Deadpool 2: Silly Sequel is Surprisingly Dark, Relentlessly Juvenile

Deadpool 2 poster

2 out of 5 stars (has some good moments, but is overall bad) Deadpool 2 is the first disappointment of 2018.  With a genius marketing campaign, hilarious trailers, and the prospect of seeing our favorite foul-mouthed antihero again, I was ready to dive head-on into this Pool.  Sadly, Deadpool 2 is a needlessly darker and sophomoric outing that emphasizes violent action over clever wit, making for a film that Continue Reading

Captain America: The Winter Soldier: A Super Sequel with Brains

Captain America: The Winter Soldier Poster

4 out of 5 stars (one of the best in its series) Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a prime example of how to do a sequel right.  It builds on everything that was good about its predecessor while still being a solid standalone movie.  I also applaud the inclusion of pointed political commentary that actually feels like it was researched and understood by the screenwriters before it was placed in the Continue Reading

Dwayne Johnson’s Newest Will Leave Audiences in a Rampage

1.5 out 5 stars (one of the worst I’ve seen this year) Rampage is one of the most bizarrely terrible movies I’ve seen this year.  Taking its “story” from the always successful-source of a video game, this film collapses on impact due to insultingly underdeveloped characters, less-than-half-baked ideas, and a cast full of people who look either confused or bored throughout (excluding an appropriately hammy Continue Reading

Pacific Rim Uprising: Fun Sci-Fi Sequel Should Satisfy its Fan base

3 out of 5 stars (average) Pacific Rim Uprising is, above all else, a live-action cartoon.  Its dialogue is cheesy, the characters are basic, and most of the story that is here can be predicted by space satellites.  But who seriously goes to a movie called Pacific Rim Uprising expecting a deep narrative?  All most of us really want to see here are giant monsters (here called Kaijus) fighting giant robots Continue Reading

“The Accountant”: Ben Affleck Drama Provides Realistic Portrayal of Autism, Has Great Action

The Accountant poster

5 out of 5 stars (One of my favorites) I walked into The Accountant expecting a violent action flick with a conveniently autistic main character.  The film has been marketed as a potboiler character drama/action thriller with a star-studded cast and a director with one popular movie to his name, an advertising tactic used by countless films every year to make them seem “adult” in nature.  The Accountant Continue Reading

Newest “Trek” A Fun and Rousing Adventure With Great Character Interactions

Star Trek Beyond poster

3.5 out of 5 stars (above average) Star Trek Beyond is a fun sci-fi action movie that feels closer to the 2009 reboot in terms of tone and character interactions. Whereas Into Darkness caused “Khan-troversy” among the Trekkie community, this film is lighter on its feet and, as far as I know, feels more like an episode of the classic 60’s TV show.  I have (sadly) never seen a full episode, but I can Continue Reading