#ThrowbackThursday – Predator

Original US release date: June 12, 1987 Production budget: $15,000,000 Worldwide gross: $98,267,558 As I mentioned in my review of Incredibles 2 (which you can find here), Predator is another in the recent litany of theatrical intellectual properties set for a revival.  Hollywood has met with mixed results in these attempts to reignite enthusiasm for... Continue Reading →

Review – Skyscraper

Dwayne Johnson has been a busy man in recent months.  Skyscraper is his third major film in the last eight months, alongside Rampage (click here for that review) and his holiday season mega-hit, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (and that review is here).  He has unquestionably successfully transitioned from one of the most iconic professional... Continue Reading →

#ThrowbackThursday – 1941

Original US release date: December 14, 1979 Production budget: $35,000,000 Worldwide gross: $92,455,742 In 1979, Steven Spielberg was already riding high.  His two previous efforts in the director's chair, Jaws and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, were massive hits, with Jaws being the highest-grossing film of all-time up to that point and the first... Continue Reading →

Review – Uncle Drew

When the trailer for Charles Stone III's Uncle Drew dropped, I predicted it to make a solid run at being the worst film of the year.  None of the marketing - including said trailer - did anything to present the film as more than brainless humor grounded in old people acting like young people.  On... Continue Reading →

Review – SuperFly

Better late than never, right?  I wasn't sure I was going to take the plunge and see SuperFly, the remake of the 1972 similarly-titled film Super Fly.  It's a crime film, which I'm not crazy about (I struggle to engage with lead characters who are wittingly engaging in criminal activity), and the director's pretentious moniker... Continue Reading →

Review – Ant-Man and the Wasp

Marvel Studios is back with the sequel to 2015's (not such a) surprise hit, Ant-Man.  This time, Scott Lang has a partner as the Wasp is not only formally introduced into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (though the original Janet Van Dyne version had a cameo in Ant-Man) but shares headlining status, making her the first... Continue Reading →

#ThrowbackThursday – Iron Man

Original US release date: May 2, 2008 Production budget: $140,000,000 Worldwide gross: $585,174,222 Where does one begin when discussing the lasting impact this movie has had on the film industry, worldwide culture, and our lives, in general?  Let's start here: Marvel was in trouble.  They had filed for bankruptcy and needed money badly.  They were... Continue Reading →

Review – The First Purge

The Purge franchise is the best horror franchise going not named The Conjuring (read my reviews of part one here and part two here).  The original film established the unique premise with an otherwise fairly standard home invasion story.  But the seeds were planted and since then director-writer James DeMonaco has watered them and watched... Continue Reading →

Review – Sicario: Day of the Soldado

Full disclosure: I saw Sicario: Day of the Soldado out of a sense of obligation to the Movie March. I saw the original Sicario in the theater back in 2015 and thought it was fine. But, while there's nothing inherently wrong with them, these hard-edged crime movies aren't generally my cup of chocolate milk. I... Continue Reading →

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