Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

A couple of months ago, if you had asked me whether or not a loose sequel to a twenty-two-year-old movie (that itself was only just okay) would be any good, I would have said no. So it’s with a pleasant surprise that I say that Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is an absolute blast: a […]

Atomic Blonde

  If nothing else, Atomic Blonde is a movie with a really great title. There’s nothing like sticking the word “atomic” in front of a one syllable word. Atomic clocks, atomic wings, atomic punk, you get the idea. Thankfully, this movie has more going for it than its moniker. While it has some problems, it is, […]

War for the Planet of the Apes

For all the complaining I do about the excess of remakes, reboots, and general attempts to extend a franchise in anyway possible that currently exist in the Hollywood system and how often they fall short compared to what came before, it is worth mentioning that it is, in fact, possible to revisit old material in […]

Baby Driver

It’s possible to like a film, and, more importantly, to think it was good, and yet still be somewhat disappointed with it. That’s the odd situation I find myself in with Baby Driver, an entertaining and competently-made work that, given the man responsible for it, didn’t quite meet my expectations. The movie is written and […]

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 […]