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. "

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The Shallows (**1/2) doesn’t wade too far

The Shallows - 2016 Director Jaume Collet-Serra Screenplay Anthony Jaswinski Starring Blake Lively One would think Blake Lively in a movie called The Shallows is an asshole reviewers' dream match. In truth, we can't make this movie into more than it is: a scary movie with a shark. There is no way a shark that big could be … Continue reading The Shallows (**1/2) doesn’t wade too far

The Age of Adaline (***) Does the job on a Sunday afternoon

The Age of Adaline - 2015 Director Lee Toland Krieger Screenplay J. Mills Goodloe, Salvador Paskowitz Starring Blake Lively, Michiel Huisman, Kathy Baker, Amanda Crew, Harrison Ford, Ellen Burstyn In the grand scheme of things, I will not remember this movie in 5 years. It's not because it's a bad film, though. Romantic films aren't my thing, really. It may last longer in my … Continue reading The Age of Adaline (***) Does the job on a Sunday afternoon

Savages: Oliver Stone is just average weird

Savages - 2012 Director - Oliver Stone Starring Taylor Kitsch, Blake Lively, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Salma Hayek, John Travolta, Benicio del Toro Screenplay Don Winslow, Shane Salermo and Stone based on the Novel Savages by Winslow Somewhere along about 1994, Oliver Stone was lost to me.  He'd been weird before that, with The Doors, and history-challenged JFK.  Then came … Continue reading Savages: Oliver Stone is just average weird

The Town: You know I’m from Boston, right?

The Town - 2010 Director Ben Affleck Starring Ben Affleck, Jeremy Renner, Jon Hamm, Rebecca Hall, Pete Postlethwaite, Chris Cooper, Blake Lively, Titus Welliver, Slaine, Owen Burke Screenplay Affleck, Peter Craig and Aaron Stockard There's a moment in The Town where the 4 bank robbers, all Charlestown natives, are leaving the "switch car" dressed as Nuns with masks … Continue reading The Town: You know I’m from Boston, right?

Green Lantern is darkened with too many writers, effects

Green Lantern - 2011 Directed by Martin Campbell Starring Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard, Mark Strong, Angela Bassett, Tim Robbins Written by Greg Berlanti, Michael Green, Marc Guggenheim, Michael Goldenberg There is an easy theory to have with movie making.  After 2, the more writers you get for a film, the more trouble you have. … Continue reading Green Lantern is darkened with too many writers, effects