Dark Horizons

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Rating Title/Year Author
3.5/4 The Gentlemen (2020) Blake Howard Ritchie knows the rules, knows who he is and owning his storytelling craft - leading to a collision of crassness, class satire and virtuosic application of the word 'c-nt' that I imagine is going to only grow in appreciation with each re-watch. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2020
The Irishman (2019) Blake Howard I feel like Scorsese's saying, "I am never going back." There's one appropriate response, a devastating, absolute, "yeah". EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
Marriage Story (2019) Blake Howard "Marriage Story" lingers long and scratches synapses that nudge you back towards a rewatch, but I don't know if I'm ready. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
6 Underground (2019) Blake Howard Leave this crew alone to make one of these every year for the next decade. "Fast and Furious" be warned, the Bay is back in town. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Blake Howard I detested J.J Abrams' "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" (TROS). It's a shell of a film, more machine now than ever. A twisted wreck of fan service, messy assembly of conveniences, lazy echoes and callbacks crashing into an aborted conclusion. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
Ford v Ferrari (2019) Blake Howard "Ford v Ferrari" is to James Mangold what "Chef" is to Jon Favreau. Where the latter tells a semi-autobiographical tale of art through the lens of food; Mangold brings the audience into the meat grinder of creation and competition in racing. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
Doctor Sleep (2019) Blake Howard "Doctor Sleep" is a worthwhile cinematic sequel, that improves on the source by refracting it through Kubrick's superior vision. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
It: Chapter Two (2019) Gary Dowell For all its rough edges, IT: Chapter Two is largely rewarding. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Gary Dowell Holland continues to bring a wide-eyed, boyish charm to the role, and his chemistry with his co-stars remains intact. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2019
The Dead Don't Die (2019) Gary Dowell There's a mellow dignity to it, as it takes a blunt, somber, sobering view of the looming apocalypse rather than checking off genre tropes every five minutes. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2019
Dark Phoenix (2019) Gary Dowell ...fans will have to settle for (re-)reading the comics, (re-) watching the 1990s animated series adaptation, and dreaming of what could have been. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2019
Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Gary Dowell ...there's enough here to keep kaiju fans hooked for at least one more outing. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2019
Hellboy (2019) Gary Dowell There is an amazing depth and pathos to the Hellboy comic books, but you wouldn't know it after slogging through this iteration. The character, the fans, and the cast all deserve far better than this. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
Avengers: Endgame (2019) Gary Dowell That it succeeds isn't a surprise... The real surprise -- to the relief of many -- is the level of quality to which this complicated and admittedly busy piece of pop art rises. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
Captain Marvel (2019) Gary Dowell Breezy and light on gravitas, Captain Marvel doesn't shake up the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it does find a few new ways to perk up the umpteenth superhero origin story. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
Shazam! (2019) Gary Dowell Shazam! is a nice palate cleanser between servings of Marvel grit...light-hearted and tightly-plotted. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2019
3.5/4 John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Blake Howard When the inimitable Tony Scott was eulogised, it was often said that he didn't make action movies, he made action films. Director Chad Stahelski's "John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum" is an action film. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2019
Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Gary Dowell Rather than a objectified victim, Alita has agency more often than not, and the movie has enough go-for-broke energy to match her determination. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Gary Dowell Almost everything is awesome in Mike Mitchell's obligatory sequel... EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2019
Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Gary Dowell Nevertheless, it's a bubbly concoction that goes down easy, and the adolescent target audience isn't likely to nitpick. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2018
Aquaman (2018) Gary Dowell Aquaman is rough around the edges but nevertheless an enjoyably silly ride that unabashedly embraces the cheesiness and weirdness of its world and runs -- er, swims -- with it at full speed. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2018
Creed II (2018) Garth Franklin In spite of the clumsy storyline and more pedestrian approach overall, the shock of Creed II is that it all still works so well. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2018
4.5/5 Widows (2018) Blake Howard "Widows" is an exquisite crime drama refreshed and relocated from the British 1983 limited series to the authentic socio-political quagmire of modern Chicago. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2018
Van Helsing (2004) Garth Franklin Hugh Jackman may be able to hold his own but not by much. It's not his fault though. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2018
Moulin Rouge (2001) Garth Franklin As is... its still an extremely good movie with visuals and songs performed in a way that certainly make it worth seeing in the cinema. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2018
Venom (2018) Gary Dowell ...the result is a weird, atonal, campy mess. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2018
Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) Gary Dowell Let's just say Goddard is adept at setting up viewer expectations just enough to thoroughly undermine them later. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2018
Boy Erased (2018) Garth Franklin It's an understated film which lingers longer than expected, and that subtle touch should have real resonance for LGBT kids and especially their parents. Cold but certainly commendable. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2018
The Nun (2018) Gary Dowell Sadly, there are indeed no brains to be found in The Nun. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2018
The Happytime Murders (2018) Gary Dowell It's an above-average, one-viewing wonder that at least manages to be more than a one-joke movie. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2018
Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) Gary Dowell Hard-boiled with a dash of absurdist pulp, Sicario: Day of the Soldado lacks the subtle nuances and gritty realism of the original but earns points for taking chances without slipping into spectacle... EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2018
Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Gary Dowell The fan service is strong with this one, dropping easter eggs, deep cuts, and obscure references that touch upon everything from the original movies to the prequels and even some of the Marvel and Dark Horse comic book series. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2018
Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Gary Dowell 'Infinity War' isn't a life-altering experience that changes the language of film, but it is an ass-kicking popcorn superhero flick that delivers the spectacle fans have waited years for. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2018
Rampage (2018) Gary Dowell Tellingly, there's a moment in the film when George flips Johnson the bird; by the time it's over, the audience may want to do the same. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2018
Ready Player One (2018) Gary Dowell It's a clever, stylish, entertaining blockbuster designed to give one's inner child the cinema equivalent of a sugar rush. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2018
Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) Gary Dowell It's either brilliantly stupid or stupidly brilliant. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2018
Tomb Raider (2018) Blake Howard Tomb Raider is a solid film, that is at its best when it allows Vikander to get her turn with a bombshell mash-up of John McClane and Indiana Jones and especially in the way that it approaches the mythological elements of the story. EDIT
Posted Mar 16, 2018
A Wrinkle in Time (2018) Gary Dowell The crushing flaw of A Wrinkle In Time: Almost every scene is so saturated with clumsily delivered 'believe in yourself' mantras that it becomes monotonous, meaningless and even creepy. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2018
Annihilation (2018) Gary Dowell It's a mind-bending film, and one that also plays with warping the medium as well, especially during its final act. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2018
Black Panther (2018) Gary Dowell There's a visual richness that expands Marvel's movie universe much the way Doctor Strange and the Guardians movies did, in this case with a beautiful blend of Afro-futurism and African mythical elements. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2018
The Post (2017) Blake Howard The message was perhaps better served in a whisper, instead of with a megaphone. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2018
Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Gary Dowell The series feels like it is truly moving forward for the first time in decades, and that future now looks more promising. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2017
The Shape of Water (2017) Gary Dowell It's the "Amelie" and "Creature from the Black Lagoon" mash-up you never knew you wanted. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2017
Justice League (2017) Gary Dowell Most days, "it's not great but at least it's coherent" would be a backhanded compliment; in this instance, it's high praise. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2017
Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Gary Dowell It's [its] kind of self-awareness and refusal to take itself too seriously (we're looking at you, DC) that helps Marvel's shtick and comic book movies in general maintain their forward momentum. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2017
The Snowman (2017) Gary Dowell It's a story told in patchwork, and most of those involved deserve better. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2017
Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) Gary Dowell It almost works in a 'turn off your brain and watch' kind of way, but there's not enough to sustain its 141 minute running time. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2017
The Dark Tower (2017) Gary Dowell Fans have been clamoring for one since the 1990s, and versions of it have been in and out of development for a decade. Pity them, for the final product is cheap, shoddy, and bland to a confounding degree. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2017
A Ghost Story (2017) Gary Dowell Such a meditative movie certainly isn't for everyone, but it is what an indie movie should be: bold, original, quirky, genre-defying, and boundary pushing. EDIT
Posted Jul 21, 2017
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) Gary Dowell The movie could have skated by if the leads were at least charismatic and fun, but DeHaan and Delevigne are stilted and dead-eyed in just about every scene. EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2017