12 Thoughts on Midsommar – The Director’s Cut (****1/2) spoilers ahead…

#midsommarthedirectorscut Ari Aster somehow makes the film feel shorter by adding 24 minutes.

Midsommar (***1/2) – You’ve never been held…

If you want to be unsettled by the horror of reality and have a laugh midway through, try this film out. Even if it's not perfect, it is a good to nearly great film. It's dedicated film-craft, and worthy of your support.

Maze Runner: The Death Cure (**) blows up with a fizzle

O'Brien gives it the old college try this time out. There are no other performances that approach anything more than competence. It feels more like Battle for the Planet of the Apes than Shakespeare.

The Revenant (***1/2): It’s mostly true…mostly

It would be one thing if the story played a little closer to Hang 'Em High and a bit less artificially constructed as A Beautiful Mind. The Academy never gave any awards to the first movie, though. The original Glass just wanted his gun back from Fitzgerald. DiCaprio's Glass has to have a victim-class son to avenge. If that's not enough, he gets caught evaluating the meaning of revenge at a crucial moment. This is not exciting. This is theatre in the woods.

The Maze Runner (****) stays on a true course

The Maze Runner - 2014 Director Wes Ball Starring Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Will Poulter, Ki Hong Lee Screenplay Noah Oppenheim, Grant Pierce Myers, T.S. Nowlin based on the book by James Dashner Never having read The Maze Runner, word has it that the series is one of the better in the immense wave of dystopian stories that have consumed mass … Continue reading The Maze Runner (****) stays on a true course

We’re The Millers: We’ve all seen a Dick

We're The Millers - 2013 Director Rawson Marshall Thurber Starring Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis, Will Poulter, Emma Roberts, Ed Helms, Nick Offerman, Kathryn Hahn, Ed Helms, Luis Guzman, Molly Quinn Screenplay Bob Fisher, Steve Faber, Sean Anders, John Morris The iron of having a weed dealer go down to Mexico to pick up "...enough weed to kill Willie...Nelson..." and haul … Continue reading We’re The Millers: We’ve all seen a Dick