Tag Archives: NPR

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.

Lost in Space: Passengers, reviewed.

Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt star in Columbia Pictures' PASSENGERS.

I had hopes for Passengers, from Prometheus writer Jon Spaihts and The Imitation Game director Morten Tyldum, because I root for science fiction films in general and because I’ve just edited a story for Air & Space/Smithsonian about research into human hibernation for long-term spaceflights, which is key to the premise of this movie. But its billion-dollar ideas are undermined by its five-cent guts, as I aver in my NPR review. Bummer.

The Yule Prologue: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, reviewed.

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My NPR review of what is probably the second-most-review-proof movie of the year after Captain America: Civil War (which I reviewed) is here.

We’ll Always Have Casablanca: Allied, reviewed.

usk-05634r2Here’s my review of Robert Zemeckis’ high-tech-but-old-fashioned WWII espionage thriller Allied. In my NPR review I note it’s meant to evoke a genre that includes great films like Alfred Hitchcock’s Notorious or Carol Reed’s The Third Man. Continue reading