Category: Film Reviews

The Morning After: May 21, 2018

Welcome to The Morning After, where I share with you what movies I’ve seen over the past week. Below, you will find short reviews of those movies along with a star rating. Full length reviews may come at a later date.

So, here is what I watched this past week:

Deadpool 2


By expanding the plot in the second film to include more characters, Deadpool 2 has better rooted itself into the Marvel and X-Men universes than it had previously. While the original film had a lot of incredibly funny moments, it didn’t always have the most coherent plot even if it did have a solid villain. In his second outing, Ryan Reynolds puts on the burn makeup once again to find great humor in the raunchy, uber-violent world of the popular comic book anti-hero.

In his second outing, Wade Wilson ups the stakes dramatically, pulling in popular figures from the prior film and mixing in a large number of new ones, including the impressive Zazie Beetz as Domino, a mutant who has the power of luck on her side. Josh Brolin adds menace as the time travelling half-cybernetic Cable trying to right the wrongs of the past, which involves preventing the turn events that leads to the death of his wife and daughter.

Following the plot is fairly simple, but getting to deep into its details gives away prime elements to it. Suffice it to say, the cast and crew are firing on all cylinders with a lone exception. The disgraceful inclusion of transphobic T.J. Miller is a point to the film’s detriment, especially considering how much they could have done with the idea of casting Christopher Plummer as Deadpool’s bartender extraordinaire. It would have been a great piece of humor, but instead they chose to keep the hateful comedian on board. Not only is his presence frustrating, his performance is inadequate.

Deadpool 2 doesn’t let the fourth wall get in his way, a trademark aspect to the character that has been well served in two films now. The music selection is largely on point, filled with 80s music that might otherwise feel out of place in a Marvel movie. The amount of times he attacks his own cinematic past is amusing and the mid-credits stinger is as amusing as might be expected. However, stay to the end for the final orchestral performance. It’s well worth sticking through the scroll recognizing the hundreds of people who put in their time and effort to make the movie you just enjoyed. Don’t stay just for stingers. Stay because it’s the right thing to do.

Review: Darkest Hour (2017)

Darkest Hour

Rating

Director

Joe Wright

Screenplay

Anthony McCarten

Length

2h 5m

Starring

Gary Oldman, Lily James, Ben Mendelsohn, Kristin Scott Thomas, Stephen Dillane, Samuel West, Ronald Pickup, Richard Lumsden, Hannah Steele, Adrian Rawlins, Charley Palmer Rothwell, Anna Burnett, Nicholas Jones, Jordan Waller

MPAA Rating

PG-13 for some thematic material

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Review: Ready Player One (2018)

Ready Player One

Rating

Director

Steven Spielberg

Screenplay

Zak Penn, Ernest Cline (Novel: Ernest Cline)

Length

2h 20m

Starring

Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Lena Waithe, Simon Pegg, Mark Rylance, Philip Zhao, Win Morisaki, Hannah John-Kamen, Ralph Ineson, Susan Lynch

MPAA Rating

PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi action violence, bloody images, some suggestive material, partial nudity and language

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Review: Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

Avengers: Infinity War

Rating


Director

Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

Screenplay

Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely

Length

2h 29m

Starring

Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Don Cheadle, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Tom Hiddleston, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Idris Elba, Danai Gurira, Peter Dinklage, Benedict Wong, Pom Klementieff, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Gwyneth Paltrow, Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin, Chris Pratt, Sean Gunn, William Hurt, Letitia Wright, Terry Notary, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, Carrie Coon, Michael Shaw, Stan Lee, Winston Duke

MPAA Rating

PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action throughout, language and some crude references.

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Review: Lady Bird (2017)

Lady Bird

Rating

Director

Greta Gerwig

Screenplay

Greta Gerwig

Length

1h 34m

Starring

Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts, Lucas Hedges, Timothée Chalamet, Odeya Rush, Kathryn Newton, Beanie Feldstein, Jake McDorman, Lois Smith, Jordan Rodrigues, Laura Marano, Bob Stephenson, Stephen McKinley Henderson

MPAA Rating

R for language, sexual content, brief graphic nudity and teen partying

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Eyeing the Truth

Faces Places (Netflix)

Faces Places is co-directed by the legendary nonagenarian Agnes Varda and photographer JR, some six decades younger than her. The film is all the better because you feel both of their ages seeping through at every corner: it has the energy of a debut filmmaker and the grace of a great filmmaker’s last film. It is a film of beginnings and endings. The film follows Varda and JR as they travel through France, installing JR’s larger-than-life photographic portraits in public places and listening to Varda reflect on a lifetime of creating art. Part travelogue, part buddy comedy, part art documentary, and part autobiography, it feels almost like no other film you have ever seen before. Varda is called the mother of the French New Wave, and if this is really her last film, she is still redefining film right up to the end.

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Review: Game Night (2018)

Game Night

Rating

Director

John Francis Daley, Jonathan Goldstein

Screenplay

Mark Perez

Length

1h 40m

Starring

Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Kyle Chandler, Sharon Horgan, Billy Magnussen, Lamorne Morris, Kyle Bunbury, Jesse Plemons, Michael C. Hall, Danny Huston, Chelsea Peretti

MPAA Rating

R for language, sexual references and some violence

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The Morning After: Apr. 30, 2018

Welcome to The Morning After, where I share with you what movies I’ve seen over the past week. Below, you will find short reviews of those movies along with a star rating. Full length reviews may come at a later date.

So, here is what I watched this past week:

Avengers: Infinity War


Ten years in the making, Avengers: Infinity War has finally dropped and while many Marvel fans will be enthralled by the events of the film, others will see exactly what’s in store for next year’s Avengers film and won’t be the least bit pleased.

Pulling in 28 familiar characters from six individual franchises, Avengers: Infinity War is filled to the brim with notable actors of varying impressiveness. Eight Oscar nominees, two Oscar winners are in the cast of the film. Other potential future Oscar nominees are also there, but this overstuffed film often feels bloated even when it’s at its most amusing and there’s plenty of enjoyment to be had.

The biggest problems the film has all involve spoilers. The premise of the film is that the mad Titan Thanos seeks six infinity stones, created at the formation of the universe, that when controlled by a single entity allow the mass shaping of the universe. In this case, Thanos wishes to restore prosperity to the universe by eradicating half of its population. The Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Wakandans united to try and defeat Thanos.

There are just under a dozen characters unaccounted for in the film, though a couple do make a post-credits appearance. That said, almost the entire Disney-Marvel universe is involved. It’s an unwieldy batch of characters, though they’ve been thankfully segmented into subsets that act almost independently of the story, but all of whom have an impact on the final encounter. While that kind of narrative juggling act is quite difficult, it largely succeeds, even if the finale is a massive cheat, or at least the setup for one.

Review: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Rating

Director

Martin McDonagh

Screenplay

Martin McDonagh

Length

1h 55m

Starring

Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson, Caleb Landry Jones, Lucas Hedges, Abbie Cornish, Zeljko Ivanek, Amanda Warren, Sandy Martin, Peter Dinklage, John Hawkes, Samara Weaving, Clarke Peters

MPAA Rating

R for violence, language throughout, and some sexual references

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Review: Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018)

Maze Runner: The Death Cure

Rating

Director

Wes Ball

Screenplay

T.S. Nowlin (Novel: James Dashner)

Length

2 h 21 min

Starring

Dylan O’Brien, Ki Hong Lee, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Dexter Darden, Will Poulter, Jacob Lofland, Rosa Salazar, Giancarlo Esposito, Patricia Clarkson, Aidan Gillen, Barry Pepper, Nathalie Emmanuel, Katherine McNamara, Walton Goggins

MPAA Rating

G-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, language, and some thematic elements

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Review: Black Panther (2018)

Black Panther

Rating

Director

Ryan Coogler

Screenplay

Ryan Coogler, Joe Robert Cole

Length

2 h 14 min

Starring

Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Sterling K. Brown, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis, Florence Kasumba, John Kani

MPAA Rating

PG-13 for prolonged sequences of action violence, and a brief rude gesture

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Review: Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015)

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

Rating

Director

Wes Ball

Screenplay

T.S. Nowlin (Novel: James Dashner)

Length

2 h 11 min

Starring

Dylan O’Brien, Ki Hong Lee, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Dexter Darden, Alexander Flores, Jacob Lofland, Rosa Salazar, Giancarlo Esposito, Patricia Clarkson, Aidan Gillen, Terry Dale Parks, Kathryn Smith-McGlynn, Lili Taylor, Barry Pepper, Nathalie Emmanuel, Alan Tudyk

MPAA Rating

PG-13 for extended sequences of violence and action, some thematic elements, substance use and language

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Review: Proud Mary (2018)

Proud Mary

Rating

Director

Babak Najafi

Screenplay

John Stuart Newman, Christian Swegal, Steve Antin

Length

1 h 29 min

Starring

Taraji P. Henson, Billy Brown, Jahi Di’Allo Winston, Neal McDonough, Margaret Avery, Xander Berkeley, Rade Serbedzija, Erik LaRay Harvey, Danny Glover

MPAA Rating

R for violence

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Review: The 2017 Oscar-Nominated Shorts (2018)

The 2017 Oscar-Nominated Shorts

Rating

See Below

Director

Glen Keane (Dear Basketball); Florian Babikian, Vincent Bayoux, Victor Caire, Théophile Dufresne, Gabriel Grapperon, Lucas Navarro (Garden Party); Dave Mullins (LOU); Ru Kuwahata, Max Porter (Negative Space); Jan Jan Lachauer, Jakob Schuh (Revolting Rhymes); Reed Van Dyk (DeKalb Elementary); Kevin Wilson Jr. (My Nephew Emmett); Derin Seale (The Eleven O’Clock); Chris Overton (The Silent Child); Katja Benrath (Watu Wote); Laura Checkoway (Edith+Eddie); Frank Stiefel (Heaven Is…); Elaine McMillion Sheldon (Heroin(e)); Thomas Lennon (Knife Skills); Kate Davis (Traffic Stop)

Screenplay

Kobe Bryant (Dear Basketball); Dave Mullins (Lou); Jan Lachauer, Jakob Schuh (Revolting Rhymes); Reed Van Dyk (DeKalb Elementary); Kevin Wilson Jr. (My Nephew Emmett); Josh Lawson (The Eleven O’Clock); Rachel Shenton (The Silent Child); Julia Drache (Watu Wote)

Length

6 min (Dear Basketball); 7 min (Garden Party); 7 min (Lou); 5 min (Negative Space); 29 min (Revolting Rhymes); 21 min (DeKalb Elementary); 20 min (My Newphew Emmett); 13 min (The Eleven O’Clock); 20 min (The Silent Child); 22 min (Watu Wote); 29 min (Edith+Eddie); 40 min (Heaven Is…); 39 min (Heroin(e)); 40 min (Knife Skills); 30 min (Traffic Stop)

Starring

Kobe Bryant (Dear Basketball); Rob Brydon, Bertie Carvel, Gemma Chan, Amelie Forester-Evans, Tamsin Greig, Dolly Heavey, Dylan Issberner, Rose Leslie, Eden Muckle, Dennis Storhøi, David Walliams, Dominic West (Revolting Rhymes); Tarra Riggs, Bo Mitchell, Del Hunter-White (DeKalb Elementary); L.B. Williams, Joshua Wright, Dorian Davis, Jasmine Guy, Emily Hooper, Tylon Larry, Ethan Leaverton, William Perkins, Dane Rhodes, Chris Steele (My Nephew Emmett); Josh Lawson, Damon Herriman, Jessica Donoghue, Alyssa McClelland, Eliza Logan (The Eleven O’Clock); Rachel Shenton, Maisie Sly, Rachel Fielding, Philip York, Anna Barry, Sam Rees, Annie Cusselle (The Silent Child); Adelyne Wairimu, Barkhad Abdirahman, Faysal Ahmed, Abdiwali Farrah, Abdiwali Farrah, Charles Karumi, Justin Mirichii, Saada Mohammed (Watu Wote)

MPAA Rating

N/A

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Eyeing the Truth: April 2018

Arthur Miller Writer (HBOGo)

Biographical documentaries made by the children of the subject often fall into two equally grating tropes: they are either about deifying the subject or coming to grasp with a person who may not have been as wonderful in their private life as their public persona suggests. Arthur Miller: Writer, the new biography of the legendary playwright by his daughter Rebecca Miller, makes the case that it is possible to create one that avoids those tropes and genuinely opens up the subject to a new image. That is because the younger Miller — herself a wonderful filmmaker and writer — knows all the right questions to ask that will bring out the most honest side of her father.

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