Movie Review: THE OLD GUARD

THE OLD GUARD poster | ©2020 Netflix

Rating: R Stars: Charlize Theron, KiKi Layne, Matthias Schoenaerts, Marwan Kenzari, Luca Martinelli, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Harry Melling, Van Veronica Ngo Writer: Greg Rucka, based on the graphic novels by Greg Rucka, illustrated by Leandro Fernandez Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood Distributor: Netflix Release Date: July 10, 2020 THE OLD GUARD is about a group of Immortals. Mythology about immortality has been around for as long as humans have been telling stories. There’s no automatic reason to think that one new variation has ties to a specific older variation. Well, unless in the new variation, the Immortals all have swords, can sense each […]Read On »

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Movie Review: ATOMIC BLONDE

ATOMIC BLONDE | © 2017 Focus Features

Rating: R Stars: Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, John Goodman, Eddie Marsan, Sofia Boutella, Toby Jones, James Faulkner, Bill Skarsgard Writer: Kurt Johnstad, based on the Oni Press graphic novel series THE COLDEST CITY by Antony Johnston and Sam Hart Director: David Leitch Distributor: Focus Features Release Date: July 28, 2017 ATOMIC BLONDE looks absolutely amazing. Director David Leitch, who comes from a stunt background and did some sequences on JOHN WICK (and is scheduled to do DEADPOOL 2) knows how to make his actors, his settings, his colors and his shapes all breathtaking from one shot to the next. There […]Read On »

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The Fate of the Furious and more Blu-ray, 4K, DVD reviews for the week of July 11, 2017

THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS | © 2017 Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Your weekly roundup of things out on video this week in all formats. THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS The FAST AND FURIOUS franchise is an interesting one in that it is a series of films that began mediocre, went belly up, then inexplicably rose from the ashes to become a huge, mega hit at the box office and with critics. It’s a crazy story and one that nearly never happens in Hollywood. TRANSFORMERS comes out bad, stays bad for a dozen movies even though people continue to go and see the films in the theater. FAST AND FURIOUS can actually […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS

THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS movie poster | ©2017 Universal Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Vin Diesel, Jason Statham, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Charlize Theron, Kurt Russell, Nathalie Emmanuel, Luke Evans, Elsa Pataky, Kristofer Hivju, Scott Eastwood Writer: Chris Morgan, based on characters created by Gary Scott Thompson Director: F. Gary Gray Distributor: Universal Release Date: April 14, 2017 Let’s start with one big selling point of THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS. It has an extended sequence, roughly midpoint, where director F. Gary Gray and his amazing stunt and vehicle team do things with vehicles that haven’t been done quite this way before. (It’s also liable to […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR

THE HUNTSMAN WINTERS WAR | © 2016 Universal Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Emily Blunt, Charlize Theron, Jessica Chastain, Sheridan Smith, Nick Frost, Rob Brydon, Alexandra Roach Writers: Evan Spiliotopoulis and Craig Mazin, based on characters created by Evan Daugherty Director: Cedric Nicolas-Troyan Distributor: Universal Release Date: April 22, 2016 THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR is being billed as a prequel to 2012’s SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN, but it’s actually a wraparound, beginning before the earlier film, then jumping ahead to seven years later. It’s a decent enough fantasy adventure on its own terms, though despite the title, the real star here isn’t so much Chris Hemsworth, reprising […]Read On »

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Blu-ray and DVD reviews this week – September 1, 2015

MAD MAX FURY ROAD | © 2015 Warner Home Video

Your time is short. We know this. So in order to expedite your buying and Netflix decision making, we provide you with a list of the cool and not-so-cool titles coming out for movies, television and everything in-between. So put your feet up, grab some popcorn and check out this week’s selections. Movies: MAD MAX: FURY ROAD – There have been a host of big budget blockbusters in 2015 from THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, to FAST & FURIOUS 7, to JURASSIC WORLD and more. But for my money, the best of them all is MAD MAX: FURY ROAD. Amazing […]Read On »

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Movie Review: A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST

A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST movie poster | ©2014 Universal Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Seth MacFarlane, Charlize Theron, Amanda Seyfried, Liam Neeson, Giovanni Ribisi, Neil Patrick Harris, Sarah Silverman Writers: Seth MacFarlane & Alec Sulkin & Wellesley Wild Director: Seth MacFarlane Distributor: Universal Release Date: May 30, 2014 There are moments of laugh-out-loud brilliance in A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST, writer/producer/director/star Seth MacFarlane’s send-up of classic Westerns. There are also plenty of just generally funny things. And then there are things that will make at least some people go, “I’m not with you on this one.” It’s 1882 in the Territories, a scrubby stretch of the Old West […]Read On »

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Damon Lindelof hints what PROMETHEUS 2 could be

Logan Marshall-Green, Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender in PROMETHEUS | ©2012 20th Century Fox

While speaking to a small group of press after the PROMETHEUS panel at Wondercon 2012, screenwriter and producer Damon Lindelof spoke a little bit more in detail about where a PROMETHEUS 2 could go. It also shed some light on why PROMETHEUS has the “DNA” of the ALIEN films, but isn’t a really a true prequel. “If ending this movie is going to take you to the room where John Hurt is walking into that room full of eggs, we know where it’s going to end,” says Lindelof and why they didn’t do that? “Real good stories, you don’t know […]Read On »

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Movie Review: PROMETHEUS

PROMETHEUS movie poster | ©2012 20th Century Fox

Rating: R Stars: Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Guy Pearce, Logan Marshall-Green, Sean Harris, Rafe Spall Writers: Jon Spaihts and Damon Lindelof Director: Ridley Scott Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Release Date: June 8, 2012 Prior to PROMETHEUS, director Ridley Scott has, in his prolific career, made only two other science fiction films. However, those two films were ALIEN and BLADE RUNNER. It’s hard to imagine what current science fiction (and, in the case of ALIEN, creature horror) films would look like without those two seminal features in the canon, except to say that things would be different. […]Read On »

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Movie Review: SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN

SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN poster | ©2012 Universal Pictures

Stars: Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Sam Claflin Writers: Evan Daugherty, John Lee Hancock, Hossein Amini Director: Rupert Sanders Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: June 1, 2012 After Julia Roberts tore through scenery in the campy MIRROR, MIRROR early this year, prospects for the second big studio reboot of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale certainly didn’t look promising. However, SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN has just the right amount of reinvention and visual panache, that it turns out to be a pretty decent movie. The story is way too familiar, which is one of its big drawbacks, but director […]Read On »

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