Review – Breaking In

Another day, another thriller!  After seeing the excellent Bad Samaritan, a few days ago (find that review here), James McTeigue (V for Vendetta) returns with another film of that type in the form of Breaking In, starring Gabrielle Union (Bring it On).  Other than belonging to the same genre, however, the two films have little in common.  I... Continue Reading →

Review – Bad Samaritan

I went into Dean Devlin's Bad Samaritan with low expectations.  Despite starring the incredibly popular David Tennant ("Jessica Jones", "Doctor Who") there has been virtually no pre-release buzz around this film and I've gotten a vibe from the marketing that reminds me a little too much of 2016's Criminal, one of my least-favorite films of the last several... Continue Reading →

Review – Traffik

I had intended to see Deon Taylor's Traffik on two separate previous occasions but ended up putting it off due to Infinity War fever (see that review here).  If I had forced myself to see this film when I wasn't in the mood for it, I would have gone it with an underlying and unfounded... Continue Reading →

Review – Chappaquiddick

Politically-themed movies can be a mixed bag.  It can often be difficult for them to reach a mainstream audience who may be more interested in escaping politics than in paying money for entertainment that centers around them.  From director John Curran (The Painted Veil) comes Chappaquiddick, a recounting of the true story in which senator Ted... Continue Reading →

#ThrowbackThursday – The Departed

Original US release date: October 6, 2006 Production budget: $90,000,000 Worldwide gross: $291,465,034 If you've read enough of my work, you know that crime movies generally aren't my thing.  I have no issue with them in concept but, much like war-based films, they often share the same themes, plot points, as well as characters that... Continue Reading →

Review – A Quiet Place

How far John Krasinski has come since his breakout role as Jim Halpert in NBC's "The Office" . . .!  Once an inexperienced actor who seemed destined to spend a career being typecast as the accessible everyman, Krasinski now finds himself as not only a versatile leading man, but a director, as well.  A Quiet... Continue Reading →

Review – Unsane

It wasn't all that long ago that I first became aware of Steven Soderbergh's Unsane and my immediate thought was, "I'm so in."  The trailer was absolutely spectacular and I could hardly stand the wait for this mind-bending psycho-thriller.  Soderbergh has been the driving force behind many notable and award-winning films (Erin Brockovich, Traffic) so seeing... Continue Reading →

Review – The Hurricane Heist

Once upon a time, a film like The Hurricane Heist would have been a must-see box office phenomenon.  It would have gotten a prime summer release date (though release date hardly matters, anymore, as we've seen), a huge marketing campaign, and the biggest stars who were willing and able to participate.  Money would have been... Continue Reading →

Review – Thoroughbreds

Thoroughbreds is a buzzy little independent film from first-time writer and director Cory Finley.  Catching my attention, however, is the one-two punch of the headlining duo consisting of Anya Taylor-Joy and Olivia Cooke.  Since her first feature film role in 2016's The Witch, Taylor-Joy has been a lead in every film in which she has appeared,... Continue Reading →

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 →

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