Avengers: Infinity War (****) doesn’t need our opinions (spoiler free review)

#avengers #infinitywar You know what you're getting when you walk in to the theater. This is less a (spoiler free) review than a complaint about the inevitability of it all. Still, the only way you can be disappointed is if you know how meaningless it all is...or if you think they're never making another movie. 

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Doctor Strange (****) cuts a few corners but is no less enjoyable

  Dr. Strange - 2016 Director Scott Derrickson Screenplay by John Spaihts, C. Robert Cargill and Derrickson Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Michael Stuhlbarg, Benjamin Bratt, Scott Adkins, Mads Mikkelsen, Tilda Swinton We may be reaching a breaking point on guest stars in Marvel films. The talent in Dr. Strange is at once invigorating and frustrating. To find that Ejiofor plays Mordo … Continue reading Doctor Strange (****) cuts a few corners but is no less enjoyable

Black Mass (**) is not moving

Someone messes up, they go for a car ride, they get whacked. Someone gets arrested, they talk (or don't) they go for a car ride...you know.

Sinister 2 (**1/2): Too much of anything

Sinister 2 - 2015 Director Cirian Foy Starring James Ransone, Shannyn Sossamon, Robert Daniel Sloan, Dartanian Sloan, Lea Coco, Tate Ellington, Nicholas King Screenplay C. Robert Cargill, Scott Derrickson The eternal question about sequels to horror movies that are moderate hits: How does one progress the story without taking any of the elements too far or, by contrast, … Continue reading Sinister 2 (**1/2): Too much of anything

The Imitation Game (***1/2) nice to know how we won

The Imitation Game - 2014 Director Morten Tyldum Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Rory Kinnear, Charles Dance, Mark Strong, Allen Leech Screenplay by Graham Moore based on the book Alan Turing: The Enigma, by Adrew Hodges So many of these films come out that are based on real human events. Problem is, no one has the courage to tell the entire … Continue reading The Imitation Game (***1/2) nice to know how we won

The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies (***1/2) – So it ends…

The Hobbit - The Battle of Five Armies Director Peter Jackson Starring Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, Orlando Bloom, Aidan Turner, Billy Connolly, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm Screenplay by Fran Walsh, Phillippa Boyens, Peter Jackson, Guillermo del Toro based on the … Continue reading The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies (***1/2) – So it ends…

The Rules of August: Osage County

August: Osage County - 2013 Director John Wells Starring Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Chris Cooper, Abigail Breslin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Juliette Lewis, Margo Martindale, Dermot Mulroney, Julianne Nicholson, Sam Shepard, Misty Upham Written by Tracy Letts Rule #12: Meryl Streep will be nominated for an Oscar for 1 film per year at least Rule #154: Old folks quoting people with tears running down their cheek  usually aren't happy and won't … Continue reading The Rules of August: Osage County

12 Years a Slave: Real Real Gone

12 Years A Slave - 2013 Director Steve McQueen Actors Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Lupita Nyong'o, Sarah Paulson, Brad Pitt, Alfre Woodard Writer John Ridley based on the book by Solomon Northup I have owned a copy of Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ for 10 years, and have yet to watch the film.  In my heart, it is easy … Continue reading 12 Years a Slave: Real Real Gone

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Opportunity Lost and Exhausted

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - 2013 Director Peter Jackson Starring Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, Orlando Bloom, Aidan Turner Screenplay by Fran Walsh, Phillippa Boyens, Peter Jackson, Guillermo del Toro based on the book The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien I can remember when I first saw the movie Star Wars: Attack of the … Continue reading The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Opportunity Lost and Exhausted

Star Trek Into Darkness: Going where they’ve gone before

Star Trek Into Darkness - 2013 Director J.J. Abrams Starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Benedict Cumberbatch, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Bruce Greenwood, Alice Eve, Peter Weller, Noel Clarke, Nazneen Contractor Screenplay by Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof One of my favorite aspects to the Star Trek reboot (my very first … Continue reading Star Trek Into Darkness: Going where they’ve gone before