Movie Review : Trainspotting

★★★★½ It's a really honest portrayal of drugs and is surely one of the finest "drug" movie out there. There's a joyous feeling coupled with despair that really pervades that film and I think it does the subject justice. Danny Boyle's classic holds up terrifically well. Plot Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor), a young man with few prospects [...]

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Movie Review : “Mission: Impossible – Fallout”

Movie Review : “Mission: Impossible – Fallout”

★★★★½ In an era of sloppy and forgettable action flicks on the one hand and overly serious “gritty” franchises on the other, the Mission: Impossible movies strike a pleasing balance between memorable action sequences and smaller-scale character intrigue. They’re whatever the opposite of “self-important” is. Fallout is not only the best pure action movie of summer 2018, [...]

The Dark Knight : 10 Years Later

The Dark Knight : 10 Years Later

Smacking his lips from across the interrogation table, makeup smearing his face like acid wash, The Joker takes an existential swipe at Batman halfway through Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, and leaves a scar. “I know the truth,” he blabbers. “There’s no going back. You’ve changed things ... forever.” Summer 2008... The hype for Christopher [...]

Movie Review : Birdman

★★★★½ Birdman is everything you want movies to be : vital, challenging, intellectually alive, visually stunning, emotionally affecting. It's a film that’s both technically astounding yet emotionally rich, intimate yet enormous, biting yet warm, satirical yet sweet.  Plot A washed up actor tries to reclaim his fame on Broadway with a new play. As this is [...]

Movie Review : Avengers – Infinity War

Movie Review : Avengers – Infinity War

★★★★½ Considering the plethora of expectations this franchise always carries, the movie’s number of actual missteps is only a tiny fraction of the potential missteps inherent in an undertaking this vast and complex.  The movie became a cultural phenomenon. It got people excited and talking, it brought families and friends to theaters... It’s Marvel’s Universe. We [...]

Movie Review : Rush

Movie Review : Rush

★★★★ ½ Plot : Rush is about the rivalry between two young drivers who fought for the Formula 1 championship in the 1970s. In one corner, we have the blond playboy Brit by the name of James Hunt, who competed for the good times, the glory, and the fun. In the opposing corner lurks Niki Lauda, [...]

Movie Review : Kingsman — The Secret Service

Movie Review : Kingsman — The Secret Service

★★★★1/4 What constituted a typical James Bond movie in the past ? Few of its favorite elements — sartorial taste, killer toys and cracked-out supervillains, were considered part of the standard template of an over-the-top spy movie. Kingsman tries to portray itself as a satirical depiction of the same, but feels as real as the original Bond movies… [...]