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.

Zombieland: Double Tap (***1/2) is more of what you know

There are some new characters that stick around only until the joke starts to smell of zombie flesh. There are some pleasant surprises. Mostly, though, we're here just to see these people use the same lines we are used to...and maybe one new one.

Another Look: The Highwaymen vs. Bonnie and Clyde

"The Warren Beatty film has received a gentle critical wind in the ensuing years, remembered more for its groundbreaking violence than for any of the many nominated performances. In retrospect, its not a bad film, but it's not a classic, either. The main thing it lacks is a cohesive story that's not real accurate with any amount of character development. "

Solo: A Star Wars Story (*1/2) is a bad bet

The trick about #Solo is that there are no tricks. There are no moments where you say "Wow, how'd they think of that?" because you know the writers and director never really thought of it, they just incorporated the thoughts of Lucas and company 41 years ago.

I Don’t Have A Vote: The 90th Annual Oscars – Great Year for Film, Not Politics

"Hugh Jackman had a great year, with The Greatest Showman and Logan. On the latter film, he does the near impossible in creating an unbreakable character who is finally driven to the point of breaking. His work with Stewart is some of the best of both of their careers. He should have been rewarded for this."

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (**1/2) is a take worth leaving

McDonagh has been effective in the past, with many of the same actors, even. He completely wastes Searcy, Dinklage and Hawkes here. If his writing seemed better in the past, it may have been due to more familiarity with the subjects. I wish the focus had been more on realistic characters, maybe punching up the plot a bit. Telling urban American city folk that the people living out there where there's green trees and grass are creepy and weird is a surefire way to win festivals and maybe awards. It will not win as history or any sort of lesson, though.

War for the Planet of the Apes (****1/2) is cleverly reverential

War for the Planet of the Apes - 2017 Director Matt Reeves Written by Mark Bomback and Reeves Starring Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn, Karin Konoval, Terry Notary, Ty Olsson, Michael Adamthwaite, Toby Kebbell, Judy Greer, Sara Cannning, Max Lloyd-Jones, Devy Dalton, Aleks Paunovic, Amiah Miller, Gabriel Chavarria In the opening scenes of War for the Planet of the … Continue reading War for the Planet of the Apes (****1/2) is cleverly reverential

The Hunger Games 4, Mockingjay 2 (***) is grim and joyless

So if you are looking for things to blow up, expectant surprises to pop out or just plain misery to abound, you may like this film. If you want the same thing, but you want your daughter to feel like she can be a hero, better stick to The Force Awakens.

The Hunger Games 3: Mockingjay 1 (***)

Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 - 2014 Director Francis Lawrence Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Natalie Dormer, Sam Clafin, Jena Malone Screenplay by Danny Strong, Peter Craig based on the book by Suzanne Collins At this point we've all become accepting of the process of dragging out books into multiple movies. … Continue reading The Hunger Games 3: Mockingjay 1 (***)

Out of the Furnace The fire’s gone

Out of the Furnace - 2013 Director Scott Cooper Starring Christian Bale, Woody Harrelson, Casey Affleck, Forest Whitaker, Willem Dafoe, Zoe Saldana, Sam Shepard Screenplay Brad Ingelsby and Cooper "He might be safer over in Iraq" It's hard to recall the last movie that featured common folk in Steel Mill country of Pennsylvania that started out with anything close to a sunny day. … Continue reading Out of the Furnace The fire’s gone