IT Chapter 2 (****): Just can’t finish

"IT is one of the highest points of horror cinema in this decade. If the second chapter doesn't reach classic status, there will be very few complaints. This is a combination of films that will be watched when kids the age of the Losers have overnight sleepovers for generations to come."

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Glass (***) Holds enough

#Glass "...The film is a decent companion to Split. Neither of the latter movies really have the power of Unbreakable, which is still the director's masterwork. As it is, there've been two inferior sequels, but the trilogy still works if one can accept this as Night's vision and not ours..."

Atomic Blonde (***) – John Wick for chicks

Atomic Blonde - 2017 Director David Leitch Screenplay Kurt Johnstad based on The Coldest City by Antony Johnston, Sam Hart Starring Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, John Goodman, Toby Jones, Sofia Boutella, Til Schweigher, Eddie Marsan, Johannes Haukur Johannesson, Bill Skarsgård, Sam Hargrave, Roland Møller   There have been a few efforts to make Charlize Theron into an action star. Some of them good, like Mad Max … Continue reading Atomic Blonde (***) – John Wick for chicks

Split (***) falls short of its potential

Overall, it's the very last scene that will keep people from forgetting this film. Even so, the payoff for the characters is underwhelming. While it's easy to have low expectations from the obvious hint of future films in this universe, I am willing to see where it goes.

X-Men Apocalypse (**): Where do we go from here?

Question 26. Is this the movie where acting goes to die?

Victor Frankenstein (*1/2) Igor is not Igor

Victor Frankenstein - 2015 Director Paul McGuigan Screenplay Max Landis based on the novel by Mary Shelley Starring Daniel Radcliffe, James McAvoy, Jessica Brown Findlay, Andrew Scott, Charles Dance, Spencer Wilding, Freddie Fox Rule #3 - The real monster in any monster movie is not the narrator. Rule #54 - There is a pretty girl for everyone, especially if the hunchback is curable. … Continue reading Victor Frankenstein (*1/2) Igor is not Igor

X-Men: Days of Future Passed / The Rogue Cut: We can go anywhere from here

The Rogue Cut is like the bloom of a rose the day after you thought it had reached maturity. Instead of beginning to wilt, it flows even more thoroughly from its core, giving the bloom a depth and resonance it never had previously. The interesting thing about it though, is that it's not only or even primarily because of the sequence of Anna Paquin scenes that this version of X-Men succeeds.

The Conspirator reveals a dangerous tipping point in our country’s history

The Conspirator - 2010 Directed by Robert Redford Starring James McAvoy, Robin Wright, Evan Rachel Wood, Tom Wilkinson, Kevin Kline, Justin Long, Danny Huston, Alexis Bledel Written by James D. Solomon "...I too, hold sacred our rights, counselor.  But they count, not at all, if our nation ceases to exist." These words from Secretary of … Continue reading The Conspirator reveals a dangerous tipping point in our country’s history

Gnomeo and Juliet: For those of you who want to introduce your kids to Shakespeare through old Elton John songs

Gnomeo and Juliet - 2011 Directed by Kell Asbury Featuring the voices of James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Michael Caine, Jason Statham, Ozzy Osborne, Maggie Smith, Patrick Stewart, Ashley Jensen, Julie Walters, Richard Wilson Written by John R. Smith, Richard Sprackling Now for the something I never wanted to see category: a film about Gnomes with … Continue reading Gnomeo and Juliet: For those of you who want to introduce your kids to Shakespeare through old Elton John songs