This origin story of the Annabelle franchise is significantly better than the first film in the series. This movie is flat out terrifying. It doesn't take long for the jumps and bumps to get going, and once they do they don't let up. You'll even get a good scare after the end credits are over. The only thing I didn't like about the scare factor of this movie is that a lot of the scares are set up by the characters doing dumb things that no real person would ever do. This could have been one...
This is a bad sequel to a bad movie. Nobody asked for it, but Hollywood gave it to us anyway. Like the first film, this one is completely boring for adults and only slightly more entertaining for children. There are very few humorous moments, the characters are cliche and annoying, and even though the movie is less than 90 minutes long it's still about 30 minutes longer than it should be. They had to pad this movie with all sorts of fluff just to get it to a viable feature film length. Aside...
The Nut Job 2 New
This is one of those films that has an incredible cast doing amazing acting with a mediocre screenplay and poor editing. It could have been something truly special with a tighter edit of the screenplay before filming and then a good 30 minutes chopped out of the final product. While it is interesting to peek into the lives of this based-on-a-true-story family, the reality is that we never care about them enough to get into the details like the movie does. If the film had been edited to just show us a couple of the important...
The Glass Castle New
The good news is this movie is a classic tale of good versus evil and the use of an innocent pawn, but the pawn comes to find out he has much more power than he ever though possible. The bad news is, we've seen this story played out dozens of times and this movie adds nothing new to the mix. Beyond that, there is very little explanation of what is going on and why. Matthew McConaughey plays the bad guy really well. He's creepy for sure, but we have no idea why he is...
The Dark Tower New
This movie is basically Hollywood not even trying. It's not original, it's not compelling, all it does is touch on people's base emotions and instincts to protect their children. Honestly, I'm amazed that Halle Berry took this role. She already made an almost identical movie on 2013 called THE CALL. The only difference was that she was a 911 operator instead of the mom of the kidnapped person. The movie does have moments of suspense, and there are times where you'll catch yourself holding your breath, but overall it just feels like...
This is a moving, difficult to watch, but important to see film. It is intense, claustrophobic, and raw. It will make you angry, embarrassed, sad, and empathetic. Director Katheryn Bigelow brings her story-telling mastery to life in the same gritty way she did with ZERO DARK THIRTY and THE HURT LOCKER. There are moments so intense that you'll wish you could look away, but you can't. There are also many moments portrayed that you wish never happened, because the reality is so devastating. As hard as this film is to watch, it is a...
James Bond, you may have met your match. While this movie isn't great, it is very good, and it is, hopefully, the beginning of a new international spy thriller franchise. ATOMIC BLONDE has serious potential to be magnificent for decades. Not only does this film have the potential for a long life, but this could easily become the defining role for Theron. She plays the part of kick-butt heroine so well that there wasn't a single moment where her actions felt forced or sub-par. This film is smart,...
Atomic Blonde New
Here is how I imagine the studio executives came up with the idea for this film. They were all sitting around a table after a long day of getting nothing accomplished when one of them says, "Let's make a movie that is almost exactly like INSIDE OUT, but instead of making it amazing we'll make it a huge pile of suck." "That's it!", replies another exec excited to have any idea at all. "Hey!", a third exec interjects, "What if three of the character that talk the most were really boring and monotonous?"...
The Emoji Movie New
Nine minutes. Do you know how long nine minutes are? Sometimes nine minutes feels like it goes by in a flash, sometimes nine minutes feels like a lifetime. That was probably the point of director David Lowery wanting to show us the undefinable sense of time, but he does it with a NINE MINUTE scene of Rooney Mara eating a pie...aggressively. Eating a pie. Nine. Minutes. Kill me now. Look, here's the deal. If this...
A Ghost Story New
It's still fairly early in the year, but this film has a solid shot at being one of my 10 worst films of the year. The only thing good I can say about this movie is that the visuals are great. Everything else about this flick is terrible. The worst thing about it is the casting. Valerian, played by Dane DeHaan, is supposed to be a Major in the military, but he looks like he's barely out of high school. Laureline, played by Cara Delevinge, is supposed to be a Sergeant, but she looks like she...
This is, without a doubt, a front-runner for being a finalist for several awards including many of the biggest awards. DUNKIRK is a powerful, moving, and intense film. It is visually stunning, the soundtrack is outstanding, the acting is superb, and the direction is near perfect. When you add to that the fact that this is a film based on one of the most heroic moments of World War II, it is worth being seen by as many people as possible. Director Christopher Nolan did a masterful job in conveying the horrors of...
I knew this was going to be a funny movie, what I wasn't expecting was to leave the theater with my stomach and jaw hurting from laughing so hard through the entire movie. There are several scenes where the laughter of the crowd was so loud and lasted so long that we missed the next 30-60 seconds of the movie. Not only is the movie funny, but this is the breakout film for Tiffany Haddish. She completely steals the show. She is spectacularly funny, but completely real and believable at the same time. The rest of...
Just like the classic children's tale about a train, this could very well be one of those little movies that could. It's not some big-budget blockbuster that will amaze all of your senses. It's a simple love story that is quirky, funny, heart-breaking, heart-warming and real. This film is based on the real life experience of Kumail and his wife Emily. It is a fascinating blend of comedy, cultural tension, family issues, love and sickness. While this isn't a rom-com that belongs in the upper echelon of cinematic greatness, it is a...
This franchise has been outstanding from the beginning, and WAR is no exception. The story is fascinating. It draws you in and keeps you engaged the entire 2 1/2 hours. It is filled with powerful moments of beauty, sympathy, forgiveness, and grace. But it is also filled with the desire for power, revenge, and survival. The irony of this film is that it is the humanity of the apes that makes it so compelling. Once again the CGI work is second to none. It is truly astonishing that Caesar is not a...
This is one of those horror flicks that is much more about the horror than it is about trying to scare you out of your seat. There are only a couple of moments of jumps and bumps, but from the very beginning there is a feeling of dread. There really isn't anything new that this movie offers the audience. There is a lot of high school angst and horror movie cliches, but it isn't a bad film. If you are looking for a movie that will give you some good chills and make...