“Justice League” Plays to it’s Fan Base

Review by Gino Sassani

“We have to be ready. You, me, the others… there’s an attack coming from far away.” Justice League

The DC and Marvel rivalry can be quite fierce at times. I never completely understood the polarized fan base, however. Some of us are just fans of the genre and will welcome a good comic book movie from either and preferably both studios. When it comes to a cinematic universe, however DC has had some real issues with trying to bring together a combined hero world. Most of the films leading up to Justice League have been dark and filled with brooding heroes. With Batman that kind of thing is appropriate and works. With Superman it has been a severe letdown. When the two came together in Batman vs. Superman, the disappointment started to lead to a resigned conviction that DC was doomed to repeat the same mistakes over and over again. Read more

“Wonder” Fall in Love with Auggie

Touching and inspirational, the movie Wonder opens the eyes of its audience to the medical anomaly of Treacher Collins syndrome. It’s a gene glitch that causes a facial difference that happens in one of 50,000 people*. Based on a book by R. J. Palacio, the film handles the material in the novel in such a way that one cannot help but fall in love with a boy with TCS named Auggie Pullman. The movie becomes an inspiration to all children and a force behind anti-bulling. Read more

“Destined” It’s About Choices

Using a novel approach to his film, Oasim Basir takes Destined to another level as he lays out his story by showing the life of one man and picturing him taking two different paths. I like what he has put together here as it’s not only entertaining, but thought provoking. One of the biggest things a moviegoer can take away from a movie is a challenge, and Destined certainly lays out many of them. Read more

“Murder on the Orient Express” a Nifty Thriller

Murder mysteries are far and few between this year so Murder on the Orient Express should get a lot of attention at theaters this weekend. However, as with all Agatha Christie books, once you find out the ending it’s hard to forget. So unless you have not seen the original movie that was made in 1974 or read the book, you have a lot of fun in store for you. Read more

“The Square” a Bizarre Farce with a Message

The dark comedy The Square delivers a message not unfamiliar considering today’s upheaval involving the brotherhood of man. In the Ruben Ostlund’s film, that takes place in Sweden, a statement is made to the meaning of  “The Square” an exhibit at a museum. It states simply “The Square is a sanctuary of trust and caring. Within its boundaries we all share equal rights and obligations.” So sets the tone for this bizarre look into society’s relationships with each other and the division of wealth that fuels the fire.

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“Daguerrotype” an Intriguing Film Noir

An odd film noir, but one that’s steeped in romance, mystery and fantasy, Daguerrotype tantalizes and bewitches as it plays out gradually to an astonishing reveal. The film, originally named “Le Secret De La Chambre Noir”, was released in Japan and France before opening this week on VOD on nearly all major platforms. If you like a good drama that’s different and compelling much like an episode of Twilight Zone, try this one on a cold dark night with a friend. Read more

“Gun Shy” a Wild Romp in Chile

If you are looking for a wacky romantic comedy with a nice high energy 70’s rock soundtrack, try your luck with Gun Shy. Now on Blu-ray/DVD, it’s fun, crazy and adventurous with unusual performances by a couple of stars out of their element. Nicely directed by action master Simon West shooting his first wacky comedy, the film should entertain both men and women alike. Read more

“The Limehouse Golem” a Twisted Tale of Murder

If you missed it in theaters one of the better mystery thrillers, The Limehouse Golem, has arrived on Blu-ray/DVD. It’s a twisted tale of murder and mayhem that you won’t want to miss. It plays out like a Sherlock Holmes whodunit with twists and turns that keep you on your toes. Let the guessing game begin, which one is the slasher, basher, stabber and thrasher. Read more

“Blade of the Immortal” an Intense Chopsocky Thriller

If you have seen one samurai fight you’ve seen them all, as so I thought anyway. But Blade of the Immortal has so much action it’s hard to turn away from the screen. It’s slice and dice Japanese style with enough combat to fill two movies. If you are a fan of films like Mortal Kombat then this film should be on your list to see this weekend. You may even know the name Tasashi Miike for his fame directing films like this. Read more

“Suburbicon” a Quirky Murder Mystery

What starts out to be a regular 1950’s retro melodrama becomes a mystery crime drama that should set the audience back on their heels with one surprise after another. Although openly predictable, Suburbicon certainly entertains for the full nearly 2 hours. Much like a 2 hour episode of Fargo, the bungling characters add some dark comedy to the twisted script. Read more