All the Money in the World (***) Waste Seeping Underground

In the end, this will be a film more remembered for the supporting actor that was replaced than for anything else...even possibly the real events on which it is inspired.

Traveller (****) is a deceptive lead for Paxton

If you have no patience, this film is not for you. Honestly, the first 3/4 of the film is almost a complete throwaway. The thing about that ending, though, is it brings you to the point where its all worth watching over again to see what it is you missed watching the first time.  One thing's for sure, though, if you like Paxton, this one is a must. And you'll miss him every time.

Sorry, I just can’t hate Transformers: The Last Knight (***)

It is almost certain Michael Bay is sitting there, behind the camera, saying something like "just put more Tucci into it!"

Daddy’s Home (***1/2) two are better than none

My teenage daughter and I spent much of the last 20 minutes laughing. Sometimes for the same reason. This is rare. If you like comedies, this will stand out. If you are suspicious of them, this will not win any awards, but it just might make you smile a time or two. You might even laugh.

Ted 2 (***1/2) shines for a while…

Wherever there are 2 guys who decide to spend a day off together, there is Ted. Where ever there is the friend that will tell you truths no one else will, Ted is there too. When ever there is a friend that will risk jail time with you because it makes the event funnier, and hence more memorable, that's Ted, as well. The uncomfortable truth that most reviewers of the phenomenon that is this series is that everything about these films rings true to anyone who has ever had that buddy.

Transformers: The Age of Extinction: Remember Chicago?

Transformers: Age of  Extinction - 2014 Director Michael Bay Starring Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, Kelsey Grammer, Sophia Myles, Li Bingbing, Titus Welliver, T. J. Miller, John Goodman, Ken Watanabe Screenplay by Ehren Kruger Alright, let's get this thing over with.  It's bad, yes.  There are the customary Michael Bay touches here.  The slightly … Continue reading Transformers: The Age of Extinction: Remember Chicago?

2 Guns: Not enough bullets

2 Guns - 2013 Director Baltasar Kormákur Starring Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg, Paula Patton, Bill Paxton, Fred Ward, James Marsden, Edward James Olmos, Robert John Burke Screenplay Blake Masters based on the book by Steven Grant There is a lot of star power in this film.  Personality just jumps off the screen at every turn.  We have Wahlberg somewhere between the knowing novice of his early … Continue reading 2 Guns: Not enough bullets

Pain & Gain: Meat

Pain & Gain - 2013 Director Michael Bay Starring Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Tony Shalhoub, Ed Harris Screenplay Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely based on the book by Pete Collins Let's not get down to the nitty-gritty on this.  No one will benefit from knowing whether the events in the movie are true or not.  What is remarkable is the … Continue reading Pain & Gain: Meat

Broken City welcome to the home of underachievement

Broken City - 2013 Director Allen Hughes Starring Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jeffrey Wright, Barry Pepper, Alona Tal, Natalie Martinez, Kyle Chandler, Griffin Dunne, James Ransone Screenplay Brian Tucker All that acting talent.  What I wouldn't give to see Jeffrey Wright win an Oscar one day.  Russell Crowe with a politician's haircut.  Barry Pepper with … Continue reading Broken City welcome to the home of underachievement

ted has the stroke of genius for those not immersed in Family Guy

ted - 2012 Directed by Seth MacFarlane Starring Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, MacFarlane (voice), Giovanni Ribisi, Joel McHale, Patrick Warburton, Matt Walsh Screenplay MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin, Wellsley Wild I have seen, perhaps, 2 episodes of The Family Guy.  When it came out, I was caught up in The Simpsons and the humor seemed derivative.  Then I got married, … Continue reading ted has the stroke of genius for those not immersed in Family Guy