Justice League FILM REVIEW

JUSTICE LEAGUE Director: Zack Snyder Screenplay by Chris Terrio and Josh Whedon Story by Chris Terrio & Zack Snyder Starring: Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller, Ray Fisher, Jeremy Irons, J.K. Simmons, Diane Lane, Henry Cavill Rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi violence and action Running Time: 2 hours **1/2 out of ***** Photo: Warner Bros. Members of the Justice League meet with Gotham City's Commissioner Gordon in the latest entry in the DC franchise of films. After four films over the last four years the DC Extended Cinematic Universe has been moving towards this moment in cinematic history. From the moment it was announced that a cinematic universe was being launched, co

AFI Fest 2017: Hostiles FILM REVIEW

HOSTILES Director: Scott Cooper Manuscript: Donald E. Stewart Screenplay: Scott Cooper Starring: Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike, Wes Studi, Jesse Plemons, Adam Beach, Rory Cochrane, Ben Foster Rated R for strong violence and language Running Time: 2 hours 14 minutes **** out of ***** Photo: Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures Capt. Joseph J. Blocker (Christian Bale) is ordered to escort a Cheyenne chief (Wes Studi) and his family through dangerous territory in Scott Cooper's HOSTILES. There's no denying that the frontier in the 1800s was a brutal, unforgiving and often inhospitable place. Countless films and television shows have depicted it as such but the historical record truly shows yo

AFI Fest 2017: A Fantastic Woman FILM REVIEW

A FANTASTIC WOMAN Director: Sebastián Lelio Screenplay: Sebastián Lelio & Gonzalo Maza Starring: Daniela Vega, Francisco Reyes, Luis Gnecco, Aline Küppenheim, Nicolás Saavedra, Amparo Noguera, Néstor Cantillana, Trinidad González Rated R for language, sexual content, nudity and a disturbing assault. Running Time: 1 hour 44 minutes **** out of ***** Photo: Sony Pictures Classics After her lover Orlando dies , Marina (Daniela Vega), a transgender woman, is forced to confront the ridicule, hate and resentment his family holds towards her. Coming to terms with the unexpected and sudden loss of a loved one is hard. The abject grief and sorrow can hit like a ton of bricks driving you deeper into

AFI FEST 2017: The Shape of Water FILM REVIEW

THE SHAPE OF WATER Director: Guillermo del Toro Screenplay by Guillermo del Toro and Vanessa Taylor Starring: Sally Hawkins, Richard Jenkins, Michael Shannon, Octavia Spencer, Doug Jones, David Hewlett, Nick Searcy Rated R for sexual content, graphic nudity, violence and language Running Time: 1 hour 59 minutes ****1/2 out of ***** Photo: Fox Searchlight In a secret government facility a budding relationship develops between a lonely mute cleaning woman and a recently captured creature in Guillermo del Toro's THE SHAPE OF WATER. Bold or audacious are certainly two adjectives that could suitably describe Guillermo del Toro's latest film THE SHAPE OF WATER. However, if you are familiar with

Murder on the Orient Express (2017) FILM REVIEW

MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS (2017) Director: Kenneth Branagh Screenplay by Michael Green based upon the novel by Agatha Christie Starring: Kenneth Branagh, Penelope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Josh Gad, Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley, Leslie Odom, Jr. Rated PG-13 for violence and thematic elements Running Time: 1 hour 54 minutes **1/2 out of ***** Photo: 20th Century Fox Detective Hercule Poirot, played by Kenneth Branagh, must solve a mystery before the killer strikes again in MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS. The murder mystery or "whodunit" film has often been reliable escapist cinematic fare since the dawn of cinema. Many great murder mystery films have enthralled, intrig

Thor: Ragnarok FILM REVIEW

THOR: RAGNAROK Director: Taika Waititi Screenplay: Eric Pearson and Craig Kyle & Christopher L. Yost Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Jeff Goldblum Idris Alba, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Hopkins, Taika Waititi Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and brief suggestive material Running Time: 2 hour 10 minutes **** out of ***** Photo: Marvel Studios A gladiatorial battle to the death is just one obstacle Thor, Son of Odin must overcome in THOR: RAGNAROK. It's crazy to think that it was just over a decade ago that comic-book fans got a hint of just what may be coming their way in the yet to be released Paramount films

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