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  • Alien: Covenant

    Alien: Covenant

    ★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Much like a synthetic with a flute, Alien Covenant blows.

    In my humble opinion this franchise has run out of steam long ago. I believe the first two films of the Alien series are classics. Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection have many problems but some redeeming qualities.

    The prequel Prometheus had ambition and the scene where the crewmember uses a robotic surgeon machine on herself was cool.

    The only thing really going for Alien Covenant is the ambitious idea of…

  • Hounds of Love

    Hounds of Love

    ★★½

    I think I’ve noted in the past that I’m suffering from “kidnapped hostage movie” overload, so I may not be the best judge of “Hounds Of Love”. For the most part it’s a well-made film, and if you’re into this type of hostage thriller, you might find it worth your time.

    In improv comedy class they tell you not to make your characters crazy. If they’re mentally unstable, then any sort of behavior can be explained, and it just doesn’t…

  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★★

    Judging from the comments I've read online, I feel that it's become kind of cool to hate on "La La Land", so I wasn't quite sure what to expect upon my first viewing. It's Hollywood's love letter to itself, and I can see how that would immediately be grating to many viewers. I ended up really loving it. Some movies miss their target, some hit, and others hit bullseyes. I'm not a huge fan of musicals, but this movie rang…

  • Logan

    Logan

    ★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    You have to give the X-Men franchise a lot of credit for longevity. For what I hear is Hugh Jackman’s incredible ninth appearance as the character of Wolverine, the producers have shown a commitment to making as high-quality a film as possible. It’s about time that the superhero genre grew up a little bit. But I had big problems with the story of “Logan” that ultimately undercut the whole thing.

    Who would have ever imagined that the second sequel to…

  • What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

    What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

    I've liked plenty of bad movies because of their badness, so I don't begrudge the significant number of people who love "What Ever Happened To Baby Jane" for the same reason. I only watched it to prepare to see the TV series "Feud: Bette And Joan", but the truth is that I could have shut off this movie at any time and not feel like I missed a thing. It was actually quite depressing to see Davis and Crawford in…

  • Kong: Skull Island

    Kong: Skull Island

    ★★★

    The 3D was excellent, and I’m someone who usually foregoes the 3D option all together. I never seem to notice the effect that much to make it worth the extra cost. But “Kong: Skull Island” was a pleasant exception. There are many well composed, colorful shots that take advantage of the medium and moments of cutting-edge special effects where stuff is being flung toward the camera in a manner that is the closest to the over-the-top 3D I remember from…

  • Moonlight

    Moonlight

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    A little slow and the main character is generally passive, but still a good, perceptive coming of age drama. Most everything is told in an understated and realistic fashion.

    Since African-Americans seem to have a bit of a conflicted relationship with homosexuality, it was interesting to see some of the forces that shape the life of this young man struggling to understand himself and his place in the world.

    The only part that felt contrived was that after Chiron and…

  • Florence Foster Jenkins

    Florence Foster Jenkins

    ★★

    Good production value, but the story is like something from a farce you'd take your grandmother to go see on a Sunday afternoon at a local community theater.

    "Florence Foster Jenkins" seems to think it's a much, much funnier movie than it really is, and the filmmakers appear to be convinced that the audience is rolling in the aisles at every horrifyingly off-key note Meryl Streep hits. If you don't happen to find her bad singing hilarious or even amusing,…

  • Get Out

    Get Out

    ★★★

    A good lead performance by Daniel Kaluuya as Chris Washington, an interesting premise, some effective moments and enjoyable suspense. Jordan Peele has obvious talent as a writer and director. Lil Rel Howery as Chris's friend Rod was an appealing performance of a likeable supporting character, something that seems rare nowadays.

    When it came to the plot mechanics of discovering the bad guy's actual plan (and the plan itself), the movie faltered badly, and it's why I can't manage too much…

  • Krisha

    Krisha

    ★★★★

    A film that earns the title "harrowing drama." Not a lot happens in terms of action, yet "Krisha" consistently creates a surprising amount of suspense throughout. I was expecting Krisha (Krisha Fairchild, with a great performance) to grab a gun and massacre the whole family right from the beginning. It's to the film's credit that things don't go that far, but always feels like it could happen any second.

    The film ends on an inconclusive note, sort of like life…

  • Split

    Split

    ★★

    Good performances by the two leading actors James McAvoy and Anya Taylor-Joy, and an intriguing set up, but ultimately it didn't go anywhere for me.

    On the plus side, the challenge of dealing with such a distinctly split multiple personalities and a psychiatrist attempting to outwit them felt like a fresh, original storyline. And there are a few scenes that are quite compelling. On the negative side, maybe I'm burnt out on movies featuring a psycho holding people hostage. That…

  • Jackie

    Jackie

    ★½

    Natalie Portman does a decent job of acting I suppose, though she has zero chemistry with her co-stars. The production values seem to have made the most of a small budget, and it was good to see John Hurt again. I thought the rest of the film was just bad. Poorly written, filmed, and directed, accompanied by an annoying quasi-horror movie score that was often mixed way too loud. The prevalence of close-ups made most of the film feel claustrophobic.…