Movies & Films

Reviews of both new release and older movies & films.

Alien: Covenant is Faithless

In every cop TV show there is a scene where the detectives have to visit the family of a murder victim and inform them that their loved one has been killed senselessly. The family cries or yells, and the cop either shrugs it off or says something really pithy. My dear, dear Alien fans, I am the detective and I am on your doorstep. Knock, knock. I am going to do the merciful thing and spare you the hundred...

Throwback Thursday: In Space, No One Can Hear an Alien Scream

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past, “classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important, interesting, fun, or all of the above. With the imminent release tomorrow of the latest film in the Alien saga, I figured now would be the perfect opportunity to look at this space opera franchise and what the individual production teams have brought to each installment. As discussed in last week’s column, a confluence of events...

Movies of Mention! King Arthur, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and More!

Welcome to your movie-geek roundup of what’s new and worth your attention on the big screen and streaming at home. Let us know in the comments what you’re going to be watching! In Theaters King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (Now Playing) Guy Ritchie’s wild take on King Arthur could stand to be more crazy. Sure, it begins quite fun with magic swords decapitating wizards, giant elephants blasting through armies, and a rather fast montage of Arthur’s life growing...

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword Isn’t Your Father’s Arthurian Story

There have been numerous films set around the exploits of King Arthur and his Round Table. Most have focused on Arthur’s rise to power, his love triangle with Guenevere and Lancelot, or his later years. (For just one take, see my look at 1981’s Excalibur here.) But King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is something different. Never before have I seen so many of the standard tropes of this legend removed to create something different, yet also familiar. Guy...

Throwback Thursday: Dark Star Is an Excavated Classic

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past, “classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important, interesting, fun, or all of the above. I’m going to start off this throwback with a big ol’ declarative sentence. Dark Star is not a good film. There. I’ve said it. You might be wondering why I’m devoting a column to its existence, then. It might not be a good film, but it is an important...

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Isn’t Perfect, But It’s a Pretty Great Sequel

It’s great. It’s not as good as the first one. If you don’t have a lot of time on your hands, that’s a pretty sufficient TL;DR review of Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2, the latest whiz-bang spectacle from Marvel Studios. James Gunn is back in the director’s chair for the follow-up to his 2014 surprise hit, Guardians of the Galaxy, a film that stars, in the words of its second trailer, “a thief, two thugs, an assassin, and...

Throwback Thursday: The Enemy of My Enemy is Enemy Mine

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past, “classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important, interesting, fun, or all of the above. Due to creative differences, a director leaves a project. Another director steps in. This is a pretty regular occurrence in Hollywood. In 1984 this happened while filming a science-fiction film about two different species learning to put aside hate and embracing friendship. It’s a good concept for a science-fiction film....

Movies of Mention! Mifune: The Last Samurai, Manchester by the Sea, and Lost in La Mancha

Welcome to your movie-geek roundup of what’s new and worth your attention on the big screen and streaming at home. Let us know in the comments what you’re going to be watching! Netflix Mifune: The Last Samurai (Now Streaming) If you’ve never heard of famed Japanese actor Toshiro Mifune, you’re in for a treat. If you have heard of him, you’ll enjoy this documentary. Narrated by Keanu Reeves, the movie covers not only Mifune’s lengthy movie career but the...

Throwback Thursday: Barbarella Really Could Be the Queen of the Galaxy

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past, “classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important, interesting, fun, or all of the above. Released at the tail end of the time period affectionately known as Swinging London, 1968’s Barbarella captures just a bit of the tone and feel of that era. While not doing terribly well in the United States, it was the second-largest film in the United Kingdom that year. Only...

Throwback Thursday: It’s a Cool, Cool World For the Ice Pirates

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past, “classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important, interesting, fun, or all of the above. I will go on record stating that 1984 was a great year for genre films. We got Ghostbusters, Gremlins, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Neverending Story, A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Terminator, and that doesn’t even include some other equally entertaining films that hit theaters and drive-ins...
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