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, [...]

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 : 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 : 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 [...]