“Saving Private Ryan”: Beautiful and Horrible all at Once

Steven Spielberg’s “Saving Private Ryan” is out today in a 20th anniversary edition and that makes it the perfect time to talk about the movie once more. It is, in this reviewer’s eyes, a work of genius.  It is gripping and wrenching and heartwarming.  It asks incredible questions, shows the long term weight of war,… Read More

Movie Review: “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”

One of the reasons the original “Guardians of the Galaxy” works so well is that it, at the time it was released, provided an entirely different feel from other movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Having just rewatched it, I remain impressed by its audacity, by its daring to have fun in a way that… Read More

Movie Review: “The Fate of the Furious”

Suspension of disbelief. Some movies require it more than others. The entire “Fast and Furious” franchise asks that viewers have oodles upon oodles of it, and the eighth installment in the series, “The Fate of the Furious,” is certainly no exception. From the first car race with Dom (Vin Diesel) in Cuba to Hobbs (Dwayne… Read More

Movie Review: "xXx: The Return of Xander Cage"

The 1990s offered up a “Knight Rider” spinoff television series called “Team Knight Rider.” The opening of the show, essentially, explained that while in the past one man and one car could accomplish the job of saving the world (or at least Michael Knight’s corner of it), now a team was required. “Team Knight Rider”… Read More

"Lass is More" asks if "Fast & Furious 7" is less

Once upon a time, way back when, I would get passes to go see pre-release screenings of movies.  This generally involved me admitting to being a graduate student but declining to say that I was studying film.  And, regularly, one screening would lead to the next — while I waited for admission to a movie,… Read More