Friday, January 26, 2018

Maze Runner: The Death Cure - Review

To have a director stick around for all three films in a trilogy, one that isn’t exactly killing it at the box office or with critics, is probably the most commendable aspect of the Maze Runner franchise. Wes Ball returns for the third and final installment for some more entertaining action over anything of substance that the franchise has been since the beginning. It’s nothing if not consistent, even if it feels like the last gasp of the dystopian, young-adult novel adaptation sub-genre.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Phantom Thread - Review

In a film that features the last performance from one of the best actors of all time in Daniel Day-Lewis, it is hard to fathom why anyone would need more incentive to see said film beyond that. But if you need more convincing just look at the director behind the film in Paul Thomas Anderson and you could see that Phantom Thread was bound to be a worthwhile endeavor from the start. The combination of these two master artists just can’t be missed at this point.

12 Strong - Review

Soldiers on horseback. The imagery evokes the classical Western and the hero it so often features. It’s easy to see why the story of the Horse Soldiers was on Hollywood’s radar, never missing a chance to visually set a film apart while also telling an inherently interesting story. Toss in a charismatic lead to slap on the poster, a handful of firefights, and a bunch of banter and that war film is ready to go, clich├ęs and all.

Friday, January 12, 2018

The Commuter - Review

With perhaps one of the biggest back half career shifts, Liam Neeson’s role as the action star has been kept afloat by director Jaume Collet-Serra’s continued collaboration. In their fourth time working together in seven years, the director-actor combo looks to continue their string of semi-successful, enjoyable action films with The Commuter.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Insidious: The Last Key - Review

Perhaps the least enjoyable month as far as films are concerned, January has rolled around again to end the wonderful quality of the last few months. However, the month has been producing a few surprises lately and while certainly not always great films, the overall quality isn’t a completely lost slog of a month. Not to mention the Insidious series is a pretty solid horror franchise and the newest entry, at least from a visual standpoint, looks interesting. Is it possible that January isn’t the dumping ground for bad movies anymore?