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Review: The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard Proves Salma Hayek Can More Than Keep Up with the Boys

June 9, 2021 | By
Review: <em>The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard</em> Proves Salma Hayek Can More Than Keep Up with the Boys

If you go back and watch the 2017 action-comedy, The Hitman’s Bodyguard, it’s pretty obvious that the chemistry between Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson is what drove that movie and what made it more than your typical buddy action-comedy we’ve seen many times before. In that movie, Salma Hayek had a small but... »

Review: Two Emmas Make Cruella a Deliciously Devilish Origin Story

May 26, 2021 | By
Review: Two Emmas Make <em>Cruella</em> a Deliciously Devilish Origin Story

Origin stories, including villain origin stories, are a core staple of the movie-going landscape in the 21st Century. A curious mind may seek to ask the creators of a particular such film—“why do we need this film?” As far as origin stories go, Disney’s upcoming Cruella, starring Emma Stone as the younger, hipper version... »

Review: F9 Revs Along in a Formulaic Way But Still Provides Fun Thrills

May 25, 2021 | By
Review: <em>F9</em> Revs Along in a Formulaic Way But Still Provides Fun Thrills

Usually, by the time a franchise hits its ninth installment, as “The Fast Saga” has — unlike many, many others, mind you — there’s only so much that can be done with a formula that’s been working for so long. 20 years, in this case. It’s why James Bonds usually switch out every four... »

Review: Jon M. Chu’s In the Heights Cast Dances Us to New Elevation

May 21, 2021 | By
Review: Jon M. Chu’s <em>In the Heights</em> Cast Dances Us to New Elevation

“Good things come to those who wait,” they say, and Jon M. Chu’s upcoming movie adaptation of the Tony-winning Broadway musical In the Heights arrives just in time to prove the adage right.  The film, whose release was delayed nearly a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, takes the work that put Lin-Manuel Miranda... »

REVIEW: A Quiet Place Part II Ups the Terror Level by Building On What Worked Before

May 18, 2021 | By
REVIEW: <em>A Quiet Place Part II</em> Ups the Terror Level by Building On What Worked Before

I generally liked John Krasinski’s 2018 thriller, A Quiet Place, and appreciated it for its use of sound and silence to create fantastic big screen thrills, but it also felt like a very obvious high-concept premise where it was basically the same danger over and over again. Whenever someone accidentally makes a noise, they’ll... »

REVIEW: Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead Proves the Filmmaker’s Incredible Growth Since His Zombie Debut

May 12, 2021 | By
REVIEW: Zack Snyder’s <em>Army of the Dead</em> Proves the Filmmaker’s Incredible Growth Since His Zombie Debut

Before 2004, Director Zack Snyder was a bit of an unknown quantity outside the world of music videos. That is, until he was hired to direct a remake of the late George Romero’s Dawn of the Dead. Snyder’s next movie, an adaptation of Frank Miller’s 300, was a box office blockbuster that shifted Snyder... »

REVIEW: Spiral Shows Off A Few Fresh Tricks While Retaining Uncomfortable Levels of Gore

May 12, 2021 | By
REVIEW: <em>Spiral</em> Shows Off A Few Fresh Tricks While Retaining Uncomfortable Levels of Gore

If you’ve seen one or (God forbid) all the Saw movies (like me), you might be wondering what Spiral: From the Book of Saw might offer, especially when it brings back so many elements from previous movies, including 2017’s Jigsaw. For most people, the change might come down to two words: Chris Rock. Reportedly,... »

REVIEW: Mortal Kombat Fights for Relevance in World of Violence it Created

April 22, 2021 | By
REVIEW: Mortal Kombat Fights for Relevance in World of Violence it Created

When the original Mortal Kombat arcade game was released in 1992, it was meant as direct competition to and to raise the stakes against the then-popular Street Fighter series. With its unique style of grotesque fighting, daring parents to object and appealing to what video game makers, Hollywood producers and now audiences alike want... »

REVIEW: Godzilla vs. Kong is More Worthy for Its CG-Created Monsters Than Much Else

March 29, 2021 | By
REVIEW: <em>Godzilla vs. Kong</em> is More Worthy for Its CG-Created Monsters Than Much Else

Make no mistake that Warner Bros’ Godzilla vs. Kong is not the first time the mighty behemoths have clashed, and it probably won’t be the last. When Legendary Pictures scored the rights to the Toho Studios franchise and the Universal Pictures staple King Kong (probably with limitations like only referring to him as “Kong”),... »

REVIEW: Zack Snyder’s Justice League is Definitely More, So Does That Make It Better?

March 15, 2021 | By
REVIEW: Zack Snyder’s Justice League is Definitely More, So Does That Make It Better?

We’ve all heard the stories of filmmakers who weren’t able to make the movie they set out to make for one reason or another. Most of us have probably also thrown in a DVD or Blu-ray of some “Director’s Cut” or another, where a director was allowed to cut together their own ultimate version... »