Adams and Jefferson on Film: Ricky Jay Is Just Enough

Ricky and his secrets may be gone, but he will continue to charm and astound as long as we can enjoy his performances. 

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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

The Possession of Hannah Grace (*1/2) is still pretty dead

How does a demon steal the soul of a ginger when they have no soul to begin with? Does the guy next to me want to hit me when I say "Dave's Not Here..." every time someone calls out his name?

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (***1/2) Everything is Amazing but the Leads

It's the rare film that can keep the attention of both me and my wife. Neither of us moved during the whole running time.

Creed II: (****1/2) gives us time to breathe

After an engaging round one that saw Jordan move into the role of fighter and Stallone gracefully filling the role of trainer, Creed II gives us a development not only worthy of the series, but in better than most of the other films.

From Braveheart to the Outlaw King

Outlaw King will not be considered an equal bookend to Braveheart's first part of the story of the Scottish Rebellion, but it should not be considered a failure by Mackenzie. The history presented is debatable, but it's close enough to warrant some nice scenes and a series of muddy battles.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (***) is just a Tetris piece

Fantastic Beasts - The Crimes of Grindelwald - 2018 Director David Yates Screenplay by J.K. Rowling Starring Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Zoë Kravitz, Callum Turner, Carmen Ejogo, Claudia Kim, William Nadylam, Kevin Guthrie, Jude Law, Johnny Depp The first film in this second Potterverse series was a pleasant surprise. There were several characters as intelligent as Hermoine, none as dumb as … Continue reading Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (***) is just a Tetris piece

The Girl In The Spider’s Web (***1/2) Returns to the scene

"Overall, the film is a winner, but barely. The lack of subtlety hurts when one can easily determine when they can step out to take a leak because they know the moments and plot points instinctively. If they can find a way to keep it all a mystery, that'd be a real treat."

Christopher Robin (****): If Hook were a good movie…

The sad fact is that the film can only end up in a boardroom, where stuffy old British men find in a few minutes what we've known all movie. I have no intention of keeping any of those aspects of the film in my mind. Instead, I will cradle memories of Pooh, Tigger, Piglet, Kanga, Roo, Owl and Rabbit in my mind.