Alien: Covenant is the follow-up to Prometheus, itself a prequel to 1979’s classic horror film, Alien, all helmed by director Ridley Scott. Covenant is mostly successful as a straight thriller, but struggles a bit as it tries to ask big questions about humanity and its creator, though it does gets an A for effort.
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Snatched is a very funny action comedy starring Amy Schumer and the legendary Goldie Hawn (Private Benjamin, The First Wives Club), in her first on screen performance in 15 years. The movie itself is solid, with director Jonathan Levine (50/50) delivering some solid action and plenty of outrageous situations, but it’s Hawn who is the main draw here and she does not disappoint.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is a gut-bustingly funny sequel that once again provides unique characters and gorgeous visuals. Writer and director James Gunn isn’t just content with that though, as he also adds an enormous amount of heart to the film, making for a surprisingly emotional film as well.
Free Fire is a darkly comic crime thriller about a gun deal gone bad. Thanks to its razor sharp script and willing and hilarious cast, Free Fire proves to be a breezy and highly entertaining time at the movies.
The Fast & Furious franchise has defied expectation at almost every level at this point. Now on its eighth installment, no one could have guessed it would still be going at this point, or continue to be as fun as it is. Granted, at this point you’re either with these films or you’re not. Myself, I love them, and this latest entry only solidifies that enjoyment.
Going In Style is a remake of the 1979 movie of the same name, this time starring Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin as three lifelong pals who attempt to rob the very bank that took their life savings. Breezy, charming and carried by its three leads, Going In Style is a small and enjoyable crime caper that had me smiling from beginning to end.
Life tells the familiar story of astronauts aboard the international space station who discover life on Mars and get more than they bargained for. An excellent cast and tight direction make this otherwise standard sci-fi tale a cut above the rest.
Beauty and the Beast continues Disney’s winning streak with remaking their animated classics in live action. Director Bill Condon makes a sumptuous adaptation that, while slightly overlong, fondly and graciously recalls the original.
Kong: Skull Island is a monstrously good time at the movies. This latest iteration of King Kong wastes no time in getting to the good stuff, fills the screen with likable and memorable characters and features some truly insane action beats. That’s definitely a compliment by the way.
Logan is not your typical comic book movie. Director James Mangold has made a classic western/family drama that just so happens to feature superheroes. The result is a fantastic last at bat for Hugh Jackman as the titular mutant character, giving perhaps the best performance of his career and a chance to go out on top.