Other than its relationship to director Denis Villeneuve, “Sicario: Day of the Soldado” has something else in common with “Blade Runner: 2049”: Neither needed to be made. Their predecessors were that good as standalones. And yet, their sequels turned out to be not just as entertaining but, in many ways, more thrilling, consequential, and rewarding.Read more "‘Sicario: Day of the Soldado’ Review"
“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” is the best of the dinosaurs-eat-man movies since the original. Although that might not be saying much—given that each sequel is more deserving of Ian Malcom’s reaction to the first’s triceratops toilet grounds—it has just enough bite to make it quite deserving in its own right.Read more "‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ Review"
“Avengers: Infinity War” is all about vision. The act. Not the character. That Marvel Studios and its president, Kevin Feige, had this movie in mind—or at least the idea of it—more than 10 years ago is a testament to their talents, strategy, and storytelling abilities. “Infinity War” took a decade to build – and it is a monument of modern-day moviemaking.Read more "‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Review"
“You Were Never Really Here” sticks around. Though its impact isn’t quite the blunt force trauma delivered by its hammer-wielding hero, it’s the lighter touches that make this movie something memorable.Read more "‘You Were Never Really Here’"
“A Quiet Place” has quite the foreign policy for its foreign invaders: “Speak softly, and carry a big stick.”Read more "‘A Quiet Place’"
In selecting Steven Spielberg to adapt the so-called “Holy Grail of Pop Culture,” Warner Bros. Pictures “chose…poorly.”Read more "‘Ready Player One’ Review"
A James Bond tournament? Like March Madness? “You must be joking.” I never joke about my Magic Word, 007. Indeed, given today’s encouraging news that Danny Boyle will “return” to direct Her Majesty’s favorite Double-O, coupled with this month’s classic competition, I decided to see which films could last the longest in this Scaramanga-style showdown: […]Read more "The Bond Bracket"