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Creed II (2018)
9/10
Excellent follow-up to the "Rocky" franchise off-shoot
5 December 2018
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CREED II (2018) ***1/2 Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tess Thompson, Phylicia Rashad, Dolph Lundgren, Florian Munteanu, Russell Hornsby, Wood Harris, Milo Ventimiglia, Brigitte Nielsen. Excellent follow-up to the "Rocky" franchise off-shoot with Jordan's Adonis Creed facing his biggest challenge - fighting the son of the man who killed his father in the ring in a championship bout. While the film echoes Rocky II and Rocky IV the overall result is an entity all itself thanks largely to a smart and lean script by Stallone (who co-wrote with Juel Taylor) and an even keeled direction by Steven Caple, Jr. Jordan and Thompson have chemistry to spare and Stallone elicits some deep low-key acting moments of poignancy and tenderness.
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Halloween (I) (2018)
8/10
Solid sequel to the iconic horror masterpiece
19 October 2018
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HALLOWEEN (2018) *** Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, James Jude Courtney, Nick Castle, Haluk Bilginer, Will Patton, Rhian Rees, Jefferson Hall, Toby Huss (Voices of PJ Soles, Donald Pleasence). Solid (yet again an unnecessary) sequel to the iconic horror classic 40 years after masked maniac Michael Myers (Courtney and Castle doing double-duty here) was captured and confined to a prison for his holiday killing spree follows suit with his last living victim Laurie Strode (stoic mess Curtis) lying in wait for the inevitable - his escape and hell-bent return to Haddonfield to finish what he started. Filmmaker David Gordon Green, who collaborated on the screenplay with partners-in-crime Danny McBride and Jeff Fradley, abides by the formula (stupid teens/adults make excellent body count fodder) and provides echoes of its original masterpiece (even its director John Carpenter is back riffing on his creepy soundtrack with Daniel A. Davies and his son Cody) with skill and aplomb (and oh yeah ,eschewing the franchise's other films altogether in an elaborate Jedi Mind Trick!)
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9/10
Sublime apparent swan song for Redford (as an actor); good old-fashioned storytelling and filmmaking at its finest.
8 October 2018
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THE OLD MAN & THE GUN (2018) ***1/2 Robert Redford, Sissy Spacek, Casey Affleck, Danny Glover, Tom Waits, Elisabeth Moss, Keith Carradine. Sublime apparent swan song for Redford (as an actor) showcases his amiable charm in this (more or less) true-life account of career criminal Forrest Tucker (no, not the actor) whose last chain of bank robberies confounds local police detective Affleck (think Catch Me If You Can's dynamic) determined to nab him for good. Easy going direction by David Lowery (who adapted the screenplay based on a New Yorker Magazine article by David Grann) keeps things even paced with some welcome moments of near folksy/folkstory-like humor (thanks largely to Waits as Redford's cohort in larceny). Good old-fashioned storytelling and filmmaking at its finest.
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10/10
Heartfelt valentine to a true American film icon; one of the year's best films
8 October 2018
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THE GREAT BUSTER (2018) **** Wonderful documentary on the inimitable comedic icon and filmmaker, Buster Keaton, compiled and narrated by fellow director Peter Bogdanovich who traces the comic's career and troubled life, from vaudeville child star to landmark Hollywood star and eventual global phenomenon with vintage clips of jaw-dropping sequences from Keaton's filmography of his epic death-defying stunts and daredevil display of acrobatics the likes not haven't been matched in generations. Super fans included are Richard Lewis, Mel Brooks, James Karen, Johnny Knoxville, Bill Hader, Werner Herzog, Carl Reiner, Cybill Shepherd, Nick Kroll, Quentin Tarantino, French Stewart and Jon Watts. A must for film buffs.
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9/10
Truth is stranger than fiction; Lee's best picture in years.
5 October 2018
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BLACKKKLANSMAN (2018) *** 1/2 John David Washington, Adam Driver, Robert John Burke, Frederick Weller, Michael Buscemi, Laura Harrier, Topher Grace, Ryan Eggold, Jasper Paakkonen, Paul Walter Hauser, Ashlie Atkinsonm, Harry Belafonte, Alec Baldwin. Spike Lee's truth is stranger than fiction account of the true-life story about a black rookie cop (Washington) who spearheads the investigation of the Ku Klux Klan by disguising his identity as a white supremacist and manages to have his partner Driver infiltrate the local chapter of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Strong acting, firm direction and a steady screenplay guides the film along swimmingly and proves to be one of Lee's best pictures in years.
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Love, Gilda (2018)
10/10
LOVE indeed; a wonderful valentine to the beloved comedienne; one of the year's best films
22 September 2018
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LOVE ,GILDA (2018) **** Wonderful documentary on the iconic late, great comedienne Gilda Radner, in her own words (literally her audio tapes and diaries as narrative) depicting her biography from her Detroit bred beginnings to improv group Second City and ultimately to overnight superstardom on Saturday Night Live. While basking in the limelight Radner's insecurities reflect upon her own setbacks including an eating disorder, self-esteem issues and looking for love with all the wrong people until redemption in her marriage to actor Gene Wilder and her valiant, inspiringly courageous bouts with cancer which she ultimately succumbed to. A beautiful valentine to a spirit that is sorely missed. One of the year's best films. (Guest stars - ANNE BEATS, CHEVY CHASE, BILL HADER, MELISSA McCARTHY, LORNE MICHAELS, LARAINE NEWMAN, AMY POEHLER, MAYA RUDOLPH, PAUL SHAFFER, MARTIN SHORT, ROSIE SHUSTER, CECILY STRONG & ALAN ZWEIBEL) (Dir: Lisa Dapolito)
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Mandy (I) (2018)
9/10
Nic Cage Goes To Hell
20 September 2018
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MANDY (2018) ***1/2 Nicolas Cage, Andrea Riseborough, Linus Roache, Ned Dennehy, Olwen Fouere, Richard Brake, Bill Duke, Line Pillet, Clement Baronnet, Alexis Julemont, Stephan Fraser. "Nicolas Cage Goes To Hell" easily could have been the pitch for this outré and out-there vengeance horror freakshow with Cage as a logger in a middle-of-nowhere pacific northwest forest who faces the ultimate evil when a cult led by Roache (in a truly out-there turn) that kidnaps and ultimately murder his wife, leading him into a journey thru Hell (practically literally). Demon bikers (echoing the cenobites of HELLARISER), a crimson toned production design and look beautifully comprised by Hubert Pouille and cinematographer Benjamin Loeb bring an eerie, doomed and ultimately dark look to a truly uncompromising vision cooked up by filmmaker Panos Cosmatos and Aaron Stewart-Ahn with a barely reigned in gonzo turn by its star (does anyone do anguished rage like Cage? No; Thank Christ!) and has to be seen to be believed.
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The Predator (2018)
8/10
Better-than-anticipated upgrade to the sci-fi monster mash franchise
20 September 2018
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THE PREDATOR (2018) *** Boyd Holbrook, Trevante Rhodes, Jacob Tremblay, Keegan-Michael Key, Olivia Munn, Sterling K. Brown, Thomas Jane, Alfie Allen, Augusto Aguilera, Jake Busey, Yvonne Stahovski. Better-than-anticipated upgrade to the sci-fi monster mash franchise this time with an alien hunter coming to Earth to infiltrate human DNA to continue its race to dominate the universe with a team of ragtag soldiers led by Holbrook (uncannily resembling a young Mel Gibson) who witnessed the being's arrival (and killing of his men on a mission). Director Shane Black returns to form with the series he was involved in (co-starring in the original) and providing a fast, fun and frenetic screenplay collaboration with another '80s vet scribe Fred Dekker to full tilt high-testoserone, brofest expectations and beyond.
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The Meg (2018)
6/10
It's not JAWS but then again it's not SHARKNADO either (thankfully so)
11 August 2018
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THE MEG (2018) **1/2 Jason Statham, Bingbing Li, Rain Wilson, Cliff Curtis, Winston Chao, Shuya Sophia Cai, Ruby Rose, Page Kennedy, Robert Taylor, Olafur Darri Olafsson, Jessica McNamee, Masi Oka. So-so action thriller adaptation of Steve Alten's novel about a monstrous shark, a megaladon, discovered deep in the Mariana Trench with steadfast Statham enlisted to help a disabled submersible with members of his former crew and his ex-wife in the process. The disjointed adaptation by Dean Georgaris, Jon Hoeber & Erich Hoeber attempts to enliven the bloody rampage with smirky humor that has more misses than hits but its diverting none-the-less with echoes of JAWS (natch). Dir: Jon Turteltaub
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1/10
Delete account at all costs.
4 August 2018
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UNFRIENDED: DARK WEB (2018) * Colin Woodell, Stephanie Nogueras, Rebecca Rittenhouse, Betty Gabriel, Andrew Lees, Savira Windyani, Connor Del Rio, Alexa Mansour, Chelsea Alden, Bryan Adrian, Douglas Tait, Rob Welsh, Maya Nalli, Eric Watson. Unnecessary (and totally unwanted) sequel (and want of a franchise apparently) to the cyberhorror film this time with six vapid young friends who uncover a downward spiral of viral proportions when they find themselves enmeshed in a cruel twist of fate: a stolen laptop with access to unspeakable crimes, blackmail and homicidal tendencies. Delete account at all costs. (Dir: Stephen Susco)
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9/10
Oh Bother! Fun for all ages and families to enjoy :D
4 August 2018
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CHRISTOPHER ROBIN (2018) ***1/2 Ewan McGregor, Hayley Atwell, Bronte Carmichael, (Voices Of: Jim Cummings, Brad Garrett, Nick Mohammad, Peter Capaldi, Sophie Okonedo, Sara Sheen, Toby Jones) Wonderful follow-up to the life and times of AA Milne's beloved children's classic stories of Winnie The Pooh and His Friends, with McGregor as the crestfallen adult version of the titular character, who finds is life to be a joyless grind until one day he is re-united with his childhood pals in the Hundred Acre Woods. Adorable animation bringing the iconic story's characters to a 3-D, fully tactile approach is a fresh perspective of the cuddly fuzzy-wuzzy stuffed animals cum walking/talking friends is truly wonderful thanks to a grand direction by Marc Forster and a knowing screenplay by Alex Ross Perry, Tom McCarthy, Alison Schroeder, Greg Brooker and Mark Steven Johnson. Fun for all ages and families to enjoy.
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10/10
RainMan vs. Superman; one of the best action films ever and one of the year's best films period! BuckleUp
28 July 2018
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MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - FALLOUT (2018) **** Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Sean Harris, Michelle Monaghan, Wes Bentley, Frederick Schmidt, Alec Baldwin, Liang Yang, Kristoffer Jones. RainMan vs. Superman easily could've been the pitch to the latest chapter in the indefatigable action/espionage film franchise with the ever unflappable and gung-ho Cruise (in total control) reprising his Ethan Hunt to stop a global threat - missing plutonium in the hands of a former foe loose and recklessly hell-bent on destroying the world as we know it and only having his demons stopping him, and a monkey wrench in the works with Cavill (well-cast in a shrewd casting touch) as a duplicitous assassin in the fold. Filmmaker Christopher McQuarrie - who also wrote the lean, mean screenplay - signs up for his second outing in the series and excels in keeping things dangerously break-neck in so many sequences its hard to catch-up while holding your breath from a hella-good fist-fight in a nightclub's men's room to a daredevil car/motorcycle chase to its hair-raising chopper cat-and-mouse climax in a literal, hum-dinger of a cliffhanger that you'll be checking your pulse as the adrenaline flows (helps to see it in all its amazing awe in IMAX). Cruise is literally death-defying in doing all his own stunt-work (no CGI for the most part) and a strong supporting cast to boot. One of the best action films ever and one of the year's best. Buckle up!
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Skyscraper (2018)
7/10
Ridiculously over-the-top : DIE HARD meets THE TOWERING INFERNO
22 July 2018
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SKYSCRAPER (2018) **1/2 Dwayne Johnson, Neve Campbell, Chin Han, Roland Moller, Noah Taylor, Byron Mann, Pablo Schreiber, McKenna Roberts, Noah Cottrell, Hannah Quinlivan, Adrian Holmes, Elfina Luk. Ridiculously over-the-top DIE HARD meets THE TOWERING INFERNO rip-off with family man Johnson (who does his best to acquit himself) seeking redemption from a past with disabling consequences by accepting a security job with a Hong Kong entrepreneur's titular building and winds up in deep trouble when the edifice is overtaken by terrorists and his family is trapped inside. Written and directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber the film reads as a checklist for every Stallone/Schwarzenegger and EXPENDABLES cast members' greatest hits.
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7/10
Prequel of a franchise running out of steam fast
22 July 2018
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THE FIRST PURGE (2018) **1/2 Y'lan Noel, Lex Scott Davis, Joivan Wade, Mugga, Patch Darragh, Marisa Tomei, Rotimi Paul. Prequel to the horror franchise set in the US's new regime of goverment with a trial basis of a 12 hour no-holds barred levy of crime on Staten Island where those who remain are condemned to fight for their very lives or die trying. While screen writer James DeMonaco and director Gerard McMurray try to add some juice to the series the film is predictable and not too compelling in spite of its well-acted unknown cast (and a slumming Tomei wasted).
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8/10
Washington continues to excel in this power-driven sequel to a budding franchise tailor made for his talents
22 July 2018
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THE EQUALIZER 2 (2018) *** Denzel Washington, Melissa Leo, Pedro Pascal, Ashton Sanders, Orson Bean, Bill Pullman, Jonathan Scarfe, Sakina Jaffrey. Washington reprises his role as redeemer come avenger Rober McCall and this time it's personal: when a dear friend is killed in an international investigation he begins to unravel a conspiracy of murder while attempting to keep his domestic life in check and demons at the door. Filmmaker Antonie Fuqua reunites with his star again and both continue to work well together allowing the star wattage to overpower the murky screenplay by Richard Wenk (based on the '80s TV crime drama on CBS) Skillful action and some surprisingly affective dramatic moments with Washington prove there's more meat on the bone of this genre actioner.
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9/10
C'mon Get Happy - Size Matters; Fun Tonic of the MCU with a Saltine dry Rudd in top-form
7 July 2018
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ANT-MAN AND THE WASP (2018) ***1/2 Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, Michelle Pfeiffer, Michael Pena, Hannah John-Kamen, Laurence Fishburne, Walton Goggins, Bobby Cannavale, Jane Greer, Tip 'T.I.' Harris, David Dastmalchian, Abby Ryder Fortson, Randall Park. Fast and vastly fun sequel to the ongoing MCU hero who can shrink and grow (with the help of the snazzy super-suit he dons), with Rudd (in gleeful, deadpan, Saltine-dry mode) returning to aid Hank Pym and his daughter Hope (Douglas and the yummy Lilly) attempt to rescue his wife/her mom Janet from the 'quantum realm' micro world she's been imprisoned for thirty years all the while under house-arrest and facing new foes, the mass-passing Ghost (John-Kamen) and oily Goggins' Sonny Burch who has eyes on Pym's size-fits-all technology for evil (what else?) Filmmaker Peyton Reed returns as well and keeps pace at a brisk romp with some sweet fight sequences, amazing visual effects and a punch-drunk screenplay by Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Andrew Barrer, Gabriel Ferrari and Rudd contributing too with sly comedic quips, one-liners and slapstick galore. As Rudd's BFF Pena steals the show in a riotous 'truth serum' scene. My only quibble is not enough giantess sequences (i.e. the original's danger on the dance floor) or a 'big' Lilly (well, only in IMAX which worked enough for me ;D ) PS: fun inevitable Stan Lee cameo and yes wait for the pre-end and post credits to see what actually became of the crew here re: AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR (!)
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8/10
Reasonable sequel to SICARIO
4 July 2018
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SICARIO: DAY OF THE SOLDADO (2018) *** Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin, Isabela Moner, Jeffrey Donovan, Catherine Keener, Manuel Garcia-Fulfo, Matthew Modine, Elijah Rodriguez. Reasonable sequel to SICARIO in a 'budding franchise' second chapter with Del Toro reprising his role as the Mexican hit man this time recruited by shady op Brolin for an American war on drugs with cartels and terrorists by incorporating a plan of kidnapping one of the gang lord's daughters that leads to further complications including vengeance, the price of doing the right thing and loyalty to one's own country. Lean screenplay by Taylor Sheridan and clean direction by Stefano Sollimo keeps the action on target and the humanity (the encounter with a deaf man literally is a jaw-dropper of poignancy) into a steely blend.
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10/10
Foster and McKenzie deliver Oscar worthy performances. One of the year's best films.
4 July 2018
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LEAVE NO TRACE (2018) **** Ben Foster, Thomasin McKenzie, Dana Millican, Jeff Kober, Dale Dickey. Excellent drama about a father/daughter relationship on the fringes of society with Foster and McKenzie delivering Oscar worthy performances as a damaged veteran and his coming of age daughter who both seek to make their family work at any costs. Filmmaker Debra Granik, who co-adapted the screenplay with Anne Rosellini based on Peter Rock's novel "My Abandonment", elicits heartfelt performances, tough choices and matter-of-fact reality of how inhumanity to man is perhaps the greatest sin. One of the year's best films.
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8/10
Imminent extinction for the franchise but the f/x continue to be the star attraction
24 June 2018
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JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM (2018) *** Chris Pratt , Bryce Dallas Howard, Rafe Spall, Justice Smith, Daniella Pineda, James Cromwell, Toby Jones, Ted Levine, BD Wong, Geraldine Chaplin, Isabella Sermon (Cameo: Jeff Goldblum) The franchise fear extinction in this rote-by-numbers yet still adventurously entertaining chapter this time with Pratt and Howard reluctantly reunited to save the remaining species on the volcano-erupting Isla Nublar supposedly for good intentions via John Hammond associates (weasel-in-waiting Spall and infirm Cromwell) instead becomes a perilous attempt to keep the dinosaurs for nefarious purposes altogether (and you know how that will turn out in Murphy's Law or Ian Malcolm's 'chaos theory' intact!) While filmmaker JA Bayona keeps things moving at a brisk pace the clunky machinations of the pedestrian script (humans on island, running, yelling, screaming, dying; rinse/lather/repeat) by Derek Connolly and Colin Trevorrow may have buried the series for good. The visual effects continue to astonish with a super raptor to boot (and reuniting with raptor Blue giving the T-Rex a run for her money as the movie's hero).
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Incredibles 2 (2018)
10/10
Laugh yourself silly and be pleasantly surprised at getting choked up about 'family matters'.
16 June 2018
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INCREDIBLES 2 (2018) **** (Voices of: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Huck Milner, Catherine Keener, Eli Fucile, Bob Odenkirk, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Bird, Sophia Bush, Brad Bird, Phil LaMarr, Isabella Rossellini, Adam Gates, Jonathan Banks, John Ratzenberger, Bill Wise, Nicholas Bird, Paul Eiding, Barry Bostwick, Michael B. Johnson, Jere Burns, Adam Rodriguez, Kimberly Adair Clark) Pixar does it again with this incredible sequel to the original with expanded nuclear family of super heroes facing the fact that society has outlawed them until a wealthy, philanthropical fan decides to reboot them as a PR gimmick with the Parr clan facing down a technological mad genius from enslaving the populace at hand. Great wit, grit, charm, harm and heart concocted by the fervid mind of Bird (yep another Bird-brained idea!) keeps the motor running (and that rad retro score by Michael Giacchino) to full tilt near exhaustive concoctions with wild-card baby Jack-Jack as the scene-stealing munchkin with unknown 'powers' of his own (note to the studio - a stand-alone chop/chop!) Laugh yourself silly and be pleasantly surprised at getting choked up about 'family matters'.
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10/10
A balm of kindness sorely needed
12 June 2018
WON'T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR? (2018) **** Morgan Neville's wonderful documentary/biopic on TV icon, Fred Rogers, whose PBS children's program 'Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood' educated and entertained millions of kids, manages to explain the simple message he preached - love yourself and one another. Former cast and crew as well as his surviving family regale insightful, warm and often very funny memories of working and living with him. In a time when we need him more than ever - a balm of kindness sorely needed - this valentine of a cheerful, fun and most importantly, caring individual speaks volumes of how life truly should be. One of the year's best films and if you are not crying while smiling or laughing, then you are made of stone.
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8/10
Scruffy looking Nerf herder Origin Story
26 May 2018
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SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY (2018) *** Alden Ehrenreich, Joonas Suotamo, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Paul Bettany, Erin Kellyman, Warwick Davis, Clint Howard, Anthony Daniels, Ray Park (Voices: Jon Favreau, Linda Hunt) Unnecessary yet entertaining origin story of Han Solo (Ehrenreich - if you squint, resembling Harrison Ford), the beloved scoundrel turned space cowboy smuggler of the franchise is a heist flick at best involving the young, cock(y)sure pilot enlisted with a rogue cosmic thief (Harrelson) in an attempt to return to his home planet for his beloved Clarke. While veteran director Ron Howard uses all the visuals in the f/x toy box to the hilt the screenplay by father/son combo Lawrence and Jonathan Kasdan relies on all the tricks of the trade in this wonky Western set in space and life lessons. Spotty casting (um, sorry Glover you're at best a kid on Halloween and no Billy Dee Williams) aside it's fun and fast-paced and a wonderful meet/cute between Han and Chewie.
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Deadpool 2 (2018)
8/10
Meta over-the-top with a heart of curdled gold.
25 May 2018
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DEADPOOL 2 (2018) *** Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Julian Dennison, Zazie Beetz, TJ Miller, Leslie Uggams, Karan Soni, Brianna Hildebrand, Eddie Marsan, Shioli Kutsuna, Stefan Kapicic (voice), Rob Delaney, Terry Crews, Lewis Tan, Bill Skarsgard, Brad Pitt, Alan Tudyk, Matt Damon; (Cameos: Nicholas Hout, James McAvoy, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Kodi Smit-McPhee) Super-sized sequel to the blockbuster Marvel Comics hit with Reynolds back in full comedic form as the wise-cracking, skull-splitting, fourth wall demolishing Merc With A Mouth who loses his way after suffering a tragic loss and seeks redemption via 'family matters' - namely saving a young mutant (Dennison) from extermination - namely time-traveling cyborg baddie Cable (totally buffed and beefed up Brolin) hellbent on killing him. Director David Leitch keeps the body count high, the envelope pushed R rating to the hilt with graphic violence, amazing action/fight sequences and tongue-thru-cheek(y) humor (thanks again to Reynolds re-collaborating with scribes Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick). Newcomers to the franchise Beetz as the super lucky (that's her super power too) Domino and Delaney as regular guy Peter shine with ass-kicking and belly laughs (respectively). Meta over-the-top with a heart of curdled gold.
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Tully (2018)
8/10
Funny and well-conceived dramedy with Theron in top form
5 May 2018
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TULLY (2018) *** Charlize Theron, Mackenzie Davis, Ron Livingston, Mark Duplass, Elaine Tan, Maddie Dixon-Poirer, Asher Miles Fallica. Funny and well-conceived dramedy with Theron in top form as a frazzled mother who's third birth results in having her well-meaning brother Duplass hiring a 'night nanny' (Davis in a skillful turn) to help her decompress. Diablo Cody's spot-on dialogue driven screenplay is a corker and reuniting with director Jason Reitman continues to blend the mired miserable with the life-affirming joy. While the final act is kind of a let-down it ultimately is solid in portraying the constant juggle/struggle of adulthood and parenting.
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Bad Samaritan (2018)
7/10
Decent suspense thriller with one box of crazy turn by Tennant
5 May 2018
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BAD SAMARITAN (2018) **1/2 David Tennant, Robert Sheehan, Jacqueline Byers, Lisa Brenner, Carlito Olivero, Kerry Condon, Rob Nagle, Hannah Barefoot. Decent suspense thriller with Sheehan's petty thief stumbling upon a victim-to-be of a serial killer when he attempts to rob the home and winds up in the crosshairs of an ultimate grudge match/cat-and-mouse with a few good jolts delivered and one box of crazy turn Tennant as the seriously f'd up creepazoid. Director Dean Devlin and Brandon Boyce's clever script combine for enough popcorn pleasing moments of meta-scream-at-the-screen scenes and even a few canny self-asides to aforementioned sequences.
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