Ant-Man and the Wasp

*** The first review I ever published on this blog was for the original Ant-Man, in which I incorrectly guessed that there would not be a sequel. Just reminding all my readers that I am definitely not infallible.  🙂   – Z ***  Ant-Man and the Wasp is very much a mixed bag kind-of-movie. In its best […]

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

  **** Warning: I am trying something different with this review where I walk through the plot in a bit more detail. Therefore, this review will contain spoilers. **** Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is a perfectly acceptable sequel to 2015’s perfectly acceptable Jurassic World. I know that that movie, despite mostly positive reviews at the time […]

Ocean’s 8

This is pure speculation, since I’ve never seen any of the Ocean movies before until this one, but I suspect that Ocean’s 8 is guilty of one my least favorite sequel tropes: a popular character — in this case, Danny Ocean (George Clooney) — turns out to have a sibling — in this case, Debbie […]

Solo: A Star Wars Story

  Solo: A Star Wars Story is a film that had two strong things going against it. First, it was never a good idea to make a movie showing the backstory of Han Solo. Everything we need to know about him was conveyed perfectly and succinctly in the cantina scene in A New Hope; any […]

Deadpool 2

Early on in Deadpool 2, our titular smart aleck mercenary superhero (again played by Ryan Reynolds) tells the audience that this will be a “family movie.” Given the picture’s R-rating and satirical nature, you may be thinking that he’s joking. But in a weird way, he really isn’t. Because while this movie earns its R-rating […]

A Beginner’s Guide to Box Office Analysis

*** This is my one-hundredth post for Z Movie Reviews. I want to thank everyone who has stuck with me these last three years. Your support and encouragement have meant the world to me. – Z *** If you are one of my more dedicated readers, you may have noticed that, in addition to reviewing […]

Avengers: Infinity War

***** This review contains spoilers ***** Of the many things that Avengers: Infinity War offers to movie-goers, one of the most fascinating is that it gives audiences a seemingly rare glimpse at cinematic high-context storytelling. More so than with any of the prior entries in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, here is a story that only makes […]