Glass (***) Holds enough

#Glass "...The film is a decent companion to Split. Neither of the latter movies really have the power of Unbreakable, which is still the director's masterwork. As it is, there've been two inferior sequels, but the trilogy still works if one can accept this as Night's vision and not ours..."

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Escape Room (***) is an antidote for Oscar season

#EscapeRoom is enjoyable, forgettable and occasionally inspired. It's not a lot, but it's better than more movies about hugging, learning and devious royalty.

The Favourite (****) Rabbits on the loose

#thefavourite "The placement of rabbits looms large in this film. She who pays attention to what they signify may be rewarded, even if they still don't belong on the loose. They belong in cages, not running lose in the castle."

Bird Box (****) – Given to fly

"...The metaphor contained in its title is beauty itself. As one contemplates the growing of children in an environment where vision and the experience of life is constrained, like the birds they keep in a box for travel. Its necessary to stay alive, but it's not living..."

Vice (****) – It’s more complicated than that

"Much of what the film consists of is somewhat armchair knowledge of the events for the Cheney / Bush first term. It helps to put things into perspective, especially more than sixteen years later. This man viewed himself as a patriot, sure. He was also a very calculated opportunist who saw dollar signs at the expense of lives. If nothing else, America needs to remember it for what really happened."

Bumblebee (***1/2) is straightforward storytelling

"This film is 2nd best of the series, after the first one. It's really not close after these two films, even if I enjoy Revenge of the Fallen quite a lot."

Aquaman (***1/2) has fun in the shallows

"As it stands, the film still should do quite well. It's more fun than any DCEU film than Wonder Woman yet it still feels like something that matters at times. Not all that much, though. I hope WW, The Flash and Aquaman push their leads and the DCEU out of the mire. "

Roma (*****) – Share the Well

#roma "It's a tough viewing, to be sure. It is also incredibly rewarding. It is so much higher a level of movie making that one is used to seeing. It's not the kind of film that everyone could make it through, but it's the kind of film that is utterly the point for art itself."

Another look at The Shining (****): The Old Folks Call It Cabin Fever

The Shining - 1980 Director Stanley KubrickScreenplay Kubrick, Diane Johnson based on the novel by Stephen KingStarring Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers, Danny Lloyd, Barry Nelson, Philip Stone, Joe Turkel So much has been written about Kubrick. His relatively sparse directing career is peppered with a higher than usual percentage of films most critics would dub as classics. … Continue reading Another look at The Shining (****): The Old Folks Call It Cabin Fever