Category Archives: Review

…Climb Aboard

Kenneth Branagh’s “Murder on the Orient Express” harkens back to a simpler time. A time when train travel was elegant, extravagant, and in style. A time when the journey was just as important as the destination. A time when a murder made headlines and shocked the world. And finally, a time when ensemble casts meant bringing together some of the greats.

The company of actors assembled to ride the luxury train-ride of a film might confuse a modern audience. An ensemble made up by prestigious actors, with a freight train worth of Oliviers, Oscars, and Tonys between them, playing such small parts. Well, it’s all but unheard of. In the world of “Murder on the Orient Express,” they make perfect sense. After all, who else would look so at home in this opulent and lavish world but the upper crust of the acting world. Read the rest of this entry

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…hammer away

At this point it should come as no surprise that the Marvel Universe has pulled together another great story, yet “Thor: Ragnarok” still seems to be blowing everyone’s minds. Not that I blame them. It is incredibly well told and continues to do a great job of interweaving the ever-growing list of franchises.

Of course, it’s been a good long while since we had a standalone “Thor” movie, which may be hard to believe, mostly because we had “The Avengers,” to get us through, not to mention the constant parade of the (excellent…mostly) Marvel movies in the meantime (eight total…but who’s counting?). Read the rest of this entry

…Abbreviate

Hidden beneath the prosthetics and artificial layers of director Rob Reiner’s “LBJ” is a story that’s incredibly relevant to a modern audience. Sadly, much like the majority of its lead actor’s face, the full potential of the story remains hidden.

The film putts along at a presidential parade’s pace, jumping back and forth from the cataclysmic event that made him President Johnson to his time as a senator, presidential candidate, and then vice president. The film’s central premise, the story of a politician who has a colorful way with words and a sometimes crippling need to be liked by those he governs, feels a little too on the nose at times. Read the rest of this entry

…suit up

The “Kingsman” series was a delightful surprise to me when “Kingsman: The Secret Service” hit theaters in 2014. It’s an unexpected cross between the charm and wit of James Bond and tongue-in-cheek gore.

I know, I know, it does not sound like a winning combo, but the trick to enjoying the “Kingsman” films (and really any film) is knowing what you’re walking into. The balancing act of charm and gore that the first film nailed is just as phenomenal in the sequel, “Kingsman: The Golden Circle.”

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…stay for the credits

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Today, crusaders, another Summer of Blockbusters comes to an end. But as with most endings, it merely means the beginning of a new chapter. In this case, it’s the start of the fall and holiday movie season, which gives us plenty to look forward to.

Still, before we say goodbye, let’s take a look back at the best, worst, and most surprising films of the summer. Read the rest of this entry