The Kid (***1/2) is a good first step

"The Kid is a good film with a limited scope. D'Onofrio manages to keep things within the realm of the legend as we know it and add a little something extra. Here's one vote to see the great actor work a little more on becoming a better director."

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (***1/2) Everything is Amazing but the Leads

It's the rare film that can keep the attention of both me and my wife. Neither of us moved during the whole running time.

The Magnificent Seven (****) is star power at its best

Even if you are not a fan of the recent spate of pale remakes that come along with every generation, this update is worth your time. It will take a spot in my collection, to be sure. Right after Kurosawa.

Boyhood (***1/2): Life doesn’t give you bumpers

Boyhood - 2014 Written and Directed by Richard Linklater Starring Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Lorelei Linklater, Ethan Hawke, Marco Pella After having endured almost 3 hours of Richard Linklater's passion project of 12 or so years, it is hard to come to any sort of conclusion. Was it a triumph of the artistic spirit? Is it a wasted opportunity of … Continue reading Boyhood (***1/2): Life doesn’t give you bumpers

The Purge: If everything was just so…

The Purge - 2013 Written & Directed by James DeMonaco Starring Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey, Max Burkholder, Adelaide Kane, Edwin Hodge, Rhys Wakefield, Tony Oller, Arija Bareikis Dystopian stories are often made with some political point in mind.  The author generally feels that we have valued something in society that not only could cause our destruction, but will be overlooked to the point of … Continue reading The Purge: If everything was just so…

Sinister: You’ve seen some of it before, but not all of it

Sinister - 2012 Director Scott Derrickson Starring Ethan Hawke, Juliet Rylance, Fred Dalton Thompson, Nick King, James Ransone, Clare Foley, Michael Hall D'Addario Screenplay Derrickson, C. Robert Cargill Sinister is a strange name for this film, even if it is technically correct.  As defined: threatening or portending evil, harm, or trouble; ominous, it works.  For some reason, I picture Snidely … Continue reading Sinister: You’ve seen some of it before, but not all of it