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 →

#ThrowbackThursday – An American in Paris

Original US release date: October 4, 1951 Production budget: $2,724,000 Worldwide gross: $6,981,000 (I'm trying another true classic, this week.  The last time I did a movie such as this one, it was Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest and it went entirely ignored for over a full year (you can find that column here).  If... Continue Reading →

Review – Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

I feel a little ridiculous even typing up a review for Morgan Neville's Fred Rogers documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor?.  After all, what we have here is a biography about probably the greatest human being to ever live using actual footage and making us all realize just how inadequate we are as we attempt... Continue Reading →

Review – Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Like most people, as a kid, I loved dinosaurs.  Unlike most people, as I got older, my fascination with them never tempered.  While I don't have the encyclopedic knowledge of a career paleontologist, my dinosaur IQ is solidly above average.  When I was younger, I had didactic dino books that I devoured daily.  My two... Continue Reading →

#ThrowbackThursday – Batman Returns

Original US release date: June 19, 1992 Production budget: $80,000,000 Worldwide gross: $266,822,354 Following the successful reinvention of the Batman character by Frank Miller in DC Comics' The Dark Knight Returns series, director Tim Burton achieved the same result in the world of live-action entertainment when he released Batman in 1989 to massive audience enthusiasm and... Continue Reading →

Review – Tag

Of all the recent movies to be inspired by a true story, most people would not have expected Tag to be among them.  In his feature-film directorial debut, Jeff Tomsic assembles an all-star cast of accomplished and experienced comedians and comedic actors in an effort to adapt the true story of a game of tag... Continue Reading →

Review – Incredibles 2

Fourteen years is a long time between installments within a film franchise and, for most, it would be too much to overcome.  Audiences have relatively short memories and many once-bankable intellectual properties have been met with apathy and disinterest after waiting too long to return to theaters.  Scream, Terminator, and Alien all struggled and ultimately... Continue Reading →

#ThrowbackThursday – White Men Can’t Jump

Original US release date: March 27, 1992 Production budget: $31,000,000 Worldwide gross: $90,753,806 Released in 1992, White Men Can't Jump wasn't Woody Harrelson's first movie, but it was the film that made him a movie star.  Having shot to fame as the lovable doofus bartender Woody on "Cheers", this was Harrelson's chance to show that he... Continue Reading →

Review – Hotel Artemis

Though Drew Pearce has a couple of significant writing credits on his résumé, having his name on the scripts for both Iron Man 3 and Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, Hotel Artemis marks his debut as a feature film director (in addition to writing the screenplay).  And what a debut to have, landing Jodie Foster (The... Continue Reading →

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