Category Archives: Movie Reviews

Movie Review: Halloween (2018)

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Starring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Nick Castle, Andi Matichak

Directed By: David Gordon Green

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The original Halloween is a stone cold classic, and it’s not just one of my favorite horror movies, it’s one of my favorite movies period. John Carpenter built an amazingly eerie film, and all others that came after it, including the many sequels, fail to live up to it. So the news that David Gordon Green of all people would be helming a new sequel/reboot, with Danny McBride cowriting it with him, gave me some cause for concern. The guy behind Eastbound and Down and Vice Principals was going to helm a Halloween movie?

Well, I should’ve trusted this Green guy, cause Halloween (2018) (for the purposes of this review I’m calling it H18 from now on) is pretty damn fantastic. Read the rest of this entry

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Movie Review: The Predator!

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Starring: Boyd Holbrooke, Olivia Munn, Sterling K Brown, Jacob Tremblay, Thomas Jane

Directed By: Shane Black

For being one of Hollywood’s most iconic monsters, The Predator sure hasn’t had very many great movies. Sure, the 1987 original is a classic, and I’ll always got to bat for Predators, the 2010 attempt at rebooting the franchise, but by and large ol’ mandible face has always had a tough time at the cineplex (I know there are some who’ll champion Predator II, but I’m not one of them). With that comes writer/director Shane Black’s attempt to launch a new series of films. After successes with Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang, Iron Man 3, and The Nice Guys (not to mention writing Lethal Weapon and being in the original Predator as Hawkins), it would seem that Black’s off-center charm would be just the thing to reinvigorate the franchise.

Unfortunately, that’s not quite the case here. Read the rest of this entry

Movie Review: Ant-Man and the Wasp!

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Ant-Man_and_the_Wasp_posterAnt-Man and the Wasp (2018)

Starring: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lily, Michael Douglas, Hannah John-Kamen, Michelle Pfeiffer

Directed By: Peyton Reed

After the events of Infinity War, it might seem a little strange for Marvel Studio’s next release to be Ant-Man and the Wasp. But it worked for the previous Ant-Man movie, which was released after Age of Ultron, and guess what? It works again here. Building off of the charm of the original film, while also adding some much needed female super heroics, Ant-Man and the Wasp is a fun, if a little inessential, entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Read the rest of this entry

Solo Flies Low

Han+solo+movie+review+i+enjoyed+this+movie+surprisingly+enoughit_28954a_6625636Despite making over $100 million in its opening weekend, Solo: A Star Wars story is a disappointment for Lucasfilm and Disney. The film was tracking for a debut weekend in the $150 million range, but the writing was on the wall as soon as the Thursday night preview totals were tallied up, and it ended up with Solo earning the title of the lowest grossing Star Wars film so far, with a second weekend drop that’s one of the steepest in movie history. Certainly a lot of factors are at play here, from franchise fatigue, bad early buzz, and the recasting of a beloved character for the first time in thirty years. But to be honest, I don’t think any of those are a factor for Solo‘s under perfromance, or at least, not wholly responsible. I think it’s honestly a combination of a little bit of all of those factors, with the biggest one being the fact that Solo was in a tough spot already as the third “big blockbuster of the season”. Read the rest of this entry

Movie Review: Solo: A Star Wars Story!

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Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)

Starring: Alden Ehrenreich, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Woody Harrelson, Paul Bettany

Directed By: Ron Howard

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With Lucasfilm and Disney pumping out new Star Wars movies every year, we were bound to get one that wouldn’t be met with a ton of pre-release hype. The early behind the scenes buzz around Solo: A Star Wars story hasn’t been great, with original directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller getting the boot and Ron Howard being brought in to help finish the project, so it would be understandable to think that Solo would be the first of the Star Wars “sidequels” to truly bomb in the narrative department. But surprisingly, the end result is still a pretty good time at the movies. Read the rest of this entry

Movie Review: Deadpool 2!

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Deadpool 2 (2018)

Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Zazie Beetz, Morena Baccarin, Julian Dennison

Directed By: David Leitch

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It’s hard enough to come up with a good comic book movie sequel, let alone a comedy movie sequel, so the announcement that Deadpool would be a getting a number two, while unsurprising, was one that made me a little worried. The original film was a hilarious surprise, especially since I was becoming a little burnt out on the character in the comics. But amazingly, Deadpool 2 is able to surpass the comedy sequel curse and present a new adventure for the Merc with a Mouth that is equal parts hilarious, action-packed, and surprisingly moving too. Read the rest of this entry

Movie Review: Avengers: Infinity War!

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gallery-1521208645-infinity-war-posterAvengers: Infinity War (2018)

Starring: Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Chadwick Boseman, Chris Pratt, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Anthony Mackie

Directed By: Joe and Anthony Russo

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Ten years. Ten years of movies, characters, box office records, and building a world unlike anything that has even been seen in Hollywood has finally come to this: Avengers: Infinity War. The hype surrounding this film is certainly palpable, to the point where you wouldn’t be out of line to make the claim that there’s no way this movie could possibly live up to the hype.

But in a lot of ways it does. Read the rest of this entry

Movie Review: A Quiet Place

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A Quiet Place (2018)

Starring: John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds

Directed By: John Krasinski

The past few years have seen some of the strongest genre pictures in recent memory make instant and long lasting impacts on pop culture. Films like It, The Witch, Get Out, and It Follows have all become new instant classics, and folks, you can safely add A Quiet Place to that list. The John Krasinski directed film, in which he stars alongside his wife Emily Blunt, is one of the most original and tense horror films I’ve ever seen, and, despite the “don’t make a sound” gimmick, deserves to be seen in a theater with the speakers at full blast. Read the rest of this entry

Movie Review: Black Panther!

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Black_Panther_film_posterBlack Panther (2018)

Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B Jordan, Lupita N’yongo, Danai Gurire

Directed By: Ryan Coogler

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Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther has a lot to live up to. As not only the first Marvel Studios movie to feature an African-American lead, but also the director’s first major tent pole movie, there’s a lot to expect from the film. But amazingly, Black Panther lives up to the hype, presenting a movie that’s not only worthy of the character, but also one that could (and should) start a movement similar to the one Wonder Woman started last Summer. Read the rest of this entry

Movie Review: Star Wars: The Last Jedi!

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the_last_jedi_imax_posterStar Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)

Starring: Daisy Ridley, Mark Hamill, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Carrie Fisher

Directed By: Rian Johnson

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The wait for the next “Saga Movie” in the newly reinstated Star Wars franchise has been a long one, full of Rey “Mary Sue” debates, Snoke theories, and complaints about why Luke was only seen in the last few minutes of The Force Awakens. Well, the wait is finally over, and one thing is definitely for certain, nothing will ever be the same now that Star Wars: The Last Jedi has hit theaters. Director Rian Johnson delivers a movie that’s not only a satisfying installment in the franchise, but one that leaves it in a place that makes me genuinely curious and excited to see what comes next. Read the rest of this entry