Nightwatch (**1/2) – Looks better than it is

The only other film I have seen of Bernedal's is The Possession, which is a wholesale improvement. He is able to concentrate on atmosphere and leave the script to someone else. One can see the connections between here and there. I would prefer to be there.

Stan & Ollie (****1/2) fills the soul of memory

"There is very little to criticize in this film. It's purpose is to give us a close up view of the duo at a crucial time so that we could get an understanding of what it is that made their relationship seem so magical. The film is a joy, ultimately, even if we know its a last right and their blaze of glory is more of a subtle dance routine in a small theater in Ireland."

Kong: Skull Island (****) great taste and it’s sort of fulfilling

There are many stories strewn throughout the wasteland of Skull Island. There is a point near the end, where we see a collection of ships that have been left abandoned there through hundreds of years. What happened to all of those people? It would be nice to get a hint of just a few of those stories.

This one is going to have to do for now. It's a good enough start that doesn't overstay its welcome. This alone makes it the best one yet.

The Secret Life of Pets (***1/2) and Sing (*1/2) shows Illumination is just pumping them out there regardless of quality

It's plain that Illumination is banking on a distinct visual flair while sacrificing originality of story (and, in Sing's case, distinct vocal talent). There are worse films out there, but it all makes me happy that my youngest one is 10 and I will likely be skipping more of the automatic animation viewing destinations in the future.

The Lobster (***1/2) is precisely as pathetic as it’s supposed to be

The overall effect to me is somewhere between amused and nails on a chalkboard. This film has appeal to people I admire, and I cannot fault them their feelings. It's a little too close to "Sprockets" for my taste. When I watch a movie or read a book, I am in for a different type of entertainment. I don't need to touch anyone's monkey but my own.

Guardians of the Galaxy (*****): Super Awesome Mix, Vol.1

Guardians of the Galaxy - 2014Director James Gunn Starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, Benicio del Toro, Peter Serafinowicz Screenplay Gunn & Nicole PermanI just saw the movie event of the summer.  And I waited until I saw it twice to … Continue reading Guardians of the Galaxy (*****): Super Awesome Mix, Vol.1

CPE, Em and El: Wreck-It Ralph appeals to girls and boys

Wreck-It Ralph - 2012 Director Rich Moore Starring (voices) John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Alan Tudyk, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Mindy Kaling, Ed O'Neill, Dennis Haysbert Screenplay Phil Johnston, Jennifer Lee The genius of Wreck-It Ralph is not in the ground that it treads.  The multi-licensed cameos has been done before by Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and the … Continue reading CPE, Em and El: Wreck-It Ralph appeals to girls and boys

Carnage: I don’t care about the tulips, either.

Carnage - 2011 Directed by Roman Polanski Starring Jodie Foster, John C. Reilly, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz Screenplay by Polanski and Yasmina Reza based on some French play It's really difficult to think of Roman Polanski as just a director.  The first thing that comes to my mind is how in the world is this man still free … Continue reading Carnage: I don’t care about the tulips, either.