Lists

Top 10 Best Films of 2016

2016 wasn’t a great year for mainstream movies, but some things did manage to rise above and provide us with solid entertainment. Plenty of things were happy surprises and there were a few hidden gems, including things not on this list like “Nerve,” “Money Monster” and [looks both ways] “Batman v Superman: Ultimate Edition.” As… Continue reading Top 10 Best Films of 2016

Review

‘La La Land’ a Gorgeous Film Celebrating Dreams

For the second year in a row, the best film of the year comes out at Christmas. “La La Land” stars Ryan Gosling as a jazz pianist who falls in love with an aspiring actress (Emma Stone) in Los Angeles.  John Legend, Rosemarie DeWitt and J.K. Simmons also star as Damien Chazelle writes and directs.… Continue reading ‘La La Land’ a Gorgeous Film Celebrating Dreams

Review

‘Assassin’s Creed’ the Worst Video Game Movie of 2016, and 2016 had ‘Warcraft’

This film is the Anakin Skywalker of video game movies. It was supposed to be the Chosen One, the film that would finally make video game movies good and bring balance to the cinematic universe, but instead it turns out to be a bland origin story that betrays the very people that put their hope… Continue reading ‘Assassin’s Creed’ the Worst Video Game Movie of 2016, and 2016 had ‘Warcraft’

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Portman Great as ‘Jackie’ but Script Lets Her Down

Great performance, great real-life story, meh film. “Jackie” stars Natalie Portman as the titular character of Jackie Kennedy, and follows her retelling of the days after her husband’s assassination in 1963. Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup and John Hurt also star as Pablo Larraín directs. There are plenty of examples of great actors giving… Continue reading Portman Great as ‘Jackie’ but Script Lets Her Down

Review

‘Collateral Beauty’ an Emotionally Manipulative Misfire

Will Smith really needs to fire his agent. “Collateral Beauty” stars Smith as a grieving man who copes with the passing of his young daughter by writing letters to love, death and time. Kate Winslet, Keira Knightley, Helen Mirren, Edward Norton, Michael Peña and Naomie Harris also star as David Frankel directs. The trailers for… Continue reading ‘Collateral Beauty’ an Emotionally Manipulative Misfire

Review

‘Rogue One’ One of Best ‘Star Wars’ Films to Date

Finally, a 2016 blockbuster that isn’t a let down! “Rogue One” is set between Star Wars Episodes III and IV and focuses on the rebels’ plans to steal the designs to the Death Star. Felicity Jones, Ben Mendelsohn, Mads Mikkelsen, Riz Ahmed and Forest Whitaker all star as Gareth Edwards directs. I’m not the biggest… Continue reading ‘Rogue One’ One of Best ‘Star Wars’ Films to Date