Reviewing “The Martian” The movie pulls all the right heartstrings mixed with humor and tension, but lacks any connection to science or space flight

The Martian

While it’s nice when studios make the rare attempt at hard science fiction, this story really could have been set in any remote location on earth and still have had the same effect. It doesn’t use its setting to tell any new and different tale, and it’s not so beholden to the laws of physics as to impart any sort of real science lesson.   [Read more…]

Reviewing “Containment” A genuine surprise, in its realistic portrayal of isolation, fear and paranoia when faced with a killer disease


I have never lived in a tower block/apartment building; part of the reasoning behind this is because I always saw them as perfect havens for disease vectors. This movie plays with that concept to a great degree, along with themes about not knowing your neighbors, fear of authority, isolation, and paranoia.   [Read more…]

Reviewing “Sinister 2″ As standalone and sequel, this horror movie delivers the goods

Sinister 2

More often than not, sequels do not do justice to their predecessors. Sinister 2 doesn’t fall into the sequel trap.

While it may help if you see the first Sinister, you don’t have to see it to appreciate the film. It’s a stand-alone horror film all on it’s own. And as a continuation, I think it’s pretty damned good.   [Read more…]

Reviewing “Return to Sender” What the movie lacks in surprise and suspense, Rosamund Pike makes up for with a nuanced performance

Return to Sender

As a suspense thriller, Return to Sender isn’t very suspenseful. But that doesn’t mean it’s not worth the watch, or that it wasn’t a decent film. I find it more like homage to women who have been sexually assaulted. I find that most of the reviewers who panned it, were male. It’s a revenge story. One that I think any woman, who has been on the receiving end of unwarranted sexual attention of any kind, might enjoy.   [Read more…]

Reviewing “Fantastic Four (2015)” This big budget superhero film can only muster the quality of a future Rifftrax classic

Fantastic Four

Fantastic Four is hilariously bad. The kind of bad that only true B-movie fans will appreciate. This is Robot Monster bad, Giant Claw bad, Robot vs. the Aztec Mummy bad! It’s the kind of bad that the average person wouldn’t even pick up on, unless prompted by the robots on Mystery Science Theater 3000!   [Read more…]

Reviewing “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation” The action plus the humor brings fans full circle back to the first film

Mission: Impossible 5

I went into Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation with the expectation that I’d enjoy it, but no expectation of loving it. But love it I did. This is the fifth Mission: Impossible film, and while you’ll love the nods to the previous movies if you’ve seen them, if you haven’t, you can still walk into this movie cold and be caught up and entertained.   [Read more…]