Justice League

I don’t use star ratings on this blog, but in the case of Justice League, I think it’ll be helpful to give one: Justice League is a 2 & 1/2 (out of 4) star movie, which is to say it’s mostly fine. It has some issues, to be sure; and the final product is clearly […]

Murder on the Orient Express

There’s been a recurring criticism of actor / director Kenneth Branagh’s films, which is that they are very much style-over-substance. He puts good actors with great production design, typically with lavish sets and costumes, but then somewhat stumbles with the story. I wish I could say that his latest work, Murder on the Orient Express, […]

Thor: Ragnarok

There’s no better cinematic experience than being won over by a movie you had doubts about. I have issues with the prior two Thor movies, which both, to some extent, squandered the kind of cosmic bombast and grandeur that a Thor movie is capable of in exchange for pedestrian storytelling that places the God of […]

Blade Runner 2049

The original Blade Runner (at least someĀ versionĀ of it anyway) is considered by many to be an untouchable classic of cinematic science fiction. As such, any follow up to it always felt like it would be an inherently wrong-headed idea. Not only would it seemingly be wholly unnecessary from a narrative standpoint, but it would be […]


It is a celebrated and impressively long (1000+ pages) horror novel by Stephen King that tells the story of a group of friends over two time periods (one when they’re adolescents and the other when they’re adults) in the fictional small town of Derry, Maine, as they combat an evil force that emerges every twenty-seven […]

Rest in Peace, Jerry Lewis

Legendary comedian Jerry Lewis passed away today at the age of 91. As an entertainer, Lewis had an iconic career on stage and in television and the movies that lasted nearly seventy years. As an actor and filmmaker, he made many popular and hilarious pictures that are remembered to this day, including The Nutty Professor […]