Posts in category "Reviews"

Movie Review: Rogue One

Movie Review: Rogue One
ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY Genre: Sci-Fi Action Rating: PG-13 Running Time: 133 mins. Premise: A ragtag group of rebels stage a daring mission to steal the plans for the Death Star. Behind-the-Scenes: This is a prequel taking place between Episodes III and IV. The story idea came from John Knoll, who worked on the visual effects... Read more »

Movie Review: Office Christmas Party

Movie Review: Office Christmas Party
OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY Genre: Comedy Rating: R Running Time: 105 mins. Premise: When his uptight CEO sister threatens to shut down the company branch he heads, Clay Vanstone (T.J. Miller) decides to throw the ultimate Christmas party to woo a bigwig client and make a last-ditch effort to save everyone’s jobs. Behind-the-Scenes: Shot in and around Chicago, with the Daley... Read more »

Movie Review: Jackie

Movie Review: Jackie
JACKIE Genre: Biopic Rating: R Running Time: 99 mins. Premise: In the wake of the assassination of JFK, Jackie Onassis Kennedy (Natalie Portman) sits down for an interview and re-traces the impact and aftermath of her husband’s death and subsequent funeral. Behind-the-Scenes: Portman is receiving a ton of Oscar heat for her performance here. She’s... Read more »
Advertisement:

See It or Skip It? - November Movies

See It or Skip It? - November Movies
November came and went rather quickly, wouldn’t you say?  Between the Cubs and the Election (and its aftermath), there was a whole heck of a lot of distractions. Don’t worry though. I was still keeping up on all the latest movie releases. And, even though I wasn’t able to post all the individual reviews I... Read more »

Movie Review: Trolls

Movie Review: Trolls
TROLLS Genre: Animated Musical Comedy Rating: PG Running Time: 92 mins. Premise: Fun, music-loving, big-haired trolls find thier peaceful existence threatened when their hideout is ambushed by the troll-eating Bergens and several trolls are kidnapped. It’s up to perpetually peppy Poppy (Anna Kendrick) and stick-in-the-mud Branch (Justin Timberlake) to save the day. Behind-the-Scenes: Timberlake produced the soundtrack album, which... Read more »

Movie Review: Doctor Strange

Movie Review: Doctor Strange
DOCTOR STRANGE Genre: Comic Book Action Rating: PG-13 Running Time: 115 mins. Premise: After a near-fatal car crash, brash, cocky surgeon (is there any other kind?) Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) heads to Kathmandu to heal and learn the ways of the mystic arts under the tutelage of The Ancient One (a whitewashed Tilda Swinton). His... Read more »
Advertisement:

Movie Review: Moonlight

Movie Review: Moonlight
MOONLIGHT Genre: Drama Rating: R Running Time: 110 mins. Premise: Intimate character study of a poor, gay black male named Chiron at three different stages of his life, struggling to find his place in the world. Behind-the-Scenes: Based on a play by Tarell Alvin McCraney. Brad Pitt is a producer. Director Barry Jenkins has only... Read more »

Movie Review: The Accountant

Movie Review: The Accountant
THE ACCOUNTANT Genre: Action Rating: R Running Time: 128 mins. Premise: An accountant on the autism spectrum (played by Ben Affleck) works for shady clients, and doles out Bourne-style justice to wrongdoers. Things reach a head when he uncooks the books for an evil robotics corporation and the Treasury Department zeroes in on him. Behind-the-Scenes: This former Black List screenplay had several... Read more »

Movie Review: The Birth of a Nation

Movie Review: The Birth of a Nation
THE BIRTH OF A NATION Genre: Historical Drama Rating: R Running Time: 110 mins. Premise: Based on a true story, with some liberties taken (as they often are in biographical films), Nat Turner – a literate slave and preacher – rallies his fellow slaves for a violent uprising against their owners. Behind-the-Scenes: There’s really no way of getting... Read more »
Advertisement:

Movie Review: Don't Breathe

Movie Review: Don't Breathe
DON’T BREATHE Genre: Thriller Rating: R Running Time: 88 mins. Premise: A trio of small-time thieves decide to break into an old blind man’s house in an abandoned, rundown area of Detroit, and quickly find the tables turned on them, when the Blind Man (Avatar’s Stephen Lang) viciously defends his home (and the secret in... Read more »