Midway (***1/2) – The sea remembers its own

If for no other reason we learn the name of Richard "Dick" Best, Midway is worth the watch.


In the Tall Grass (***1/2) we all live on

Patrick Wilson is unheralded for his ability to move back and forth between solid good guy and sinister creep from role to role. I don't think I have ever seen an actor able to give off the best and worst vibes at will.

Aquaman (***1/2) has fun in the shallows

"As it stands, the film still should do quite well. It's more fun than any DCEU film than Wonder Woman yet it still feels like something that matters at times. Not all that much, though. I hope WW, The Flash and Aquaman push their leads and the DCEU out of the mire. "

The Founder (****) gives a decent take on who built that

I wish they could have stretched this out to perhaps another film or at least another hour, beyond the reach they allowed themselves. In this way, the movie feels a lot like that restaurant in San Bernardino. It's fine start, but this story is worth a franchise.

The Conjuring 2 (****) secures Wan’s spot at the top of Horror

The Conjuring 2 - 2016 Director James Wan Screenplay by Wan, Chad and Carey Hayes, David Leslie Johnson Starring Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Frances O'Connor, Madison Wolfe, Simon McBurney, Franka Potente, Bonnie Aarons So difficult is it to pull off a movie about a haunting or even more, a possession, that it makes one want to shout from the hills and declare a … Continue reading The Conjuring 2 (****) secures Wan’s spot at the top of Horror

Bone Tomahawk (****): I believe those fleas were alive and talented

Bone Tomahawk Written and Directed by S. Craig Zahler Starring Kurt Russell, Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox, Richard Jenkins, Lili Simmons, David Arquette, Sid Haig, Sean Young, Evan Jonigkeit Two murdering thieves (Haig and Arquette) hear a sound as they rob the corpses of their victims. Going off to investigate, they end up crossing into the sacred ground of a tribe of cannibalistic Troglodytes...the kind that … Continue reading Bone Tomahawk (****): I believe those fleas were alive and talented

Insidious, Chapter 2: I’m a boy…

Insidious Chapter 2 - 2013 Director James Wan Starring Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Lin Shaye, Ty Simpkins, Barbara Hershey, Steve Coulter, Leigh Whannell, Angus Sampson, Danielle Bisutti, Tom Fitzpatrick Screenplay Whannell Insidious Chapter 2 is one of the rare sequels that makes the original better.  The thing about the first chapter is that there were so many questions at the end of … Continue reading Insidious, Chapter 2: I’m a boy…

The Conjuring: Because we’re running out of horror titles

The Conjuring - 2013 Director James Wan Starring Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Ron Livingston, Lili Taylor Screenplay Chad and Carey Hayes The path has been taken so many times by now it's a wonder it ever works at all.  It's about technique and its more than a little about feigning surprise.  I think that might be why Patrick Wilson can do … Continue reading The Conjuring: Because we’re running out of horror titles

Insidious: Further down the Poltergeist Road

Insidious - 2010 Directed by James Wan Starring Rose Byrne, Patrick Wilson, Lin Shaye, Leigh Whannell, Ty Simpkins, Barbara Hershey, Angus Simpson, Andrew Astor Written by Leigh Whannell Even before the credits start to roll, subtle signs creep their way through not so subtle music.  Hints are given, locations revealed that are nowhere in the … Continue reading Insidious: Further down the Poltergeist Road