Alien: Covenant

Film Review: ‘Alien: Covenant’ Forgets the Fear

More often than not, advancements in cinematic technology are a very good thing. CGI can show us literally anything, with the only limits being those of the imagination of the people crafting the film. The art form has an openness that almost boggles the mind. Sometimes, however, the old, simpler, way is best. In the case […]

Film Review: ‘Jason Bourne’ begins to show diminishing returns

I completely understand why the Bourne franchise needs star Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass. Anyone who saw The Bourne Legacy clearly noticed what was lacking. At the same time though, I’m not sure why Damon and Greengrass need this franchise anymore. Jason Bourne is a serviceable enough action film for the most part, but it’s […]

Film Review: “The Purge: Election Year” is only slightly less terrible than Donald Trump

I’ll be the first one to admit, The Purge: Election Year has an extraordinarily great marketing campaign. Tying the film in to the Donald Trump related “Make America Great Again” slogan by having the tagline for this one be “Keep America Great” is clever, timely, and worth praising. Unfortunately, nothing else about this movie is. […]

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (★★★)

The franchise has finally come to an end. What began in The Hunger Games and begun wrapping up with the unnecessarily bifurcated The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is now over. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 suffers from being only part of a whole, but it’s the superior part, heavy on tension […]

Film Review: Spectre (★★★)

In many ways, the modern incarnation of the James Bond character has finally collided with the classic 007 in Spectre. The result isn’t nearly the success that Casino Royale or Skyfall was, though this Bond flick is not without its charms (and much better than Quantum of Solace). Daniel Craig is more at ease with […]

George Miller might direct ‘Man of Steel 2’

If ever there was a juice rumor to marinate on for the weekend, it’s this one. Apparently, not only is George Miller potentially staying with Warner Brothers for his follow up to Mad Max: Fury Road, he might even be getting a chance to finally play with Superman. Yes, reports have floated the possibility that […]

Colin Trevorrow officially will direct ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’

After some speculation that just this announcement was headed our way, Lucasfilm has confirmed in a Press Release from D23 that a director has been chosen for Star Wars: Episode IX. The choice? Well, it’s the rumored pick who was initially up for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, none other than Colin Trevorrow. As I’ve […]

Film Review: Fantastic Four (★★)

Considering the pretty low bar set by the first two (or technically three) films featuring these comic book characters, this new version of Fantastic Four only needed to be average in order to easily surpass them. Sadly, this is barely able to reach that goal, offering up as mediocre a superhero flick as I’ve seen […]

Film Review: Ant-Man (★★★)

Now more than ever, I really wish that we could have seen what Edgar Wright had planned for Ant-Man. Throughout the version that is hitting screens, we see tons of hints at what his vision was for the diminutive superhero. Of course, even though Wright stepped away from directorial duties after disagreements with Marvel, Wright […]

Ben Affleck will direct and co-write his own ‘Batman’ film

I suppose this was basically an assumption that’s just been confirmed, but we now know one reason why Ben Affleck accepted the gig of playing Bruce Wayne/Batman in the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (as well as in Justice League and Suicide Squad, for that matter). Reports have him officially being named as […]

Film Review: Terminator Genysis (★★)

In some ways, Terminator Genysis is the counterpoint to the recently released Jurassic World. Both traffic in nostalgia but while the latter stuck to almost all of the original’s rules, this one here seeks to rewrite the franchise as it sees fit. Unfortunately, Terminator Genysis is a bland and generic blockbuster that doesn’t even manage […]

Film Review: Ted 2 (★★★)

I think we can all agree that the humor of Seth MacFarlane is not for everyone. Depending on who you are, his jokes on television and in movies can range from hilarious to potentially offensive. Basically, the best barometer for Ted 2 is what you thought about the first one. If Ted struck you as […]

‘Jurassic World’ could set the new Opening Weekend box office record

Wow. We won’t know the official box office numbers until sometime later on today/tomorrow, but it seems like Jurassic World has been able to shockingly come out of the blue and knock off The Avengers. Yes, the latest reports have it making between $207 and $210 million at the box office, which (provided it’s not […]

The Human Centipede III (Final Sequence) (½ Star)

It somehow got worse. A franchise that began as a mediocre horror title given undeserved controversy in The Human Centipede (First Sequence) has progressed to a carnival freak show aiming to shock in The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) and now something even poorer. Yes, The Human Centipede III (Final Sequence) might not be quite […]

Roger Deakins Teaming with Denis Villeneuve for ‘Blade Runner’ Sequel

Cinematographer Roger Deakins is clearly having a moment. The legendary DP who notoriously has yet to win an Oscar must be flying high on the luminous praise that he’s receiving for the look of Sicario, his second collaboration with filmmaker Denis Villeneuve. They worked together to Academy Award nominated effect with Prisoners, and apparently they’re […]