Category Archives: Monday Morning Movie Reviewer

NEW Movies: “Kingsman 2” and “The Snowman”

Two junk thrillers that are still in theaters, but not quite good enough to get their own reviews… Kingsman 2: The Golden Circle…Although the film is financially successul (sort-of), I can’t imagine people are really that thrilled when they walk out of the theater. This is a disappointment to the original “Kingsman” film in almost every way… Read More »

Reviews: Documentaries on Spielberg, Joan Didion, “Tickling Giants,” and Lady Gaga

There’s something inherently fascinating about documentaries about artists, and what a collection we have to choose from with new docs on the world’s most famous living film director, a legendary 60’s writer, a mega-successful pop star, and an Egyptian political satirist trying his best to poke fun at encroaching fascism… Spielberg…If you go outside Hollywood… Read More »

Reviews: “Chuck,” “Wakefield,” “Beatriz at Dinner,” “Megan Leavey,” “Before I Fall”

If that last quintet of big-budget turkeys left a bad taste in your mouth, check out these four prestige dramas named after their main characters, and a young adult fantasy lumped in mostly because I didn’t have another place to put it… Chuck…I count myself as a fan of the “Rocky” franchise like pretty much… Read More »

Reviews: 50 Shades Darker, The Shack, XXX: Return of Xander Cage, The House, Rough Night

After positively reviewing some terrific documentaries, here’s a fresh batch of new-to-DVD turkeys in case you worried I was going soft, including a Christian propaganda film and a Chinese propaganda Vin Diesel actioner… xXx: Return of Xander Cage…It’s not every day you get to see a (seemingly) braindead, generically unappealing action turd that’s actually a very… Read More »

Documentary Reviews: Obit, Born in China, Banking on Bitcoin, Josh: Teenager Vs. Superpower, Marsha P. Johnson

Five wildly different 2017 documentaries that are mostly winners, but it’s also kind-of hard to make a bad documentary. 4 times out of 5 you’ll learn something new, and the hardest part may be getting people to watch… Obit…A documentary about the New York Times that even conservatives can enjoy, this doc follows the obituary… Read More »

Reviews: “Beguiled,” “The Dinner,” “It Comes At Night,” “Aftermath,” “Mean Dreams”

A quintet of dark, mostly joyless dramas that are different degrees of downers, but there’s only a couple I’d recommend if you were on an airplane and had seen most everything else… The Beguiled…I’ve liked every movie Sofia Coppola has made…until now. After watching this surprisingly bad remake, I sought out the original: Clint Eastwood’s… Read More »

Netflix Movies: Our Souls at Night, Gerald’s Game, First They Killed My Father

Three very different Netflix Original offerings finds Redford and Fonda back at their peak, Gugino and Greenwood at a low point, and Angelina Jolie directing another film where the main characters are brutalized for two hours-plus… First They Killed My Father…I’ve mentioned several times that Jolie is a pain-freak in her directorial efforts, piling on… Read More »

Movie Reviews: Everything Everything, Free Fire, Colossal, My Cousin Rachel, Boss Baby

I can’t really even pretend these films have anything in common except that I watched them. That’s about it, but this is a strong group over all… Everything Everything…This unfairly dismissed teen romance (mediocre reviews and box office) follows Amandla Stenberg’s immune-disease afflicated teen (the movie calls it something, but you may know it as… Read More »

Movie Reviews: The Lovers, War On Everyone, A Dark Song, Song to Song, Once Upon a Time in Venice

Love, war, and two very different movies with “song” in the title… The Lovers…This “best of the bunch” film involves a long-married couple (Debra Winger, in a comeback role, and Homeland’s Tracy Letts, more known for being a great playwright) who are also having long-running affairs (with Magnolia’s Melora Waters and Aidan Gillen, cornering the… Read More »

Movie Round-Up: The Lost City of Z, Snatched, Gifted, The Bad Batch

Today rounds up a series of films where Anglos are in peril in hostile, lawless lands, including the state of Florida in the case of “Gifted”… The Bad Batch…In yet another Dystopian vision of America (sigh), former model Suki Waterhouse—whose best performance so far was pretending to love Bradley Cooper for two years while she… Read More »