Emily Blunt in The Girl on the Train (2016)

The Girl on the Train Is Budget Gone Girl

Well, the disappointing fall movie streak continues. The Girl on the Train was a major letdown. It’s based on the 2015 novel of the same name written by Paula Hawkins (which is sitting in my Amazon cart right now), and even though I haven’t read the book yet, I was pretty excited because The Girl on the Train has the “creep factor” you want in October movies. Plus, Emily Blunt. But it was just so incredibly mediocre that I’m not sure if I want to read the book now. Continue reading “The Girl on the Train Is Budget Gone Girl”

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016)

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Is Another Mediocre Film from Tim Burton

I think it’s time for Tim Burton to retire. Or at least take a nice long holiday and then come back refreshed. Because, like his infamous leading man Johnny Depp, he’s gotten himself in a rut. He’s always been the “weird” director, which once meant he could take odd, creepy stories and find the beauty in them. (Remember Corpse Bride?) Now, it’s as if the weirdness has become a gimmick that consumes the film, leaving no room for storytelling or art. Continue reading “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Is Another Mediocre Film from Tim Burton”

Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt in The Magnificent Seven (2016)

The Magnificent Seven: It’s All Shoot ‘Em Up, Blow ‘Em Up

The Magnificent Seven is one of those remakes that didn’t need to happen (because the 1960 version of the same name starring Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen is a classic). But since it did happen, I’m glad it’s nothing like most of the remakes we’ve seen. That is, this at least held up the entertainment end of “mindless entertainment.” Continue reading “The Magnificent Seven: It’s All Shoot ‘Em Up, Blow ‘Em Up”

Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Edward Snowden

Snowden Isn’t the Thrilling Biopic It Wants to Be

It’s difficult to write a review about Snowden because it’s so bland. I don’t even know how being this bland is possible for a movie with such a good pedigree. I mean, it’s directed by Oliver Stone (Any Given Sunday, Platoon). It has great actors like Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo, Rhys Ifans, Nicholas Cage, and Zachary Quinto. And it’s about a public figure who, to this day, is controversial. That should make it fascinating! So why isn’t it? Continue reading “Snowden Isn’t the Thrilling Biopic It Wants to Be”

Tom Hanks in Sully (2016)

Sully: A Good Movie About a Great Man

Most of us can recall the events of January 15, 2009, when Captain Chesley Sullenberger landed US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River after a bird strike just shortly after taking off from LaGuardia Airport in New York City. We watched on social media and live TV as the flight crew, Coast Guard, NYPD Aviation Unit, and Hudson tourist ferries rescued 155 people in 24 minutes. It truly was the “Miracle on the Hudson.” Can a movie top watching that event in real time? Continue reading “Sully: A Good Movie About a Great Man”