Doctor Strange (****) cuts a few corners but is no less enjoyable

  Dr. Strange - 2016 Director Scott Derrickson Screenplay by John Spaihts, C. Robert Cargill and Derrickson Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Michael Stuhlbarg, Benjamin Bratt, Scott Adkins, Mads Mikkelsen, Tilda Swinton We may be reaching a breaking point on guest stars in Marvel films. The talent in Dr. Strange is at once invigorating and frustrating. To find that Ejiofor plays Mordo … Continue reading Doctor Strange (****) cuts a few corners but is no less enjoyable

Sinister 2 (**1/2): Too much of anything

Sinister 2 - 2015 Director Cirian Foy Starring James Ransone, Shannyn Sossamon, Robert Daniel Sloan, Dartanian Sloan, Lea Coco, Tate Ellington, Nicholas King Screenplay C. Robert Cargill, Scott Derrickson The eternal question about sequels to horror movies that are moderate hits: How does one progress the story without taking any of the elements too far or, by contrast, … Continue reading Sinister 2 (**1/2): Too much of anything

Deliver Us From Evil (***) survives

Deliver Us From Evil - 2014 Director Scott Derrickson Starring Eric Bana, Édgar Ramírez, Olivia Munn, Sean Harris, Joel McHale Screenplay by Derrickson and Paul Harris Boardman  Scott Derrickson has a way of making things seem really bad. Not just movie bad, but real, we're not gonna make it bad. Sinister was replete with all sorts of things we'd all seen before, but … Continue reading Deliver Us From Evil (***) survives

Sinister: You’ve seen some of it before, but not all of it

Sinister - 2012 Director Scott Derrickson Starring Ethan Hawke, Juliet Rylance, Fred Dalton Thompson, Nick King, James Ransone, Clare Foley, Michael Hall D'Addario Screenplay Derrickson, C. Robert Cargill Sinister is a strange name for this film, even if it is technically correct.  As defined: threatening or portending evil, harm, or trouble; ominous, it works.  For some reason, I picture Snidely … Continue reading Sinister: You’ve seen some of it before, but not all of it