Vice (****) – It’s more complicated than that

"Much of what the film consists of is somewhat armchair knowledge of the events for the Cheney / Bush first term. It helps to put things into perspective, especially more than sixteen years later. This man viewed himself as a patriot, sure. He was also a very calculated opportunist who saw dollar signs at the expense of lives. If nothing else, America needs to remember it for what really happened."

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Bumblebee (***1/2) is straightforward storytelling

"This film is 2nd best of the series, after the first one. It's really not close after these two films, even if I enjoy Revenge of the Fallen quite a lot."

Aquaman (***1/2) has fun in the shallows

"As it stands, the film still should do quite well. It's more fun than any DCEU film than Wonder Woman yet it still feels like something that matters at times. Not all that much, though. I hope WW, The Flash and Aquaman push their leads and the DCEU out of the mire. "

Roma (*****) – Share the Well

#roma "It's a tough viewing, to be sure. It is also incredibly rewarding. It is so much higher a level of movie making that one is used to seeing. It's not the kind of film that everyone could make it through, but it's the kind of film that is utterly the point for art itself."

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.