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...

Captain America: Civil War

The third Captain America film cements the series’ place at the top of the Marvel movie food chain. While the first Iron Man is hard to beat, later installments haven’t been up to snuff. You liked the Avengers films better? Good news: Captain America: Civil War is a better Avengers film than either of Joss Whedon’s entries. It’s also arguably the best film of the Cap series. Captain America: Civil War Directors: Anthony Russo & Joe Russo Starring: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Sebastian Stan, Scarlett Johansson, Don Cheadle, Anthony Mackie, Paul Rudd, Chadwick Boseman Review: 4.5 stars (of five) The story...

The Jungle Book

The remade Jungle Book should suck. We’re conditioned to expect a childhood heroes and myths to be ground into cynical action-and-effects bonanzas of the sort that would steamroll over the charming, gentle animated musical from 1967. And the opening—with young Mowgli running...