Molly’s Game (****) shows Chastain at her best

Seeing Chastain's Molly push on through each ceiling she's presented with is enjoyable. Her ability to show confidence and compassion simultaneously is astounding. Of course she is beautiful, but to stop there would be akin to think the biggest part of the iceberg is above the water. 

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (**) – Why build a miracle at all?

It's not that I hate this film. It's got some good, albeit disconnected moments. The task of entering the DC Universe mid-step means it will necessarily be different than the origin story heavy Marvel Universe. A used universe is fine with this reviewer. It just shouldn't have to require one to watch Blade Runner to lighten the mood afterword.

3 Days to Kill there has to be a deadline

3 Days to Kill - 2014 Director McG Starring Kevin Costner, Amber Heard, Hailee Steinfeld, Connie Nielsen, Richard Sammel, and Eriq Ebouaney Screenplay Adi Hasak, Luc Besson Awkward is something that has really worked well for Kevin Costner in the past.  He's great at answering questions at inconvenient times while trying to work it into the present … Continue reading 3 Days to Kill there has to be a deadline

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit needs to retire

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit - 2014 Director Kenneth Branagh Starring Chris Pine, Kevin Costner, Kenneth Branagh, Keira Knightley Screenplay Adam Cozad, David Koepp based on characters created by Tom Clancy Once upon a time, this was a good series looking to become great.  About the moment Harrison Ford offered up a check from the U.S. Government to purchase a used Helicopter, it … Continue reading Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit needs to retire

Bearing the weight of the Man of Steel

Man of Steel - 2013 Director Zack Snyder Starring Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner, Laurence Fishburne, Diane Lane, Christopher Meloni, Ayelet Zurer Screenplay David S. Goyer Well documented are the difficulties of making a movie about a man with no weaknesses.  As good a Superman as Christopher Reeve was, there was really … Continue reading Bearing the weight of the Man of Steel

October Classics: Cool Papa E’s favorite Baseball Films

The season of the year has come where, despite football's best efforts, it's baseball's time to shine.  A few readers have been after me for a while to come up with a list of the best baseball films of all time, and one might think it'd be a bit easier than it turned out to … Continue reading October Classics: Cool Papa E’s favorite Baseball Films