13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi – Bay finally stands on the rock

Still, as good as 13 Hours... is, it would be hard to watch more than once. These were real people doing excellent work, but the whole thing represents a battle our Redcoats are not winning.

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Fifty Shades of Grey (***) attempts to level the playing field

Fifty Shades of Grey - 2015 Director Sam Taylor-Johnson Starring Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Jennifer Ehle, Eloise Mumford, Victor Rasuk, Luke Grimes, Rita Ora, Max Martini, Callum Keith Rennie, Andrew Airlie, Dylan Neal, Marcia Gay Harden Screenplay Kelly Marcel based on the book by E.L. James After so many words stated both pro and con about the worthiness and value of this romance story disguised as a sex movie, … Continue reading Fifty Shades of Grey (***) attempts to level the playing field

Sabotage (**): Well, so much for the winning streak

Sabotage  - 2014 Director David Ayer Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sam Worthington, Olivia Williams, Terrence Howard, Joe Manganiello, Harold Perrineau, Martin Donovan, Max Martini, Josh Holloway, Mireille Enos Screenplay Skip Woods and Ayer David Ayer was on his way to a good thing. He wrote Training Day, Dark Blue, The Fast and the Furious, U-571 and most … Continue reading Sabotage (**): Well, so much for the winning streak

Pacific Rim: Where do you want to die?

Pacific Rim - 2013 Director Guillermo Del Toro Starring Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Robert Kazinsky, Max Martini, Ron Perlman Screenplay Del Toro and Travis Beacham Once Guillermo Del Toro decided to forego The Hobbit series of movies, the concept kind of lost steam for me.  After I saw the first film, it was apparent why.  Jackson was creative in … Continue reading Pacific Rim: Where do you want to die?