Kingsman: The Golden Circle (****) – Viva Las Vegan

There is no dip in quality or effort in this film. If you enjoyed the first one and can willingly suspend disbelief when it comes to characters that come and go, you should have no problems here. Vaughn's sense of humor, understanding of visual flair and development of character is still on point here.

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Gerald’s Game (****): We deserve the sunlight

Flanagan has a vision that many of us may not see at first. He carried the hardcover version of this book around with him for years while pitching films. Most didn't see a movie in it. He saw more than a movie. He saw something about how some of us spend our lives in the shadow of the sun. It's an essential vision of the mask we sometimes put on our past.

Gold (***1/2) is a beautiful loser

If you like McConaughey, then watch this film. If you are on the bubble and think he just may have gotten lucky, watch this film. Tell me if it doesn't make you feel like he's finally proved himself worthwhile.

The Place Beyond the Pines: Eva Mendes is still beautiful

The Place Beyond The Pines - 2013 Director Derek Cianfrance Starring Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes, Ray Liotta, Ben Mendelsohn, Rose Byrne, Mahershala Ali, Bruce Greenwood, Harris Yulin, Dane DeHaan and Emory Cohen Screenplay by Cianfrance, Ben Coccio, Darius Marder There is a scene early in The Place Beyond the Pines in which Luke is told by the grandmother of a child he never … Continue reading The Place Beyond the Pines: Eva Mendes is still beautiful

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

Flight just begs “For Your Consideration”

Flight - 2012 Director Robert Zmeckis Starring  Denzel Washington, John Goodman, Don Cheadle, Melissa Leo, Kelly Reilly, Bruce Greenwood Screenplay John Gatnis There is a pall hanging over every scene of Flight.  Two stories are told.  One is that of William "Whip" Whitaker, an Airline pilot who has copious amounts of booze, coke and sex (with one … Continue reading Flight just begs “For Your Consideration”