The 15:17 To Paris (***): 3 Hearts in the Happy Ending Machine

The 15:17 to Paris - 2018 Director Clint Eastwood Screenplay Dorothy Blyskal Starring  Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos, Spencer Stone, Judy Greer, Jenna Fischer, Ray Corasani This is where the breakdown happens in Clint Eastwood, post Obama. His political leanings have guided his cinematic choices over the last decade. He's making films based on real events and people, letting his beliefs out through … Continue reading The 15:17 To Paris (***): 3 Hearts in the Happy Ending Machine

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Black Panther (*****) – All the Stars

The onslaught of press behind this film is warranted, but not only for the intersectional reasons the media wants to throw in your face. This is an ageless story about a world we all would love to visit. Who it represents is important, but it shouldn't be a victory limited to race. To leave it there would belie how important it is to humanity that we tell good, relatable stories. This is a great film.

Maze Runner: The Death Cure (**) blows up with a fizzle

O'Brien gives it the old college try this time out. There are no other performances that approach anything more than competence. It feels more like Battle for the Planet of the Apes than Shakespeare.

Cloverfield Paradox (**) Good cast, wasted

The Cloverfield Paradox - 2018 Director Julius Onah Screenplay Oren Uziel Starring  Daniel Brühl, Elizabeth Debicki, Aksel Hennie, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Chris O'Dowd, John Ortiz, David Oyelowo, Zhang Ziyi As a surprise drop on Netflix a few hours after the Superbowl, The Cloverfield Paradox is packed full of references to the first two films of the series. The film goes a long way to … Continue reading Cloverfield Paradox (**) Good cast, wasted

Darkest Hour (****) is the other side of Dunkirk

Wright has made a film that plays a good contrast to Christopher Nolan's superior Dunkirk. We see the threat that looms at home before it strikes abroad. So much is at stake, the tension is unbearable, yet Churchill finds a way. Good Lord does he ever. 

Happy Death Day (**) If Disney made slasher films…

See it if you must, knowing most of the film and deaths are covered in the trailer. It's always kind of a bummer when a film gets hamstrung by its advertising, but never having seen the trailer probably wouldn't have made the film any more enjoyable.

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."

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.