Review – Red Sparrow

There are movies for adult audiences and then there are movies for Adult Audiences.  In every way imaginable, Francis Lawrence's Red Sparrow is a movie for Adult Audiences and, after a delay, it has finally made its way into theaters.  Originally scheduled to open in November of 2017, Fox delayed the film in an effort... Continue Reading →

#ThrowbackThursday – Lady in the Water

Original US release date: July 21, 2006 Production budget: $70,000,000 Worldwide gross: $72,785,169 M. Night Shyamalan's Lady in the Water was one cog in the wheel of Shyamalan's original fall from grace - not because of him or anything he did or said in his personal life, but simply because audiences and critics alike agreed that... Continue Reading →

Review – Game Night

Though I've been looking forward to seeing this film, it was not my first choice for tonight.  My plan was to see Alex Garland's Annihilation, but my local theater didn't get it and I didn't want to go way out of town for it on a weeknight.  I have a busy weekend ahead, so it will... Continue Reading →

Review – Paddington 2

I had absolutely no interest in seeing Paddington 2.  None.  I saw the first film, just a week or two ago, and didn't love it.  It wasn't poorly made, or anything.  It just wasn't made for me.  The humor and presentation were squarely aimed at kids, with little for adults to enjoy.  And there's nothing wrong... Continue Reading →

Review – Insidious: The Last Key

Insidious: The Last Key is hitting at a poor time for me as I'm trying to catch all of the prestige films that are swamping theaters and also balancing work and family.  It's tough and this film, though I liked the earlier installments well enough, hasn't exactly been the top priority on my list.  Nonetheless,... Continue Reading →

Review – Jigsaw

Once upon a time, the Saw franchise was cinematically synonymous with Halloween weekend.  For seven consecutive years, from 2004 through 2010, a new Saw film thrilled and terrorized horror lovers around the world with its combination of intricate and inventive traps, psychologically complex characters, and massive mythology.  Within my own circles, I frequently referred to the property... Continue Reading →

Review – The Snowman

Tomas Alfredson's The Snowman is the first film featured in my Ten Fourth-Quarter 2017 Films to be Excited About! column to be released, alongside A24's The Killing of a Sacred Deer, which hits limited release, this weekend, as well.  I've actually been more excited for the latter - especially after seeing that the reviews for The Snowman were far... Continue Reading →

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