Sunday, May 5, 2019

Shazam!, 2019 - ★★★★½

Review coming soon...

Avengers: Endgame, 2019 - ★★★★★

Review coming soon....

Little, 2019 - ★★★

This is a funny-enough reverse Big that has a few solid laughs but never really ascends to a great comedy. Regina Hall and Marsai Martin (who co-wrote this at such a young age) are solid as they play both little and big versions of entrepreneur Jordan Sanders. BUT, the real star of this movie and someone I need to see more of (never watched her HBO show) is Issa Rae who plays Sanders' assistant. Rae's comedic timing is amazing and she gives commentary on screen to the ludicrous situation in the exact voice that we as an audience are thinking inside. Rae definitely elevates the overall quality of the movie. Rent this for a few laughs when it comes out on video.

Hotel Mumbai, 2018 - ★★★★

In the same vain as United 93, this is a harrowing, realistic "you are there" look at modern terrorism. Dev Patel and Armie Hammer simply react to all the events happening around them. The actors are solid (especially the terrorists who show absolutely NO remorse) and the script is tightly paced. I'm not sure there's anything really redeeming about reliving this and seeing so many people slaughtered for no real reason. But the film is very well crafted and a gripping, sobering ride. I would NEVER see it again, but it's worth a single viewing.

Pet Sematary, 2019 - ★★★½

Great casting especially with John Lithgow in the creepy neighbor role. I knew nothing about the King story going in as I never saw the original. Clarke is solid here and is finally a dependable leading man. There are some scares throughout but not overly terrifying. The jump scares when the trucks whiz by the road are the most jolting events of the film. Way over the top near the end and I'm not sure I loved the actual ending, but still a good time at the theater and this really makes me think about the afterlife in a different way.

Aquaman, 2018 - ★

Watched this mess on the plane yesterday. I find that I don't really care about sharks battling crabs underwater. Mamoa is a one-note actor and there's way too much grunting and screaming through lukewarm battle sequences. The CGI is overly cartoony and people "swimming" around seem so unnatural. Patrick Wilson is a total mess here and it seems that James Wan is just trying to cram him into this film because of The Conjuring. Wilson IS a good actor but he does not make a good villian. Really the only reason to watch this trainwreck is to look at Amber Heard. I don't know how DC went from this film straight into a funny and engaging movie like Shazam. The visual effects are night and day between those two movies as well.