Category: Action

Review: the Accountant

      The Accountant is the best film I have seen in a very long time. This crime drama is about puzzles.  The puzzles of our youth, our families and of how to make meaningful personal connections.  If this does not seem to jibe with the action-oriented view you see from the trailer, well […]

Review of: The Magnificent Seven (2016)

      The original The Magnificent Seven (1960) is my favorite Western and comparing it to this new version is inevitable.  They are both based on the original Seven Samurai (1954) by Akira Kurosawa and share the same basic plot and characters.  Those who know me know I have some very definite views about […]

Review: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

  Every narrative film has to deal with suspension of disbelieve. We the viewers need, and want the films to seem real even though they are not.  Dramatic films do this primarily with a compelling story and good acting.  And comedic films almost don’t need to worry about this as long as they make laugh. […]

Guest Review: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Oh my God, wow… WOW!

There’s, of course, so much more to say than that about Star Wars: The Force Awakens. But first reactions do say a lot about a film. As the credits rolled the first words out of my mouth were essentially just lots of inarticulate exclamations. Then I called my Dad, our very own Retired Movie Critic, and repeated the exact same exclamations (especially when I learned he hadn’t gotten tickets to a show earlier than the 27th!). Why all these excessive emotions? Let’s talk about that.

Review: Spectre

    Everyone knows the essential elements of a James Bond film are. There is a villain with an imposing henchman putting the world at peril. You have 007, smart, strong and, using incredible gadgets, a tricked out car and pure grit to fight to keep the free world free, all the while bedding a […]

Review: The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

    What director, writer, Guy Ritchie did for Sherlock Holmes he has now done for the 1960s TV show The Man from U.N.C.L.E. That is to say he updates it for a modern audience while still showing the charms of the era. With Sherlock Holmes (2009, and SH: A Game of Shadows, 2011) Ritchie […]

Review: Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation

    Tom Cruise is a wealthy, self-absorbed, prima donna.  But at a time in film making where CGI is used to enhance even non-action movies, I appreciate when actually physical effects and stunts are used.  And Tom Cruise does a lot of his own stunts.  That fact alone means I appreciate a film like […]

Review of: The Gunman

The Gunman

  The Gunman has some serious talent behind it. Sean Penn is the star and a producer. Javier Bardem, Ray Winstone, Indris Elba and Mark Rylance are powerful supporting player. And the director, Pierre Morel, made my favorite action movie Taken. So why is it that I didn’t like this film as much as I […]

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