Skyscraper (***) lacks nuance, but not acting energy

Skyscraper - 2018 Written and Directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber Starring Dwayne Johnson, Neve Campbell, Chin Han, Roland Møller, Noah Taylor, Byron Mann, Pablo Schreiber, Hannah Quinlivan Rawson Marshall Thurber has maybe two half decent films on his resume. Dodgeball is an offbeat star vehicle that works for Vaughan and Stiller. Central Intelligence does the same in a more or less comedy action way … Continue reading Skyscraper (***) lacks nuance, but not acting energy

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Ant-Man and the Wasp (*****) builds on success

The one who benefits most from this arrangement is Lilly's Hope, who continually marches through each predicament with the smarts of Hermione and the physical prowess of Wonder Woman. She is the best part of Ant-Man and The Wasp. Nothing she does is done for the sake of being a woman or in spite of it. She's out to accomplish objectives.

Borg vs. McEnroe (****) inverse symmetry

McEnroe is the visual representation of Borg’s internal struggles. As wild as he is, he looks to become the ironic end to Borg’s controlled, furious engine. Metz takes his time to present this convergence in a slow boil.  

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (*****) 143

The entire last half of the film is riddled with poignant moments to the extent it is hard to keep control of one's emotions. The tears that are elicited are as much for joy as anything. It makes one glad to have witnessed this, and long for a chance to go back and take it in once more for the first time.

The First Purge (no stars) please let this be the last one

The First Purge shows oppressed black people at peaceful rallies, innocent black folks in a housing project being killed room to room and a black drug dealer as its hero. There's even a neighbor Lady who's essentially Oprah. This is intended to put the butts in the seats, not to be intellectually honest.

The Ocean’s Films: Then, Then and Now

Hopefully, once they get past the #metoo stain, they can include Damon and the rest of the cast in a future film.

The Death of Stalin (****): A demo of socialists

The Death of Stalin - 2017 Director Armando Iannucci Screenplay Armando Iannucci, David Schneider, Ian Martin, Peter Fellows based on the book by Fabien Nury and Thierry Robin Starring  Steve Buscemi, Simon Russell Beale, Paddy Considine, Rupert Friend, Jason Isaacs, Olga Kurylenko, Michael Palin, Andrea Riseborough, Paul Chahidi, Dermot Crowley, Adrian McLoughlin, Paul Whitehouse, Jeffrey Tambor I have little desire to learn the inner workings of failed experiments. Soviet Russia and Kurt … Continue reading The Death of Stalin (****): A demo of socialists

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom doesn’t need to make sense

The story is basically a rehash of the worst film in the series: The Lost World. Bad people take the dinos off of the island with the intent on selling them later. This, of course, is going to be catastrophic. 

Sicario: Day of the Soldado (****) clears the debris of politics

Anyone who is used to Taylor Sheridan knows how this will turn out...and that fact doesn't make watching it any easier. His eternal message: in a world filled with brutality, expect more of the same.

The Incredibles 2 (****1/2) shows us the other side

"...If you're going for an original story. You're not going to get it this time. The plot is literally the inverse of the first film...Is there any grand message to this film? Any overarching truth to be learned?  Not a chance. Still it beats out even most Marvel films for enjoyment, if for no other reason than it never pretends to be "live action.""