An open letter to the CW’s “Supergirl&...

An Open Letter to the Supergirl show, following an electoral calamity Dear Creators & Cast of Supergirl, Crappy week. The day after an election outcome that was a shattering disappointment not just to my hopes for the future of this country, but to my belief in a fundamental American decency, I sought a brief escape by catching up with your latest episode (Season 2, ep. 5, “Crossfire”). As usual, the episode features the relentlessly sunny Kara/Supergirl flying around thinking the best of people, doing the right thing because the right thing needs doing, and arguing with/about space aliens. But against a dark shift in American...

Suicide Squad

Margot Robbie is a hell of an actress, and Will Smith can animate practically any role. Other than that, everything connected with Suicide Squad not only sucks, but seems to be a willful attack on the concept of quality. The latest addition to the burgeoning superhero shelf at your DVD store...

Jason Bourne

Jason Bourne Director: Paul Greengrass Starring: Matt Damon, Alicia Vikander, Tommy Lee Jones, Julia Stiles, Vincent Cassel Review: 2.5 stars (of five) Matt Damon is excellent in his return to his Bourne identity, but the film he’s wrapped in has too many flaws to be called good. If...

Star Trek Beyond

Just when I’d completely given up on the rebooted Star Trek franchise, they go and deliver not just their first good movie of the series, but an excellent Star Trek film by any measure. Star Trek Beyond Director: Justin Lin Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Idris Elba, Sofia Boutella Review: 4.5 stars (of five) This Star Trek series has always had an excellent cast that does a great job of both impersonating and reimagining the original crew. But they’ve been underserved by writers and directors, from JJ Abrams on down, who cared more about creating action...

Ghostbusters

Oh crap. It turns out that the Ghostbusters remake is just an okay movie. The kind that is enjoyable enough, but just as easily a stream-it-later experience. That could appear to complicate the whole “deciding whether to see it is a political statement” thing, huh? (It doesn’t: See...