• Where the Truth Lies

    Where the Truth Lies

    ★★★

    Erotic neo-noir thriller with Kevin Bacon, Colin Firth, and Alison Lohman that leans heavy on the sex and nudity….and is all the better for it. Lohman is an investigative reporter digging into the sudden split of a famous comedy duo (Bacon and Firth) around the time that a dead girl was found in their hotel suite. The story gets a bit convoluted and has an unfortunate explainer ending scene where one of the characters explains to the “audience” what really happened, but it’s…

  • Next Exit

    Next Exit

    ★★★

    With proof positive of an afterlife, the Life Beyond Institute in California, headed by Dr. Stevenson (Karen Gillan) has pioneered an elective procedure to send and track patients into the great beyond.  In New York, Rose (Katie Parker) and Teddy (Rahul Kohli), strangers who have both signed up for this experimental venture, are brought together by happenstance and unwittingly left to make the trek from New York to California together. As Rose and Teddy barrel towards the afterlife, their journey sees them instead exploring their…

  • They/Them

    They/Them

    #SlasherSaturday
    Awesome title for a slasher film.  My biggest issue with this film is that it can barely be described as a slasher film. The conversion camp and Kevin Bacon are scarier than our killer.  Kills are very scarce, not creative and mostly happen off screen. This had a lot going for it. The title, the setting, the concept, a bacon number of zero.  Plus, I really like Anna Chlumsky and Carrie Preston from seeing their work on various television series. Sadly,…

  • Prey

    Prey

    ★★★★½

    Finally! A good Predator movie. Really good. Prey marries the American wild frontier with the sci-fi lore of the Predator and delivers a taut action thriller while simultaneously reviving a franchise I had long written off as dead. Amber Midthunder slays every moment of this film. The fight scenes and choreography are all really well done with creativity and brutality in all of the kills.  The Predator design is different, but it had grown on me by the end of the film.…

  • I Love My Dad

    I Love My Dad

    ★★★★

    I Love My Dad is hysterically funny and, simultaneously, cringey as hell. I mean that in the best possible way.  Patton Oswald stars as Chuck semi-estranged father of Franklin (James Morosini), a socially awkward young adult with suicidal tendencies. When Franklin blocks his dad’s phone number and removes him from all social media, Chuck resorts to creating a new fake profile so that he can maintain visibility into his son’s life. But when Franklin reaches out to this “person” the relationship leads…

  • Thirteen Lives

    Thirteen Lives

    ★★★★

    Apollo Thirteen Lives

    A dramatic retelling of the already dramatic 2018 rescue of 12 Thai boys and their soccer coach trapped deep inside a flooded cave. Very similar to Apollo 13, it’s a story that captured the hearts and attention of the entire world and took a monumental effort of many to ensure the safe return of just a few. 

    Ron Howard has been one of my favorite directors. His early films were particularly influential in shaping my love of film.…

  • Bullet Train

    Bullet Train

    ★★★½

    A raucous trip that entertains from departure to destination. First and foremost, this insane cast of characters is an absolute delight. Brad Pitt owns, as well he should. Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Brian Tyree Henry are perhaps the best onscreen twins since Schwarzenegger and Devito 👯‍♂️. Several cameos add lots of fun to the watch. (To be honest, I didn’t watch trailers or look at who was listed as cast members, so some of the ones that surprised me may not be a…

  • Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    ★★★★★

    Oooooooooooooooooh, $h*#!.
    THAAAAAAAT’s what everyone was talking about. 

    Finally finished our catch up watch of the M:I franchise and wow that is an awesome film. Top tier action sequences paired with one of the best scripts of the franchise. Top that off with an embarrassment of riches in the casting. Rebecca Ferguson, Michelle Monaghan and Vanessa Kirby in the same film? Nice rebound for Henry Cavill’s mustache after having been inglouriously edited out of The Josstice League. Can’t say much…

  • Random Acts of Violence

    Random Acts of Violence

    ★★½

    #SlasherSaturday

    I wanted to like this more than I actually did. This seemed like a great concept for horror slasher. Jordana Brewster gives a gutsy performance venturing outside the Fast franchise. I would love to see her in more features.  It has some really impressive moments of gore splattered throughout. I think this is my first Jay Baruchel written/directed film that I’ve seen though, and unfortunately, I think it could have been better executed on those fronts.  It appears to…

  • Vengeance

    Vengeance

    ★★★★

    A funny and engaging murder mystery that takes a biting look at the American cultural divide.  B.J. Novak stars as Ben, a burgeoning writer in New York who finds out that a girl that he hooked up with a few times, Abilene, has tragically died. Abilene’s family in Texas had been led to believe that Ben and Abilene’s relationship was much more serious than it actually was and Ben is guilted into attending her funeral in Texas. So he flies…

  • DC League of Super-Pets

    DC League of Super-Pets

    ★★★

    My youngest son has been dying to see this ever since he saw the first trailer. Like asking every other day when this movie comes out. So when I saw the advanced screening for this was coming up I had to take him even though it’s a bit father than we typically have to go for screenings. 
    First, this is the most free swag we’ve gotten at a screening in Seattle. Full size poster 27X40 (not the typical little 11x17’s),…

  • The Innkeepers

    The Innkeepers

    ★★★½

    The Innkeepers takes a long (and I mean long) time to get where we know it’s going.  It withholds virtually all of the spooks and scares for the final 15 minutes or so. Thankfully the build up to the ending as plenty entertaining in large part to the chemistry and banter of our charismatic leads Sara Paxton and Pat Healy. They’re an engaging hang as the haunted history of the hotel is slowly revealed setting up everything that happens in…