The House (*) Comedy is Hard

Thankfully, though, this movie cost more to make than it brought in. Maybe this will weed out some of the "talent" in this film. Like a natural selection of comedy. At this rate, we can expect stupid comedies for the rest of time.

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Wind River (****): In the battle between you and the world…

The fact that there is little mystery to the film shouldn't matter if character and feeling are what you are seeking. The reveal at the end is less of a surprise than the action of the climax. And in typical Sheridan fashion the climax is never the conclusion of the story. Time must be taken to recover. That is time where most people live in a world without mercy.

Arrival (****1/2) is learning to accept a different language.

For those of us who are interested in good sci-fi, Arrival hits the mark pretty solidly on the head. Approaching the concept of first contact from a practicality rarely seen in films, it asks questions few movies dare to ask.

Captain America: Civil War (*****) Goes where the Avengers cannot

The story surges ahead and it really is quite centered, despite the number of characters involved. The premise is a simple one, yet the questions it asks are profound. It really extends on the premise on how we want to be governed. Do we want to fulfill our own destiny, or do we want to push that responsibility to the side in wait of the judgement of others who may or may not be wiser.

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation (***1/2) Needs desperate times…

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation - 2015 Written and Directed by Christopher McQuarrie Starring Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Ving Rhames, Sean Harris, Alec Baldwin One of the funniest scenes in the entire M:I series takes place during the 3rd act. As the principal protagonists surround a person of interest, one of the good guys, Benji (Pegg) is kidnapped by … Continue reading Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation (***1/2) Needs desperate times…

Avengers: Age of Ultron (****1/2) too much good to be bad

Avengers: Age of Ultron - 2015 Written and Directed by Joss Whedon Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Cobie Smulders, Anthony Mackie, Hayley Atwell, Idris Elba, Stellan Skarsgård, James Spader, Samuel L. Jackson Tony Stark / Iron Man (facing fire of the enemy) Guys, wait. We gotta talk this through. (after incapacitating all of them with leg shots) It … Continue reading Avengers: Age of Ultron (****1/2) too much good to be bad

American Hustle: Like flowers, but with garbage

American Hustle - 2013 Director David O. Russell Starring Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Jennifer Lawrence Screenplay Eric Warren Singer and Russell There is a feeling of barely restrained whimsy in the events of American Hustle.  Instead of being the kind of film that aspires to be truthful while embellishing the facts, Russell and co-writer Singer make the … Continue reading American Hustle: Like flowers, but with garbage

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters – Finally, a fairy tale that’s rated “R”

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters - 2013 Writer and Director Tommy Wirkola Starring Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton, Famke Janssen, Peter Stromare, Pihla Viitala, Derek Mears, Robin Atkin Downes, Thomas Mann Hansel and Gretel as children look to be less than a year apart.  When we see them as adults, in the forms of Gemma Arterton (27) and … Continue reading Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters – Finally, a fairy tale that’s rated “R”

The Town: You know I’m from Boston, right?

The Town - 2010 Director Ben Affleck Starring Ben Affleck, Jeremy Renner, Jon Hamm, Rebecca Hall, Pete Postlethwaite, Chris Cooper, Blake Lively, Titus Welliver, Slaine, Owen Burke Screenplay Affleck, Peter Craig and Aaron Stockard There's a moment in The Town where the 4 bank robbers, all Charlestown natives, are leaving the "switch car" dressed as Nuns with masks … Continue reading The Town: You know I’m from Boston, right?

The Bourne Legacy changes direction, not the pace

The Bourne Legacy - 2012 Director Tony Gilroy Starring Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Scott Glenn, David Strathairn, Joan Allen, Albert Finney, Louis Ozawa Changchien, Stacey Keach, Donna Murphy, Željko Ivanek Written by Tony Gilroy, Dan Gilroy It wasn't until many years after the fact that this reviewer discovered that there had been a 3rd Smokey and the Bandit … Continue reading The Bourne Legacy changes direction, not the pace