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Movie Review: “Atomic Blonde”

David Leitch might not be a recognizable name to most, but it likely soon will be.  His career as a stunt actor/coordinator covers 82 films and includes some of the most memorable American action films of the past 20 years.  After working on the Matrix Trilogy, he and Chad Stahelski were approached by Keanu Reeves [...]

By |July 27th, 2017|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Movie Review: “Dunkirk”

Christopher Nolan has been quick to correct those who dismiss his latest film as a War Movie.  “It’s not a war movie, it’s a survival movie.”   Indeed, while it does take place in 1940 during WWII, it’s a story not of battle, but of 400,000 allied soldiers stranded on a beach, surrounded by the enemy, [...]

By |July 21st, 2017|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Movie Review: “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets”

Without doubt, Writer/Director Luc Besson is a very talented artist.  He’s brought us some memorable and entertaining films including La Femme Nikita, The Fifth Element, and Léon: The Professional.  However there seems to be a negative correlation between the size of the budget and the quality of his screenplay.  With this is mind it’s been [...]

By |July 21st, 2017|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Movie Review: “A Ghost Story”

Occasionally we come across a film that deserves to be admired for a variety of reasons but still cannot be recommended as a “good movie.”  For simplicity's sake, this article’s definition of a “good movie” is a film that can be recommended to a specific audience group who will appreciate the experience it provides.  By [...]

By |July 20th, 2017|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Arizona Filmmaker Showcase May: Film festival rewind

The May Arizona Filmmaker Showcase presented three films that had previously screened at the Phoenix Film Festival in April, along with two other films that were screened only the night before at the Short Shorts with Short Leash outdoor film festival. The Amazing Mortimer – Directed by Phil Wilson Old ventriloquist Mortimer (Greg Joseph) entertains an audience [...]

By |July 16th, 2017|Independent Film, Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Movie Review: “War for the Planet of the Apes”

It’s rare that the sequel of a remake of a franchise that started in the 60’s could be considered as one of the year’s best films, but writer/director Matt Reeves has done just that with the emotionally charged “War for the Planet of the Apes.”    Five years after the climactic battle in “Dawn of [...]

By |July 14th, 2017|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Review: “Maudie”

“Maudie” – “I’ll get a job or something.” – Maud Lewis Maud (Sally Hawkins) is soft spoken, pleasant and kind, and for fun, she spends an occasional evening at a club, enjoying a drink and dancing by herself.  One night at the aforementioned club, she soaks up laughter and music but without socializing or speaking [...]

By |June 30th, 2017|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Review: “Despicable Me 3”

It's been quite a ride with the Despicable Me films. It has turned into a billion dollar franchise that just doesn't know how to fail at the box office, despite the varying quality of the filmmaking. I personally liked the first one with its clever premise and great voice acting. The second was just OK, [...]

By |June 30th, 2017|Movie Reviews|0 Comments

Movie Review: “Baby Driver”

From the moment the first guitar chords strike you know “Baby Driver” is going to take you on a unique ride.  Edgar Wright has not crafted just another movie, not just another heist film, but created what has as much in common with a full blown dance musical as it does with a standard action [...]

By |June 27th, 2017|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Movie Review: “The Beguiled” (2017)

Two idioms repeatedly pop into mind when watching Sofia Coppola’s 2017 remake of “The Beguiled.”  “A fox in the henhouse” and “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned” neatly encapsulate the atmosphere within this tense drama set near the end of the Civil War.   Colin Farrell plays John McBurney, an injured Yankee soldier [...]

By |June 22nd, 2017|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments