Tag Archives: film reviews

Ape-Pocalypse Now: Kong: Skull Island, reviewed.

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Look, I’m no hero, but did you happen to notice that my NPR review of Kong: Skull Island contains not one occurrence of “titular” or “eponymous”? Please notice that.

Time for Carrousel: Logan, reviewed.

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I’m looking forward to the argument we’re going to have over beers, you and I, about whether Logan is the best comic book movie since The Dark Knight or the best Western since No Country for Old Men. 

Here’s my NPR review, where I ran out of space to cite all the things I loved about this movie (Eriq La Salle! Autotrucks!), or to warn you that if you know you will recoil from the sight of an 11-year-old girl defending her life with lethal force, you should skip it. And it would probably be more correct to call it the Rocky Balboa of Rocky movies than the Creed of Rocky movies, but sometimes clarity is more important than pinpoint accuracy.

Bring tissues.

Get Up, Get into It, Get Involved: Get Out, reviewed.

la-et-hc-get-out-horror-peele-20161004-snapJordan Peele’s terrific new horror flick Get Out is many things, but it parody it is not. My NPR review is here.

When You Unload into the Abyss… John Wick: Chapter 2, reviewed.

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Keanu and Common, together again for the very first time. (Lionsgate)

Wherein I hail John Wick: Chapter 2 as the “face-shooting revenge flick Frederico Fellini never got to make.” For NPR.

Don’t the Dew: xXx: Return of Xander Cage, reviewed.

xXx: Return of Xander CageJust because no one involved with xXx: Return of Xander Cage was ever trying to make a good movie doesn’t mean it isn’t a bad one. I reviewed it for NPR, for my sins.

Patriots Day Makes Three for Berg & Wahlberg, LLC

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It’s not as good as Zero Dark Thirty or Captain Phillips. But it’s better than you’d think. Reviewed for NPR.

Hat’s all, Folks: Live By Night, reviewed.

 

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My NPR review of Live By Night, writer/producer/director/star Ben Affleck’s second adaptation of a Dennis Lehane novel, is here. It aspires to be a sweeping period gangster film in the tradition of The Godfather, Once Upon a Time in America, Miller’s Crossing, and so many others, but it tries to bite off too much of Lehane’s book to really resonate. It’s the weakest of the four films Affleck has directed. Too bad.