Shazam! (****1/2) – All hands on deck

"The concept of the film is relatively simple, Big with super powers. If we limit our expectations to this idea, we're in for a decent surprise. The characters are painted simply, but given a shade by a plot that seems predictable in hindsight. The pleasant part to the viewer is one enjoys the film enough to be swept into the story without necessarily considering that fact."

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (****) – Viva Las Vegan

There is no dip in quality or effort in this film. If you enjoyed the first one and can willingly suspend disbelief when it comes to characters that come and go, you should have no problems here. Vaughn's sense of humor, understanding of visual flair and development of character is still on point here.

The Imitation Game (***1/2) nice to know how we won

The Imitation Game - 2014 Director Morten Tyldum Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Rory Kinnear, Charles Dance, Mark Strong, Allen Leech Screenplay by Graham Moore based on the book Alan Turing: The Enigma, by Adrew Hodges So many of these films come out that are based on real human events. Problem is, no one has the courage to tell the entire … Continue reading The Imitation Game (***1/2) nice to know how we won

Zero Dark Thirty or Forty, Whatever it Takes.

Zero Dark Thirty - 2012 Director Katheryn Bigelow Starring Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Ehle, Joel Edgerton, Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler, Mark Strong, Harold Perrineau, Chris Pratt, Édgar Ramírez, Mark Duplass, James Gandolfini Screenplay Mark Boal I spent much of the Bush administration reading books about the wars in the middle east after 9/11.  Most of it was read in disgust … Continue reading Zero Dark Thirty or Forty, Whatever it Takes.

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is good, old-fashioned, Anglo-Saxon hi-jinks

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy - 2011 Directed by Tomas Alfredson Starring Gary Oldman, John Hurt, Mark Strong, Colin Firth, Ciarán Hinds, Toby Jones, Benedict Cumberbatch, David Dencik, Tom Hardy, Kathy Burke, Simon McBurney Screenplay by Bridget O'Connor, Peter Straughan based on the novel by John le Carré There is a intimidation brought on by the specter of a bunch … Continue reading Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is good, old-fashioned, Anglo-Saxon hi-jinks