The best thing I can say about Fifty Shades Darker is that it is one of the best comedies of 2017. Charlie Hunnam, is probably somewhere spiking the football that he backed out of this franchise before it ruined his career. There aren't enough buzzwords to describe how bad this is, you simply have to see it to believe it. If you aren't going to laugh at this film or get some Amazon recommendations for butt plugs this Valentine's Day, don't get suckered into seeing this film. Just watch porn and maintain the ounce of dignity you have left.
The Lego Batman Movie has its heart in the right place and for a younger audience, they will find it really enjoyable. There is still much to the film causal fans will enjoy as well but for me, while I did like it, I didn't love it as much as the first film. Hopefully, The LEGO team can polish up their flaws before their coming releases or they could be run into the novelty of this series getting really old, really fast.
John Wick: Chapter 2 concludes with John becoming the most wanted man in the world without a home or an ally on his side as the film sets up an explosive last chapter. As good as the first John Wick movie was, I'd argue that this film may even be better. The action is just as brutal if not more so in this sequel. Everything that made the first film a hit is magnified and polished creating a high-octane atmosphere you would have to be on lithium not to enjoy. John Wick: Chapter 2 is the first certified smash hit of the year and Keanu Reeves almost 15 years after the Matrix has another and much-deserved franchise on his hands.
The only thing that stands out in this film is NASA having more money and resources than Matt Damon had in The Martian and the primary plot device being emotional manipulation. The solution to Gardner's medical problems is absurd and even the big twist at the end you feel absolutely nothing for because you don't believe it for a second. The Space Between Us is a romantic science fiction film that is nearly as insulting as a sci-fi as it is insulting as a romance.
Much La La Land, film majors will love this film for what it represents in the art of filmmaking, but unlike La La Land, Paterson has an inspiring message and a heart-warming story to tell. Every life is a great story waiting to be told no matter how simple it is...ok, I just made that up but you get it.
A waste of time is what this film ultimately becomes, it's not as bad as the critics are panning it but it sure as hell isn't much better. If it wasn't for D'Onofrio, there would be no reason to watch this vanilla movie, in an attempt to jumpstart a past horror franchise, Rings only makes us hope even more that this is the end we ever have to see of this stupid tape.
I dunno where I stand with this movie, to be honest. I went from really hating it, to really liking it, to accepting it for what it was, an awful horror film that is so bad it's actually entertaining. My biggest gripe with the film is that it is too long. There is no reason for this film to be 146 minutes long...none. If they had cut the first 45-60 minutes of footage that ultimately led to nothing, I would have given this movie a much higher rating. As it stands A Cure For Nothing (I mean 'Wellness') is good enough to be good for all the wrong reasons. If you and your buddies want to get together and laugh at a film that probably wasn't suppose to be funny, this is the film for you. Otherwise, pass.
Much like The Founder, Gold is a story about ambition, persistence, and the American Spirit. While it's not as good as The Founder was, McConoughey and Ramirez performances are enough to give this film a passing grade.
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter meshes the franchise together as well as adding mentos to a bottle of Diet Coke. The film exposes all the flaws associated with this series and instead of an emotional ending, we are left saying good riddance to this dumpster fire. Maybe in 5 years, someone outside of Sony will reboot the series and do a proper Resident Evil film but for the Paul W. S. Anderson era of video game adaption, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter makes we hope that the era of Alice is finally over for good.
The Resurrection of Gavin Stone is not a bad film, it's just an OK film. The story isn't original and the writing could have taken a few more chances but for a 2 million dollar Blumhouse movie, the film is enjoyable enough for the whole family. Maybe not at the theaters but it wouldn't be a bad rental.
The Founder isn't a feel good story as much as it is a hard line look at the American Dream. Michael Keaton puts out another stellar performance as Kroc, a man whose ambition has no line he won't cross. Linda Cardellini has a small but memorable role as the future Mrs. Kroc and plays an important role in the turning point of the film. I enjoyed the story and the work of this great ensemble cast so much I didn't give much weight to a few nitpicks I had. The Founder is a very strong and thought provoking movie that gets a high recommendation from me in a rough start to 2017.
These kinds of movies have honestly become extremely difficult to review for the reason that if you were judging these films without any knowledge of the earlier series, you would likely tear it apart. But at this point, people who are going to watch these films know exactly what they are going to get, dumb fun. XXX: Return of Xander Cage is dumb...but damn it's a fun movie. Who knows at this point if this film going to lead into a 5-6 more XXX films in the future (God help us). But we didn't think Fast and the Furious would have the comeback that it has had and here we are. XXX: Return of Xander Cage is a great film if you just want to tap out of reality for a couple of hours but don't expect anything else from it.
A series of clichés and action tropes which are enjoyable if you have nothing else to watch but it is nothing you will remember after the film ends. Despite the fact the film actually tries to set up for a sequel, Sleepless is a one and done crime drama that is about as original as the French film that it is based on.
Split does have its issues with the writing and doesn't utilize the entire cast as well as it should. Shyamalan's old tropes are still around but overall Split does just enough to not only give you a ride worth the price of admission but puts just a little more faith in M. Night Shyamalan films going forward. McAvoy brings the character of 'James' to life and Taylor-Joy carries the emotional workload. Could this be a start of a resistance for the King of the twist? Maybe? But Split shows that at the very least we are heading back in the right direction.
The fact that this film was released before the Oscar deadline and Leonardo DiCaprio is a producer for the film tells me that Ben actually thought this film had a shot at getting award consideration. What Live by Night turned out to be was Ben Affleck finding new creative ways to shoot himself in the foot all the way until the end credits. For you Batman fans out there, there is now reason worry about the next movie.
Silence is about as intense of a moviegoing experience as you can get. The cinematography is dark and fits the tone of the film. The overall message is one that once again is up to the viewer to decide. The topic of religion is one that gets the usual suspects on both sides but 2016 has been a great year for Faith-based movies with Hacksaw Ridge, I'm Not Ashamed, and now Silence. Martin Scorsese great direction and vision puts this film over the top. Silence isn't for everyone but for film purists, it's one of the most emotional films of the last few years.
Underworld: Blood Wars is a film that is 5 years past the 6-year point where people stopped caring for this franchise in the first place. If you can't put together more than 77 minutes of a plot for a film, then just save your money for something else like a new Resident Evil movie...Blood Wars is a straight to DVD sequel pretending to be a big Hollywood release and the fact it was released in January, the graveyard of cinema, proves that. Don't waste $12 and an hour of your time on this.
Despite the hoky writing, I did like the overall story of these women and the impact that they had on history. I only wish they put more focus on the story these women had to tell instead of taking liberties with the time period. I guess my recommendation would be look into the true story of the impact Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson had as is truly an inspiring one. As far as the film goes, good intentions do not equal a good movie. And For the love of God, fix the damn focus, you got 25 million dollars, it isn't that hard. Hidden Figures hurt my eyes and my soul and I don't like it.