Movie Reviews

Review: “Blade Runner 2049”

3.5 out of 5 stars. “Blade Runner 2049” opens with a shot that calls back to Ridley Scott’s original 1982 film: a close up of an eye, staring straight into the camera.  It’s an unsettling image that sets the tone of the film, as well as one of its main themes: the perception of what … Continue reading Review: “Blade Runner 2049”

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Review: “Battle of the Sexes”

4 out of 5 stars. “Battle of the Sexes” opens with a scene that, despite taking place in the early 1970s, likely won’t be unfamiliar to many audiences.  Fresh off of a winning streak that made her the world’s top woman tennis player, Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) discovers that the prize money for the … Continue reading Review: “Battle of the Sexes”

Review: “Kingsman: The Golden Circle”

2.5 out of 5 stars.   If 2015’s “Kingsman: The Secret Service” was surprisingly fun, its sequel, “Kingsman: The Golden Circle,” is surprisingly disappointing.  The film, which is once again directed by Matthew Vaughn, opens promisingly enough with its protagonist, Eggsy (Taron Egerton) engaging in a wild fist fight with a rejected Kingsman applicant, Charlie … Continue reading Review: “Kingsman: The Golden Circle”

Review: “Mother!”

3.5 out of 5 stars. You’d be hard-pressed to find a mainstream movie in theaters this year that is more insane than Darren Aronofsky’s “Mother!”, or a movie that will make you feel more insane by the time the credits roll.  The psychological horror film (an unusually arty release to come from a mainstream studio), … Continue reading Review: “Mother!”

Review: “It” (2017)

4 out of 5 stars.   “It” opens with one of the most famous and controversial scenes from Stephen King’s novel.  Six-year-old Georgie Denbrough from the small town of Derry is chasing a paper boat in the rain, when it floats into a gutter.  As he goes to retrieve it, Georgie is confronted by a … Continue reading Review: “It” (2017)

The 5 Best Movies of the Summer

I’ve been taking a break from watching and reviewing current films for a bit, as we ease out of summer and into fall.  This time of year is one of the slowest for big movie releases, but even this summer at its peak was one of the slowest ones box office-wise in recent memory.  Despite … Continue reading The 5 Best Movies of the Summer

Review: “The Big Sick”

4.5 out of 5 stars. Boy meets girl.  Boy falls for girl.  Boy loses girl.  Girl falls into a coma.  It sounds like a plot whipped up just for film, but it actually is the real-life love story of Kumail Nanjiani and his wife Emily V. Gordon—which they then turned into a screenplay for a … Continue reading Review: “The Big Sick”

Review: “Dunkirk”

4 out of 5 stars. Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk” begins with an unexpected quietness, as a group of British soldiers roam the streets of that all-but-abandoned French city that, as the text at the beginning of the film states, is the site of the Allied soldiers’ retreat after the 1940 invasion of France by Nazi Germany.  … Continue reading Review: “Dunkirk”

Review: “War for the Planet of the Apes”

5 out of 5 stars. With an abundance of computer-generated characters populating most modern movies, pushing for realism seems to be the goal of most studios.  Too often are viewers taken out of a movie, however briefly, by characters and effects that are realistic, but not realistic enough to exist seamlessly with the real people … Continue reading Review: “War for the Planet of the Apes”

Review: “Spider-Man: Homecoming”

4 out of 5 stars. The number of film incarnations of "Spider-Man" to come out in the last 15 years, regardless of what you think of them, is ridiculous.  In "Spider-Man: Homecoming," Tom Holland becomes the third actor to take on the role of the web-slinging hero in a live-action movie, following on the heels of … Continue reading Review: “Spider-Man: Homecoming”