Bohemian Rhapsody (***1/2) – Someone Still Loves You

As it is, Malek is remarkable. He does his job with such panache every viewer leaves the film loving Mercury and his band. Pushing through the "get to the show" mentality of the last act that would hamstring most performers, we get a genuine sense of who Mercury is as a person for the little things. In this way, ultimately, this very flawed film succeeds. If he's not nominated for an Oscar, I will just consider it another typical year in which the best we see gets forgotten.

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Hunter Killer (***) is obvious and likable

Let's be honest. It's not a tremendous work of art that Marsh, Butler and co. have produced here. There are no nominations or awards forthcoming. What Hunter Killer does have, though, is enjoyability on a completely masculine scale. It's the kind of film I might have watched with my dad when he was alive. It deserves respect for being competent, entertaining and earnest to a fault, if not original.

Halloween 2018 (*1/2) serves no purpose

Michael Myers has haunted me for years in my sleep. Even before I knew who Freddy Kruger was. One film has sustained me this long, even though they clearly have never figured out how to expand on the effect. 

Netflix The Haunting of Hill House (*****): We water that seed

The Haunting of Hill House - 2018 Director Mike Flanagan Teleplay Flanagan, Liz Phang, Scott Kosar, Merideth Averill, Jeff Howard, Charise Castro Smith, Rebecca Klingel based on the book by Shirley Jackson Starring Michiel Huisman, Carla Gugino, Henry Thomas, Elizabeth Reaser, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Kate Siegel, Victoria Pedretti, Lulu Wilson, Mckenna Grace, Paxton Singleton, Julian Hilliard, Violet McGraw, Timothy Hutton, Robert Longstreet, Catherine Parker Mike Flanigan has worked beyond … Continue reading Netflix The Haunting of Hill House (*****): We water that seed

First Man in IMAX (****1/2) Soul Deep in Space

#FirstMan "This film is necessary for one to understand the reach of humans. From out of the dark of a life lost so young, hope springs so forcefully. It's more than a flag that we put on that moon. It's all of our hopes and dreams."

A Star Is Born (*****) Flawless Imperfection

#astarisborn "If you are tired of the trope where one star rises and another star falls, I think you should still see this film. It's better than any film I have seen this year by a long shot. That's likely because it's filled with several moments that are just one weakness shy of being perfect. Like life."

Malevolent (***) is a building block for Netflix

Malevolent - 2018 Director Olaf de Fleur Screenplay Ben Ketai, Eva Konstantopoulos Starring Florence Pugh, Celia Imrie, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Scott Chambers, Georgina Bevan The never-ending stream of films being released by Netflix often seem to have the air of rejection by other studios. There is also a slew of smaller films that have solid, if lesser known talent. One such … Continue reading Malevolent (***) is a building block for Netflix

Venom (***1/2) has some juice

#venom Somewhere between the drawing board and the actuality of the screen a great film was lost. What is left is a good film that has enough pieces on the cutting room floor, the home release should be interesting...Venom could surprise at the box office. It's better than the standard is for hero films these days, even if it's not all that great. It makes its viewer want more. 

A Simple Favor (*****) deserves another

#asimplefavor "This film has legs. Like it's story, no one expected it, but it will leave its viewers entertained and rewarded. "

Hell Fest (**1/2) – Surprise! It doesn’t suck!

#hellfest "...The success of the scenarios with which the characters are dispatched varies. There are some pretty good scares and some surprising misses. Then there's some dumb stuff to balance it out.  Whether this is good or not depends on how you think the good compares to the bad. For this viewer, the last scene wins points for originality. It's creepy as hell, too..."