Solo: A Star Wars Story

Solo

The Star Wars franchise delivers the backstory of iconic scoundrel and smuggler in Ron Howard’s Solo: A Star Wars Story. Prequels are a tricky business because storytellers have to sell an adventure that audiences will already know about in a broad sense. The Star Wars franchise has a troubled history with prequels thanks to the…

Deadpool 2

Deadpool

The merc with the mouth returns for another dose of foul mouthed fourth wall breaking comedic action in David Leitch’ Deadpool 2. Deadpool was considered a refreshing surprise for many when it was released because it was a superhero movie with an attitude and a more mature rating allowing more freedom to ramp up the…

Avengers: Infinity War

Avengers

The entire Marvel Cinematic Universe comes together to combat a threat to the universe itself in Joe and Anthony Russo’s Avengers: Infinity War. Reviewing a film like this is a very difficult task because there has never really been a film like this. It isn’t a direct sequel to anything specific nor is it a…

Rampage

Rampage

Three animals are exposed to an experimental pathogen and balloon up to city destroying size in Brad Peyton’s Rampage. Video game adaptations aren’t exactly cinematic gold. They are routinely met with mixed to negative reactions and are generally regarded as being an unworkable concept. My personal opinion is that for the most part they aren’t…

A Quiet Place

Quiet

A family is forced to live in near total silence to hide from creatures that hunt by sound in John Krasinski’s A Quiet Place. Right from the off it’s very clear that a lot of thought went into this film. The idea of being inhumanly quiet to survive is just the sort of high concept…

Pacific Rim: Uprising

Uprising

Steven S. Deknight brings audiences another dose of giant robot on giant monster action in Pacific Rim: Uprising. The first Pacific Rim is a divisive film in that many people love it and many others hate it. I’m firmly on the side of those that love it and recently appeared on a podcast devoted to…

Ready Player One

Ready Player One

Steven Spielberg brings a digital world to life in his adaptation of the wannabe cult classic novel Ready Player One. I’ll start with a brief overview of my feelings on the novel. In short I think it’s an easy read but has several fundamental problems that prevent it from ever being good. The characters are…

Tomb Raider

Tomb Raider

Alicia Vikander takes on the role of iconic video game adventurer Lara Croft to deliver an origin story for the character in Road Uthaug’s Tomb Raider. This isn’t Lara Croft’s first outing on the big screen. Angelina Jolie wielded the twin pistols back in 2001’s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and its 2003 sequel Lara Croft…

Mom and Dad

Mom and Dad

A teenage girl and her brother try to survive when parents start inexplicably trying to kill their kids in violent and brutal ways in Brian Taylor’s Mom and Dad. This isn’t the sort of film that any serious thought should be applied to because there is clearly no motivation to pay an awful lot of…

Please Stand By

Please Stand By

An autistic Star Trek fan runs away from her caregiver to cross the country so that her entry to a writing competition can be submitted before the deadline in Ben Lewin’s Please Stand By. As a Star Trek fan this film was simply something I had to see. The immediate concern might be how accessible…