Late Summer Movie Xtravaganza!

Summer 2017 is rolling into the final stretch, and checking Rotten Tomatoes there is a surprising number of highly rated movies at the theater right now. Which film should you plonk $15 down and view in a  theater and which should you stream on an airplane? I’ll give you the rundown on 4 pics which…

VPL or Bust: The Beguiled

  Colin Farrell ignites Confederate panty pudding as he takes a turn in The Beguiled in a role made famous in the 1971 movie starring Clint Eastwood. Wounded by enemy shrapnel, Colin is a Union soldier stranded in Virginia; a young girl named Amy stumbles upon him and brings him back to the all-girl school…

The Girl on the Train: Get Emily Some Chapstick

Based on Paula Hawkin’s New York Times bestseller, The Girl on the Train was one of 2016’s most anticipated movies. I’ll go verdict first on this movie adaptation: don’t see it. Maybe if you are bored on airplane (or a train for that matter), check it out. I’ve enjoyed Emily Blunt’s work over the years.…

“The Nice Guys” Movie Review

It must be quite cheap to produce movies set in the 1970’s, as we seem to be seeing a lot of them. You take a bunch of props left from American Hustle, all the polyester on sale at Goodwill, blow up a few old Chevy Impalas and you have a fun detective/crime story set in…

“Captain America: Civil War”: Movie Review

And here comes Jeremy Renner with his trusty bow and arrow … The Avengers writers must hate Jeremy Renner. The 13th movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has a plethora of characters and action—each superhero one upping the other—and they always trot out Jeremy Renner with his bow and arrow. It looks so weak against…

Jungle Book Movie Review: A Tale of 2 Jungle Books

Disney’s revamped quasi live-action Jungle Book is the harbinger of an era of hyper realistic animation. Hopefully they make more films like this, but part of me thinks this technology might serve nefarious purposes as well. The images look so realistic now that without my contact lenses I might even mistake them for real images (except…

Barbershop The Next Cut: Sitcom in Waiting

The thing that most impressed me from Barbershop 3: The Next Cut was Ice Cube’s business acumen, because I imagine Cube and the other producers made a quite a bit of money off this. Cube filmed this on (I’m sorry to say) a sort of cheap looking set of a barbershop, but the camera makes sure…