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: Creed

    Even though we did have the film Rocky Balboa in 2006, the new film, Creed is the Rocky for the new millennium. Adonis Johnson is the illegitimate son of Apollo Creed and has never know his father because his father died before he was born (see Rocky IV, 1985). In Creed we have […]

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 Walk

    The 2008 Oscar winner for the Best Documentary (Feature) was Man on Wire by James Marsh. This was the story of Philippe Petit’s daring and illegal work on a high wire strung between the Twin Towers in New York. This documentary tells the riveting tale of a man driven to pull off what […]

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: Ted 2

    Ted 2 is the next chapter of the story of a real live Teddy Bear. Ted the character is a pot head, foul mouthed, crude and cuddly and the totally hilarious creation of Seth MacFarlane. The plot of this film revolves around Ted’s legal battle to be recognized as a person and not […]

Review: Entourage

  The boys are back! I loved the HBO series Entourage (2004-2011), and was looking forward to the Entourage film. If you are also a fan of the series you will enjoy this film, just not as much as you might have hoped. But, let’s start with the positives. First, everyone is back! Vinnie, E, […]

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