The Qwipster Film Review Podcast

297 EpisodesProduced by Vince Leo

Qwipster.net’s film critic, Vince Leo, delivers a la carte movie reviews, featuring the latest releases, covering blockbusters, independent films, foreign titles, and VOD.

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Leave No Trace (2018)

January 11th, 2019

9:54

Ben Foster’s war vet Will, widower father to the young teenage girl with the boy’s name of Tom (Thomasin McKenzie), is suffering from some sort of Post Traumatic Stress from his time in the service, living out in the …

Bumblebee (2018)

January 6th, 2019

13:38

This time out, the character of Bumblebee ends up going back to his original look from the toy line and cartoon series of a Volkswagen Beetle, …

BlacKkKlansman (2018)

December 31st, 2018

12:04

In this Spike Lee joint, we go back to the 1970s, where we find Ron Stallworth, the first black police detective working for the Colorado Springs …

Aquaman (2018) A Podcast Film Review

December 21st, 2018

9:40

The setting starts sometime in the 1980s, where we find Atlantean queen Atlanna (Nicole Kidman) coming up to the surface in the state of Maine to …

Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)

November 24th, 2018

10:40

Bryan Singer directs this tribute biopic on Freddie Mercury and his stint with one of the most influential rock groups from the 1970s and 1980s, Queen.  Electrifying performances, lavish stage costumes, and a peek into …

Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch (2018)

November 15th, 2018

8:56

Illumination Entertainment brings Dr. Seuss’ beloved story to the modern age with 3D animation and the vocal talent of Benedict Cumberbatch. The Grinch hates Christmas and plans to thwart the festivities of the …

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018)

November 8th, 2018

9:28

Mackenzie Foy stars as Clara, suffering through grief with her father and two siblings during their first holiday without her recently deceased …

Bullitt County (2018)

October 27th, 2018

10:52

BULLITT COUNTY is a small-scale dramatic thriller set in the late 1970s, where a bachelor party trip to Kentucky Bourbon country could prove …

Halloween (2018)

October 22nd, 2018

12:52

Jamie Lee Curtis returns as Laurie Strode in this sequel that ignores all others in the franchise after John Carpenter’s 1978 original HALLOWEEN.  Michael Myers breaks from his prison existence to return to where it all …

Destination Wedding (2018)

October 16th, 2018

9:23

Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder star as bickering travelers who just so happen to be going to the same destination: a wedding of her ex, and his …

Venom (2018)

October 9th, 2018

14:50
The Marvel Comics villain gets the antihero treatment in this Spiderman-less origin story filled with grotesque body horror and lots of crazy CGI-infused action.  Tom Hardy stars as reporter Eddie Brock, who finds …

The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018)

September 25th, 2018

8:24
Set in a small town called New Zebedee, in Michigan during the mid 1950s, we follow the adventures of a ten-year-old orphan named Lewis Barnavelt, …

The Predator (2018)

September 22nd, 2018

9:56
Shane Black tries to do what no one has done thus far, and that’s to make a good follow-up to John McTiernan’s 1997 action classic, PREDATOR.  Here, …

Searching (2018)

September 17th, 2018

10:44
John Cho stars as a widower father whose life gets turned upside down when his teenage daughter goes missing.  As he goes online to search for clues to her whereabouts, he discovers that the close relationship he …

Won’t You Be My Neighbor (2018)

September 9th, 2018

8:50
Won’t You Be My Neighbor? examines the life and work of Fred Rogers, aka Mr. Rogers, who was the creator and star of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” on public television (PBS) from the years 1968 to 2001. He invited …

The Happytime Murders (2018) – A Podcast Film Review

September 3rd, 2018

11:46
In this puppet/human effort directed by Brian Henson, son of Muppets creator Jim Henson, Bill Barretta voices the top puppet character known as disgraced burnout Los Angeles-based private investigator Phil Phillips, who …

Summer of 84 (2018) – A Podcast Film Review

August 26th, 2018

13:33
RKSS return after their Turbo Kid to deliver yet another throwback to the 1980s in the mystery-suspense-horror flick, SUMMER OF 84.  A quartet of boys go out in search of a serial killer of teenage boys (just like them) …

Crazy Rich Asians (2018) – A Podcast Film Review

August 20th, 2018

11:35
Constance Wu stars as Rachel Chu, who essentially serves as our best surrogate for the story, the daughter of a single Chinese immigrant mother, who rose above her station to become a professor of Economics at NYU.  Her …

The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) – A Podcast Film Review

August 16th, 2018

8:02
Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon star in this buddy comedy about two best friends who end up embroiled in a spy assassin plot when some terrorists come looking for them for information that Kunis’ most recent boyfriend, who …

The Meg (2018) – A Podcast Film Review

August 11th, 2018

10:20
A big shark and Jason Statham are the big draws to THE MEG, in which a rescue team of humans must try to survive, and eventually take on, a prehistoric shark of gargantuan proportions that threatens everyone off of the …

The Equalizer 2 (2018) – A Podcast Film Review

August 6th, 2018

8:14
Denzel Washington returns to exact some brutal vigilante justice on the predators of the world in this follow-up to the 2014 hit, the first sequel in …

Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018) – A Podcast Film Review

July 28th, 2018

8:58
The sixth film in the franchise sees Ethan Hunt trying to recover some plutonium before it gets employed by a ruthless anarchist terrorist group out to shake up the world order through detonating these bombs in the the …

The First Purge (2018) – A Podcast Movie Review

July 24th, 2018

11:48
The fourth film in the Purge series is a prequel to the other three, as The First Purge shifts directors to Gerard McMurray, though retaining James DeMonaco’s services as screenwriter.  This one showcases the trial run’ …

Skyscraper (2018) – A Podcast Film Review

July 18th, 2018

7:43
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson stars in this high-rise thriller, playing a security consultant for the Pearl, the world’s largest building in Hong Kong, …

Ant-Man and the Wasp – A Podcast Film Review

July 9th, 2018

12:17
Ant-Man’s second foray in his own Marvel Cinematic Universe film isn’t quite a solo adventure, as now he has a partner in Hope, who dons a …

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) – A Podcast Film Review

June 21st, 2018

10:30
Acclaimed director J.A. Bayona takes over the reins of this lucrative franchise with JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM, the follow-up to 2015’s biggest …

Hereditary (2018) – A Podcast Film Review

June 19th, 2018

9:52
First-time feature film director Ari Aster makes a splash in this thoughtful and well-acted blend of family melodrama and supernatural horror.  Toni …

Ocean’s 8 (2018) – A Podcast Film Review

June 11th, 2018

9:14
11 years after we last saw the Ocean’s gang pull down a big heist, we have Danny Ocean’s sister, Debbie (Sandra Bullock), freshly out of prison and …

Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Alden Ehrenreich – Review

May 27th, 2018

Ron Howard directs this spin-off prequel, showing us how the iconic reluctant hero Han Solo went from his lowly existence on the planet Corellia to …

Deadpool 2 (2018) – Ryan Reynolds – Film Review Podcast

May 19th, 2018

Ryan Reynolds returns as the mer with a mouth, this time trying to mature into potential fatherhod, with DEADPOOL 2, the follow-up to 2016’s surprise …

Ready Player One (2018) Steven Spielberg – Movie Review

April 5th, 2018

13:04
Steven Spielberg adapts Ernest Cline’s best-selling novel about a future in which many, if not most, of the world escape into a massive multiplayer …

Tomb Raider (2018) Alicia Vikander – Movie Review

March 30th, 2018

Alicia VIkander takes the starring role in this reboot of a film series that once famously starred Angelina Jolie, TOMB RAIDER, based on the wildly …

Pacific Rim: Uprising (2018) – Film Review Podcast

March 25th, 2018

This follow-up to the off-the-wall Gullermo del Toro kaiju flick sees more emphasis on action and effects with less overhead. Kaiju are gone but …

A Wrinkle in TIme (2018) Disney Movie Review Podcast

March 15th, 2018

Ava DuVernay gets her first crack at a big-budget adventure, and the results have been wildly mixed among critics and fans alike. Storm Reid, Oprah …

Mute (2018) Duncan Jones | Netflix Movie Review

March 12th, 2018

Duncan Jones tries to course correct after the disappointing WARCRAFT with the passion project he has been wanting to make since before his smash debut feature, MOON. MUTE is a futuristic noir starring Alexander …

Annihilation (2018) Alex Garland – Podcast Movie Review

February 28th, 2018

Alex Garland follows up EX MACHINA with another heady science fiction exploration of the human condition, this time showing us how we either must …

Black Panther (2018) Marvel, Ryan Coogler – Movie Review

February 18th, 2018

From the pages of Marvel Comics comes Black Panther, directed by the very skilled Ryan Coogler, starring Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa. The MCU …

Fifty Shades Freed (2018) Dakota Johnson – Movie Review

February 11th, 2018

The third and final film in the FIFTY SHADES trilogy sees the much anticipated marriage of Anastasia Steele to mega-billionaire Christian Grey, while they overcome trust issues, the question of children, and a psycho …

Justice League (2017) Zack Snyder, Joss Whedon – Movie

February 4th, 2018

At last, the Justice league puts together Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, The Flash (and Cyborg) into one film. Is it worth all the hype?

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) Film Review

January 20th, 2018

Frances McDormand shines in this potent dark comedy from Martin McDonagh, playing a grieving mother who goads the local police force to action when …

Lady Bird (2017) Greta Gerwig – Podcast Movie Review

January 7th, 2018

Saoirse Ronan stars in Greta Gerwig’s splash solo directorial effort that takes from her own life as a teen in Sacramento, in LADY BIRD, one of the …

Thor: Ragnarok (2017) – Marvel Cinematic Universe Review

January 2nd, 2018

Taika Waititi takes over the reins of the Thor segment of the MCU and employs lots of his trademark humor, resulting in perhaps the funniest of the …

Ferdinand (2017) John Cena – Podcast Movie Review

December 22nd, 2017

John Cena voices the titular bull who would rather sniff flowers than fight against matadors. Blue Sky Studios offers another colorful animated …

Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi (2017) movie review

December 18th, 2017

Rian Johnson takes over the reins of the venerable franchise. Does he hit a new height, or is this progressing the wrong direction? Fans are debating, and I offer my take here.

The Shape of Water (2017) Guillermo del Toro – Movie Review

December 6th, 2017

Guillermo del Toro returns to the dark fairy tale genre in this story about an unlikely relationship that develops between a mute janitor and a strange creature that is part man and part fish.

Coco (2017) Pixar Disney – a podcast movie review

November 26th, 2017

Taking a look at Pixar’s latest big film, Coco, which incorporates the Dia de los Muertos tradition into yet another heartwarming family tale.

Darkest Hour (2017) Gary Oldman – Movie Review

November 24th, 2017

This true story begins at the onset of World War II when, within days of becoming Prime Minister of Great Britain, Winston Churchill has to face one of his most critical of trials: contemplating a peace treaty with Nazi …

Blade Runner 2049 (2017) Denis Villenueve Film Review

October 9th, 2017

A podcast review of Denis Villenueve’s continuation of Ridley Scott’s 1982 science fiction masterpiece.

Detroit (2017) Kathryn Bigelow film review

September 29th, 2017

The riots and looting in Detroit, 1967, were sparked by the mostly white police force coming into a predominantly black neighborhood in order to …

It (2017) Stephen King – Movie Review

September 10th, 2017

The action in It takes place in the fictional small town of Derry, Maine, where we mostly follow a group of about seven adolescents on their break …

Atomic Blonde (2017) Charlize Theron – Movie Review

August 13th, 2017

Set in Berlin in 1989, shortly before the collapse of the Berlin Wall, we find an MI6 agent named Lorraine Broughton on a mission to try to get a …

The Big Sick (2017) Kumail Nanjiani – Movie Review

July 19th, 2017

Kumail Nanjiani stars and co-scripts this romantic comedy about himself (more or less), a Pakistani immigrant to America turned stand-up comedian living in Chicago who ends up going out and then falling into a romantic …

Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) Tom Holland – Movie Review

July 10th, 2017

In this outing, we find Peter Parker as an awkward teenager, who has a crush on schoolmate Liz, while also brushing up on his knowledge on a school …

Baby Driver (2017) Edgar Wright – Movie Review

July 1st, 2017

Set in Atlanta, Ansel Elgort plays Baby, a baby-faced (naturally) but extremely talented driver who constantly plays music on several of his old …

Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy (1996) – Encore Movie Review

June 18th, 2017

Brain Candy deals with a drug company, Roritor Pharmaceuticals, that is in need of a hit wonder drug, launching a new and mostly untested antidepressant they call Gleemonex, which promises to locks its patient into the …

The Mummy (2017) Tom Cruise – Movie Review

June 13th, 2017

Tom Cruise plays a roguish armed forces associate who doubling as a tomb-raiding antiquities procurer, Nick Morton, who, along with smart-alecky partner-in-crypts, Chris Vail, earns his living digging up ancient …

Wonder Woman (2017) Gal Gadot – Movie Review

June 7th, 2017

Wonder Woman starts with her origin on the shrouded and magically hidden island-paradise of Themyscira, where the Greek gods are real, and Diana is born and raised into the ways of the Amazons, who teach her honor and …

Frantz (2016) Francois Ozon – Movie Reviews

May 24th, 2017

Frantz is set in Quedlinburg, Germany, in 1919, just after the Great War (World War I) has concluded, though the aftermath is still quite fresh in the hearts and minds of the people. A local woman named Anna is but one …

Their Finest (2016) Gemma Arterton – Movie Reviews

May 22nd, 2017

Set in 1940, around the time of the London Blitz during World War II, Their Finest stars Gemma Arterton as Catrin Cole, a fledgling screenwriter from …

Snatched (2017) Amy Schumer – Movie Reviews

May 19th, 2017

Amy Schumer stars as Emily Middleton, who cajoles her divorced doting mother Linda to accompany her on a non-refundable vacation to a posh resort in …

Batman & Bill (2017) documentary movie review

May 15th, 2017

Batman & Bill is a Hulu-original documentary that asserts that, contrary to popular belief, that Bob Kane was not only not the sole creator of …

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) – Movie Review

May 6th, 2017

This second volume finds Peter Quill and the gang getting their bacons saved by someone who is more than a man, named Ego, who claims to be Peter’s …

Personal Shopper (2016) Kristen Stewart – Movie Reviews

April 18th, 2017

Kristen Stewart plays Maureen Cartwright, an American artist working in Paris as a personal shopper for an internationally famous model and celebrity named Kyra, who wants her to purchase the latest in designer clothes …

The Fate of the Furious (2017) Vin Diesel – Movie Reviews

April 17th, 2017

In this entry, we open with Dominic Toretto on honeymoon with his beloved Letty in Havana, Cuba, where, of course, he gets into a bit of racing for pink slips on the never-too-crowded city streets. Dom finds his stay …

Ghost in the Shell (2017) Scarlett Johansson – Movie Review

April 9th, 2017

Scarlett Johansson stars as Major, a law-enforcement agent whose human brain, after a terrible accident that nearly killed her, has been put into a body that’s entirely synthetic — she’s essentially a robot with a human …

Life (2017) Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Reynolds – Movie Review

March 30th, 2017

This one puts the action on the International Space Station, whose six-person crew have just discovered a single-cell organism, the very first evidence of life outside of Earth, within one of the soil samples they’ve …

Beauty and the Beast (2017) Emma Watson – Movie Review

March 20th, 2017

The story involves a lovely and fiercely independent girl named Belle, who lives with her widower inventor father in a small provincial French …

Donald Cried (2016) Kris Avedisian – Movie Review

March 18th, 2017

After his grandmother passes away, late-30s New York financier Peter reluctantly returns to his home town in Warwick, Rhode Island, for the first time in about two decades, to tidy up her estate. Unfortunately, he …

Kong: Skull Island (2017) Brie Larson – Movie Review

March 11th, 2017

After an introductory sequence set during World War II to introduce the massive ape, Kong, and the island he resides on, we spring ahead to 1973, where we find the United States’ government, in the waning days of their …

I Am Not Your Negro (2016) James Baldwin – Movie Review

March 10th, 2017

Raoul Peck’s Academy Award-nominated documentary on famed author James Baldwin, whose unfinished manuscript for a proposed memoir on the deaths of …

Logan (2017) Hugh Jackman – Movie Reviews

March 5th, 2017

Set in the year 2029, we find a world where there are no newly born mutants, and the ones that did exist have been all but completely wiped out. Spirit broken, body beaten and losing its ability to quickly heal, and …

Get Out (2017) Jordan Peele – Horror-Comedy Movie Review

February 28th, 2017

Daniel Kaluuya stars as photographer Chris Washington, a young African-American involved in a close relationship with the white Rose Armitage, so …

Elle (2016) Isabelle Huppert, Paul Verhoeven – Movie Review

February 25th, 2017

Isabelle Huppert stars as Michele Leblanc, the manager of a video-game company. Michelle is raped by a masked man in her own home. Because of her …

Fifty Shades Darker (2017) Dakota Johnson – Movie Review

February 22nd, 2017

In this follow-up to the wildly popular kinky romance drama Fifty Shades of Grey, we find perpetually blushing publishing-house editorial assistant …

The LEGO Batman Movie (2017) Will Arnett – Movie Reviews

February 20th, 2017

The Joker here is a bit more of a softie — still a madman, but one that knows the bond of hatred between himself and the Batman needs to be reciprocal so that he can be the yin to his yang. To cement himself as #1 on …

John Wick Chapter 2 (2017) Keanu Reeves – Movie Review

February 13th, 2017

John Wick tries to go back into retirement after getting his revenge from those who’ve done him wrong. It would work, except that one particular …

Paterson (2016) Jim Jarmusch – Movie Review

February 7th, 2017

Adam Driver stars as Paterson, who coincidentally shares the same name as his town in New Jersey. We follow Paterson over the course of a week in his …

The Girl with All the Gifts (2016) Movie Reviews

January 30th, 2017

The story is set in England at an unspecified time in the future, where we find that Earth may have all but been completely dominated by some sort of invasive fungus that can latch itself and grow inside humans within …

The Founder (2016) Michael Keaton – Movie Review

January 22nd, 2017

Set primarily in the 1950s, we find Ray Kroc is a struggling traveling salesman trying to peddle an electric milkshake mixer that promises to spark …

Hidden Figures (2016) Janelle Monae – Movie Review

January 18th, 2017

Hidden Figures seeks to showcase the little-known story of three adept African-American women, all computers who worked for NASA’s space program in …

Silence (2016) Martin Scorsese – Movie Review

January 11th, 2017

Shusaku Endo’s 1966 novel provides the basis for Martin Scorsese’s adaptation set in the 17th Century, regarding a couple of Portuguese missionaries, Father Sebastian Rodrigues and Father Francisco Garupe, who travel to …

Jackie (2016) Natalie Portman – Movie Review

January 5th, 2017

Jackie is a speculative historical drama that seeks to give us a peek into the hypothetical goings on of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy in the week …

The Eagle Huntress (2016) documentary – Movie Review

January 5th, 2017

Aisholpan is a thirteen-year-old nomadic Kazakh girl living in proximity to the snowy and treacherous Altai Mountains region of western Mongolia, who …

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) Felicity Jones – Movie

December 20th, 2016

Felicity Jones stars as Jyn Erso, daughter of Galen Erso, a scientist-turned-farmer who once reluctantly helped design the Death Star for the Empire. Jyn had run away from harm when her father had been captured, under …

La La Land (2016) Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling – Movie Review

December 20th, 2016

Emma Stone stars as a struggling actress named Mia, who works as a barista in a coffee shop on the Warner Bros. lot, in between auditions that only serve to make her feel frazzled by the experience. Ryan Gosling is an …

Manchester by the Sea (2016) Casey Affleck – Movie Review

December 12th, 2016

Manchester by the Sea is a drama concerning a contentious Boston ‘burb janitor named Lee Chandler, working with little joy for a meager wage and a basic one-room abode. It turns out that there is a reason for him being …

Shut In (2016) Naomi Watts – Movie Review

December 10th, 2016

Naomi Watts stars as child psychologist Mary Portman, living with her eighteen-year-old paralyzed stepson, Stephen, the victim of a car accident that …

Rules Don’t Apply (2016) Warren Beatty – Movie Review

December 4th, 2016

Warren Beatty’s film involves a real-life figure in billionaire Howard Hughes, though most of the action involves two young associates of Hughes. Set …

Gleason (2016) documentary (Steve Gleason) – Movie Review

December 3rd, 2016

Gleason is a documentary film around the trials and tribulations of Steve Gleason, a former NFL player who retired from the game in 2008, then was …

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) Movie Review

November 27th, 2016

Eddie Redmayne stars as klutzy magizoologist Newt Scamander, the author of the future guide of magical creatures that exist in this world and, of …

Moana (2016) Disney; Dwayne Johnson – Movie Reviews

November 25th, 2016

Moana is the chief’s daughter within her tribe on the New Zealand island of Motunui. Unlike most girls in her Maori village, she is destined to be the chief of her tribe herself one day, pushing them to further …

Arrival (2016) Amy Adams – Movie Reviews – Sci-Fi

November 14th, 2016

After twelve alien spacecraft have descended to various spots across Earth, American Amy Adams stars as Dr. Louise Banks, a linguistics professor who is visited by representatives from the U.S. Army to try to decipher …

Doctor Strange (2016) Benedict Cumberbatch – Movie Reviews

November 3rd, 2016

Benedict Cumberbatch stars as New York-based neurosurgeon, Dr. Stephen Strange, a big shot at his profession with as big an ego to flaunt, a level of cocky, self-satisfied smarm not too dissimilar to Tony Stark in the …

Hacksaw Ridge (2016) Mel Gibson – Movie Reviews

November 2nd, 2016

Mel Gibson’s film loosely showcases the true story of small-town Virginia resident Desmond Doss and his heroic actions as an American soldier …

Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016) Mike Flanagan – Movie Reviews

October 27th, 2016

Set in Los Angeles in the year 1967, we find a widowed scam artist named Alice, who is working from home as a spiritual medium to make ends meet for …

Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders (2016) Movie Reviews

October 25th, 2016

The plot involves the Dynamic Duo trying to take down their main four nemeses — Joker, Riddler, Penguin and Catwoman — who’ve joined forces to …

Inferno (2016) Tom Hanks, Felicity Jones – Movie Reviews

October 23rd, 2016

The third film in the Dan Brown adaptation series that already includes The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons sees Tom Hanks return to play main …

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) Tom Cruise – Movie Review

October 22nd, 2016

Tom Cruise returns as Reacher, who travels to Washington DC to meet up with the attractive Military Police officer Major Susan Turner, only to find …

The Accountant (2016) Ben Affleck – Movie Reviews

October 19th, 2016

Ben Affleck stars as the titular accountant, a highly functional autistic savant and skilled fighter/gunman named Christopher Wolff, who currently …

The Girl on the Train (2016) Emily Blunt – Movie Reviews

October 12th, 2016

Emily Blunt stars as lonely, alcoholic divorcee Rachel Watson, who spends a part of every day commuting on a train, looking at the goings-on in a …

Birth of a Nation (2016) Nate Parker – Movie Reviews

October 8th, 2016

Nate Parker’s Birth of a Nation is based on real-life events that occurred in Virginia in 1831, where a slave named Nat Turner would lead a revolt …

Lo and Behold (2016) Werner Herzog – Movie Reviews

October 6th, 2016

Filmmaker and documentarian Werner Herzog continues his fascination with the current state of the planet Earth and its inhabitants with Lo and …

Deepwater Horizon (2016) Mark Wahlberg – Movie Review

October 4th, 2016

Deepwater Horizon depicts the events leading up to and during what would eventually become the worst oil spill in the history of the United States, …

Queen of Katwe (2016) Oyelowo, Nyong’o, Disney Movie Review

October 2nd, 2016

Phiona Mutesi, who we see growing up in Katwe, in the crime-ridden slums of Kampala, capital of Uganda, with a future ahead of her that seems to offer more of the same for her and her family. David Oyelowo co-stars as …

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Movie Review

October 1st, 2016

Asa Butterfield stars as Jacob, an American teenager close to his grandfather, Abe, who would frequently impart his fanciful stories of his own youth …

Complete Unknown (2016) Rachel Weisz – Movie Review

September 26th, 2016

Michael Shannon plays Tom, celebrating his birthday at a critical time in his life, wondering what to do when his Persian wife is on the verge of moving from their home in New York to California to continue her …

The Hollars (2016) John Krasinski – Movie Review

September 25th, 2016

A man’s mother whas been discovered to have an advanced-stage brain tumor that needs immediate removal, with John Krasinski playing the role of bored …

The Magnificent Seven | 7 | (2016) Denzel – Movie Review

September 24th, 2016

Set in the year 1879, this new version moves the action from feudal Japan and Mexico to a struggling new town called Rose Creek, who are being bled dry and forced to leave or die from a ruthless and iron-fisted land …

Snowden (2016) Oliver Stone – Movie Reviews

September 19th, 2016

Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as Edward Snowden (doing a reasonable interpretation of his voice and demeanor), a neoconservative wanting to serve his country but whose military career is cut short due to frequent injuries, …

Blair Witch (2016) Callie Hernandez – Movie Reviews

September 18th, 2016

As with the first film, we’re greeted with a title blurb informing us that what we’re about to watch is footage found in the woods of Burkittsville, MD — aka, the Black Hills Forest. We see the beginnings of the footage …

Bridget Jones’s Baby (2016) Renee Zellweger – Movie Reviews

September 18th, 2016

Bridget is now 43 years old, alone and still living in the same flat in London — no husband and no children — working as a producer for a London …

Little Men (2016) Greg Kinnear – Movie Reviews

September 13th, 2016

Jake is an artistically gifted but introverted 13-year-old kid whose therapist mother Kathy and actor father Brian relocate from Manhattan to …

Other People (2016) Molly Shannon – Movie Review

September 11th, 2016

The film takes place over the course of a year, with the primary focus being on a struggling comedy writer and improv comedian named David (Plemmons), returning to his hometown of Sacramento from New York to look after …

Sully (2016) Tom Hanks – Movie Reviews

September 10th, 2016

Sully is a docudrama that tells the story of the events surrounding the water landing in the New York’s Hudson River for a commercial jet en route to …

Equity (2016) Anna Gunn – Movie Reviews

September 6th, 2016

Naomi Bishop, a self-made, shrewd and successful investment banker who has made great gains in launching highly successful IPOs, though her most …

Blood Father (2016) Mel Gibson – Movie Reviews

September 3rd, 2016

Blood Father casts a weathered Mel Gibson as a former alcoholic tattoo artist ex-con divorcee named John Link, who’s spent the last few years mostly …

Morgan (2016) Kate Mara – Movie Reviews

September 3rd, 2016

Most of the action takes place, as with Ex Machina, at a large house in a scenic remote location that doubles as an experimental laboratory where scientists are observing the maturation of a synthetic young woman named …

The Fits (2016) Royalty Hightower – Movie Review

September 1st, 2016

Toni is a tough but socially disconnected eleven-year-old girl from the projects in Cincinnati, who is a regular participant and a helpful assistant …

Hell or High Water (2016) Jeff Bridges – Movie Review

August 29th, 2016

Chris Pine and Ben Foster play brothers Toby and Tanner Howard, who we find at the beginning of the film on a bank-robbing spree in West Texas. Toby’s the smart one who has generally been above the fray, but he’s now …

Southside with You (2016) Tika Sumpter – Movie Review

August 28th, 2016

The story, inspired by anecdotes chronicled in the memoirs of their actual first date, begins in August, 1989, in the South Side of Chicago, on a day in which a young, smart and career-minded corporate lawyer, Michelle …

War Dogs (2016) Miles Teller, Jonah Hill – Movie Review

August 27th, 2016

War Dogs follows two lifelong friends, struggling massage therapist and bedsheet salesman David Packouz and two-bit wheeler and dealer Efraim …

Don’t Breathe (2016) Stephen Lang – Movie Review

August 27th, 2016

Set in Detroit, a trio of young poverty-stricken friends make ends meet by robbing the houses in more affluent areas around the city, though fencing the hot merchandise doesn’t always make the risk worth their while. …

Indignation (2016) Logan Lerman – Movie Review

August 25th, 2016

Set in 1951, Logan Lerman plays Marcus Messner, an incoming Jewish college transfer at Ohio’s small but prestigious Winesberg College during a time …

Mechanic: Resurrection (2016) Jason Statham – Movie Review

August 22nd, 2016

Arthur Bishop is) retired from the contract killing profession, but gets pulled back in again by one of his old enemies, an international arms dealer …

Morris from America (2016) Markees Christmas – Movie Review

August 22nd, 2016

Morris from America is a coming-of-age story about a pudgy, thirteen-year-old African-American kid named named Morris Gentry, who lives with his …

Ben-Hur (2016) Jack Huston – Movie Reviews

August 21st, 2016

the story of Judah Ben-Hur, a wealthy Jewish prince living in Rome-occupied Jerusalem, as well as his strong competitive bond with his adopted Roman brother, Messala Severus, who will come to be his main adversary in …

Kubo and the Two Strings – LAIKA – Movie Reviews

August 20th, 2016

Kubo is set in a fantasy/folk version of medieval Japan, where we find young Kubo spending his days using his elaborate magical origami constructions …

Pete’s Dragon (2016) DIsney – Movie Reviews

August 17th, 2016

The gentle, dreamlike film starts with some of the heavier material when we find the titular Pete as a very young boy left orphaned after a car …

Weiner (2016) Anthony Weiner Documentary – Movie Reviews

August 16th, 2016

Weiner is a behind-the-scenes documentary covering the publicly disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner and his bid for mayor of New York City in 2013. Carrying a great deal of baggage going in, Weiner manages to …

Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) Meryl Streep – Movie Reviews

August 15th, 2016

Set in New York during the mid 1940s, Stephen Frears’ film about a real-life, upper-class heiress with a zest for music and charitable works gives …

Sausage Party (2016) Seth Rogen – Movie Review

August 13th, 2016

The food items at the supermarket named Shopwell’s are excited about the prospects of the annual ‘4th of July’ sale, where many of them get chosen by …

Don’t Think Twice (2016) Mike Birbiglia – Movie Review

August 8th, 2016

Birbiglia plays Miles, the eldest member of the Commune at 36, who teaches improv to younger up-and-comers in his spare time. He feed the hopes and dreams they all have, though all the while, he has grown more cynical …

Suicide Squad (2016) Will Smith, Margot Robbie Movie Review

August 6th, 2016

The Dirty Dozen-inspired plotline involves black ops ringleader, federal agent Amanda Waller, bringing together Task Force X, a group of strangers, …

Captain Fantastic (2016) Viggo Mortensen – Movie Review

August 4th, 2016

Viggo Mortensen stars as Ben Cash, a father of six (ages range from six to eighteen), living “off the grid” in the remote dense wilderness of the …

Jason Bourne (2016) Matt Damon – Movie Review

August 2nd, 2016

This chapter in the saga finds Jason Bourne giving up the spy game and living completely off the grid, earning his keep as a bruising slugger in the Eastern European underground fighting circuit. That’s until he’s …

Cafe Society (2016) Woody Allen – Movie Review

August 1st, 2016

Set in the 1930s, Jesse Eisenberg stars as Bobby Dorfman, a young Bronxite and aspiring writer who calls on his distant uncle Phil to hook him up …

Bad Moms (2016) Mila Kunis – Movie Reviews

July 30th, 2016

Mila Kunis plays 32-year old wife and mother of two, Amy, whose already stale marriage in the Chicago suburbs (filmed in New Orleans) hits an impasse …

Nerve (2016) Emma Roberts, Dave Franco – Movie Review

July 28th, 2016

Emma Roberts plays venus ‘Vee’ Delmonico, an introverted, straight-as-an-arrow senior in a Staten Island high school. Vee is cajoled by her more …

Ice Age: Collision Course (2016) – Movie Review

July 26th, 2016

In this film, the antics of Scrat the squirrel flying a UFO in outer space, chasing the elusive acorn, ends up inadvertently causing a massive meteor …

Batman: The Killing Joke (2016) Conroy, Hamill Movie Review

July 25th, 2016

Batman, after some introductory scenes in which he battles some bad guys with the help of Barbara Gordon as Batgirl, goes to confront The Joker at Arkham Asylum, only to discover he has made his escape and is out and …

Lights Out (2016) Teresa Palmer – Movie Review

July 24th, 2016

The main story involves a dysfunctional family, who are particularly in dire trouble now that the depressed mother, Sophie, has begun to exhibit …

Star Trek Beyond (2016) Justin Lin – Movie Review

July 24th, 2016

This one showcases the third year of their five-year mission, with Captain James T. Kirk pondering a career move for the better, thanks to the heroic deeds chronicled in previous entries. Decisions can wait, when they …

Zero Days (2016) Alex Gibney – Movie Reviews

July 19th, 2016

Prolific documentarian Alex Gibney continues his roll of crafting some of the most intriguing and topical films in recent years with Zero Days, this …

Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) Taika Waititi Movie Reviews

July 17th, 2016

Julian Dennison plays Ricky Baker, a rebellious, chubby, twelve-year-old foster thug-life wanna-be who ends up dumped by an exasperated social worker …

Ghostbusters (2016) Wiig, McCarthy – Movie Reviews

July 16th, 2016

Kristen Wiig plays Erin Gilbert, an ambitious associate professor seeking tenure at New York’s prestigious Columbia University who ends up losing …

The Infiltrator (2016) Bryan Cranston – Movie Reviews

July 14th, 2016

Bryan Cranston decides to go on the other side of the drug laws from his stint on the seminal “Breaking Bad” with The Infiltrator, playing a …

The Secret Life of Pets (2016) Louis CK – Movie Reviews

July 13th, 2016

Max is dog living a life of relative bliss in a New York City apartment who gets all of the love and attention he needs when his owner Katie’s home, but now finds himself having to compete when bleeding-heart Katie …

The Purge: Election Year (2016) Frank Grillo – Movie Review

July 11th, 2016

The “Purge” of the title, for those who are still unaware, is an annual “celebration” in which, for a twelve-hour period, any crime you can think of …

Eat That Question Frank Zappa in His Own Words (2016) Review

July 10th, 2016

Eat That Question offers plenty of archival footage of various interview sessions Frank Zappa did for television, combining this with clips from some of his own personal movies, as well as a number of his stage …

The Legend of Tarzan (2016) Movie Review

July 6th, 2016

Based on characters created by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Alexander Skarsgard stars as John Clayton III of Greystoke Manor, an earl living comfortably in London during the Victorian Era, whose past has made him something of …

The BFG (2016) Steven Spielberg – Movie Reviews

July 2nd, 2016

Set in London, a clever but unhappy,insomnia-afflicted orphan named Sophie wakes up in the middle of the evening and sees something outside the …

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016) Movie Reviews

June 30th, 2016

Adam Devine and Zac Efron play the Mike and Dave of the film’s title, respectively, two irresponsibly party animals who’ve merely used all their family get-togethers as excuses to get drunk, chase skirts, and invariably …

The Shallows (2016) Blake Lively – Movie Review

June 28th, 2016

Blake Lively stars as Nancy, former medical school student from Galveston, TX, who travels to her recently deceased mother’s favorite secret surfing …

The Neon Demon (2016) Elle Fanning – Movie Reviews

June 27th, 2016

Elle Fanning stars as Jesse, an awkward and innocent 16-year-old who arrives from out of state and takes up residence at a fleabag motel in Pasadena, …

Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) – Movie Review

June 25th, 2016

Twenty years after the first war for Earth between humans and their would-be alien exterminators, Earth has made light years of advancements in …

Central Intelligence (2016) Kevin Hart, The Rock – Movie

June 21st, 2016

The storyline starts in 1996. A young, CG-enhanced version of Dwayne Johnson plays overweight and geeky misfit Robbie Weirdicht, the frequent target …

De Palma (2015) documentary – Movie Review

June 20th, 2016

De Palma is strictly a documentary about Brian De Palma, in his own words. No other people are interviewed, and the interviewers voices are not heard. All you see is Brian De Palma on the screen, either front and …

Me Before You (2016) Emilia Clarke – Movie Review

June 19th, 2016

The story revolves around two people, Will Traynor, a rich-but-dejected London man who is living a life of pain and solitude as a quadriplegic, and …

Dheepan (2015) Jacques Audiard – Movie Review

June 19th, 2016

Jacques Audiard (A Prophet, Rust and Bone) directs and co-scripts this insightful drama with mild thriller elements about three unrelated refugees …

Finding Dory (2016) Disney Pixar – Movie Review

June 18th, 2016

Ellen Degeneres voices the short-term memory-addled Dory as an adult blue tang, continuing her friendship with clownfishes Marlin and his son Nemo in …

The Measure of a Man (2015) Vincent Lindon – Movie Review

June 14th, 2016

Lindon plays Thierry, who we find at the beginning of the film unemployed for a year and a half since being laid off from his job as a factory worker, desperate for any form of work in order to make ends meet, with a …

Warcraft (2016) Duncan Jones – Fantasy Movie Reviews

June 12th, 2016

Much like in Homer’s “The Iliad”, the storyline told from both parties involved in the war, we’re introduced into this fantasy universe through the …

Now You See Me 2 (2016) Jesse Eisenberg – Movie Reviews

June 12th, 2016

The wildly popular troupe of master illusionists known as the Four Horsemen do mostly for self in this outing, no longer the Robin Hoods of the …

The Conjuring 2 (2016) James Wan – Horror Movie Review

June 11th, 2016

The story starts in 1976, with an introductory nod to the case that made the Warrens most famous, in Amityville, the source of a best-selling book …

Casual Encounters (2016) Taran Killam – Movie Review

June 11th, 2016

Taran Killam stars as Justin, who we meet at the beginning of the film waking up to hear his girlfriend of five years’ voice on a popular national …

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Out of the Shadows Movie Review

June 7th, 2016

In this entry, the dreaded nemesis of humanity, Shedder (Tee) is broken out of prison by kooky-but-brilliant scientist Baxter Stockman (Perry), who …

Maggie’s Plan (2015) Greta Gerwig – Movie Review

June 6th, 2016

Greta Gerwig plays liberal arts college advisor Maggie Hardin, 30-something in age, neurotic in stage, feeling her biological clock is ticking in …

Popstar (2016) Andy Samberg, Lonely Island – Movie Review

June 5th, 2016

Andy Samberg stars as Conner, the most popular member of a Beastie Boys-esque hit rap trio known as the Style Boyz, know known under his stage name, …

The Meddler (2015) Susan Sarandon – Movie Review

June 3rd, 2016

Widowed Marnie Minervini lives in the Los Angeles area, a New Jersey transplant, to be near her daughter Lori, who has moved there to pursue her career as a screenwriter. That’s much to Lori’s chagrin, as Marnie, …

Love & Friendship (2016) Kate Beckinsale – Movie Review

June 1st, 2016

Set in late 18th Century England, Kate Beckinsale plays recently widowed and unquestionably un-wealthy Lady Susan Vernon, visiting (or, more accurately, mooching off of) her brother-in-law Charles and his wife Catherine …

The Do-Over (2016) Sandler, Spade – Movie Review

May 30th, 2016

The film starts off at a 25th high-school reunion where Charlie meets up with an old friend named Max, who seems to have far exceeded his initially …

A Bigger Splash (2015) Tilda Swinton – Movie Reviews

May 30th, 2016

Tilda Swinton stars as Marianne Lane, a Bowie-esque,world renown rock star who is on vacation with Paul, her documentarian boyfriend of six years, on …

Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) Johnny Depp – Review

May 28th, 2016

The story picks up as Alice has come home to London for a spell after traveling the world as the captain of her own ship. However, she comes to find that her ex, Hamish, is using financial leverage that pressures her to …

The Angry Birds Movie (2016) Sudeikis, Hader – Move Review

May 26th, 2016

Jason Sudeikis voices Red, aka “eyebrows”, a hot-headed cardinal (one presumes) who frequently doesn’t quite see eye to eye with his feathered flock around him on the island they all reside in, Bird Island. These …

X-Men Apocalypse (2016) Oscar Isaac – Movie Reviews

May 24th, 2016

This entry in the retro X-Men series finds the mutants in the series-alternate universe year of 1983, ten years after the events of Days of Future …

Neighbors 2: Sorority RIsing (2016) Bad Neighbours 2 review

May 21st, 2016

Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne return as married couple Mac and Kelly Radner, set to find a bigger home in a nicer neighborhood to live in after Kelly finds that she has another baby on the way. After putting down for their …

The Nice Guys (2016) Gosling, Crowe – Movie Review

May 21st, 2016

Set in 1977, we watch an opening sequence in which a hot young porn star named Misty Mountains ends up killed. Ryan Gosling plays widower private …

Pele: Birth of a Legend (2016) Movie Review

May 19th, 2016

The film covers about eight years of the life of Edson Arantes do Nascimento, better known as Pelé (a name borne from a youthful insult he would …

The Man Who Knew Infinity (2015) Dev Patel – Movie Review

May 16th, 2016

The Man Who Knew Infinity looks at the life of Srinivasa Ramanujan, a mathematician from India who would become famous in the math world for his …

The Family Fang (2015) Jason Bateman – Movie Review

May 14th, 2016

As adults, siblings Annie and Baxter Fang are played by Nicole Kidman and Jason Bateman, respectively. Annie is a famous actress who has recently …

Money Monster (2016) Clooney, Roberts – Movie Review

May 14th, 2016

George Clooney stars as Lee Gates, a flashy Jim Kramer-ish cable television network host of a financial advice program called “Money Monster”, happy …

Louder Than Bombs (2015) Jesse Eisenberg – Movie Review

May 9th, 2016

Gabriel Byrne stars as Gene, a widower high school teacher trying to establish a firm connection again with his two sons, Conrad and Jonah, over two …

Dough (2015) Jonathan Pryce – Movie Review

May 7th, 2016

Jonathan Pryce stars as elderly widower Nat, the current owner of the family’s century-old Jewish bakery that’s just barely been scraping by of late, …

Captain America: Civil War (2016) Marvel – Movie Review

May 7th, 2016

Loosely taking off from an idea borne of the giant crossover storyline mostly under the direction of comics writer Mark Millar, Civil War is a movie that addresses something that is not often remarked upon in superhero …

High-Rise (2015) Tom Hiddleston – Movie Review

May 3rd, 2016

Set in 1975, Tom Hiddleston stars as successful physiologist, Dr. Robert Laing, who has recently moved in to the 25th floor of one of several new …

Miles Ahead (2015) Don Cheadle – Movie Review

May 2nd, 2016

Set mainly during the course of about a day in the musician’s life in New York’s Upper West Side (Cincinnati substitutes) in the 1979, when creatively burnt-out Miles had taken a self-imposed five-years-and-counting …

Green Room (2015) Patrick Stewart – Movie Review

April 30th, 2016

Touring the Pacific Northwest, the D.C.-based punk quartet known as the Ain’t Rights haven’t quite taken this part of the country by storm, ending up taking a bit of a detour from their tour to secure some much-needed …

Keanu (2016) Key & Peele – Movie Review

April 29th, 2016

Key stars as Clarence, a straight-laced suburbanite who is lured by his recently broken-up slacker cousin Rell, played by Peele, to finally cut loose with his wife away for the weekend. Little do they know that this …

Elvis & Nixon (2016) Michael Shannon – Movie Reviews

April 29th, 2016

In this semi-fictional yarn, the impetus for Elvis wanting to meet with either J. Edgar Hoover or Nixon is born from his growing discontent at seeing …

The Jungle Book (2016) Disney – Movie Reviews

April 27th, 2016

Neel Sethi stars as young Mowgli, raised in the jungles of (presumably) India by a pack of wolves after his father is slain by the power-hungry tiger …

The Huntsman: Winter’s War (2016) Chris Hemsworth – Review

April 26th, 2016

On the prequel front, we find that the wicked Queen Ravenna (Theron) has a sister named Freya (Blunt), a more benevolent (at least at first) younger …

A Hologram for the King (2016) Tom Hanks – Movie Review

April 23rd, 2016

Tom Hanks plays Alan Clay, a recently divorced IT salesman, down on his luck in both his personal and professional life, called out on a rare assignment to Saudi Arabia in order to try to peddle his company’s pricey …

April and the Extraordinary World (2015) – Movie Review

April 22nd, 2016

Comic book legend Jacques Tardi’s graphic novel provides the inspiration for this loose big screen adaptation from France, from screenwriters Franck Ekinci (who-codirects with Christian Desmares) and Benjamin Legrand, …

Criminal (2016) Kevin Costner – Movie Review

April 20th, 2016

Criminal starts with Ryan Reynolds as a CIA superspy named Bill Pope, on assignment in London, soon finding himself surrounded by murderous assassins …

Born to Be Blue (2015) Ethan Hawke – Movie Review

April 19th, 2016

The film starts with Baker playing himself in a film that was planned, but never actually made, about his own life. Born to be Blue utilizes this film-in-a-film approach to draw out the glamorized, black-and-white …

Sing Street (2016) John Carney – Movie Reviews

April 18th, 2016

Set in Dublin in 1985, teenage dreamer Conor is a new student in a Christian Brothers school that writer-director John Carney also attended during …

Barbershop: The Next Cut (2016) Ice Cube – Movie Reviews

April 15th, 2016

A much-belated comedy sequel, coming about twelve years after the previous Barbershop entry (not counting the female-centric spin-off, Beauty Shop), Barbershop 2: Back in Business, Barbershop: The Next Cut picks up …

Hardcore Henry (2015) Sharlto Copley – Movie Reviews

April 11th, 2016

At the beginning of the film, we find the Henry of the title having been all but entirely killed from a brutal attack that sees his eyes, one of his …

Midnight Special (2016) Jeff Nichols – Movie Reviews

April 9th, 2016

Midnight Special is an intriguing straight-faced science fiction-thriller which immediately shows us two armed and anxious men who’ve seemingly …

The Boss (2016) Melissa McCarthy – Comedy Movie Reviews

April 9th, 2016

Melissa McCarthy plays Michelle Darnell, an unwanted orphan who channels her despondent feelings into making something of her self as an adult, …

Remember (2015) Christopher Plummer – Movie Reviews

April 6th, 2016

Christopher Plummer stars as Zev Guttman, a 90-year-old recent widower of German origin who embarks on a road trip to try to find and kill the …

Marguerite (2015) Catherine Frot – Movie Reviews

April 4th, 2016

Marguerite is a seriocomic look at an absurd set of circumstances, loosely inspired by the true story of American singer Florence Foster Jenkins (Jenkins is set to get her own film in 2016, played by Meryl Streep). Set …

I Saw the Light (2015) Tom Hiddleston – Movie Reviews

April 2nd, 2016

Tom Hiddleston stars as country music legend Hiram King “Hank” Williams in this biopic on his short life, several loves, and his influential career, crafting such classics as “Hey Good Lookin'”, “Move It On Over”, and …

Embrace of the Serpent (2015) – Movie Review

April 1st, 2016

The black-and-white film, sumptuously captured by cinematographer David Gallego, bounces back and forth between two different time periods about 30 …

Hello My Name is Doris (2015) Sally Field – Movie Reviews

March 29th, 2016

Sally Field plays the titular role of sixty-something-year-old Staten Island shut-in Doris, an aging holdover in her Manhattan-based company who ends …

Eye in the Sky (2015) Helen Mirren – Movie Reviews

March 28th, 2016

Bouncing the action around between Air Force operations based in the United States, war rooms in England, and a small village in Kenya, the storyline …

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016) Nia Vardalos Movie Reviews

March 27th, 2016

Now happily married (though the romantic spark has largely gone), Toula and Ian have a 17-year-old daughter, Paris, who is already getting pressure …

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) – Movie Reviews

March 25th, 2016

DC decides to expand its cinematic universe to catch up with the Marvel films with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Batman feels Supes is a danger to humanity, and Superman view Batman as a threat. Taking advantage …

Rams (2015) Grimur Hakonarson – Movie reviews

March 25th, 2016

We mostly follow the film from the perspective of mild-mannered Gummi (Sigurjonsson), who beams with pride on his stock of sheep, entering his ram …

Pee-wee’s Big Holiday (2016) Netflix Movie – Pee-wee Herman

March 22nd, 2016

Pee-wee Herman has never left his hometown of Fairville to see anything beyond its city limits, save for a harrowing botched attempt to go to Salt Lake City that nipped his wanderlust in the bud.  While at work as a …

Allegiant (2016) Divergent Series – Movie Reviews

March 19th, 2016

The futuristic film opens with Naomi Watts’ character, Evelyn, now in charge of walled-in Chicago after the demise of Jeanine, and she’s trying to provide ‘justice’ for past sins against the members of Erudite by …

The Young Messiah (2016) Sean Bean – Movie Reviews

March 14th, 2016

The film starts with young Jesus with his family, having fled to Egypt due to a decree by Herod the Great to find the child that had managed to escape slaughter as a babe seven years back. At this point in his life, …

The Brothers Grimsby (2016) Sacha Baron Cohen – Movie Review

March 12th, 2016

Sacha Baron Cohen stars as Norman ‘Nobby’ Butcher, a who lives in Grimsby with his lusty wife Dawn (Wilson) and eleven hooligan children (two who are …

10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) John Goodman – Movie Reviews

March 12th, 2016

Mary Elizabeth Winstead stars as Michelle, who is leaving her fiancé, Ben voiced by Bradley Cooper), after an apparent deal-breaking disagreement that he must feel sorry for, given that he is persistently calling as …

Songs My Brothers Taught Me (2015) Chloe Zhao – Movie Reviews

March 11th, 2016

Set in the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, Songs My Brothers Taught Me primarily revolves around seventeen-year-old brother Johnny …

The Boy and the Beast (2015) Anime Movie Reviews

March 8th, 2016

The story involves a nine-year-old boy named Ren, who, after the untimely death of his mother after a bitter divorce, ends up filled with despair and …

Mustang (2015) Deniz Gamze Erguven – Movie Reviews

March 7th, 2016

Five orphaned, loving, and seemingly carefree sisters living in a very conservative town in Turkey are growing up fast — so fast that when they’re spotted engaging in a bit of innocent horseplay with some local boys, …

London Has Fallen (2016) Gerard Butler – Movie Reviews

March 6th, 2016

The story begins in Pakistan, with an American drone strike on the abode of terrorist-supplying arms dealer Aamir Barkawi, where a wedding appears to be taking place. Two years later, the unfortunate death of the …

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016) Tina Fey – Movie Reviews

March 5th, 2016

Tina Fey stars as Kim Baker, a journalist stuck in a life rut while working in television news as a copy-editor in New York, who ends up taking on an assignment to cover the war in Afghanistan beginning in 2003. What …

Gods of Egypt (2016) Gerard Butler – Fantasy Movie Reviews

March 1st, 2016

The film is set in Ancient Egypt, at a time when gods and human co-existed in the lands. The gods were like humans, mortal and fallible, but were …

Eddie the Eagle (2016) Taron Egerton – Movie Reviews

February 28th, 2016

Directed by Dexter Fletcher, Eddie the Eagle tells the story of Michael “Eddie” Edwards, who would find fifteen minutes of fame as an Olympic ski …

Triple 9 (2016) – Chiwetel Ejiofor – Movie Review

February 27th, 2016

A group of five ex-special ops guys now working in Atlanta as criminals, but most novel about the situation is that some of them are also cops.  The film opens with the group perpetrating an elaborate bank heist in …

Zootopia (2016) Disney Zootropolis – Movie Reviews

February 25th, 2016

Judy Hopps is a bunny rabbit from farm country who always wanted to be a police officer in the big mammal-filled metropolis of Zootopia, where all of …

Race (2016) Stephan James, Jason Sudeikis – Movie Reviews

February 23rd, 2016

Jesse Owens, son of a sharecropper and grandson of a slave, became a track star at his alma mater of Ohio State University, where Larry Snyder, a former promising track star himself, is head coach of the track team.  …

Son of Saul (2015) Laszlo Nemes – Movie Reviews

February 21st, 2016

The film showcases a special type of prisoner in the death camps known as the ‘sonderkommandos’, who would, under penalty of death, assist with the …

The Witch (2015) Robert Eggers – Horror Movie Reviews

February 20th, 2016

Set in New England in the early 1630s, six decades before the infamous Salem Witch trials, we find a family of devout Puritans vacating the …

Where to Invade Next – Michael Moore – Movie reviews

February 17th, 2016

The basic premise involves Michael Moore “invading” other countries, not for oil or to prop up our own dictators, but to steal away ideas that he …

How to Be Single (2016) Dakota Johnson – Movie Review

February 16th, 2016

Dakota Johnson gets the lead role as Alice, who decides that she and her long-term college boyfriend Josh should break up for a while in order to …

Zoolander 2 (2016) Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson – Movie Review

February 14th, 2016

Derek Zoolander is back, the eternally daft and narcissistic male supermodel, now retired and reclusive, who has been persuaded by a ‘fashion police’ …

Deadpool (2016) Ryan Reynolds, Marvel – Movie Review

February 12th, 2016

The origin of Deadpool is told in an extended flashback sequence in the middle of the film, pushing forward a relatively improbable story of a …

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016) Lily James – Review

February 7th, 2016

Lily James plays Elizabeth Bennet, the second-oldest sister hoping to find a proper wealthy husband in an isolated version of London that is …

Hail Caesar (2016) Coen Brothers, George Clooney – Movie Review

February 6th, 2016

Set in Hollywood of the 1950s, Josh Brolin plays Eddie Mannix, an executive of the fictional Capitol Pictures film studio who is tasked with ‘fixing’ …

Jane Got a Gun (2015) Natalie Portman – Movie Review

February 1st, 2016

Set primarily in the New Mexico Territory of 1871, the titular Jane is shocked to find her husband, Bill Hammond, riding home after a long time away …

Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016) Jack Black – Movie Review

January 31st, 2016

Po’s master, Shifu, decides to retire his teachings and promote his Dragon Warrior to become the teacher of the rest of the Furious Five in the ways of kung fu.  His new and somewhat reluctant status as a martial arts …

The Finest Hours (2016) Chris Pine – Movie Reviews

January 29th, 2016

Based on a true story, The Finest Hours is set mostly in winter of 1952, where, off of the snowy coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, an oil tanker …

Macbeth (2015) Fassbender, Cotillard – Movie Review

January 27th, 2016

Michael Fassbender stars as Macbeth, who is foretold by three sisters of mystical powers that he will one day be the king in Scotland. Lady Macbeth, …

The Boy (2016) Lauren Cohan – Movie Review

January 25th, 2016

Lauren Cohan stars as Greta, an American woman who takes a job as a nanny in England in order to get away from a dangerously abusive and obsessed …

The 5th Wave (2016) Chloe Grace Moretz – Movie Review

January 24th, 2016

Chloe Grace Moretz stars as Ohioan teenager Cassie Sullivan, whom we first meet in a post-apocalyptic world fighting for her survival. We flash back …

Dirty Grandpa (2016) Robert De Niro, Zac Efron – Movie Review

January 23rd, 2016

De Niro plays Dick Kelly, a very recent widower who is being driven by his uptight corporate lawyer grandson Jason from the former’s home in Georgia to his Boca vacation home, and the latter’s marriage celebration and …

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (2016) Michael Bay

January 18th, 2016

13 Hours takes place during a volatile time in Libya, shortly after the overthrow and murder of their dictator, Muammar Guadaffi in 2011. Various …

Ride Along 2 (2016) Kevin Hart, Ice Cube – Movie Review

January 16th, 2016

We pick up not long after the first entry with Hart’s character, Ben Barber, now a probationary officer for the Atlanta Police Department.  He’s just …

Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015) documentary – Movie Review

January 14th, 2016

Hitchcock/Truffaut is a documentary on Alfred Hitchcock, his influence on other filmmakers in history, including Francois Truffaut, who wrote a definitive book on the man through a series of interviews over the course …

45 Years (2015) Charlotte Rampling – Movie Reviews

January 3rd, 2016

On the verge of celebrating their 45th wedding anniversary, wife Kate is putting together all of the necessities for their big party at an esteemed hall in the English countryside, while husband Geoff seems to be …

Top 10 Films of 2015 – Best movies

January 2nd, 2016

The end-of-they-year podcast. Vince Leo runs down his favorite films of the year 2015, as well as some honorable mentions. Happy New Year everyone!

Anomalisa (2015) Charlie Kaufman – Movie Review

December 31st, 2015

The main character is unhappily married, middle-aged self-help author and occupational speaker Michael Stone, who has traveled for a one-day stay in Cincinnati in order to deliver a lecture at a convention for those in …

Chi-Raq (2015) Spike Lee, Nick Cannon – Movie Review

December 30th, 2015

Set in Chicago’s South Side, there are two warring gangs who’ve been committing violent crimes against each other for years, the purple-clad Spartans …

Carol (2015) Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara – Movie Review

December 26th, 2015

Set just before Christmas in the early 1950s, Rooney Mara co-stars as Therese Belivet, a young and shy Manhattan shopgirl who ends up waiting on a …

Daddy’s Home (2015) Ferrell, Wahlberg – Movie Review

December 25th, 2015

Will Ferrell stars as New Orleans smooth jazz ratio station exec Brad Whitaker, who has a loving wife in Sarah, and two stepchildren who haven’t quite come around to accepting him as their new father. Things seem to be …

The Hateful Eight (2015) Quentin Tarantino – Movie Review

December 25th, 2015

Set in a wintry Wyoming in the late 19th Century, we start the film off with ex-Union soldier turned bounty hunter named Major Marquis Warren, who …

The Big Short (2015) Christian Bale – Movie Review

December 24th, 2015

Bolstered by a dynamite cast, The Big Short has several converging story threads, beginning with a socially awkward hedge-fund manager named Dr. …

Joy (2015) Jennifer Lawrence – Movie Review

December 22nd, 2015

Jennifer Lawrence stars as the titular Joy, whom we meet as a young girl with a head full of interesting ideas on how to make life great.  Real life …

The Revenant (2015) Leonardo DiCaprio – Movie Review

December 21st, 2015

Leonardo DiCaprio stars as Hugh Glass, who is mauled by a mama grizzly bear while out with a hunting party of fur trappers, leaving him barely …

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) JJ Abrams – Movie Review

December 19th, 2015

An orb-like droid named BB-8 has some technology placed within him that contains a map showing the whereabouts of Luke Skywalker, and there are …

The Lobster (2015) Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz – Movie Review

December 16th, 2015

Greek writer-director Yorgos Lanthimos directs this strange alternate universe, near-future setting, which feels cold, oppressive, and bizarre.  It’s …

In the Heart of the Sea (2015) Chris Hemsworth – Movie

December 10th, 2015

The main story is framed by fictional scenes of Herman Melville visiting the Nantucket home of Tom Nickerson, the last living survivor of the voyage of the “Essex”.  Nickerson is beyond reluctant to recount what …

Krampus (2015) Emjay Anthony, Adam Scott – Movie Review

December 5th, 2015

It’s Christmas time for one particular family, which means yet another gathering at the home of workaholic Tom and OCD Sarah, and the rest of the …

Creed (2015) Michael B. Jordan, Stallone – Movie Review

November 28th, 2015

Michael B. Jordan stars as Adonis Johnson, the illegitimate son of former world heavyweight champion boxer Apollo Creed, who died in the ring before …

The Good Dinosaur (2015) Pixar, Disney – Movie Review

November 26th, 2015

Offering up a sort of alternate prehistory on what might have happened bad the theoretical asteroid that hit Earth 65 million years ago that wiped out all of the dinosaurs not occurred, dinosaurs are the ones that have …

Brooklyn (2015) Saoirse Ronan – Movie Review

November 25th, 2015

Set in the early 1950s, Saoirse Ronan stars as Eilis Lacey, whom we find at the beginning of the film as a young woman who has grown to not have much of a life worth bragging about in her quaint small town in …

Spotlight (2015) Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo – Movie Review

November 23rd, 2015

In 2001, the Boston Globe’s new editor-in-chief is Marty Baron, a Jewish media exec coming in from Miami to take over the reins of a paper that has …

The Night Before (2015) Seth Rogen – Movie Review

November 22nd, 2015

Isaac, Ethan, and Chris are friends since childhood who’ve made it a point, after Ethan’s parents are killed by a drunk driver, to get together on every Christmas Eve in order to party like there’s no tomorrow. (Yes, …

Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 (2015) – Movie Review

November 21st, 2015

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 is the fourth and final film based on the Suzanne Collins trilogy of young adult novels, and the story, as it …

The Peanuts Movie (2015) Blue Sky Studios – Movie Reviews

November 20th, 2015

Though the movie weaves many side stories in and out of it, the through-line of The Peanuts Movie is in whether or not Charlie Brown will strike up …

Room (2015) Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay – Movie Review

November 16th, 2015

Emma Donoghue beautifully adapts her best-selling 2010 novel of the same name, about young woman named Joy Newsome (Brie Larson), who has been …

Spectre (2015) Daniel Craig as James Bond – Movie Review

November 7th, 2015

M is none too thrilled with the events of Bond’s Mexican excursion, especially as it makes the proposed merger between MI5 and the more top-secret MI6 a reality, which will threaten to take out the 00 series of spies in …

Steve Jobs (2015) Michael Fassbender – Movie Review

October 25th, 2015

Steve Jobs is written by highly acclaimed screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, who scored big with another tech industry biography with 2008’s The Social Network. Although Walter Isaacson’s best-selling biography on Jobs …

Crimson Peak (2015) Jessica Chastain – Movie Review

October 20th, 2015

Starting off in Buffalo, NY, at the turn of the 20th century, Mia Wasikowska stars as an aspiring writer named Edith Cushing (nod to Hammer Horror thespian Peter Cushing , no doubt) is struggling to get publishers to …

Bridge of Spies (2015) Tom Hanks, Spielberg – Movie Review

October 17th, 2015

Set starting in 1957, in the midst of the Cold War between the U.S. and the Soviet Union, Tom Hanks stars as New York-based insurance lawyer James B. …

Pan (2015) Levi Miller, Hugh Jackman – Movie Review

October 10th, 2015

Starting out in London around 1930 we find a young and anguished mother leaving her newborn baby on the doorstep of an orphanage. During the bomb-ravaged times of World War II, years later, the baby grows into a …

Sicario (2015) Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin – Movie Review

October 5th, 2015

Emily Blunt stars as FBI agent and SWAT team member Kate Macer, whose services are enlisted in voluntarily helping out a mysterious group of black …

The Martian – Matt Damon, Ridley Scott – Movie Review

October 4th, 2015

A NASA mission finds a group of scientists and astronauts on the surface of Mars collecting info and samples of the native soil.  Their mission ends …

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015) Movie Review

September 20th, 2015

The Scorch Trials is the follow-up to the modest 2014 hit, The Maze Runner, based on the 2010 YA novel by James Dashner.  We continue to follow …

Black Mass (2015) Johnny Depp – Movie review

September 19th, 2015

Based on the infamous true story from the late 1970s to early 1980s, Johnny Depp stars as James “Whitey” Bulger, a ruthless Irish-American crime boss …

The Visit (2015) M. Night Shyamalan – Movie Review

September 12th, 2015

Fifteen-year-old Becca and her slightly younger brother Tyler are sent for a week-long stay in rural Pennsylvania to stay at the home of the …

Meru (2015) Jimmy Chin – documentary movie review

August 29th, 2015

Sacred Himalayan peak Meru Peak in northern India, at nearly 22,000 feet, may not be the tallest mountain in the world, but it is one of the most …

Straight Outta Compton (2015) NWA biopic – Movie Review

August 17th, 2015

Straight Outta Compton gives us the basic origins of the group N.W.A.’s three most well-known members, Dre, Cube, and Eazy-E, the latter of whom …

The End of the Tour (2015) Jason Segel – Movie Review

August 16th, 2015

After a prologue featuring David Lipsky hearing the news of David Foster Wallace’s suicide in 2008, we flash back to 1996 for most of the duration, …

The Gift (2015) Joel Edgerton, Jason Bateman – Movie Review

August 9th, 2015

Jason Bateman stars as Simon, who has just moved to hometown Los Angeles from Chicago with his wife Robyn and St. Bernard, Mr. Bojangles. Robyn has decided to stay at home to work while Simon heads off to corporate-land …

Fantastic Four (2015) Miles Teller, Kate Mara – Movie Review

August 8th, 2015

Miles Teller plays Reed Richards in his older form, who has invented, with assistance from his best and only friend Ben Grimm, a contraption that …

Mission Impossible Rogue Nation (Tom Cruise) – Movie Review

August 1st, 2015

Ethan Hunt has to go it on his own as the IMF (Impossible Mission Force), for all intents and purposes, is shut down by the CIA head Alan Hunley for …

Vacation (2015) Ed Helms, Christina Applegate – Movie Review

July 29th, 2015

Econo Airline pilot Rusty eavesdrops on a conversation in which his wife Debbie discusses how bored she’s become of the routine in their marriage, exemplified by the usual Sheboygan cabin they rent every year around …

Pixels (2015) Adam Sandler, Kevin James – Movie Review

July 25th, 2015

In 1982, Sam Brenner was one of the best video gamers around his local arcade. But not THE best, as he would eventually lose in a Worldwide Video …

Trainwreck (2015) Amy Schumer, Judd Apatow – Movie Review

July 22nd, 2015

Comedian Amy Schumer gets her chance to shine on the big screen with Trainwreck, playing, appropriately, Amy, working by day as a journalist at a men’s lifestyle and celebrity gossip publication, but who drinks hard, …

Marvel’s Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) – Antman Movie Review

July 21st, 2015

There’s actually more than one Ant-Man in the film, as we start with the original, Dr. Hank Pym, a leading scientist, and inventor of the “Pym Particle”, which allows things, including people, to shrink own to ant-size, …

Terminator Genisys (Emilia Clarke Jai Courtney) Movie Review

July 2nd, 2015

Terminator Genisys starts in 2029, with the end of the rebellion against Skynet HQ, which makes it, essentially, both a prequel and a sequel to The Terminator, as we see the T-800 played by Schwarzenegger go back to …

Dope (2015) Shameil Moore Zoe Kravitz – Movie Review

June 22nd, 2015

Shameik Moore stars as Malcolm, a geeky high school senior with Harvard aspirations living in “The Bottoms”, one of the toughest neighborhoods in …

Inside Out (Pixar, Disney, Amy Poehler) Movie Review

June 20th, 2015

The basic premise of this film is that we’re given the emotional inner workings of a young girl in Minnesota named Riley (Dias, The Shifting), through the personification of her feelings — Joy (Poehler, They Came …

Jurassic World (Chris Pratt) 2015 – Movie Review

June 13th, 2015

Siblings Gray and Zach are sent on vacation to visit their Aunt Claire, who is the manager of operations at the Costa Rica island resort known as Jurassic World, a tourist attraction funded by mega-billionaire named …

Love & Mercy (John Cusack, Paul Dano) Movie Review

June 10th, 2015

Love and Mercy, which takes its name from the first track on Brian Wilson’s first solo album in 1988, is a biopic on Brian Wilson, the musical genius …

Spy (Melissa McCarthy, Paul Feig) Movie Review

June 6th, 2015

McCarthy plays a CIA computer specialist names Susan Cooper, whose job it is to monitor a dreamboat of a field agent named Bradley Fine and try to give him suggestions (via an earpiece) to keep him safe, based on what …

San Andreas (The Rock, Dwayne Johnson) – Movie Review

June 1st, 2015

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson plays Los Angeles Fire Department fireman and helicopter rescue pilot Ray Gaines, who ends up commandeering an LAFD chopper in order to try to rescue his soon-to-be ex-wife and daughter before …

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015)

May 30th, 2015

Thomas Mann stars as Pittsburgh-raised twelfth-grader Greg, who spends most of his days trying to fly under the radar among his peers at school, not …

Mad Max: Fury Road (Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron) Film review

May 16th, 2015

his time out, Max Rockatansky is played by Tom Hardy, an established actor known for playing many complex, troubled antiheroes, so a natural fit for the part. He’s an ex-cop in post-apocalyptic Australia. His travels …

Clouds of Sils Maria (2014)

May 1st, 2015

Juliette Binoche stars as internationally famous actress Maria Enders, whom we meet on a trip to Zurich, Switzerland with handy and very trustworthy …

Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) Film Review

April 27th, 2015

Loki’s scepter, remnant from the first crossover film, which had been used for its power to draw forth two more beings of inordinate ability and skill in twin brother and sister Pietro and Wanda Maximoff, a speedster …

Ex Machina (2015) Film Review

April 26th, 2015

Set sometime in the future, Domhnall Gleeson plays coding programmer Caleb Smith, an employee working for ‘Blue Book’, the world’s most popular …

Unfriended (2015 Film Review

April 26th, 2015

The entirety of the film is the view from the laptop screen of teenager Blaire Lily,whose very private Skype conversation with boyfriend Mitch is rudely interrupted by a trio of friends looking to chat up the clique. …
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