#ThrowbackThursday – Poltergeist (1982)

Original US release date: June 4, 1982 Production budget: $10,700,000 Worldwide gross: $121,706,019 Horror films are among the most common, being both extremely popular and inexpensive to produce.  That's a great combination and, when one really hits, it pays off in a major way.  In the years preceding 1982, moviegoers had been treated to many... Continue Reading →

Review – Peppermint

It was just early this year when Marvel's Black Widow was essentially appropriated for a Jennifer Lawrence vehicle you probably remember entitled Red Sparrow (click here for that review).  Now, from Pierre Morel, the director of Taken, comes another let's-pretend-it's-not-a-Marvel-character movie starring Jennifer Garner, this time by the name of Peppermint.  Morel hasn't really done... Continue Reading →

Review – The Nun

In the well-documented wake of the success of Marvel Studios' Cinematic Universe, we've seen many others attempt to duplicate the model and achieve the same levels of both critical and commercial success that has blessed Marvel over the last decade.  Of those who have tried, none have risen to Marvel's heights.  Warner Brothers has come... Continue Reading →

Review – Searching

Along with BlacKkKlansman, Searching was my most-anticipated film of August.  An intense, gripping trailer combined with a stylish presentation and a lot of buzz coming out of Sundance made this one the one to see on opening weekend.  I've also liked star John Cho since my first exposure to him in ABC's "Flashforward" television series... Continue Reading →

Review – The Darkest Minds

Based upon Alexandra Bracken's novel of the same name, Jennifer Yuh Nelson's The Darkest Minds is the latest attempt at a dystopian young adult franchise starter, hoping to follow suit and tap into the same audience that made the Hunger Games series such a massive success. Bracken's series of novels has proven popular enough to... 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 – 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 →

Review – Adrift

I've been looking forward to Baltasar Kormákur's Adrift partially because I've been a fan of Shailene Woodley since her work in Alexander Payne's The Descendants and partially because I've seen a trailer for this film before literally every movie I've seen for the last six weeks (except for last night's).  Aside from all of that, the film seemed... Continue Reading →

#ThrowbackThursday – Quarantine

Original US release date: October 10, 2008 Production budget: $12,000,000 Worldwide gross: $41,319,906 Directed and co-written by John Erick Dowdle (Devil), Quarantine was a stylish horror thriller designed to take advantage of the found-footage fad that had hit big at the time.  While in no way originated by the film, the found-footage subgenre was popularized by... Continue Reading →

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