Directed by: Greg Mclean Written by: James Gunn Starring: John Gallagher Jr., Tony Goldwyn, & Adria Arjona Grade: B- A group of employees at the Colombian headquarters of an American multinational company are trapped inside their building and forced to murder each other in The Belko Experiment, a dark thriller/satire written by James Gunn, director […]Read more "“The Belko Experiment” (B-)"
Directed by: Jordan Vogt-Roberts Written by: Dan Gilroy, Max Borenstein, Derek Connolly, & John Gatins (story) Starring: Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, John C. Reilly, & John Goodman Grade: B- The giant ape from a mysterious island in the Pacific gets yet another cinematic reboot in Kong: Skull Island, Warner Bros’ and Legendary […]Read more "“Kong: Skull Island” (B-)"
Directed by: James Mangold Written by: Scott Frank, James Mangold, & Michael Green Starring: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen, Boyd Holbrook, & Stephen Merchant Grade: B I’ve already expressed my feelings about the superhero genre twice here in my reviews for both Deadpool and Batman v Superman last year, and I don’t want to […]Read more "“Logan” (B)"
Directed by: Byron Howard & Rich Moore Written by: Jared Bush & Phil Johnston Starring: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba Grade: B It shouldn’t be too controversial of a statement (I hope) that Disney have been off their game for the last 20-odd years. The once groundbreaking studio arguably hasn’t produced a truly great […]Read more "“Zootopia” (B)"
Directed by: Robert Eggers Written by: Robert Eggers Starring: Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie, Harvey Scrimshaw Grade: B+ With the slasher and torture-porn subgenres having mostly withered away while indie directors are afforded more and more creative licence to explore new ideas, I feel as though horror is entering a new renaissance. Sure, there […]Read more "“The Witch” (B+)"
Directed by: Tim Miller Written by: Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick (based on the character by Rob Liefeld & Fabian Nicieza) Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, and Ed Skrein Grade: B+ I’ll probably alienate half of the people that read this blog with the following paragraph, but here it goes anyway. I don’t really care […]Read more "“Deadpool” (B+)"
Directed by: Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu Written by: Mark L. Smith & Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu (based in part on the novel by Michael Punke) Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson Grade: B+ I had a lot of mixed feelings about The Revenant in its immediate aftermath, and I still have them nearly 48 hours removed. […]Read more "“The Revenant” (B+)"
Directed by: J.J. Abrams Written by: Lawrence Kasdan, J.J. Abrams, Michael Arndt Starring: John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Harrison Ford IMDb Grade: A- It’s been far too long that the cinema has been bereft of a great sci-fi/fantasy series. After I walked out of my early morning screening of the latest Star Wars film, […]Read more "“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (A-)"
Directed by: Lenny Abrahamson Written by: Emma Donaghue (based on her novel of the same name) Starring: Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Joan Allen IMDb Grade: A It’s hard to know what to say about Room without saying too much. I have so many things I want to express about my experience with this film, yet […]Read more "“Room” (A)"
Directed by: Stephen Spielberg Written by: Matt Charman, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen Starring: Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Alan Alda IMDb Grade: B+ A morally upright and headstrong lawyer is caught up in Cold War espionage in the latest picture from the ever-present Steven Spielberg, Bridge of Spies. It’s also yet another impressive film from the […]Read more "“Bridge of Spies” (B+)"