Star Wars: The Rise of the Skywalker isn’t only the ninth Star Wars installment but the ultimate conclusion to a franchise started in 1977. It goes without saying that for fear of even the most mild of spoilers, I ask that you please do not read any further until after seeing the film. If you’re anything like me, go into the film knowing as little as possible. The saga ends as it begins on the…"Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – A Saga Ends"
Star Wars: The Last Jedi may or may not be the best film in the franchise but writer-director Rian Johnson delivers the goods in the eighth installment. What follows below the asterisks is the bulk of my original review–first published in 2017. My feelings on this film have not changed in two years. In fact, the film only improves with time. Rian Johnson would turn out to be the perfect filmmaker to take on the…"Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Road to IX"
Star Wars: The Force Awakens features the long-awaited return of fan favorites while introducing us to a new generation of characters. Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) are back but Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) has gone missing. The Resistance has a new band of heroes leading the way for a younger generation. Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega), Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), and BB-8 are certain to take Star Wars into the…"Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Road to IX"
X-Men: Apocalypse may not be the satisfying third film in the series that one would like but it certainly does the job here. After being teased during a post-credits scene, we meet En Sabah Nur (Oscar Isaac) aka Apocalypse just before the transference. The next thing we know, it’s 1983 and Moira MacTaggert (Rose Byrne) awakens the sleeping mutant. This also launches an earthquake felt across the globe. At the same time, Mystique frees Kurt…"X-Men: Apocalypse – The Road to Dark Phoenix"
Triple Frontier takes us to the Brazilian jungle as a a group of former Special Forces soldiers team up together for one last mission together. As the film starts, Santiago “Pope” Garcia (Oscar Isaac) is working with police in Brazil to take down Gabriel Martin Lorea. He soon learns information from Yovanna (Adria Arjona) that Lorea never leaves his money. After one mission fails, the first thing Pope does is track down William “Ironhead” Miller (Charlie Hunnam). …"Triple Frontier: J.C. Chandor Can’t Miss"
Three-time Oscar nominee Willem Dafoe is magnificent in his portrayal of late painter Vincent van Gogh in At Eternity’s Gate. Vincent van Gogh (Willem Dafoe) is an interesting art figure. While he made his mark as a painter in the Post-Impressionism movement, he wouldn’t see fame during his lifetime. Even though his fame came after his death, there’s something fascinating about seeing his story play out on the screen. This story comes through largely on…"At Eternity’s Gate: Willem Dafoe is Magnificent"
Despite the best efforts from a star-studded cast, Life Itself is a tonally uneven mess in spite of all the hype going into the film. Given the positive reception of the This is Us on NBC, it’s surprising to believe that Dan Fogelman could follow it up with such a dud. This film is all over the place. Seriously. The first hour of the film is New York-centered because if you don’t live in New…"Life Itself: A Tonally Uneven Mess"
Operation Finale takes audiences on a thrilling ride back to the 1960s when Mossad hunted down one of the chief architects of the Final Solution. When World War 2 came to an end in 1945, those in Nazi leadership had choices to make. They could kill themselves to avoid capture or try to seek refuge in a country that would allow them to do so. Hitler, Himmler, and Goebbels had all killed themselves but others…"Operation Finale: The Capture of Adolf Eichmann"
Despite the amazing visuals, Annihilation might be a trippy ride but it’s a ride that needs to be experienced for oneself. Given that he was the mind behind Ex Machina, it’s no surprise that Alex Garland was chosen to adapt Annihilation for the big screen. Despite the fascinating sci-fi ideas behind the first novel in Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy, the film is not without some controversy. Lena (Natalie Portman) left the Army in order…"Annihilation: A Trippy Ride"