With hints of the charming, hopeful UK propaganda films of WWII, Their Finest can be labeled a comedy, but doesn’t shy away from showing the agonies of wartime Britain. A powerful, sweet, and sometimes heartbreaking comedy. In this instance, yes that makes perfect sense. Grade: A
TwitReview: The Fate of the Furious is an all out pedal to the metal, NOS infused, take no prisoners, FUN time at the movies. Carries on all that is beloved in this franchise. Grade: 5 stars!
Promising start, horrible-in-a-bad-way finish. In-between is a whole lot of horror padding, and a waste of gorgeous cinematography and production design. If you must head out to see this derivative mess, watch the first 40 minutes, then head home and write the rest in your head. I guarantee it’ll be better than what goes on onscreen.
TwitterReview: Vin Diesel is back as Xander Cage in the third entry of the “XXX” franchise, xXx: The Return of Xander Cage. Lots of action and fun. Grade: 3 stars
Good morning Geek for E land! Hope you are all ready for a Labor Day holiday weekend. Anyone going to see anything new this weekend? Before you go out, here are the top five from last week.
“All my friends are heathens take it slow. Wait for them to ask you who you know. Please don’t make any sudden moves. You don’t know the half of the abuse” – Heathens by Twenty One Pilots (Suicide Squad soundtrack).
Yeah, those lyrics right about sum up this ragtag crew of misfits, weirdos, throwaways and just plain crazy folk. In fact, the entire soundtrack is a veritable ode to each of the characters. This film gets the job done. And by that I mean it’s a perfectly enjoyable action ride at the cinemaplex. What it’s not, is a fantasticly amazing, story intertwined, bridging of all things in the DC Universe. And that’s ok, it doesn’t need to be. I think there’s way too much pressure on comic book film-makers to not just make a good movie, which this is, but somehow weave magic into the story lines and forcibly captivate us into selling our young to get tickets to the next cross over or installment. How about just a fun and enjoyable ride? Suicide Squad is that. B-
Don’t listen to the trolls, this is a funny and very original reboot. The story centers on Erin (Wiig) and Abby (McCarthy), two egghead scientists whose lives have taken different paths. After Erin is coerced into helping Abby and her new partner Jillian (played oh so well by Kate McKinnon of SNL fame) catch some ghosts, the team is reborn. After recruiting newcomer Patty (or did she recruit them?), the fearsome foursome battle city politics, and a skeptical public on their way to saving the city from a dark menace intent on unleashing all the evil spirits trapped in the realm between the dead and the living. Inspiring comedic performances by Chris Hemsworth as Kevin, a pretty-faced, but completely inept receptionist and of course Kate McKinnon as the eccentric Dr. Jillian Hotzmann. Stay through the initial credits for more fun. The only downer was the special effects used to create the final ghost (unless the film-makers were purposely doing an homage to the original 1980’s special effects capability). The original cast does manage to make it back onto the screen this time and each is used perfectly and in no way suggestive that they had any past involvement with Ghostbusting. Even Harold Ramis (who died last year) is represented, along with Ernie Hudson, Dan Akyroyd, Bill Murray and even Annie Potts who portrayed their original receptionist.
Sequel slump averted – this film has scares, chills and creepyness just like it’s predecessor. The horror is upped a bit here, but it’s still got that claustrophobic chill director James Wan does so well. Recommended for all horror fans. Horror lightweight? You may want to stay home…or wait ’til Netflix, when you can watch with the lights on. Grade: A
At a hair over two hours, Warcraft feels like four. That’s a hint and a half for your poor theater-seat tuchas, and your poor confused brain. Confused? Yep; because all through Warcraft there will be one overwhelming question on your mind:
What the [RADIO EDIT] is going on here?
I don’t know. Wish I could tell you. And apparently the screenwriters, director and cast don’t know either. Pity. The trailer was awesome. Really had me psyched for this. Unfortunately, a muddled script that feels like nobody bothered to check continuity when rewrites hit, hobbled this film. Crippled it beyond any hope of salvation.
Pity, as the cast is as game as they can be, considering they all have the shell-shocked look of ones who know they’ve made a horrible, horrible mistake that they’ll never be able to walk away from.
Plot? Here ’tis: stop the Orcs. That’s it.
Writer/Director Duncan Jones obviously got too close to his film, and apparently had nobody to tell him that nothing made sense. And that’s a
pity crying shame, because Warcraft is gorgeous to look at. Art direction, costuming, set design; it’s all very well done.
Don’t bother, unless you’re a diehard D&D, Fantasy or of course a WoW fan.