Review – NOT a Bowling Movie (“Split”)

M. Night Shamalamadingdong is back with another one of his so-called ‘psychological thrillers’ and this time it’s actually a cut above homicidal trees or lost water nymphs. But that’s not saying much, since his last truly blockbuster film was 2002’s Signs, a dazzling sci-fi tale about space aliens who fear water. An exercise in how…

Review – ~QUIET!~ (“Silence”)

One thing for sure, director/screenwriter Martin Scorsese sure knows how to push the religious hot buttons. From his controversial The Last Temptation of Christ to Kundun, Scorsese (a lapsed Roman Catholic himself) has decided to go after another controversial and faith-based-book-to-movie again, this one from the 1966 novel by Shusaku Endo. * * We start…

Review – I’m NOT Batman (“Live By Night”)

No, this isn’t a movie about vampires, despite what the title may imply. Based on the 2012 novel by Dennis Lehane, Ben Affleck adapted the screenplay with his own writing, producing, directing, and acting, something he’s done before with The Town and Argo, which were far superior. Taking pages from past gangster films like Scarface,…

Review – The Real ‘Right Stuff’ (“Hidden Figures”)

Unsung ‘based on a true story’ movie heroes come in all shapes and sizes: the gay man who invented first computer (The Imitation Game), the first African-American man who pioneered modern heart surgery (Something The Lord Made), and this terrific movie about the three African-American women who bucked the all-male dominated (and prejudiced) system at…

Review – Why this Movie? (“Why Him?”)

Question: can several choice comedic actors take an ordinary script with a remedial plot and make it funnier than what’s on the written page? Answer: see this movie and find out how it’s possible! With the acting talents of Bryan Cranston, Megan Mullally, James Franco, and Keegan-Michael Key, this standard comedy of ‘dad meeting his…