Let me just say that while many genres have my sympathy, the superhero genre is usually not one of them. With the exception of Nolan’s Batman films, I find many superhero movies to be rather lukewarm with their predictable outcomes and action scenes for the sake of action. However, Wonder Woman blew away all of my expectations and more.
Film Review The Revenant · Alejandro González Iñárritu · Leonardo DiCaprio · Tom Hardy · R · 2015
While it’s not a film I particularly love, I admire “The Revenant” for its beauty, cinematography, and visceral depiction of the wild. This is a film that is meant to be seen on the big screen.
Film Review Carol · Todd Haynes · Cate Blanchett · Rooney Mara · R · 2015
I am not by any means an expert on the subject of love, but I believe “Carol” is one of the most realistic and intelligent portrayals of love that I’ve seen in film.
Film Review The Hateful Eight · Quentin Tarantino · Samuel L. Jackson · Kurt Russell · Jennifer Jason Leigh · Walton Goggins · R · 2015
Quentin Tarantino’s eighth film, “The Hateful Eight”, is some sort of twisted game of Clue in the style of a Western, set ten or so years after the American Civil War. Add a stellar cast and a beautiful original score written by Ennio Morricone and we’ve got ourselves a good movie that’s entertaining as hell.
Film Review Joy · Jennifer Lawrence · Bradley Cooper · Robert De Niro · David O. Russel · PG-13 · 2015
As the film celebrates strong matriarchal characters and the power of determination, I can’t help but wish “Joy” was better.
Film Review Star Wars · The Force Awakens · Disney · J. J. Abrams · Daisy Ridley · John Boyega · Oscar Isaac · Adam Driver · Harrison Ford · Carrie Fisher · Mark Hamill · PG-13 · 2015
The most anticipated movie of the year, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, lives up to all the hype, and J. J. Abrams delivers the best early Christmas present I could ask for.