Review – Mission: Impossible – Fallout

"(FALLOUT) fires on all cylinders, then takes those cylinders, supercharges them, fills them all with nitroglycerin, puts each one in its own microwave within a nuclear power plant, sets the timers for 5 seconds, and then yells, 'RUUUUUUN!' just to see what happens."

#ThrowbackThursday – Sister Act

Original US release date: May 29, 1992 Production budget: $31,000,000 Worldwide gross: $231,605,150 Back in 1992, Whoopi Goldberg was a huge star.  She garnered an Oscar nomination for Steven Spielberg's 1985 film The Color Purple and then went out and actually won one as the Best Supporting Actress for 1990's Ghost.  Despite both of these... Continue Reading →

Review – Unfriended: Dark Web

The original Unfriended was released over three years ago, in April of 2015, and instantly stood out as one of the more thoughtful - and thought-provoking - horror films in recent years.  A cautionary tale against cyber-bullying, the movie worked on multiple levels and had the added novelty of being presented exclusively through the perspective... Continue Reading →

Review – The Equalizer 2

You may or may not know that this franchise from director Antoine Fuqua and star Denzel Washington is based on a television series of the same name from the eighties that starred Edward Woodward.  In each version, the main character, ex-intelligence agent Robert McCall, seeks to strike a balance between right and wrong through vigilantism,... Continue Reading →

Review – Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

Back in November, I watched the original Mamma Mia! film for the first time for a #ThrowbackThursday column that basically everyone ignored (but you can read it, now, by clicking here).  That was good timing as I didn't even realize that this sequel was on the way, meaning my homework was already done for its... Continue Reading →

#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 →

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