Movie Review - Alien: Covenant (2017)


The crew of a colony ship is in route to an earth-like planet where the new colony will be established. The plans have been laid down so perfectly, but when another uncharted world somehow shows up on the radar, they take a detour to investigate. Plans and timetables for completion be damned—and so too all those safety protocols that must be followed when you arrive on a new world—they just had to investigate. What should happen to a captain who OKs putting a sleeping crews’ lives at risk? Mull that over as you read. Surely there is no real danger of an alien infection and/or predator-prey dynamics to be concerned with?

Movie Review: The Mummy (2017)

An ancient princess is awakened from her crypt beneath the desert, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia, and terrors that defy human comprehension. What starts in the 12th century with buried knights ends with the return of an evil forgotten princess who made a pact with Set, the Egyptian god of the dead, for the purposes of…well, just being plain evil. Mummy movie villains can't ever have a relatable human side to them. They just can't.

When a small-time army-enlisted conman “Nick Morton” (Tom Cruise) accidentally frees the evil goddess, things go from bad to worse for the modern world, and for “Jenny Halsey” (Annabelle Wallis), an army archeologist and Nick's love interest.

Movie Review: Silence (2016)

Martin Scorsese’s new film Silence you probably won't go home talking about. It has none of the pizaz and flare of a great many of his other works, but it sure as hell tries hard.

The film, which Scorsese refers to as his "obsession," is the culmination of some 27 years of work. It is brought down to scale in this 159-minute film. Scorsese may or may not be hoping for an Oscar from it, for which Scorsese has been nominated at least a dozen times in the past and won once for his The Departed in 2007. 

Silence is based on a 1966 novel bearing the same name by a Japanese author named Shusaku Endo. It is based on historical events and takes place in the 17th-century. It brings us the story of two Portuguese Jesuit missionaries, "Rodrigues" (Andrew Garfield) and "Garrpe" (Adam Driver). They travel to Japan to track down their mentor, "Father Ferreira" (Liam Neeson) who reportedly has defected from the faith and is living as a Japanese.

Movie Review: A Monster Calls (2017)

A boy seeks the help of a tree monster to cope with his mother's terminal illness. In the coming-of-age genre, it stands out well. With Liam Neeson as the voice of the monster, we are invited on a fantasy journey that makes for great entertainment for the whole family.

"Conor O'Mally" (Lewis MacDougall) is going to live with his grandmother (Sigourney Weaver) because his mother (Felicity Jones) isn't doing well with the treatments she is receiving. And the doctors prognosis is not very good. Conor's dad (Toby Kebbell) is in America and can't see uprooting him and bringing him to the U.S. This causes more conflict in the vulnerable and impressionable mind of an 11-year-old boy.

Movie Review: Split (2017)

In Split, three girls are abducted by a man with 23 different personalities--make that 24 by the movie's end. James McAvoy is "Kevin Wendell Crumb" (and also "Dennis", "Mrs.Patricia", "Hedwig", "Barry", "Orwell", "Jade", and "the beast"). Mr. Crumb suffers from Disassociative Identity Disorder, or "Multipersonality Disorder" as it is sometimes called. He sees a shrink, "Dr. Karen Fletcher" (Betty Buckley) who, unlike the vast majority of the psychiatric community, believes that the condition is real.

And not only does she believe it is real, but that it is the beginning of a new stage in human evolution (this is the premise Shyamalan keeps coming back to all throughout the movie). Dr. Fletcher's evidence for believing these claims is discussed at length in the movie and introduced into various plot segments, suggesting, for instance, that some personalities are stronger physically, have different levels of cholesterol, and on and on the details go. M. Night Shyamalan's return to the big screen is not without a love for details, which the audience gets in spades!

Movie Review: War on Everyone (2017)

Terry Monroe (Alexander Skarsgård) and Bob Bolano (Michael Pena) are cops. They are the type of cops that bad guys have a run-in with and go away saying: “Who is worse? Me or those cops?” They are corrupt cops. That’s putting it lightly. It’s a crapshoot if their boss (Paul Reiser) and fellow officers on the department’s payroll are much better, but these cats were well on their way to being fired LONG before the events of this movie started.

Being unhappy with themselves and naturally impulsive by nature, they chase down every scummy drug-dealer, pimp, and kingpin they can find. They extort them and get rid of them, either by offing them or locking them up (usually the former), depending on how big of an offender they happen to be.

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