90. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

As you all probably know, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is the new attempt at extending J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter universe.  Serving as a prequel to the Potter saga, Fantastic Beasts brings back long-time Potter director David Yates and introduces the Academy Award-winning Eddie Redmayne (Best Actor in a Leading Role, 2015, The... Continue Reading →

89. Shut In

I mentioned, yesterday, that Amy Adams - the star of Arrival - is my favorite actress.  Well, I got a cinematic treat, this weekend, because Naomi Watts is my second-favorite actress (along with Elizabeth Olsen) and she has a new movie this weekend, as well, with Shut In.  Watts won me over, time after time after... Continue Reading →

88. Arrival

And here we are, burning through my list of 10 Fourth Quarter 2016 Films to Be Excited About.  This is the fifth film on that list, meaning that we're halfway through it, already!  Arrival was a can't-miss movie for me, personally.  Amy Adams is my favorite actress and good, sophisticated sci-fi à la Ex Machina has been... Continue Reading →

87. Hacksaw Ridge

And, just like that, here's the fourth film on my list of 10 Fourth Quarter 2016 Films to Be Excited About.  This trailer had me at, "Hello," as its central themes of conflict resolution (especially in war) without violence made it a rare standout in the constant onslaught of war-themed films.  This is also an... Continue Reading →

86. Doctor Strange

Here we are, with Doctor Strange, the next chapter in the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe!  This was also entry number three in my 10 Fourth Quarter 2016 Films to Be Excited About column.  Marvel continues to dive into their vast library of characters, fully confident that said characters are strong enough to be well-received even if some of them,... Continue Reading →

85. Inferno

Here we are, at the second film that made my list of 10 Fourth Quarter 2016 Films to Be Excited About.  You may know by now that Tom Hanks is my favorite actor.  You may also know that Felicity Jones has won me over in the last few years and that I consider her to... Continue Reading →

84. Keeping Up with the Joneses

Keeping Up with the Joneses is another one of those movies of which I didn't necessarily expect a whole lot, but that sucked me in with the cast.  Specifically, Zach Galifianakis and Gal Gadot (who was pretty handily the best thing about Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice).  The trailer was fairly funny and director Greg Mottola... Continue Reading →

83. Ouija: Origin of Evil

Not too long ago, I featured the original Ouija in one of my weekly #ThrowbackThursday features.  Though I liked Olivia Cooke as the lead, I found upon this repeat viewing that the film oddly mimicked the basic structure and story points of a very popular all-time horror classic. Upon seeing the trailer for Ouija: Origin of... Continue Reading →

82. Shin Gojira (Godzilla Resurgence)

Count me among those who outright loved Gareth Edwards's 2014 American Godzilla.  It wasn't perfect, but it was unquestionably high-quality with a sense of poetry to it that the 1998 Roland Emmerich version lacked to the point of starvation.  But Shin Gojira marks my very first opportunity to see a Japanese Godzilla film in a... Continue Reading →

81. The Accountant

The Accountant is the latest film from director Gavin O'Connor, about an autistic mathematician who gets wrapped up in the shady business of his equally shady clientele.  While O'Connor has been hit (Warrior) and miss (Jane Got A Gun) for me, I can't say the same for the outstanding cast - maybe the strongest in... Continue Reading →

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