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The new car racing film "Ford v Ferrari" by James Mangold is a well-designed bit of semi-macho fluff based upon a real life rivalry ... more
Horror author Stephen King knows what scares us because he knows what hurts. It's the key to his success. He makes horror a personal experience ... more
Back in 2001 when the ‘Fast and Furious” franchise started, the stakes were simple ... more
Right up front I have to say "Toy Story 4" is one of the best movies out there right now. Sweet, endearing and, yes, even wholesome ... more
The comedy-sci-fi concept behind Men in Black could probably go on forever if its creators had as much imagination as the special effects designers hired to come up with all ... more
Ok, ok, "Brightburn" is the anti-Superman, the Bizarro World-ish version of the Man of Steel. There, I said it. But, “Brightburn” is more than that. In fact, it has bigger fish to fry. more
There are a lot of good reasons some movies with male leads could easily be remade with female actors and probably turn out better ... more
Charlize Theron doesn't make many mistakes when picking movies in which to star, but once in a while she ends up in a real stinker.  more
Woven through the layers of paralyzing terror in writer-producer-director Jordan Peele's "Us" are the kind of enigmatic visual symbols ... more
If you saw "In Order of Disappearance," Hans Petter Moland's 2014 Norwegian thriller, be aware that its just-released remake, “Cold Pursuit,” starring Liam Neeson is virtually a … more
The new horror movie, "Escape Room," has been rightfully compared to the Canadian cult flick, "Cube." The similarity is illustrated by a group ... more
One might suppose that a character-driven drama with comic overtones like "The Old Man and the Gun" released on Halloween week might seem the antithesis of the usual frightmare fare. But, when you think about it, the movie's premise ... more
I've always admired the aw-shucks courage displayed by astronauts. The idea that there are men and women, who possess the amazing combination of superior intellect, raw nerve, peerless skill, grace under fire, and focused humility ... more
‘Crazy Rich Asians” is both a romantic comedy about the ridiculously nutty interactions among family members gathered for a wedding in Singapore and a commentary about ridiculously wealthy people who aren’t Americans. more
Dean Devlin is a producer best known for blockbuster pictures, such as "Independence Day," "Godzilla" and "Stargate." But, as a director, his rather light resume now lists a … more
Either somebody at Marvel read my mind or the suits in charge have been playing one heck of a long game. Some time back I complained that superhero movies have fallen into a … more
A good horror movie, at least to this writer’s mind, is made of several tried and true formulas ... more
Many of Steven Spielberg's movies are chapters in a long tome on lost innocence, broken families yearning to be repaired and nostalgia for a past when certain warm and fuzzy … more
Unlike the noisy and quickly tiresome "Transformers" franchise (yes, I said it), when director Guillermo del Toro adapted (and presented) Travis Beacham's comic book into the … more
Director Eli Roth isn't exactly recognized for his subtlety. Known for extreme torture-horror flicks, such as "Hostel," "Cabin Fever" and "The Green Inferno," he's risen to … more
Director Francis Lawrence — who helmed three "Hunger Games" movies, the cultish "Constantine," the inadvertently silly "I Am Legend," plus a slew of music videos for the … more
The somewhat ironic death of T'Challa's father in "Captain America: Civil War" (2016) introduced audiences to Black Panther, his super-hero alter ego. That moment, however, … more
‘Unable to perceive the shape of You, I find You all around me. Your presence fills my eyes with Your love, It humbles my heart, For You are everywhere” — Guillermo del Toro more
The westward expansion of the United States was largely fueled by the blindness new immigrants felt toward land they believed was theirs for the taking. more
Mildred Hayes has had it up to here. It has been months since her daughter was murdered, and nothing has been done to find the person responsible. At least as far as she can tell. So, to put it mildly, she’s pissed. more
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