Review: “Cocaine Bear”

The true story of the real "Cocaine Bear" is surprisingly anticlimactic.  Thankfully for us, writer Jimmy Warden and director Elizabeth Banks chose not to make a documentary, but an off-the-rails comedy gore-fest that is only inspired by the basic details.  In the fall of 1985, drug smugglers threw out millions of dollars' worth of cocaine.  [...]

By |2023-02-28T12:53:33-07:00February 28th, 2023|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Review: “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania”

It seems strange that Phase 5 of the MCU would introduce one of the most powerful and cold-hearted villains by having him go head-to-head with the goofiest of the Avengers.  I had hoped with the excellent cast assembled, and all-knowing Fiege pulling the strings, "Quantumania" would surprise us with some bold moves.  Unfortunately, my intrigue [...]

By |2023-02-17T14:52:19-07:00February 17th, 2023|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Review: “Knock at the Cabin”

The master of the twist, M. Night Shyamalan, is back with his best film since 2016's "Split."  That's not a very high bar considering his last two features were "Old" and the incredibly disappointing "Glass."  Shyamalan shares the screen writing credit for "Knock at the Cabin" with Steve Desmond and Michael Sherman, who adapted the [...]

By |2023-02-03T16:24:54-07:00February 3rd, 2023|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Review: “M3GAN”

In many ways, "M3GAN" is a concept we've seen numerous times below, dating as far back as Talky Tina's murderous threats in the 1963 "Living Doll" episode of "The Twilight Zone."  The most famous of these murderous dolls, Chucky and the Zuni Fetish Doll from "Trilogy of Terror," were energized by spirit possession.  The "Puppet [...]

By |2023-01-05T23:27:26-07:00January 5th, 2023|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Review: “Babylon”

Each year we get a couple of movies that romanticize filmmaking and cinema, but Damien Chazelle's "Babylon" might be the first one to fetishize it.  The main characters are each incredibly passionate about their art but revel in the decadence and chaos that surrounds the industry during the 1920s. We first meet Manny (Diego Calva) [...]

By |2022-12-24T16:43:18-07:00December 24th, 2022|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Review: “Avatar: The Way of Water”

13 years have passed since James Cameron last took us to the lush planet, Pandora.  The original "Avatar" was hailed as a leap forward in 3D and CGI effects.  Nothing back then even came close. Unfortunately, the story left much to be desired, copying other white-savior classics like "Dances with Wolves."  "The Way of Water" [...]

By |2022-12-14T20:40:28-07:00December 14th, 2022|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Review: “Violent Night”

'Tis the season for holiday movies to flood theaters and streaming channels.  Once again there is a glut of cheesy, by-the-numbers Hallmark specials, a few genre-mashing oddballs, and faithful re-runs of all-time classics.  But this year we've been gifted "Violent Night," the best Christmas movie since "Die Hard." Director Tommy Wirkola must enjoy shooting blood on [...]

By |2022-12-01T21:59:30-07:00December 1st, 2022|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Review: “The Fabelmans”

My biggest concern walking into the screening for "The Fabelmans" was that this fictionalized autobiopic would end up being an over-lengthy, self-indulgent, surface-level story of how a young boy became one of the greatest directors of all time.  I could not have been more wrong.  Yes, it does follow his life between ages 8 and [...]

By |2022-11-25T15:16:50-07:00November 25th, 2022|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Review: “The Banshees of Inisherin”

Martin McDonagh, writer and director of "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri", "Seven Psychopaths", and "In Bruges" returns to his homeland with his latest film, "The Banshees of Inisherin."  The story takes place on a small fictional island just off the shore of Ireland.  It's April 1923, at the very end of the Irish Civil war.  [...]

By |2022-10-28T13:59:56-07:00October 28th, 2022|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Review: “Black Adam”

Comic book movies have spent well over a decade now trying to escape the stigma of their genre.  They've tried to be anchored in reality. They've donned the disguise of other genres.  They've pushed rating limits. Some have even been nominated for Academy Awards.  "Black Adam" has a refreshing back-to-basics comic-book feel to it.  But [...]

By |2022-10-23T23:23:36-07:00October 23rd, 2022|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments