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Review: ‘Trouble Is My Business’ (the final word in film noir)

“Passion. Murder. Betrayal. Just another day on the job.” Full disclosure: the reviewer rolled the dice and gambled a contribution to help fund this independent production. Private investigator Roland Drake (Tom Konkle) faces eviction from his office and his career … Continue reading

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Review: ‘Blade Runner 2049’ (Do Androids Dream of Electric Storks)

Is cribbing from “Orphan Black” a Philip K. Dick move? Not necessarily. Synthetic beings are still a thing in the future of 2049, and the ones who hunt the dangerous among them are still called Blade Runners. Essentially a noir … Continue reading

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Review: ‘It’ (Just look at this clown)

If The Dark Tower was the underwhelming studio-trimmed Cliff’s Notes YA version of that Stephen King story, It is the R-rated unabridged directors-cut vision of this one. In October of 1988, children begin to go missing in the sleepy town … Continue reading

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Review: ‘The Dark Tower’ (Enjoy the Apocalypse)

Dumbing down story complexities isn’t always the best idea… especially with your target audience in mind. Jake Chambers (Tom Taylor) has been having nightmares since the death of his father… but he knows they’re not nightmares. No one believes in … Continue reading

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Review: ‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’ (and Laureline, too)

A family friendly procedural space opera fantasy adventure — yeah. After procuring a unique creature from a transdimensional flea market, 28th-century human agents Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are summoned to Alpha, an amalgamous space station that has … Continue reading

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Review: ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ (this is how you MCU)

Keaton does for the Vulture what Molina did for Doc Ock — ’nuff said. After accepting an internship from Tony “Iron Man” Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) — a cover for being recruited for Team Stark during Captain America: Civil War … Continue reading

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Review: ‘Anti Matter’ (the worm turns)

Doing science can be cruel… especially when you don’t know what you’re doing. Ana (Yaiza Figueroa) is an Oxford PhD student doing research into the effects of EMP on battery electrolytes when she stumbles onto an anomaly: the tested electron … Continue reading

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Review: ‘Cars 3’ (nothing lasts forever)

Cars don’t get old; they just go faster. Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) is still burning up the NASCAR circuit with many of the famous racers he grew up with and still taking the checkered flag… right up until … Continue reading

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Review: ‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ (and the last straw)

An exhaustive sensory assault held together by sugarless gum. Hey, kids: did you know Transformers had something to do with King Arthur and the Knights of the Round table? And Merlin looked a whole lot like Stanley Tucci? Flash forward … Continue reading

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