Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds (****1/2) opens a new world

Along with the Gods is deceptively good. Not being an expert on Buddhism or the afterlife, I can only relate that what is presented it consistently intriguing. It pulls the viewer along into an emotional crescendo that belies the simple concept of "do good, get rewarded."

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Insidious: The Last Key (**1/2) #timesup

None of this is bad. It's mostly bland thrills and chills where women overcome what weak men and demons put them through. It doesn't further the journey, like the second and best film in the series. It's just another loose strand that tries to add to the outfit. 

I, Tonya (*****) – Fall, fall again

I, Tonya - 2017 Director Craig Gillespie Screenplay by Steven Rogers Starring Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney, Julianne Nicholson, Bobby Cannavale, Caitlin Carver, Paul Walter Hauser For all of the stupidity, abuse and backwards ways of thinking, I never could get past the idea that Tonya Harding couldn't be that bad. The fact that the chosen hero of "the incident" Nancy Kerrigan … Continue reading I, Tonya (*****) – Fall, fall again

Molly’s Game (****) shows Chastain at her best

Seeing Chastain's Molly push on through each ceiling she's presented with is enjoyable. Her ability to show confidence and compassion simultaneously is astounding. Of course she is beautiful, but to stop there would be akin to think the biggest part of the iceberg is above the water. 

The Shape of Water (****1/2) holds you completely

If you like Del Toro, this is the best work he's created since Pan's Labyrinth. It's regrettable that he's not received more resources to create with, but seeing what he's done here with such seemingly limited funds, I really don't know if it matters. He just needs to bring more of his universe to ours.

Downsizing (***1/2) You may find yourself…

As for me, the best parts of the film, the idea of my thousands of dollars becoming millions and living a life of tiny luxury, are cut short by the reality that Payne never seems to be able to shed himself. It's really depressing at times. But not as depressing as you'd think. 

Pitch Perfect 3 (***1/2) is a well deserved victory tour

Pitch Perfect 3 - 2017 Director Trish Sie Screenplay by Kay Cannon, Mark White Starring Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, Hana Mae Lee, Alexis Knapp, John Michael Higgins, Elizabeth Banks, Ester Dean, John Lithgow If you don't know what to expect from the Barden Bellas by this point, you might as well just skip this review. You get what you've seen … Continue reading Pitch Perfect 3 (***1/2) is a well deserved victory tour

The House (*) Comedy is Hard

Thankfully, though, this movie cost more to make than it brought in. Maybe this will weed out some of the "talent" in this film. Like a natural selection of comedy. At this rate, we can expect stupid comedies for the rest of time.

The Greatest Showman (****) deserves your love

In an era when trans-humanism has become so prevalent in the media, it's a wonder to go back a century and see people come out of the shadows of society that human nature had placed upon them. These we're people looking to evolve. They were already pushed outside of the normal human box. They didn't necessarily want to get back into that box, either. They just wanted love, like every person does. This shows us how much everyone deserves it.

Logan Lucky (****1/2) is Ocean’s on a budget

This film is a perfect Sunday afternoon flick. Low commitment and it doesn't cure the world's ills. There are some touching moments like the last time you hear that John Denver song. There is some amount of overdoing it with the accent, especially on the peripheral characters. It's a minor quibble, though. If you like movies, but aren't shooting for the moon, this is it. Where else are you going to hear Patsy Cline in a bar?