Thursday, November 16, 2017

JUSTICE LEAGUE

JUSTICE LEAGUE movie poster
Following the death of Superman/Clark Kent (Henry Cavill), chaos ensues. Batman/Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) seeks help from Wonder Woman/Diana Prince (Gal Gadot), The Flash/Barry Allen (Ezra Miller), Aquaman/Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa) and Cyborg/Victor Stone (Ray Fisher). Centuries-old villain Steppenwolf (the voice of Ciarán Hinds) has returned to Earth looking to combine three hidden and guarded boxes of energy that will turn the planet into his world. The superheroes unite to save humanity.

Plenty of action and an abundance of passable CGI effects make this a fast-paced matinee epic. The DC lineup is well-represented here, along with a few surprises to please the fans. The dark-edged style of director Zack Snyder ("Man of Steel") is certainly present, but he left this project after

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

SWEET VIRGINIA

SWEET VIRGINIA movie poster
A triple murder in a small Alaskan town creates an atmosphere of fear. Elwood (Christopher Abbott), a stranger in town, checks into the motel run by former rodeo champ Sam (Jon Bernthal). Discovering they both have ties to Virginia, an uneasy friendship is formed. But the aftermath of the violent deaths leads to more trouble.

This tense thriller is a gripping character study with bursts of violence. The killer and motive are revealed early, but the impact isn't diminished. The Black List screenplay by brothers Benjamin and Paul China is set in Virginia, which makes the title more significant. Director Jamie M. Dagg moved the location to a small Alaskan town, giving the film a

Thursday, November 9, 2017

MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS

Murder On The Orient Express 2017 movie
A murder occurs on the Orient Express and famed Belgian detective Hercule Poirot (Kenneth Branagh) is on the case. His suspects include all of his fellow passengers and the crew on board. When this train ride through Europe gets halted by an avalanche, Poirot has his hands full trying to unmask the killer.

A stellar cast and lush scenery make this latest filming of Agatha Christie's 1934 novel an

Thursday, November 2, 2017

THOR: RAGNAROK

THOR: RAGNAROK
After a fight against the Goddess of Death Hela (Cate Blanchett), Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Loki (Tom Hiddleston) find themselves trapped on the planet Sakaar. Ruled by the Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum), gladiator battles are the main obsession. The imprisoned Thor is pitted against his old pal the Hulk/Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo). The God of Thunder must find a way to survive and return to Asgard to save his beloved homeland from Hela.

Some laughs, twists, surprises and good performances freshen up the familiar plot. Marvel is the master of

Thursday, October 26, 2017

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE movie
Sergeant Adam Schumann (Miles Teller) returns home to his wife Saskia (Haley Bennett) and children after duty in Iraq. He and his buddies Solo (Beulah Koale) and Will (Joe Cole) struggle with post traumatic stress disorder while adjusting to changes in their civilian lives.

Miles Teller's dominant performance drives this emotional drama. Based on the non-fiction book by David Finkel, this

Thursday, October 19, 2017

ONLY THE BRAVE

ONLY THE BRAVE movie poster
The true story of Arizona's Granite Mountain Hotshots, a group of firefighters who gallantly battled the Yarnell Hill Fire in 2013. Eric Marsh (Josh Brolin) led his team from training through their certification as Hotshots to the fire they so bravely fought.

Spectacular firefighting sequences heighten the emotional impact of this real-life story. As a longtime Arizona resident, this tragic event will forever live in my memory. Director Joseph Kosinski ("Oblivion") has crafted an unforgettable film that easily stands alongside "Backdraft". It more closely resembles

Friday, October 13, 2017

MARSHALL

Marshall movie poster
Working on cases for the NAACP, young lawyer Thurgood Marshall (Chadwick Boseman) travels to Connecticut to help defend African-American chauffeur Joseph Spell (Sterling K. Brown) against sexual assault and attempted murder charges by his wealthy married white socialite employer Eleanor Strubing (Kate Hudson). Ordered not to speak in court by Judge Foster (James Cromwell), Marshall must rely on first-time trial lawyer Samuel Friedman (Josh Gad). They work against prejudice to uncover the truth.

This captivating real-life courtroom drama is