Ant-Man and the Wasp (*****) builds on success

The one who benefits most from this arrangement is Lilly's Hope, who continually marches through each predicament with the smarts of Hermione and the physical prowess of Wonder Woman. She is the best part of Ant-Man and The Wasp. Nothing she does is done for the sake of being a woman or in spite of it. She's out to accomplish objectives.

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John Wick 2 (****1/2): You’re always that guy…

John Wick Chapter 2 - 2017 Director Chad Stahelski Screenplay Derek Kolstad Starring Keanu Reeves, Common, Laurence Fishburne, Riccardo Scamarcio, Ruby Rose, John Leguizamo, Ian McShane, Lance Reddick, Claudia Gerini If it takes away your peace, it's too expensive. That's what some wise people say. Even wiser it is to take those taking away your peace with a head-shot or 70. This time … Continue reading John Wick 2 (****1/2): You’re always that guy…

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.

Ride Along is what you call a vehicle

Ride Along - 2014 Director Tim Story Starring Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, John Leguizamo, Bruce McGill, Tika Sumpter, Laurence Fishburne Screenplay Greg Coolidge, Jason Mantzoukas, Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi Ice Cube is one of the most likable stars out there.  It must be the permanent scowl.  Ever since the movie BarberShop, the secret's been out, though.  The director of BarberShop, Tim Story, has had a consistent … Continue reading Ride Along is what you call a vehicle

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

CPE, Em and El: Forgotten Gem – Akeelah and the Bee is bravely facing a new world

Akeelah and the Bee - 2006 Written & Directed by Doug Atichison Starring Keke Palmer, Laurence Fishburne, Angela Bassett, Curtis Armstrong, J.R. Villareal, Sean Michael Afable, Erica Hubbard, Lee Thompson Young, Julito McCullum Akeelah:  Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. We ask ourselves, Who … Continue reading CPE, Em and El: Forgotten Gem – Akeelah and the Bee is bravely facing a new world

Contagion: Elizabeth Bennet prevents the people of the world from becoming a bunch of zombies

Contagion - 2011 Directed by Steven Soderburgh Starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Jennifer Ehle, Laurence Fishburne, Marion Cotillard, Jude Law, Bryan Cranston, Sanaa Lathan, Elliot Gould, Chin Han, John Hawkes, Demetri Martin Written by  Scott Z. Burns It's been a long time since I had given a second thought about Jennifer Ehle.  After … Continue reading Contagion: Elizabeth Bennet prevents the people of the world from becoming a bunch of zombies

Cool Papa E Reviews The Mission: Impossible series

Mission: Impossible - 1996 Directed by Brian De Palma Starring Tom Cruise, Emmanuelle Béart, Jon Voight, Kristin Scott Thomas, Emilio Estavez, Jean Reno, Ving Rhames, Vanessa Redgrave, Henry Czerny, Ingeborga Dapkūnaitė Written by  David Koepp, Robert Towne Considered at the time to be a blasphemous departure to the original series is now seen as a pretty solid thriller. … Continue reading Cool Papa E Reviews The Mission: Impossible series