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You Were Never Really Here

In many ways, it’s an innovative work that you wish would not be that maddeningly opaque with you. You Were Never Really Here features Joaquin Phoenix in an outstanding performance as a very dangerous […]

 
 

A Quiet Place

I counted some clichés, but the suspense is so effective that I easily suspended disbelief. Invincible monsters that now rule the Earth have wiped out most of civilization (how much extinction is hard to say) in A Quiet Place. The key survivors are […]

 
 

Ready Player One

Third-tier Steven Spielberg, yet third-tier by him are better than most of his contemporaries best efforts. Ready Player One is one respect is about video games fandom which is not something I’m interested in. Except in the year 2045, the real world is so filthy […]

 
 

Red Sparrow

If you’re like me and you thought “Salt” with Angelina Jolie and [especially] “Atomic Blonde” with Charlize Theron were bulls*** than here we have something more true to life with a truly magnetic Jennifer Lawrence to boot. Red Sparrow is based on a novel by […]

 
 

Annihilation

So frightening it pains only to turn your eyes away. Annihilation is hard science fiction that is a crossbreed of horror, too, and it has enough ideas to fill a dozen movies. It does not hurl constant action movie type of Roland Emmerich moments at you because it’s strategy is to build anticipation and dread a la Kubrick and Cronenberg […]

 
 

Game Night

Lots of laughs, lots of creative visuals. Game Night wisely casts Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams together as married couple Max and Annie who have gone childless, perhaps because their weekly party games are not to be interrupted […]

 
 

Black Panther

All the hype led me to believe it was going to be a whole lot of level different. No it’s not. Black Panther is just more of the Marvel Comic Book same. From the get-go, it’s so preoccupied being sensational at every single moment that it never gets grounded […]

 
 

The Commuter

The first action-suspense pic for the new year is a diverting midlevel yarn, it’s no genre trendsetter (more derivative if anything), but it’s got Liam Neeson going for it and tasteful mindless fun going for it. The Commuter is Neeson’s umpteenth take since […]

 
 

Proud Mary

How stylish is the wannabe blaxploitation pic Proud Mary starring that firecracker of a talent Taraji P. Henson? It has those schlocky but jivey opening animated credits that turns its’ circa 1970’s Foxy Brown-like character into a wannabe […]

 
 

Best Films of 2017

My compiled year-end round-ups come late, but that’s only because I want to fairly track down every essential title before I complete it. It’s the closest thing I have to composing a sacred writ […]

 
 

Phantom Thread

For forty-five minutes I believed I was seeing an incomparable masterpiece. But it wasn’t meant to be. Phantom Thread just isn’t a film that completely comes together logically, but damn if it also shows the kind of flair by director Paul Thomas Anderson […]

 
 

Downsizing

Of all the bad movies I’ve ever seen, at least this one has kernels of mesmerizing tidbits. Downsizing comes from exactly the kind of brain factory as I could have wanted. That of writer/director Alexander Payne […]