Review: ‘Unfriended’ (or Jump Scare: the Social Media Movie)

A real-time technological/paranormal twist on the found-footage concept. On the anniversary of the suicide of her friend Laura Barns (Heather Sossaman), high school senior Blaire (Shelley Hennig) recalls that fateful night by watching a video of the suicide that keeps reappearing online each time it’s taken down. Later when cybering with her boyfriend Mitch (Matthew […]

Review: ‘The Avengers: Age of Ultron’ (Rise of Robo-Spader and the Wondrous Twins)

Exhausting in the best way – like seeing everything in one day on a two-park ticket to an Orlando resort. Following a tip from Director Coulson (Clark Gregg) on “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” (not actually in the film, but hey, “it’s all connected”), the Avengers catch up to Hydra scientist Baron Strucker (Thomas Kretschmann) and capture […]

Review: ‘Furious 7′ (Long. Slow. Meaningful. Looks. And vehicular warfare.)

You will believe a digital actor can digitally act. After the crew of Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) put Dracula…sorry, Owen Shaw (Luke Evans) into the hospital at the end of Fast & Furious 6, his brother Deckard (Jason Statham) vows revenge! Enduring a couple of sneak attacks with varied results, Dom goes on the offensive […]

Review: ‘Matt Mercury – Plot of the Galactic Mastermind’ (the future…the way it used to be)

Where overly heroic heroes and needlessly futuristic gadgets always save the day. Well, okay, mostly. After rescuing the last survivor of an alien race of weapon-making molten men, Captain Matt Mercury (Matt Lavine) of the Rocket Rangers learns that Earth is in danger of being stolen away by the evil mutant super-genius Professor Brainwave (Bill […]

Review: ‘It Follows’ (a throwback with a clever take on corrupting the innocent)

Pat Benetar was right, but what ELSE are you going to use as a weapon? Jay (Maika Monroe) is a pretty young woman residing in Detroit dating a mysterious new local guy named Hugh (Jake Weary). On the night after they have sex for the first time, Hugh knocks her out, binds her to a […]

Review: ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ (the action-packed sci-fi blockbuster you didn’t watch)

Smug Cruise, stupid Cruise, needy Cruise, awesome Cruise. Cage (Tom Cruise) is a military media liaison covering an alien invasion of Earth and helping to recruit soldiers to the cause…mostly to avoid being shipped off to battle himself. On the eve of a desperate push against enemy forces in central Europe, Cage is told he’s […]

Review: ‘Divergent’ (dystopia-ish faction-y grrl power)

It feels like The Hunger Games light, but it’s better than the screen-version of The Mortal Instruments. In a futuristic, post-something-or-another world that looks like Chicago-After-People, skyscrapers that are two-centuries old inexplicably don’t fall down to crush the Five Factions: Abnegation, the selfless; Amity, the peaceful; Candor, the honest; Dauntless, the brave; and Erudite, the […]

Review: ‘Project Almanac’ (decent found-footage time travel flick)

Pretty good, but a little tweaking here and there might have made it great. David (Jonny Weston) is a high school senior science nerd who dreams of getting into MIT. With the help of his sister and two best buds, he gets admitted – but with a scholarship too small to cover his expenses. Having […]

Review: ‘Chappie’ (should have hired WALL-E’s agent)

RoboCop fused with Short Circuit reimagined as a prequel to The Road Warrior. In the near future, violent crime in Johannesburg, South Africa has skyrocketed. With law enforcement overwhelmed, the city turns to a robotics company, deploying “scouts” to turn the tide. Scout designer Deon (Dev Patel) is the star of the robotics company but […]