifteen minutes of fame as an Olympic ski jumper for Great Britain at the 1988 Winter Games. Taron Egerton stars as Edwards, an awkward lad growing up…
Triple 9 (2016) – Chiwetel Ejiofor – Movie Review
Feb 26, 2016
A group of five ex-special ops guys now working in Atlanta as criminals, but most novel about the situation is that some of them are also cops. The film opens with the group perpetrating an elaborate bank heist in order to get the contents of a specific…
Zootopia (2016) Disney Zootropolis – Movie Reviews
Feb 25, 2016
Judy Hopps is a bunny rabbit from farm country who always wanted to be a police officer in the big mammal-filled metropolis of Zootopia, where all of the animals have given up their predator/prey ways in order to live in harmony and can be what they…
Race (2016) Stephan James, Jason Sudeikis – Movie Reviews
Feb 22, 2016
Jesse Owens, son of a sharecropper and grandson of a slave, became a track star at his alma mater of Ohio State University, where Larry Snyder, a former promising track star himself, is head coach of the track team. Coach Snyder sees raw talent in the…
Son of Saul (2015) Laszlo Nemes – Movie Reviews
Feb 21, 2016
The film showcases a special type of prisoner in the death camps known as the ‘sonderkommandos’, who would, under penalty of death, assist with the rounding up of other prisoners to put into the gas chambers, sift through their clothing for valuables, and…
The Witch (2015) Robert Eggers – Horror Movie Reviews
Feb 20, 2016
Set in New England in the early 1630s, six decades before the infamous Salem Witch trials, we find a family of devout Puritans vacating the tight-knit community they could not see eye to eye with, relocating to a small farm on the border of the untamed…
Where to Invade Next – Michael Moore – Movie reviews
Feb 17, 2016
The basic premise involves Michael Moore “invading” other countries, not for oil or to prop up our own dictators, but to steal away ideas that he feels would actually benefit his native United States to be the kind of society that could only exist in his…
How to Be Single (2016) Dakota Johnson – Movie Review
Feb 15, 2016
Dakota Johnson gets the lead role as Alice, who decides that she and her long-term college boyfriend Josh should break up for a while in order to experience what being single is actually like before they proceed through the rest of their lives together.…
Zoolander 2 (2016) Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson – Movie Review
Feb 13, 2016
Derek Zoolander is back, the eternally daft and narcissistic male supermodel, now retired and reclusive, who has been persuaded by a ‘fashion police’ agent working for Interpol, Valentina Valencia, to help find the killers of a growing list of celebrities…
Deadpool (2016) Ryan Reynolds, Marvel – Movie Review
Feb 12, 2016
The origin of Deadpool is told in an extended flashback sequence in the middle of the film, pushing forward a relatively improbable story of a rebellious ex-special ops, mercenary type named Wade Wilson who meets his “soulmate” in the equally deviant…
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016) Lily James – Review
Feb 7, 2016
Lily James plays Elizabeth Bennet, the second-oldest sister hoping to find a proper wealthy husband in an isolated version of London that is completely surrounded by zombie masses hoping to feast on the brains of the living within its walls. In order to…
Hail Caesar (2016) Coen Brothers, George Clooney – Movie Review
Feb 6, 2016
Set in Hollywood of the 1950s, Josh Brolin plays Eddie Mannix, an executive of the fictional Capitol Pictures film studio who is tasked with ‘fixing’ a host of extracurricular scandals that their contracted star performers are engaged in before the…
Jane Got a Gun (2015) Natalie Portman – Movie Review
Jan 31, 2016
Set primarily in the New Mexico Territory of 1871, the titular Jane is shocked to find her husband, Bill Hammond, riding home after a long time away with bullets in his back. A deadly gang of former outlaw fur traders called “the Bishop Boys”, run by the…
Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016) Jack Black – Movie Review
Jan 31, 2016
Po’s master, Shifu, decides to retire his teachings and promote his Dragon Warrior to become the teacher of the rest of the Furious Five in the ways of kung fu. His new and somewhat reluctant status as a martial arts master is soon after put to the test…
The Finest Hours (2016) Chris Pine – Movie Reviews
Jan 29, 2016
Based on a true story, The Finest Hours is set mostly in winter of 1952, where, off of the snowy coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, an oil tanker called the SS Pendleton would be split in half due to a vicious nor-easter and massive 60-foot swells, with…
Macbeth (2015) Fassbender, Cotillard – Movie Review
Jan 27, 2016
Michael Fassbender stars as Macbeth, who is foretold by three sisters of mystical powers that he will one day be the king in Scotland. Lady Macbeth, a firm believer in the prophecy, convinces her husband, who is a heartbeat away from ascending to the…
The Boy (2016) Lauren Cohan – Movie Review
Jan 24, 2016
Lauren Cohan stars as Greta, an American woman who takes a job as a nanny in England in order to get away from a dangerously abusive and obsessed ex. It’s a large and isolated country mansion owned by an older couple called the Heelshires, who expect…
The 5th Wave (2016) Chloe Grace Moretz – Movie Review
Jan 24, 2016
Chloe Grace Moretz stars as Ohioan teenager Cassie Sullivan, whom we first meet in a post-apocalyptic world fighting for her survival. We flash back to how this world came to be, starting with the appearance of a massive alien spaceship in the sky. After…
Dirty Grandpa (2016) Robert De Niro, Zac Efron – Movie Review
Jan 22, 2016
De Niro plays Dick Kelly, a very recent widower who is being driven by his uptight corporate lawyer grandson Jason from the former’s home in Georgia to his Boca vacation home, and the latter’s marriage celebration and ceremony in Florida. After 40 years…
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (2016) Michael Bay
Jan 18, 2016
13 Hours takes place during a volatile time in Libya, shortly after the overthrow and murder of their dictator, Muammar Guadaffi in 2011. Various factions began their scramble for power, starting with raiding the government arsenals for high-powered…
Ride Along 2 (2016) Kevin Hart, Ice Cube – Movie Review
Jan 15, 2016
We pick up not long after the first entry with Hart’s character, Ben Barber, now a probationary officer for the Atlanta Police Department. He’s just a little over a week away from marrying his beloved fiancée Angela, sister of his former reluctant…
Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015) documentary – Movie Review
Jan 14, 2016
Hitchcock/Truffaut is a documentary on Alfred Hitchcock, his influence on other filmmakers in history, including Francois Truffaut, who wrote a definitive book on the man through a series of interviews over the course of one week in 1962.
45 Years (2015) Charlotte Rampling – Movie Reviews
Jan 3, 2016
On the verge of celebrating their 45th wedding anniversary, wife Kate is putting together all of the necessities for their big party at an esteemed hall in the English countryside, while husband Geoff seems to be preoccupied. What’s been on his mind has…
Top 10 Films of 2015 – Best movies
Jan 2, 2016
The end-of-they-year podcast. Vince Leo runs down his favorite films of the year 2015, as well as some honorable mentions. Happy New Year everyone!
Anomalisa (2015) Charlie Kaufman – Movie Review
Dec 31, 2015
The main character is unhappily married, middle-aged self-help author and occupational speaker Michael Stone, who has traveled for a one-day stay in Cincinnati in order to deliver a lecture at a convention for those in the customer service industry.…
Chi-Raq (2015) Spike Lee, Nick Cannon – Movie Review
Dec 30, 2015
Set in Chicago’s South Side, there are two warring gangs who’ve been committing violent crimes against each other for years, the purple-clad Spartans and the Trojans, dressed in orange. Chi-Raq, aka Demetrius Dupree, is the head of the Spartans, and he’s…
Carol (2015) Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara – Movie Review
Dec 26, 2015
Set just before Christmas in the early 1950s, Rooney Mara co-stars as Therese Belivet, a young and shy Manhattan shopgirl who ends up waiting on a sophisticated socialite named Carol Aird, who is looking for the right present to get for her young…
Daddy’s Home (2015) Ferrell, Wahlberg – Movie Review
Dec 25, 2015
Will Ferrell stars as New Orleans smooth jazz ratio station exec Brad Whitaker, who has a loving wife in Sarah, and two stepchildren who haven’t quite come around to accepting him as their new father. Things seem to be on the up and up until Sarah’s…
The Hateful Eight (2015) Quentin Tarantino – Movie Review
Dec 25, 2015
Set in a wintry Wyoming in the late 19th Century, we start the film off with ex-Union soldier turned bounty hunter named Major Marquis Warren, who stops a stagecoach in the middle of travel through a desolate mountain pass just ahead of a major snowstorm.…
The Big Short (2015) Christian Bale – Movie Review
Dec 23, 2015
Bolstered by a dynamite cast, The Big Short has several converging story threads, beginning with a socially awkward hedge-fund manager named Dr. Michael Burry, who determines that the subprime mortgage industry is a bubble built on a slew of misguided…
Joy (2015) Jennifer Lawrence – Movie Review
Dec 22, 2015
Jennifer Lawrence stars as the titular Joy, whom we meet as a young girl with a head full of interesting ideas on how to make life great. Real life seemed to squash those early dreams, opting not to go to college despite being the valedictorian of her…
The Revenant (2015) Leonardo DiCaprio – Movie Review
Dec 20, 2015
Leonardo DiCaprio stars as Hugh Glass, who is mauled by a mama grizzly bear while out with a hunting party of fur trappers, leaving him barely clinging to life with severe trauma and a plethora of injuries. Glass’s teenage son Hawk (a fictional character…
Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) JJ Abrams – Movie Review
Dec 18, 2015
An orb-like droid named BB-8 has some technology placed within him that contains a map showing the whereabouts of Luke Skywalker, and there are several interested parties, some benevolent and some evil, that desperately want to get a hold of this for…
The Lobster (2015) Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz – Movie Review
Dec 15, 2015
Greek writer-director Yorgos Lanthimos directs this strange alternate universe, near-future setting, which feels cold, oppressive, and bizarre. It’s his first English-language feature-length effort, with a little French thrown in, still quite astute, even…
In the Heart of the Sea (2015) Chris Hemsworth – Movie
Dec 10, 2015
The main story is framed by fictional scenes of Herman Melville visiting the Nantucket home of Tom Nickerson, the last living survivor of the voyage of the “Essex”. Nickerson is beyond reluctant to recount what happened, clearly still traumatized by an…
Krampus (2015) Emjay Anthony, Adam Scott – Movie Review
Dec 4, 2015
It’s Christmas time for one particular family, which means yet another gathering at the home of workaholic Tom and OCD Sarah, and the rest of the dysfunctional unit for three claustrophobic days that mostly involve snippy complaining and petty squabbling.…
Creed (2015) Michael B. Jordan, Stallone – Movie Review
Nov 27, 2015
Michael B. Jordan stars as Adonis Johnson, the illegitimate son of former world heavyweight champion boxer Apollo Creed, who died in the ring before he was born, and a woman Creed had an affair with who died while Adonis was a young boy. Apollo’s widow…
The Good Dinosaur (2015) Pixar, Disney – Movie Review
Nov 25, 2015
Offering up a sort of alternate prehistory on what might have happened bad the theoretical asteroid that hit Earth 65 million years ago that wiped out all of the dinosaurs not occurred, dinosaurs are the ones that have advanced to learn how to speak and…
Brooklyn (2015) Saoirse Ronan – Movie Review
Nov 25, 2015
Set in the early 1950s, Saoirse Ronan stars as Eilis Lacey, whom we find at the beginning of the film as a young woman who has grown to not have much of a life worth bragging about in her quaint small town in Enniscorthy, Ireland, where she lives with her…
Spotlight (2015) Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo – Movie Review
Nov 22, 2015
In 2001, the Boston Globe’s new editor-in-chief is Marty Baron, a Jewish media exec coming in from Miami to take over the reins of a paper that has always catered to a predominantly Catholic community and readership, but one on the cusp of primarily…
The Night Before (2015) Seth Rogen – Movie Review
Nov 21, 2015
Isaac, Ethan, and Chris are friends since childhood who’ve made it a point, after Ethan’s parents are killed by a drunk driver, to get together on every Christmas Eve in order to party like there’s no tomorrow. (Yes, they’re going to commemorate someone…
Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 (2015) – Movie Review
Nov 20, 2015
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 is the fourth and final film based on the Suzanne Collins trilogy of young adult novels, and the story, as it reaches its big climax, shifts more into a war flick and less a sci-fi based satire, as it becomes a game…
The Peanuts Movie (2015) Blue Sky Studios – Movie Reviews
Nov 20, 2015
Though the movie weaves many side stories in and out of it, the through-line of The Peanuts Movie is in whether or not Charlie Brown will strike up enough nerve to talk and get to know the new girl in the school he develops an instant crush on (he’s…
Room (2015) Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay – Movie Review
Nov 16, 2015
Emma Donoghue beautifully adapts her best-selling 2010 novel of the same name, about young woman named Joy Newsome (Brie Larson), who has been kidnapped and held as a captive for repeated sexual abuse in the soundproofed and electronically secured shed in…
Spectre (2015) Daniel Craig as James Bond – Movie Review
Nov 7, 2015
M is none too thrilled with the events of Bond’s Mexican excursion, especially as it makes the proposed merger between MI5 and the more top-secret MI6 a reality, which will threaten to take out the 00 series of spies in favor of using hi-tech surveillance…
Steve Jobs (2015) Michael Fassbender – Movie Review
Oct 25, 2015
Steve Jobs is written by highly acclaimed screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, who scored big with another tech industry biography with 2008’s The Social Network. Although Walter Isaacson’s best-selling biography on Jobs published in 2011 provides many of the facts…
Crimson Peak (2015) Jessica Chastain – Movie Review
Oct 19, 2015
Starting off in Buffalo, NY, at the turn of the 20th century, Mia Wasikowska stars as an aspiring writer named Edith Cushing (nod to Hammer Horror thespian Peter Cushing , no doubt) is struggling to get publishers to accept her ghost story novel in an era…
Bridge of Spies (2015) Tom Hanks, Spielberg – Movie Review
Oct 17, 2015
Set starting in 1957, in the midst of the Cold War between the U.S. and the Soviet Union, Tom Hanks stars as New York-based insurance lawyer James B. Donovan, a by-the-book guy. Donovan is called upon by United States representatives to provide the…
Pan (2015) Levi Miller, Hugh Jackman – Movie Review
Oct 10, 2015
Starting out in London around 1930 we find a young and anguished mother leaving her newborn baby on the doorstep of an orphanage. During the bomb-ravaged times of World War II, years later, the baby grows into a spirited young lad, Peter, who quickly…
Sicario (2015) Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin – Movie Review
Oct 4, 2015
Emily Blunt stars as FBI agent and SWAT team member Kate Macer, whose services are enlisted in voluntarily helping out a mysterious group of black ops law-enforcement agents headed by drug war advisor Matt Graver (Brolin) and partner in crime-fighting in…
The Martian – Matt Damon, Ridley Scott – Movie Review
Oct 3, 2015
A NASA mission finds a group of scientists and astronauts on the surface of Mars collecting info and samples of the native soil. Their mission ends prematurely when a major dust storm flings rocks and other debris around, causing the crew to head toward…
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015) Movie Review
Sep 20, 2015
The Scorch Trials is the follow-up to the modest 2014 hit, The Maze Runner, based on the 2010 YA novel by James Dashner. We continue to follow Thomas and his fellow Gladers, now out of the original maze, taken to a research facility where they meet the…
Black Mass (2015) Johnny Depp – Movie review
Sep 19, 2015
Based on the infamous true story from the late 1970s to early 1980s, Johnny Depp stars as James “Whitey” Bulger, a ruthless Irish-American crime boss who climbed the ladder to the top in south Boston as the leader of the Winter Hill Gang. In some part, it…
The Visit (2015) M. Night Shyamalan – Movie Review
Sep 11, 2015
Fifteen-year-old Becca and her slightly younger brother Tyler are sent for a week-long stay in rural Pennsylvania to stay at the home of the grandparents they’ve never met while their single mother decides to treat herself to a romantic cruise with her…
Meru (2015) Jimmy Chin – documentary movie review
Aug 29, 2015
Sacred Himalayan peak Meru Peak in northern India, at nearly 22,000 feet, may not be the tallest mountain in the world, but it is one of the most difficult to climb. It’s so difficult that, at least prior to this documentary’s footage, it had never been…
Straight Outta Compton (2015) NWA biopic – Movie Review
Aug 17, 2015
Straight Outta Compton gives us the basic origins of the group N.W.A.’s three most well-known members, Dre, Cube, and Eazy-E, the latter of whom would turn some of the money he accrued while drug-dealing into launching his own record label, Ruthless…
The End of the Tour (2015) Jason Segel – Movie Review
Aug 16, 2015
After a prologue featuring David Lipsky hearing the news of David Foster Wallace’s suicide in 2008, we flash back to 1996 for most of the duration, as the journalist travels to Wallace’s home on the outskirts of Bloomington, Illinois for a few days before…
The Gift (2015) Joel Edgerton, Jason Bateman – Movie Review
Aug 8, 2015
Jason Bateman stars as Simon, who has just moved to hometown Los Angeles from Chicago with his wife Robyn and St. Bernard, Mr. Bojangles. Robyn has decided to stay at home to work while Simon heads off to corporate-land due to some unstable moments of…
Fantastic Four (2015) Miles Teller, Kate Mara – Movie Review
Aug 7, 2015
Miles Teller plays Reed Richards in his older form, who has invented, with assistance from his best and only friend Ben Grimm, a contraption that apparently allows it to teleport an object somewhere else and have it return back to the invention. Reed…
Mission Impossible Rogue Nation (Tom Cruise) – Movie Review
Aug 1, 2015
Ethan Hunt has to go it on his own as the IMF (Impossible Mission Force), for all intents and purposes, is shut down by the CIA head Alan Hunley for a lack of results on their latest mission, plus mishaps such as the Kremlin getting destroyed from their…
Vacation (2015) Ed Helms, Christina Applegate – Movie Review
Jul 29, 2015
Econo Airline pilot Rusty eavesdrops on a conversation in which his wife Debbie discusses how bored she’s become of the routine in their marriage, exemplified by the usual Sheboygan cabin they rent every year around Memorial Day, Rusty decides to surprise…
Pixels (2015) Adam Sandler, Kevin James – Movie Review
Jul 24, 2015
In 1982, Sam Brenner was one of the best video gamers around his local arcade. But not THE best, as he would eventually lose in a Worldwide Video Arcade Championship competition to the cocky, pimp-voiced, and mulleted Eddie “The Fireblaster” Plant, who…
Trainwreck (2015) Amy Schumer, Judd Apatow – Movie Review
Jul 22, 2015
Comedian Amy Schumer gets her chance to shine on the big screen with Trainwreck, playing, appropriately, Amy, working by day as a journalist at a men’s lifestyle and celebrity gossip publication, but who drinks hard, gets high, and carouses with the…
Marvel’s Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) – Antman Movie Review
Jul 21, 2015
There’s actually more than one Ant-Man in the film, as we start with the original, Dr. Hank Pym, a leading scientist, and inventor of the “Pym Particle”, which allows things, including people, to shrink own to ant-size, or more, but with enhanced…
Terminator Genisys (Emilia Clarke Jai Courtney) Movie Review
Jul 1, 2015
Terminator Genisys starts in 2029, with the end of the rebellion against Skynet HQ, which makes it, essentially, both a prequel and a sequel to The Terminator, as we see the T-800 played by Schwarzenegger go back to 1984 and try to assassinate Sarah…
Dope (2015) Shameil Moore Zoe Kravitz – Movie Review
Jun 21, 2015
Shameik Moore stars as Malcolm, a geeky high school senior with Harvard aspirations living in “The Bottoms”, one of the toughest neighborhoods in Inglewood, California. When he’s not trying to avoid crossing the paths of troublemakers, he’s spending time…
Inside Out (Pixar, Disney, Amy Poehler) Movie Review
Jun 19, 2015
The basic premise of this film is that we’re given the emotional inner workings of a young girl in Minnesota named Riley (Dias, The Shifting), through the personification of her feelings — Joy (Poehler, They Came Together), Sadness, Fear, Disgust, Anger —…
Jurassic World (Chris Pratt) 2015 – Movie Review
Jun 13, 2015
Siblings Gray and Zach are sent on vacation to visit their Aunt Claire, who is the manager of operations at the Costa Rica island resort known as Jurassic World, a tourist attraction funded by mega-billionaire named Simon Masrani that takes its basic idea…
Love & Mercy (John Cusack, Paul Dano) Movie Review
Jun 9, 2015
Love and Mercy, which takes its name from the first track on Brian Wilson’s first solo album in 1988, is a biopic on Brian Wilson, the musical genius behind many of the Beach Boys greatest and most critically acclaimed hits. It’s a tale told in two parts,…
Spy (Melissa McCarthy, Paul Feig) Movie Review
Jun 5, 2015
McCarthy plays a CIA computer specialist names Susan Cooper, whose job it is to monitor a dreamboat of a field agent named Bradley Fine and try to give him suggestions (via an earpiece) to keep him safe, based on what she sees and hears from the hidden…
San Andreas (The Rock, Dwayne Johnson) – Movie Review
Jun 1, 2015
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson plays Los Angeles Fire Department fireman and helicopter rescue pilot Ray Gaines, who ends up commandeering an LAFD chopper in order to try to rescue his soon-to-be ex-wife and daughter before they’re crushed in the rubble…
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015)
May 30, 2015
Thomas Mann stars as Pittsburgh-raised twelfth-grader Greg, who spends most of his days trying to fly under the radar among his peers at school, not trying to fit in so much as to not stand out. He’s longtime friends (or co-workers, he states due to his…
Mad Max: Fury Road (Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron) Film review
May 15, 2015
his time out, Max Rockatansky is played by Tom Hardy, an established actor known for playing many complex, troubled antiheroes, so a natural fit for the part. He’s an ex-cop in post-apocalyptic Australia. His travels eventually lead him to abetting the…
Clouds of Sils Maria (2014)
Apr 30, 2015
Juliette Binoche stars as internationally famous actress Maria Enders, whom we meet on a trip to Zurich, Switzerland with handy and very trustworthy personal assistant and confidante, Valentine, in tow, asked to accept a major career tribute, on behalf of…
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) Film Review
Apr 26, 2015
Loki’s scepter, remnant from the first crossover film, which had been used for its power to draw forth two more beings of inordinate ability and skill in twin brother and sister Pietro and Wanda Maximoff, a speedster and telekinetic mind-warper,…
Ex Machina (2015) Film Review
Apr 26, 2015
Set sometime in the future, Domhnall Gleeson plays coding programmer Caleb Smith, an employee working for ‘Blue Book’, the world’s most popular search engine by a long shot. He has been summoned by virtue of a contest by the company’s founder,…
Unfriended (2015 Film Review
Apr 26, 2015
The entirety of the film is the view from the laptop screen of teenager Blaire Lily,whose very private Skype conversation with boyfriend Mitch is rudely interrupted by a trio of friends looking to chat up the clique. It’s the first anniversary of the…