…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…

…pay back

In the spirit of starting this year’s Oscar reviews with honesty, I’m going to be upfront with you. When I saw that “Hell or High Water” was a Best Picture nominee I assumed it was because it was a Jeff Bridges western (he has a history). I was wrong. The story of brothers Toby (Chris…

…give and take

I have to get one thing off my chest before I begin my review of “The Giver,” a movie inspired by Lois Lowry’s novel—I have not read the book. Yes, I am one of the handful of millennials who managed to avoid reading this staple of Gen Y literature in high school. It was however, a…

…choose your words carefully

“True Grit” as interpreted by Joel and Ethan Coen is everything you could want in a Western.  Gunslingers, lawmen, horrible hygiene, dusty trails, and gunfire abound in this film. Of course one would expect all this given the 1969 John Wayne headlined film of the same name and basic plot line. However to call this…