Movie Review: Murder on the Orient Express (2017)

I mostly went to Murder on the Orient Express on the basis of the trailer, which showed a big cast of luvvie actors who seemed to be having an infectiously fun time together. Some of the names in the credits: Michelle Pfeiffer, Derek Jacobi, Judi Dench, Willem Dafoe, Daisy Ridley and Penélope Cruz.… Read the rest

Movie Review: IT (2017)

I guess by now I am an expert on It, I even read It way before It was cool. The book creeped me out thoroughly over 20 years ago, helped by me reading it at a remote vacation spot, away from the safety of crowds.… Read the rest

Movie Review: Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

Blade Runner (1982) was a movie that did not really need a sequel, even if the tech noir future  it set up was a great framework for more stories. It inspired others to tell tales in similar-feeling settings and there were official continuations in novels and a video game, but Blade Runner didn’t get a full movie sequel until this year, 35 years after the original.… Read the rest

Movie Review – Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

Someone has spliced Guardians of the Galaxy DNA into the Thor franchise. Where in previous movies there was some comic relief, the self-serious main man – well, main God – Thor usually was the clueless butt of the joke. In this movie, hanging out with sardonic Tony Stark and trickster Loki finally seems to have rubbed off on him and he has grown a sense of humor.… Read the rest

Movie Review: Kingsman – The Golden Circle (2017)

The first Kingsman movie, based on a graphic novel by Mark Millar, posited a stereotypical English organisation of crime-fighting operatives with a wide slew of Batman-worthy, yet gentlemanly gadgets. The emotional through-line was an experienced Kingsman (Colin Firth) helping a streetwise noob (Taron Egerton) reach his full potential.… Read the rest

Movie Review: Get Out (2017)

The subtitle for this horror-comedy could have easily been ‘Creepy White People’ as the majority of the cast consists of just that. When a black man (Chris Washington, played by Daniel Kaluuyaheads off to a remote mansion to meet the well-off parents of his white girlfriend (Rose Armitage – Allison Williams), things get racially awkward fast. … Read the rest

Movie Review: La La Land (2016)

La La Land is an odd movie. It is a homage to old-fashioned musicals, but there isn’t as much singing and dancing in it as you may expect. After a massive opening number, there are a surprising amount of regular dramatic scenes, even if a lot of them revolve around music in one way or another.… Read the rest

Movie Review: Kong – Skull Island (2017)

Kong – Skull Island is a pleasing package that gives people who enjoy this kind of film exactly what they want to see. Witness King Kong fighting helicopters as well as big monsters and witness him lifting up a puny woman in his massive hand.… Read the rest

Movie Review: Logan (2017)

Logan is a pleasant surprise after the last X-Men related movie, the overblown and messy X-Men – Apocalpyse. Logan’s story is more intimate and small-scale. And really depressing. The dark and mature tone as well as the future setting – it takes place in 2029, although not much seems different apart from self-driving cars – set it far apart from the other movies in the X-Men franchise.… Read the rest

Movie Review: Moonlight (2016)

Moonlight is a beautiful movie with some pacing oddities. Over the course of three titled chapters, it shows the journey to manhood of Chiron, a gay black man who lives in an impoverished neighborhood plagued by drugs. Masculinity – or the semblance thereof – is the main theme here.… Read the rest

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