Category: Popcorn Movie Reviews

Movie Review: “Getaway” Road Outrage

One advantage of being a film critic, especially pertinent in the case of Courtney Solomon’s furiously turbulent “Getaway,” is that you get to see movies you’d never pay to see. All of which is my cute excuse for succumbing to the tastes and curiosity of the 15-year-old me. Truth be told, no one had to twist my stick-shifting arm to see this flimsy excuse for a feature length car chase.

Movie Review: “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” Sets The Table For Contemplation

It is astutely illustrated in “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” that you cannot separate American history from the annals of African-American slavery, subjugation and the ongoing exodus that plays out in our daily domestic life. The sins of the past, born of an ignorance predating ancient times, shamefully wraps around the spine of our humanity like a cancer.

Movie Review: “The Way Way Back” Digs Deep

The nice thing about coming of age stories like directors Nat Faxon and Jim Rash’s “The Way Way Back,” about shy, 14-year-old Duncan (Liam James) trying to find a happy place in semi-dysfunctional circumstances, is really a bit of a personal conceit. Our own memories, small, large, earth-shattering and curiously trivial, come hurtling to the fore.

Movie Review: “Red 2” – One Good Turn Doesn’t Deserve Another

Prologue: About a million years ago, contemplating my mortality whilst driving across the Neversink River in New York State, I glanced over to my wife Joanne and opined that Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones might one day entertain us at some old age home. “Cool!” was her automatically optimistic response. I was heartened. The moment replayed as I watched director Dean Parisot’s “Red 2.” I surmise a connection.

Movie Review: “Pacific Rim” Grandson of Godzilla

The amazing thing about director Guillermo del Toro’s highly imaginative “Pacific Rim” is that either I think I understood it, or, for sheer mental preservation, I’ve deluded myself into believing I understood it. In any case, despite oodles of complexity strewn through this non-stop buffet of color, action and comic-book heroism set in the 2020s, there’s no mistaking the derivation and genre.