Shaft (*****) is damn right

John Shaft is the urban answer to the motto "Don't Tread on Me." It's a remarkable statement that no doubt has lead many critics who live in big cities to blanch at the apparent crudity espoused by the filmmakers. Now in their 5th film and going on 5 decades. All it really does is show the difference between those who prefer a nanny state and those who'd rather think of it as a distant uncle they see once in a while.

The Good Dinosaur (***) is very average

How can Pixar release a film that is so average in the same year they release one of their best films? We don't know either...

The Hunger Games 4, Mockingjay 2 (***) is grim and joyless

So if you are looking for things to blow up, expectant surprises to pop out or just plain misery to abound, you may like this film. If you want the same thing, but you want your daughter to feel like she can be a hero, better stick to The Force Awakens.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (***1/2) more hunger, more games

  The Hunger Games: Catching Fire - 2013 Director Francis Lawrence Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Stanley Tucci, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone, Donald Sutherland Screenplay Simon Beaufoy, Michael deBruyn based on the book by Suzanne Collins After struggling through the first book of the series, The Hunger Games, I was not looking forward to the movie … Continue reading The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (***1/2) more hunger, more games

Broken City welcome to the home of underachievement

Broken City - 2013 Director Allen Hughes Starring Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jeffrey Wright, Barry Pepper, Alona Tal, Natalie Martinez, Kyle Chandler, Griffin Dunne, James Ransone Screenplay Brian Tucker All that acting talent.  What I wouldn't give to see Jeffrey Wright win an Oscar one day.  Russell Crowe with a politician's haircut.  Barry Pepper with … Continue reading Broken City welcome to the home of underachievement