Halle Bailey is a mermaid who wants to be up where the people are in Disney’s The Little Mermaid, another one of these live-action “OK, sure, but why?” adaptations of a classic animated movie.
Yes, I know, “money, dummy” is the “why” of the existence of these live-action adaptations. I Continue reading “The Little Mermaid (PG)”
Dominic Toretto family family family car vroom boom in Fast X, a scene-setting part-one situation.
Which I knew going in. I’ve read that Fast X is the second (or maybe third, according to Vulture) to last of the Fast & Furious central-storyline movies. The result, though, is that the characters Continue reading “Fast X (PG-13)”
The Lost King (PG-13)
Sally Hawkins, Steve Coogan.
Based on the true story: Philippa Langley (Hawkins), who suffers from chronic fatigue syndrome, takes issue with the standard Shakespeare version of the English King Richard III wherein his hunchback has made him “a villain.” Her research into Richard leads her to Continue reading “At the Sofaplex 23/05/18”
Jennifer Lopez is, as the internet says, mother in The Mother, a line I’ll bet at least 60 percent of movie reviewers use when discussing this movie.
Partly because it’s true, partly because it’s right there and partly because Lopez’s character in this violent — but, aw, sweet! — Continue reading “The Mother (R)”
Peter Quill and the gang return for one last? (probably not) hurrah in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 — not the worst Marvel Cinematic Universe movie, but not nearly as fun as the The Marvels trailer that preceded it.
This outing is largely Rocket’s (voice of Bradley Cooper) story, Continue reading “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (PG-13)”
A teen just can’t not open the obviously evil Book of the Dead, thus releasing demons or whatever and leading to a tsunami of gore, in Evil Dead Rise.
The movie actually starts at an A-frame cabin of devilry out in the woods. After some creepy voice work and R-rated Continue reading “Evil Dead Rise (R)”
Dracula’s familiar would like to reevaluate his toxic work situation in Renfield, a gore-filled and yet very cute comedy.
Renfield (Nicholas Hoult), he of the bug-eating and the “yes, master”-ing, is sick of working for Dracula (Nicolas Cage), a total diva of a boss who makes Renfield bring Continue reading “Renfield (R)”
Boston Strangler (R)
Keira Knightley, Carrie Coon.
Two female newspaper reporters investigate the strangling deaths of several women in 1960s Boston in this movie that feels as much about being a working mom as it does about true crime investigation. To that second element, the movie leaves open a Continue reading “At the Sofaplex 23/04/13”
Middle-aged dudes in the mid 1980s pin their career futures and their hopes for the financial future of Nike on a young NBA rookie named Michael Jordan in Air.
I feel like even the movie is somewhat conscious of the fact that it is not the story of a legendary Continue reading “Air (R)”
Chris Evans and Michelle Rodriguez make a good questing-buddies pair in Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves.
And I should explain up front that I’ve never played Dungeons & Dragons, so surely there are Easter eggs about characters and gameplay that I missed. But not knowing that world doesn’t get Continue reading “Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves (PG-13)”