Action

Black Panther (2018)

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Black Panther (2018)

When the #OscarsSoWhite scandal popped up two years ago addressing the lack of diversity from The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, I argued that it wasn’t the Academy that needed to change, but the industry at large.  Two years later, that concern is still valid but I will admit that I see changes […]

| February 16, 2018
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12 Strong (2018)

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12 Strong (2018)

If you are an individual who his absolutely hell-bent on viewing America’s conflict in Afghanistan as a patriotic – or even holy – crusade against the tyranny of evil men then you could probably do worse than a movie like 12 Strong.  Movies chronicling the highs and lows of America’s longest war are a dime […]

| January 18, 2018
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Proud Mary (2018)

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Proud Mary (2018)

I’m always a little suspicious when a movie studio tries to hide its product.  When critics have difficulty seeing a film in time to meet their deadlines, it invariably has nothing to do with PR and everything to do with the fact that the distributers are likely hiding damaged goods.  I was curious about this […]

| January 11, 2018
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The Commuter (2018)

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The Commuter (2018)

The Commuter is a bait-and-switch action picture that’s got good bait and a very weak switch.  You’ve already seen this movie.  Trust me, dear reader.  You’ve been through the paces.  Even if you’re not accustomed to attending Liam Neeson’s endless string of identi-kit January action butt-kickers like Flight Plan, Non-Stop, Unknown, Run All Night and […]

| January 11, 2018
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Justice League (2017)

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Justice League (2017)

How can I possibly resist a movie that employs a line like “Where . . . Is . . . My . . . Mother Box!!?”  I can assure you, this line of dialogue sounds just as ridiculous in context as it does out. I wish I could say that the rest of Justice League […]

| November 16, 2017
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Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

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Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

One of the things that I really wanted from the new Spider-Man movie was a fresh approach.  Please, oh please – I screamed quietly to myself – don’t tell his origin story again . . . not again!  My exasperation is due in part to the fact that this is yet another reboot.  There is […]

| July 8, 2017
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Baby Driver (2017)

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Baby Driver (2017)

For a young fellow like Baby, music is the milk of life.  Mixed and remixed, culled from the ambient noise of human motion and refitted into a soundtrack that guides his every step and every action, life has a rhythm and a composition that he will not deny himself.  When he walks down the street, […]

| June 28, 2017
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Transformers: The Last Knight (2017)

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Transformers: The Last Knight (2017)

Three years ago, when I wrote my review of Transformers: Age of Extinction, I reported afterwards – with a bit of personal curiosity and subconscious pride – that during the third act, I began to daydream about things that had nothing to do with the movie.  I figure it was my brain’s natural resistance to […]

| June 20, 2017
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