The Mummy

The Mummy is the first entry in what Universal is calling The Dark Universe, its unique attempt to join in on the cinematic universe trend by resurrecting its classic movie monsters from the 1930s-1950s and tying them together with an overarching narrative. Alas, it’s also a pretty bad film, a hodgepodge of half-baked narrative ideas, […]

The Fate of the Furious

I have a confession: prior to The Fate of the Furious, I had never seen a Fast and Furious movie. Don’t get me wrong, I’m familiar enough with the general idea of this series. I’m aware that it started out being about illegal street racing but then morphed into being about car-themed spy/heist adventures; I know that the films […]

Kong: Skull Island

The world really didn’t need another King Kong movie. We have the 1933 classic (which no one is in danger of forgetting, I assure you), two separate remakes (one of which not being released that long ago), and a few weird spinoffs, not to mention the countless science fiction, fantasy and adventure films — everything from Mighty Joe […]

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

From what I can tell, we’re going to be getting a new Star Wars movie every year for the next several years. The current studio plan seems to consist of having proper, numbered episodes every other year with spinoff material in between to keep things from getting stale. That’s admittedly a sound approach. This year’s entry, Rogue […]

The Accountant

There is half of a really good movie in The Accountant. When this smaller-scale thriller takes time to depict the kind of world its protagonist — an autistic man who has channeled his condition into both an amazing capacity for accounting and a deadly capability for assassination, subterfuge, and general spy activities — lives and operates in, […]

The Magnificent Seven

Famed Japanese director Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 masterpiece Seven Samurai was a landmark film for a wide variety of reasons. Perhaps its most notable legacy was that its plot of humble villagers hiring a small team of elite warriors to defend their town against a horde of bandits has proven to be both very appealing and easily adaptable to other settings. And […]

Kubo and the Two Strings

*I thought I’d try something a little different for this review. Expect a return to normal next time. Every once in a while, a movie like Kubo and the Two Strings comes along… A movie that is smart, exciting, entertaining, beautiful, imaginative, and breathtaking. A movie that is a perfect combination of familiar and fresh. A movie where the […]