Avengers: Infinity War (****) doesn’t need our opinions (spoiler free review)

#avengers #infinitywar You know what you're getting when you walk in to the theater. This is less a (spoiler free) review than a complaint about the inevitability of it all. Still, the only way you can be disappointed is if you know how meaningless it all is...or if you think they're never making another movie. 

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Isle of Dogs (*****) is one of the best

I love dogs but #isleofdogs is better than any film this year. "See this if you can. You shouldn't regret it if you have a sense of vision and a sense of humor."

The Secret Life of Pets (***1/2) and Sing (*1/2) shows Illumination is just pumping them out there regardless of quality

It's plain that Illumination is banking on a distinct visual flair while sacrificing originality of story (and, in Sing's case, distinct vocal talent). There are worse films out there, but it all makes me happy that my youngest one is 10 and I will likely be skipping more of the automatic animation viewing destinations in the future.

Disney slightly improves The Jungle Book (***1/2)

To be sure, I am probably never going to own this film. I may watch it again, but I know there will be more sequels, more remakes and more attempts to improve on the profits of this property. I appreciate it for what it is, and I did like the way the characters look like their voice counterparts, much the same way they did in the original. The wheel comes back around and its spin adds not that much to the life of the story.

Captain America: Civil War (*****) Goes where the Avengers cannot

The story surges ahead and it really is quite centered, despite the number of characters involved. The premise is a simple one, yet the questions it asks are profound. It really extends on the premise on how we want to be governed. Do we want to fulfill our own destiny, or do we want to push that responsibility to the side in wait of the judgement of others who may or may not be wiser.

Avengers: Age of Ultron (****1/2) too much good to be bad

Avengers: Age of Ultron - 2015 Written and Directed by Joss Whedon Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Cobie Smulders, Anthony Mackie, Hayley Atwell, Idris Elba, Stellan Skarsgård, James Spader, Samuel L. Jackson Tony Stark / Iron Man (facing fire of the enemy) Guys, wait. We gotta talk this through. (after incapacitating all of them with leg shots) It … Continue reading Avengers: Age of Ultron (****1/2) too much good to be bad

A new reason to love Lucy (****)

Lucy - 2014 Written and Directed by Luc Besson Starring Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Amr Waked, Choi Min-sik, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Nicolas Phongpheth, Analeigh Tipton, Paul Chan For all the activity Luc Besson has had in movies over the last decade as writer and producer for some interesting action fare (most notably in the Transporter and Taken series), he has not directed many live … Continue reading A new reason to love Lucy (****)

Chef (***1/2) is a plea to be recognized right out in the open

Chef - 2014 Written and Directed by Jon Favreau Starring Jon Favreau, Sofía Vergara, John Leguizamo, Scarlett Johansson, Oliver Platt, Bobby Cannavale, Dustin Hoffman, Robert Downey, Jr., Emjay Anthony One has only to look at Jon Favreau's Carl Casper's delicate handling of a menu that he's made for no one while his staff makes a 10 year menu for a packed house to realize … Continue reading Chef (***1/2) is a plea to be recognized right out in the open

Captain America: The Winter Soldier – The enemy is not us

Captain America: The Winter Soldier - 2014 Director Anthony Russo, Joe Russo Starring Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Frank Grillo, Emily VanCamp, Hayley Atwell, Robert Redford, Samuel L. Jackson Screenplay by Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely Watching Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a special kind of thrill.  In the small town of Seaside Oregon, Grouchnapper and I walked into a box theater which had less … Continue reading Captain America: The Winter Soldier – The enemy is not us

Don Jon (****1/2): Consideration is the key

Don Jon - 2013 Written and Directed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore, Rob Brown, Glenne Headly, Brie Larson, Tony Danza There is a certain amount of irony in the fact that Brie Larson is featured in not only this film, but she is also a player in The Spectacular Now.  Each film features a man working through some … Continue reading Don Jon (****1/2): Consideration is the key