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"
“Annihilation” doesn’t happen all that often. Part drama, part horror, director Alex Garland achieves the difficult deed of making the sci-fi smart and the scares unsettling, all amid the backdrop of a wonderfully beautiful, shimmer-laden swamp. It’s disturbingly gripping. And malignantly memorable.Read more "‘Annihilation’ Review"
For a movie to elicit emotion is not easy. Think about it. Movies can pull you in and keep your interest, but how often do they really make you laugh, gasp, smile, or cry?
The best manage one or some of those responses. “Lady Bird” captures them all, nestled under her colorfully soft yet strikingly powerful wings.Read more "‘Lady Bird’ Review"
“The Shape of Water” has plenty: the pace of a steady stream, pieces as cold as ice, and a story that builds to a boiling point. It’s also a bit shallow.Read more "‘The Shape of Water’ Review"
In a 2017 interview with Howard Stern, Tommy Wiseau revealed he’s Catholic. Fitting, in that the actor-director behind the supposed “Citizen Kane of bad movies” is proof, as Father Henri J.M. Nouwen often advised, that you can find joy even in the worst of situations.
That’s “The Disaster Artist.”Read more "‘The Disaster Artist’ Review"
Robert Pattinson is in two of them. What can I say, other than 2017 was full of pleasant surprises?Read more "The Magic Word’s Top 10 of 2017"
“Bright” is not very bright. Part crime drama, part magical fantasy, the concept is ridiculously dumb. The movie, however, is fun, fresh, and surprisingly arresting.Read more "‘Bright’ Review"