The 5th Wave (**) is low impact repetition

There is nothing here distinguishing this film from any of those other stories. The only appeal it can possibly have is if you are young enough to have not been inundated by the other examples and still think that it's pluck that wins out over experience.

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The Equalizer (***1/2) is brutal art in motion

The Equalizer - 2014 Director Antoine Fuqua Starring Denzel Washington,  Marton Csokas, Chloë Grace Moretz, David Harbour, Bill Pullman, Melissa Leo Screenplay Richard Wenk based on the TV Show by Richard Lindheim and Michael Sloane The Equalizer is the type of story that would have agonized one to watch if it had been created by lesser talents than Fuqua and especially Denzel. Bearing … Continue reading The Equalizer (***1/2) is brutal art in motion

The Hangover Part III and Kick-Ass 2: Delightful if not so funny

The Hangover Part III - 2013 Director Todd Phillips Starring Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Ken Jeong, Heather Graham, Jeffrey Tambor, Justin Bartha, Jamie Chung, John Goodman Screenplay Todd Phillips, Craig Mazin Kick-Ass 2 - 2013 Writer and Director Jeff Wadlow Starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Chloë Grace Moretz, Jim Carrey, Clark Duke, Olga Kurkulina, Lindy Booth, John Leguizamo, Morris Chestnut, Donald Faison Two notable comedies had sequels in the summer of 2013, and both … Continue reading The Hangover Part III and Kick-Ass 2: Delightful if not so funny

Movie 43: Do you like this collection of skits?

Movie 43 - 2013 Directors Steven Brill, Peter Farrelly, Will Graham, Steve Carr, Griffin Dunne, James Duffy, Jonathan van Tulleken, Elizabeth Banks, Patrik Forsberg, Brett Ratner, Rusty Cundieff, James Gunn, Bob Odenkirk Starring Elizabeth Banks, Kristen Bell, Halle Berry, Leslie Bibb, Kate Bosworth, Gerard Butler, Adam Cagely, Common, Kieran Culkin, Josh Duhamel, Devin Eash, Anna Faris, Richard … Continue reading Movie 43: Do you like this collection of skits?

Dark Shadows: Tim Burton is strange, but still knows how to cash in

Dark Shadows - 2012 Director Tim Burton Starring Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Eva Green, Helena Bonham Carter, Jackie Earle Haley, Johnny Lee Miller, Chloë Grace Moretz, Bella Heathcote, Gulliver McGrath, Alice Cooper, Christopher Lee Screenplay Seth Grahame-Smith based on the TV show by Dan Curtis Anyone who's seen Beetlejuice will instantly recognize a family dynamic demonstrated in the early part … Continue reading Dark Shadows: Tim Burton is strange, but still knows how to cash in

Hugo: A Magical History Come to Life

Hugo - 2011 Directed by Martin Scorsese Starring Asa Butterfield,  Chloë Grace Moretz, Ben Kingsley, Sasha Baron Cohen, Richard Griffiths, Frances de la Tour, Helen McCrory, Jude Law, Christopher Lee, Michael Stuhlbarg, Ray Winstone, Emily Mortimer Written by John Logan, based on the book The Invention of Hugo Cabret, by Brian Selznick There have been enough 3D movies made by now you would … Continue reading Hugo: A Magical History Come to Life

Texas Killing Fields: Has the pedigree, but gets lost in the hills

Texas Killing Fields - 2011 Directed by  Ami Caanan Mann Starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Sam Worthington, Chloe Grace Moretz, Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, James Hebert, Stephen Graham Written by Don Farrarone In watching the trailer, one gets the brooding sense of foreboding that was present in Fincher's classic, Zodiac.  Investigators (Worthington, Morgan and Chastain) looking seriously … Continue reading Texas Killing Fields: Has the pedigree, but gets lost in the hills