Ghost in the Shell (2017) FILM REVIEW

Photo: Paramount Pictures Major emerges from stealth mode in the live-action adaptation of the popular manga GHOST IN THE SHELL. In the near future, Major is the first of her kind: A human saved from a terrible crash, who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world's most dangerous criminals. *** out of ***** GHOST IN THE SHELL (2017) Director: Rupert Sanders Screenplay: Jamie Moss and William Wheeler and Ehren Kruger Based on the comic by Shirow Masamune Starring: Scarlett Johansson , Juliette Binoche , Pilou Asbæk , Michael Pitt, Takeshi Kitano Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence, suggestive content and some disturbing images Running Time: 1 h

T2: Trainspotting FILM REVIEW

Photo: Sony Pictures Entertainment 20 years later, Spud, Renton and Sick Boy reunite to pay respects to a fallen friend in T2: TRAINSPOTTING. First there was an opportunity......then there was a betrayal. Twenty years have gone by. Much has changed but just as much remains the same. Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor) returns to the only place he can ever call home. They are waiting for him: Spud (Ewen Bremner), Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller), and Begbie (Robert Carlyle). Other old friends are waiting too: sorrow, loss, joy, vengeance, hatred, friendship, love, longing, fear, regret, diamorphine, self-destruction and mortal danger, they are all lined up to welcome him, ready to join the dance. **** ou

Kong: Skull Island FILM REVIEW

Photo: Warner Bros./Legendary Pictures Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson and John C. Reilly find they are out of their depth in KONG: SKULL ISLAND. A diverse team of scientists, soldiers and adventurers unites to explore a mythical, uncharted island in the Pacific, as dangerous as it is beautiful. Cut off from everything they know, the team ventures into the domain of the mighty Kong, igniting the ultimate battle between man and nature. As their mission of discovery becomes one of survival, they must fight to escape a primal Eden in which humanity does not belong. ***1/2 out of ***** KONG: SKULL ISLAND Director: Jordan Vogt-Roberts Screenplay: Dan Gilroy and Max Borenstein and Derek Connolly. St


When discussing a film such as Mark J. Blackman's short NEON there must be a delicate balance between revealing just enough and flat out spoiling the narrative. Short film filmmakers do not have the luxury of really exploring their narratives at depth and must resort to shorthand, no pun intended, to get their stories across. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. Be too on the nose and you could be accused of being heavy-handed. Be too vague and you could lose audience interest. With that being said, even the film's synopsis may give too much away; nope, not going to post it. It reveals just enough to get someone thinking and possibly overthinking. Mark J. Blackman's film is

Beauty and the Beast (2017) FILM REVIEW

Photo: Walt Disney Pictures Director Bill Condon brings the tale as old as time to life in the live-action version of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within. ***** out of ***** BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (2017) Director: Bill Condon Screenplay: Stephen Chbosky and Evan Spiliotopoulos Starring: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Sir Ian McKellan, Ewan McGregor, Luke Evans, Josh Gad, Emma Thompson, K

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (1991) Film Review

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (1991) Directors: Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise Screenplay: Linda Woolverton Story: Brenda Chapman & Christopher Sanders & Burny Mattinson & Kevin Harkey & Brian Pimental & Bruce Woodside & Joe Ranft & Tom Ellery & Kelly Asbury & Robert Lence Starring: Robby Benson, Paige O'Hara, Angela Lansbury, Jerry Orbach, David Ogden Stiers, Richard White, Jesse Corti, Rex Everhart Rated G Running Time: 1 hour 24 minutes Released: November 22, 1991 ***** out of ***** Photo: Walt Disney Pictures A cursed prince is doomed to remain a hideous beast unless Belle professes her love for him before his 21st birthday. Rating Scale: ***** = Outstanding ****1/2 = Excellent **** = Very Good


Photo: 20th Century Fox Both Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart bid farewell to the franchise in James Mangold's LOGAN. In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hide out on the Mexican border. But Logan's attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces. SPOILER-FREE REVIEW SPOILER REVIEW **** out of ***** LOGAN Director: James Mangold Screenplay: Scott Frank & James Mangold and Michael Green Story by James Mangold Starring: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen, Richard E. Grant, Eriq La Salle Rated R for strong brutal violence and language throughout, and for brief nudity. Running Time:

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