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, […]

Blade Runner 2049

The original Blade Runner (at least some version 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

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 […]

Dunkirk

Christopher Nolan has been one of the most important filmmakers of this era. Through his work with his Dark Knight Trilogy, as well as original projects including Interstellar and Inception, he has, time and again, accomplished the rare feat of making exciting yet surprisingly intellectually poignant blockbusters. In a time when so many feel that it is […]

The Big Sick

After all of the big special effects blockbusters I’ve seen lately, a film like The Big Sick, a smaller, more intimate work that focuses on a human drama and relationships, was the right change of pace for me. The movie, though fictionalized, is based on the real life relationship between comedian Kumail Nanjiani and his […]

Logan

I recently saw Logan twice within a twenty-four hour period. The first time I saw it, I was unfortunate enough to be in the same theater as a family with no real film-manners to speak of. For the entirety of the picture’s run time, they made all manner of noise. The children whined (as a side […]

Hidden Figures

Well, today is the big day: the day of the Academy Awards. I mentioned in my review of Manchester by the Sea that I wanted to see some more of the Best Picture nominees before the winner was announced today, and last week I managed to make time to see Hidden Figures. A quick side note: […]