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  • Alien: Covenant

    Alien: Covenant

    ★★

    Sometimes in cinema as in life the best course of action is simply to let sleeping dogs lie instead of insisting on continuing to beat a dead horse over and over. In the case of the Alien franchise, the horse probably died sometime during the making of Alien 3, and yet here we are several decades later and 20th Century Fox is still insisting on releasing more Alien films even with increasingly diminishing returns failing to realize that all of…

  • The Negotiator

    The Negotiator

    ★★★½

    The Negotiator is like a classic Sidney Lumet film newly updated for an MTV generation. The film takes a few classic Lumet tropes like the hostage crisis negotiation and the police corruption scandal and mashes them both together while polishing off some of the grittiness and rougher edges into a whole new sleeker looking package. While still nowhere near as complex or profound as such Lumet classics as Dog Day Afternoon or Prince of the City, The Negotiator is nonetheless…

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  • District 9

    District 9

    ★★★★

    It may be a little known fact but we truly live in an era where brilliant, original science fiction films are being produced year in and year out. At no other time since the 1980's has there ever been an influx of quality science fiction produced as there has been in the last 5 or 6 years or so in Hollywood. Case in point would be District 9. District 9 is co-written and directed by South African director Neil Blomkamp…

  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★★

    La La Land made me breath a huge sigh of relief because it finally provided confirmation that 2016 wasn't a complete wash after all. It's the kind of film that reaffirms your love of cinema because it loves cinema just as much as you do. It's a musical made to please people who don't really care about musicals. If movies or music still mean something to you then La La Land is sure to find a way to your heart…