Category Archives: Monday Morning Movie Reviewer

Review: “Black Panther” is Marvel’s Best Since the 1st “Iron Man”

Note: That headline may be a bit less euphoric than it first sounds since long-time readers may remember that I actually dislike most Marvel films, finding them machine-made and largely flavorless. The “Doctor Strange,” “Ant-Man,” “Thor,” and “Avengers” franchises do nothing for me, and even if I enjoyed “Captain America,” “Iron Man,” and “Guardians of the… Read More »

Movie Review: What Other Critics Are Missing About “15:17 to Paris”

You might be surprised to see “15:17 to Paris” get such scathing reviews (a 23% on Rotten Tomatoes? really? when any Marvel bullshit-fest can easily top 90%), and I couldn’t help but wonder if this exact same film—less a terrorism docuthriller than a red state cinema verite piece—were made about a culture literally anywhere else than Christian… Read More »

Review: Is “Fifty Shades Freed” the Female “Fast and Furious?”

Yes, I know, there are lots of women who like “Fast and Furious” movies—and notably less men that like “Fifty Shades” movies, as evidenced by how “Furious” movies are rubber-stamped by critics and “Fifty” movies are ridiculed. But when you really get into the heart of the “Fast” audience, there’s a certain type of gear… Read More »

Movie Review: The Cloverfield Paradox–OR–Cloverfield 3

Despite some ingenious marketing techniques (teasing an April release in theaters before officially revealing Netflix had bought it to distribute about two hours after telling the world it would be available–in February), this is probably the worst film in the “Cloverfield” franchise and can’t hold a candle to “10 Cloverfield Lane,” the second and by… Read More »

Movie Review: “Maze Runner: Death Cure” May Finally End YA Dystopia-Movies

If you’re anything like me, you may be struggling to remember “The Maze Runner” series and whether or not you even saw the last installment. You may also find you’d rather be watching the end of the “Divergent” series which stupidly split its final installment in half, only to question whether the second half should… Read More »

Movie Match-Up: “12 Strong” vs. “Den of Thieves”

A pair of macho, guys-vs.-guys actioners that come from different sides of the respectability spectrum, but will probably appeal to about the same demographic… Den of Thieves…Can writer-director Christian Gudegast (whose previous screenwriting credits include “classics” like “London Has Fallen” and the Vin Diesel howler “A Man Apart”) be sewed for copyright infringement? Because that’s how… Read More »

Movie Match-Up: “Proud Mary” vs. “The Commuter”

Two absolute junk January thrillers starring actors who’ve seen better roles, and if you waited until February to watch a movie in theaters I certainly wouldn’t blame you since the old truth about January being a dumping ground for the bottom-of-the-barrel looks to be holding true this year. However, not all bad things are equal,… Read More »

Quick Reviews: “I, Tonya,” “Shape of Water,” “The Disaster Artist,” “Downsizing,” “Jumanji 2”

Lightning quick reviews of some great movies (mostly) before I have to throw up my end-of-the-year list of reviews… I, Tonya…Not since Charlize Theron in “Monster” has an A-list sex symbol so thoroughly transformed herself in a role, but Margot Robbie mostly portrays Tonya Harding without the use of prosthetics. I also loved the breaking… Read More »