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.¬† ūüôā¬† ¬†– Z ***¬† Ant-Man and the Wasp¬†is very much a mixed bag kind-of-movie. In its best […]

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 […]

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 […]

Black Panther

Black Panther is a movie that falls in a strange place for me. As I left the theater after having watched it, I found myself without any strong feelings — either positive or negative — about it. It’s a serviceable superhero film that makes an admirable attempt at addressing the social themes that its central […]

Justice League

**** Update: November 26, 2017. While star ratings are not a normal part of my reviews, as you’ll see below, I originally gave Justice League a star rating of 2 & 1/2 stars out of 4 to help clarify my feelings towards it. After seeing the movie a second time, I still stand by my […]

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 […]

Spider-Man: Homecoming

For those keeping track, Spider-Man: Homecoming is the second reboot of the Spider-Man series in the last half-decade (the third version of this movie franchise overall in modern times). After the decidedly lukewarm reception to the two¬†The Amazing Spider-Man films, the folks over at Sony elected to create a new Spider-Man series that was more […]