Reviews

Furious Fatigue is setting in with bloated ‘Fast X’

Fast X: 2 1/2 stars out of 4 “Fast X” might be the dumbest movie I’ve ever seen, but when it comes to the Fast and Furious franchise, that may be beside the point. The tenth installment of this joyously bizarre saga suffers from all of the maladies that have plagued...

‘Guardians 3’ isn’t awesome, but it is satisfying

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3: 3 Stars out of 4 It’s too long, the plot’s a mess, and it’s pretty moody for one of Marvel’s “funny” franchises, but given the quality of the post-“Endgame” era, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” is surprisingly good, and an appropriate...

Guy Ritchie’s ‘The Covenant’ is intense, exciting, and depressing

"Guy Ritchie's The Covenant" - 3 1/2 stars out of 4 “Guy Ritchie’s The Covenant” is a good movie that is a tough watch, and a perfect illustration of the way text and context shapes your experience with a film. On its own, it’s a tense and dramatic fictional story of...

‘Super Mario Brothers’ plays it safe in the Mushroom Kingdom

Super Mario Brothers was the first and last video game I ever passed. I was never much of agamer, but for a brief window in the malaise of junior high school, I got good enough atNintendo’s signature game that I was able to pass it with a single life. That’s probably...

Mild Cheers for this Cheeky Meta-Murder-Mystery

In the version of Agatha Christie’s “The Mousetrap” that my wife and I saw at Hale Centre Theatre inSandy, Utah last year, an inspector arrives at a country manor in a snowstorm, someone is offed, andoddball houseguests are interrogated. Nearly every character is...


Fast X: 2 1/2 stars out of 4



“Fast X” might be the dumbest movie I’ve ever seen, but when it comes to the Fast and Furious franchise, that may be beside the point. The tenth installment of this joyously bizarre saga suffers from all of the maladies that have plagued its recent releases, and is getting dangerously close to “Sharknado”


Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3: 3 Stars out of 4



It’s too long, the plot’s a mess, and it’s pretty moody for one of Marvel’s “funny” franchises, but given the quality of the post-“Endgame” era, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” is surprisingly good, and an appropriate capstone for one of the more unique trilogies to come out of the


Super Mario Brothers was the first and last video game I ever passed. I was never much of agamer, but for a brief window in the malaise of junior high school, I got good enough atNintendo’s signature game that I was able to pass it with a single life.



That’s probably the biggest reason I was interested in seeing Illumination’s new


In the version of Agatha Christie’s “The Mousetrap” that my wife and I saw at Hale Centre Theatre inSandy, Utah last year, an inspector arrives at a country manor in a snowstorm, someone is offed, andoddball houseguests are interrogated. Nearly every character is given believable motives for killing thevictim, and the audience all become surrogate inspectors, champing at the bit


Premise



On the night of the 100th showing of Agatha Christie’s “The Mousetrap,” a director (Adrien Brody) who hopes to make it into a film is murdered. Jaded Inspector Stoppard (Sam Rockwell) is joined by the unexperienced but enthusiastic Constable Stalker (Saoirse Ronan) to investigate the cast and crew who seem untroubled by the loss of the unlikeable victim.



Characters Versus Plot



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Premise



Sam (Javon ‘Wanna’ Walton), a young boy in Granite City, idolizes the superhero Samaritan who disappeared 25 years ago after his ultimate battle with Nemesis. While some believe he gave his life to save the city, Sam suspects that the trashman who lives in his apartment complex, Joe Smith (Sylvester Stallone), is the masked hero in hiding. With crime and


Premise



A filmmaker (Dean Fleischer-Camp) becomes fascinated with an adorable talking shell (Jenny Slate) who lives in an Airbnb with his grandmother (Isabella Rossellini). As we explore the little guy’s world, Marcel discovers the possibility of reconnecting with his long-lost family through his growing popularity on the internet.



Unusual in the Best Ways



The film acts like a documentary and feels so genuine


Premise



In the 1960’s North Carolina marshes, the body of Chase Andrews (Harris Dickinson) is found at the base of a high tower. Speculation and town gossip leads to the arrest and trial of Kya Clark (Daisy Edgar-Jones) who lives alone in the marshes.



Romanticism and Reality



This movie reminded me of “The Glass Castle” (2017) which was also better received by audiences


For the last five-odd years, I’ve had a recurring nightmare. The details and circumstances vary, but the concept is always the same. I see some kind of incredible spectacle—a tornado, a brilliant sunset, even the arrival of a spaceship. My first instinct is to grab my camera and photograph it, but I am always foiled in my attempt. Sometimes my