Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)
Aug12

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)     I had been given the erroneous impression that writer/director Luc Besson simply thrusts the audience into Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets with little or no context to help establish the coming action. Not so. To the hauntingly familiar notes of David Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’ we see the space station Alpha in 1975 orbiting the earth as different races from the home...

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Dunkirk (2017)
Jul22

Dunkirk (2017)

Dunkirk (2017)         The dialogue is so minimal that there are entire stretches of Dunkirk with not a word spoken.  Yet when those words do come they are often as quietly devastating as what we are witnessing on screen. – The tide must be coming in —  – How can you tell?– – The bodies are coming back – And it truly does feel as if we are witnessing an extraordinary and even pivotal point in our...

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War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)
Jul13

War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)

Ape – ocalypse Now: War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)     What a film.  Played dead straight, this reboot has been showing us how to do it right since 2011; and now, following Rise and Dawn, Matt Reeves’ War for the Planet of the Apes concludes a great, epic trilogy that has given us a fully satisfying beginning, middle and end. And just to get the bitching out of the way…there is none!  Except to say that unless Mr....

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Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
Jul09

Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)     I would love to be Michael Keaton as he writes his C.V. “I’ve been Batman (twice); I’ve been Birdman (once, and in an admittedly pretentious load of old nonsense); and now I’m The Vulture in the new Marvel Universe movie Spider-Man:  Homecoming.” Noticing a trend here?  I am.  And I’m jealous as all hell.  I wish that my C.V could add a few winged and pissed-off super-creatures to it. Keaton is...

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The Mummy (2017)
Jun17

The Mummy (2017)

Nothing Will Prepare You… The Mummy (2017)   “In a culture inured even to the shock of the new, in which today’s news is tomorrow’s history to be forgotten entirely or recycled in some unimaginably debased form, ‘70s movies retain their power to unsettle; time has not dulled their edge, and they are as provocative now as they were the day they were released… The thirteen years between Bonnie and Clyde in 1967 and Heaven’s Gate in 1980...

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Wonder Woman (2017)
Jun05

Wonder Woman (2017)

Love and Sorrow: Wonder Woman (2017)   What a very, very frustrating film.  There is so much to like about it.  And then there are equally as many scenes where you just grind your teeth at how close they come to making a really interesting superhero film…but not quite close enough. And there’s no getting around it:  my main problem is with the casting of Gal Gadot; and since it’s the title role as Diana, the Wonder Woman, that’s kind...

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