The NuN (***): Can’t quite live up to its incredible promise.

There are some good moments here, but in general, this film doesn't measure up to any of the previous efforts of Hardy or the Conjuring films. It feels like a placeholder, when it is clear the crowds that are going to swarm to this film expected a tentpole. 

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Alien: Covenant (**) – IQ’s just dropped sharply

Alien Covenant - 2017 "If you really want a franchise, I can keep cranking it for another six. I'm not going to close it down again. No way." - Ridley Scott, March 2017 Director Ridley Scott Screenplay John Logan, Dante Harper Starring Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir, Carmen Ejogo, Amy Seimetz, Jussie Smollett, Callie Hernandez, Nathaniel … Continue reading Alien: Covenant (**) – IQ’s just dropped sharply

The Hateful Eight (Roadshow Edition) ****1/2 is a study of balance

The Hateful Eight - 2015 Written and Directed by Quentin Tarantino Starring  Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Demián Bichir, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern, Lee Horsley, Zoë Bell, James Park, Gene Jones, Dana Gourrier That actors save their best performances for Quentin Tarantino is certainly not a surprise. That he continues to pull new good actors from the fringes … Continue reading The Hateful Eight (Roadshow Edition) ****1/2 is a study of balance

Machete Kills (*): Garbage in…garbage out

Machete Kills - 2013 Director Robert Rodriguez Starring Danny Trejo, Michelle Rodriguez, Sofía Vergara, Amber Heard, Antonio Banderas, Lady Gaga, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Walt Goggins, William Sadler, Demián Bichir, Mel Gibson Screenplay Kyle Ward "I have high hopes for you, Mr. Machete.  Higher than you can mentally ascend to." Ah, Machete.  Ah, humanity. The first thing we see in Machete Kills is a trailer indicating that … Continue reading Machete Kills (*): Garbage in…garbage out

The Heat: What happens when you put these two together

The Heat - 2013 Director Paul Feig Starring Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy, Demián Bichir, Marlon Wayans, Michael Rapaport, Jane Curtin, Dan Bakkedahl, Taran Killam,  Michael McDonald, Tom Wilson, Bill Burr Screenplay Katie Dippold This is written by a woman.  I keep telling myself this, to no avail.  The number of curse words that emanate from the mouths of women, it feels like an Olympic achievement by the … Continue reading The Heat: What happens when you put these two together