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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Forgotten Gems: Tequila Sunrise (***1/2) is a Recurring Dream

As a fan of Russell, Walsh and Juliá, this film has plenty going for it beyond Hall. It's debatable that people these days understand the gravitas of Gibson and Pfeiffer from this film alone. That's okay though. The Oscar nominated cinematography by Hall is worth the price of admission, too. Most people don't live on the beautiful California coast of the late 1980's. It doesn't get old from my seat here in the rains of November. 

Murder on the Orient Express (***1/2) – It’s never about whodonit

Murder on the Orient Express - 2017 Director Kenneth Branagh Screenplay Michael Green based on the novel by Agatha Christie Starring Branagh, Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Josh Gad, Derek Jacobi, Leslie Odom Jr., Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley, Tom Bateman "Lies – and again lies. It amazes me, the amount of lies we had told to us this morning." (said Bouc) "There are … Continue reading Murder on the Orient Express (***1/2) – It’s never about whodonit

The Family: Not everything’s alright

The Family - 2013 Director Luc Besson Starring Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dianna Agron, Tommy Lee Jones, John D'Leo Writers Besson and Michael Caleo Fading are the days in which Robert DeNiro commanded the screen.  The script of The Family goes so far as to describe his use of the "F"-word at the expense of actually seeing him use it. … Continue reading The Family: Not everything’s alright

People Like Us is not quite like us, but it is getting there.

People Like Us - 2012 Director Alex Kurtzman Starring Chris Pine, Elizabeth Banks, Olivia Wilde, Michelle Pfeiffer, Jon Favreau, Philip Baker Hall, Michael Hall D'Addario, Mark Duplass Screenplay Roberto Orci, Bobby Cohen, Clayton Townshend There is a scene near the beginning of People Like Us when we find out about the father of  Sam (Pine) for the first time. … Continue reading People Like Us is not quite like us, but it is getting there.

Dark Shadows: Tim Burton is strange, but still knows how to cash in

Dark Shadows - 2012 Director Tim Burton Starring Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Eva Green, Helena Bonham Carter, Jackie Earle Haley, Johnny Lee Miller, Chloë Grace Moretz, Bella Heathcote, Gulliver McGrath, Alice Cooper, Christopher Lee Screenplay Seth Grahame-Smith based on the TV show by Dan Curtis Anyone who's seen Beetlejuice will instantly recognize a family dynamic demonstrated in the early part … Continue reading Dark Shadows: Tim Burton is strange, but still knows how to cash in