The Curse of La Llorona (***1/2) is a nice add to the Conjuring Universe

The Curse of La Llorona - 2019 Director Michael ChavesScreenplay Mikki Daughtry, Tobias IaconisStarring Linda Cardellini, Raymond Cruz, Patricia Velásquez, Jaynee-Lynn Kinchen, Roman Christou, Marisol Ramirez, Sean Patrick Thomas, Tony Amendola The Curse of La Llorona is the kind of film that has merit for being solid, if not spectacular. Though there are no scenes … Continue reading The Curse of La Llorona (***1/2) is a nice add to the Conjuring Universe

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There’s a turd in The Basement

"I saw this film on a dare from someone who saw the first 10 minutes then fast forwarded to the end. Both he and I had seen this film pushed to the top of our Netflix login, saying there was a 90+% chance we'd like this film. Not sure what the criteria is, but it's not nearly as accurate as those Amazon adbots that put items similar to what you were browsing for on every future page you visit. He wins, even if he saw only 5 minutes less than I did. "

Forgotten Gems: Elvis & Nixon (****) – The claws of a tiger

"This film is a must for fans of Michael Shannon. It's yet another example of his powerfully subtle presentation skills. If one can get past the fact that it stars Spacey, this is film will delight, inform and entertain the viewer."

Hellboy Film Chronology 2004-2019

Harbour is actually really good as Hellboy. He makes the character within the lines that Perlman draws, but he also makes it very much his own. There is much more nuance with fewer annoying characters to bounce off of in this rendition. He's at least on par with his incredible predecessor.

The Silence (*1/2) rightly gives up in the last act

The Silence - 2019 Director John R. LeonettiScreenplay Cary and Shane Van Dyke based on the book by Tim LebbonStarring Kiernan Shipka, Stanley Tucci, Miranda Otto, John Corbett, Billy McClellan Just about the time when The Silence meets it's ultimate antagonist, The Reverend (McClellan). My daughter came downstairs from studying. It's her spring break, so … Continue reading The Silence (*1/2) rightly gives up in the last act

“Captain Marvel”

A significant understanding from one of those who should have swooned to the marketing of this film. Even if more disenfranchised than I am by the obvious pandering, Louisa puts this better than I could.

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LOUISA:  2 STARS


LOUISA SAYS:

In the first female-led entry in the successful Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), “Captain Marvel” is a bit like its titular character: confident yet flawed. The gender politics are strong in this one, but that’s not the reason it left me disappointed. It was the insistence on rushing to fill in the blanks of the story, at the expense of the character, before next month’s “Avengers: Endgame.”

“Captain Marvel” tells the origin story of U.S. Air Force Pilot Carol Danvers (Brie Larson), a woman who becomes one of the most powerful heroes in the universe after she crash-lands an experimental aircraft. After being taken captive by aliens, she becomes tangled in the middle of a war between two alien races and escapes to Earth. When a happenstance meeting between Carol and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), the pair begin to discover shocking things about…

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Pet Sematary, then (**) and now (**1/2) when there’s no hope…

"It's a rough haul either way, but the newer story has a bit more acting in it overall, even if it's not quite enough to recommend."

Shazam! (****1/2) – All hands on deck

"The concept of the film is relatively simple, Big with super powers. If we limit our expectations to this idea, we're in for a decent surprise. The characters are painted simply, but given a shade by a plot that seems predictable in hindsight. The pleasant part to the viewer is one enjoys the film enough to be swept into the story without necessarily considering that fact."

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (***1/2) Diminishing Returns

"If I could, I would edit out most of the dialogue spoken by anyone but Hiccup, Astrid, Valka, Stoick and Abraham's Grimmel the Grisly. It would not change the comprehension of the story one bit and it would definitely allow us to enjoy Toothless and his White Fury more. Anyone who owns cats will like this film for their interactions alone."

Another Look: The Highwaymen vs. Bonnie and Clyde

"The Warren Beatty film has received a gentle critical wind in the ensuing years, remembered more for its groundbreaking violence than for any of the many nominated performances. In retrospect, its not a bad film, but it's not a classic, either. The main thing it lacks is a cohesive story that's not real accurate with any amount of character development. "