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Film review: “The Lego Batman Movie” (2017)

“The Lego Batman Movie” (2017) Animated/Action Directed by: Chris McKay Featuring: Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson and Ralph Fiennes Alfred Pennyworth: “Were you looking at the old family pictures again?” Batman: “No, I wasn’t!” Alfred Pennyworth: “Sir, I have seen you go through similar phases in 2016 and 2012 and 2008 and 2005 and 1997 and 1995 […]

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Film Review: “Power Rangers” (2017)

“Power Rangers” (2017) Sci-Fi/Action Directed by: Dean Israelite Featuring: Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott, RJ Cyler, Becky G, Ludi Lin, Bill Hader, Bryan Cranston and Elizabeth Banks Zordon: “The answer to what is happening to you is here. You five are the Power Rangers.” Zack Taylor: “Did I just hear you say we’re Power Rangers?” Hart: “Is this some kind of […]

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DVD Review: “Allied” (2016)

“Allied” (2016) War/Thriller/Drama Directed by: Robert Zemeckis Featuring: Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard, Jared Harris, Simon McBurney and Lizzy Caplan Max Vatan: “Heard a lot about you, saying you were beautiful… and good.” Marianne Beausejour: “Being good at this kind of work is not very beautiful.” War films have been a staple of Hollywood for over a hundred years, for the […]

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DVD Review: “Hacksaw Ridge” (2016)

“Hacksaw Ridge” (2016) War/Drama Running Time: 139 minutes Directed by: Mel Gibson Featuring: Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey, Teresa Palmer, Hugo Weaving, Rachel Griffiths and Vince Vaughn Desmond Doss: “With the world so set on tearing itself apart, it don’t seem like such a bad thing to me to want to put a little bit of it back together.” […]

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Film review: “Trespass Against Us” (2017)

“Trespass Against Us” (2017) Thriller/Drama Directed by: Adam Smith Featuring: Michael Fassbender, Brendan Gleeson, Sean Harris, Lyndsey Marshal, Rory Kinnear, and Killian Scott Colby Cutler: “Blessed are the cracked.” Who is Michael Fassbender, and what does he want to be? These are both good question’s to think about after viewing this movie. He has to be one of the hardest […]

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DVD Review: “The Family Fang” (2015)

“The Family Fang” (2015) Drama/Comedy Running Time: 105 minutes Directed by: Jason Bateman Featuring: Jason Bateman, Nicole Kidman and Christopher Walken Baxter Fang: “Don’t be afraid. Own the moment. If you’re in control then the chaos will happen around you and not to you.”   Jason Bateman had such success at an early age as a kind of alternative to […]

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DVD Review: “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” (2016)

“Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” (2016) Drama Running Time: 113 minutes Directed by: Ang Lee Featuring: Joe Alwyn, Kristen Stewart, Garrett Hedlund, Vin Diesel, Steve Martin and Chris Tucker Billy: “It’s sort of weird, being honored for the worst day of your life.” Ang Lee has had a most interesting career so far, his latest film “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime […]

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Film Review: “Kong: Skull Island” (2017)

“Kong: Skull Island” (2017) Action Running Time: 118 minutes Directed by: Jordan Vogt-Roberts Featuring: Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, Brie Larson, Jing Tian, Toby Kebbell, John Ortiz, Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Shea Whigham, Thomas Mann, Terry Notary, and John C. Reilly Hank Marlow: “That’s Kong, he’s king around here. Kong’s a pretty good king. Keeps to himself mostly, […]

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Film Review: “A Streetcat Named Bob” (2017)

“A Streetcat Named Bob” (2017) Drama/Comedy Running Time: 103 minutes Directed by: Roger Spottiswoode Featuring: Luke Treadaway, Ruta Gedmintas, Joanne Froggatt, Anthony Head and Bob the Cat as himself “Cats are notoriously picky about who they like. And if a cat doesn’t like its owner it will go and find another one. Cats do that all the time.” ― James […]

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Film Review: “John Wick: Chapter 2” (2017)

“John Wick: Chapter 2” (2017) Action/Thriller Running Time: 122 minutes Directed by: Chad Stahelski Featuring: Keanu Reeves, Common, Laurence Fishburne, Riccardo Scamarcio, Ruby Rose, John Leguizamo and Ian McShane The Bowery King: “He’s offered seven million dollars for your life. seven million dollars is a lot of money, Mr. Wick.” John Wick: “So I guess you have a choice. Do […]

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Film Review: “Fist Fight” (2017)

“Fist Fight” (2017) Comedy   Running Time: 91 minutes Directed by: Richie Keen Featuring: Ice Cube, Charlie Day, Christina Hendricks, Jillian Bell and Tracy Morgan Strickland: [From red-band trailer] “Snitches get stitches.” In recent years Ice Cube has been teaming up with veteran comedians (Cedric the Entertainer, Kevin Hart, Jonah Hill, Mike Epps and many others) in fish out of […]

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Film Review: “Logan” (2017)

“Logan” (2017) Action/Thriller Running Time: 135 minutes Directed by: James Mangold Featuring: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Richard E. Grant, Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant, Dafne Keen, Eriq La Salle, Elise Neal and Elizabeth Rodriguez Charles Xavier: “Logan, what did you do?” Logan: “The world is not the same as it was, Charles. Mutants… they’re gone now.” Never has one movie owed […]

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Blu-ray Review: “Hell or High Water” (2016)

“Hell or High Water ” (2016) Thriller Running Time: 120 minutes Director: David Mackenzie Featuring: Ben Foster, Chris Pine and Jeff Bridges T-Bone Waitress: “I’ve been working here for 44 years. Ain’t nobody ever ordered nothing but a T-Bone steak and baked potato. Except one time, this asshole from New York ordered a trout, back in 1987. We ain’t got […]

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DVD Review: “Picket Fences” (1992 – 1996)

“Picket Fences” (1992 – 1996) Drama 88 Episodes Created by: David E. Kelley Featuring: Tom Skerritt, Kathy Baker, Costas Mandylor, Lauren Holly, Holly Marie Combs, Zelda Rubinstein, Adam Wylie, Fyvush Finkel, Ray Walston, Kelly Connell, Don Cheadle, Lisa Chess, Justin Shenkarow While David E. Kelley is widely known for his successful legal shows (“The Practice”, “Ally McBeal”, “Boston Legal” and […]

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Film Review: “Rings” (2017)

“Rings” (2017) Horror Running Time: 107 minutes Directed by: F. Javier Gutiérrez Featuring: Matilda Lutz, Alex Roe, Johnny Galecki, Vincent D’Onofrio, Aimee Teegarden and Bonnie Morgan Holt: “I keep… thinking about this story. There’s this video that… kills you. Seven days after you watch it. The second it’s over… the phone rings. And this voice says…” Samara: [voiceover] “Seven days.” […]

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DVD Review: “Life, Animated” (2016)

“Life, Animated” (2016) Documentary Running Time: 92 minutes Directed by: Roger Ross Williams Featuring: Jonathan Freeman, Gilbert Gottfried, Alan Rosenblatt, Owen Suskind, Ron Suskind Alan Rosenblatt: “The image of autism in the early 90’s was not terribly flattering.” Documentaries highlighting hardships in life are not new and the way people cope with these things are ripe subject matter, particularly when […]