Movie Review : Mad Max – Fury Road

George Miller has revived his Mad Max punk-western franchise as a bizarre convoy chase action-thriller in the post-apocalyptic desert. There are what seem to be dozens of huge rigs and chunky 18-wheelers driven by large, cross men with long hair and bad teeth, or no hair and no teeth, their rides pimped out with skulls [...]

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Movie Review – Captain America : The Winter Soldier

Movie Review – Captain America : The Winter Soldier

★★★★¼ The problem with many of the superhero movies is that they are operating under the assumption that everyone in the audience knows all the hymns. It's a lot easier—and lazier—for a screenwriter to simply do a roll call of characters and events while letting fans fill in all the blanks. Sometimes the onscreen information [...]

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, [...]

Movie Review : It (2017)

Movie Review : It (2017)

★★★★ It ranks among the better Stephen King adaptations... no other small praise indeed. This is like an R-rated Goonies. With an evil clown in it... Plot The highest-grossing horror movie of all time, It is the story of a bunch of teenagers in small-town America coming face to face with an ancient evil… who looks like a [...]

Movie Review : Toy Story

Movie Review : Toy Story

⋆⋆⋆⋆¾ Children will enjoy a new take on the irresistible idea of toys coming to life. Adults will marvel at a witty script and deftly defined characters, and the overall conceptual sophistication. So ingenious in concept, design and execution that you could watch it on a postage stamp-sized screen and still be engulfed by its charm [...]

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 : The Wolf of Wall Street

Movie Review : The Wolf of Wall Street

★★★★½ This may be the highest-velocity three-hour movie ever, a delirious and borderline addictive wash of adrenaline, testosterone, and controlled substances. Plot Based on the memoirs of the real-life Belfort, the story follows his meteoric rise from a penny-stock broker operating out of a strip mall in the late 1980s to a twenty-something tycoon, complete [...]

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 [...]