Tag: Idris Elba

Prometheus 4K UHD Review

Asking Who We Are – Without Answers Marc Streitenfeld composes a masterful theme for Prometheus. Violins rise, evoking a feeling of wonderment, discovery, and emotional excitement. There’s none of …

Thor: Ragnarok 4K UHD Blu-ray Review

Ragnarocking Thor: Ragnarok shows how versatile the Marvel Universe can be. It’s a slew of beautiful colors, wacky action, and importantly, a stream of comedy. It’s hilarious. Despite the …

Pacific Rim 4K UHD Review

Jaeger Bomb J.J. Abrams set out to make an American Godzilla with Cloverfield. He did, inventing in a first-person allegory for traumatic national events. Cloverfield recreated 9/11 as Godzilla …

Thor: Ragnarok Review

Of Space Witches and Strongmen If Marvel ever tapped Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker – the team behind screwball classics The Naked Gun and Airplane – to write a comic book movie, the …

The Dark Tower 4K UHD Blu-ray Review

Not So Towering Idris Elba plays a gun-toting Jesus. Matthew McConaughey portrays a fire-wielding Satan. Dark Tower is indeed that simple, mashed into a teen fantasy. The two leads …

The Take Blu-ray Review

Not Quite Taken The Take is little more than ugly, sensationalist fiction, crass and exploitative as any film of the post-9/11 terrorist era. Its theatrical existence, under the title …

Finding Dory 3D Blu-ray Review

Thank you Sigourney Weaver Coveting Finding Nemo’s message of self-assurance and empowerment, Pixar’s revisit to the ocean is comforting. Mostly, Finding Dory comes to life without significant risk, opening …

Star Trek Beyond 3D Blu-ray Review

Into the Beyond The summer of 2016, where even Star Trek wasn’t well enough to survive. Inundated with visual effects and superfluous action, the story never finds its footing …

The Jungle Book (2016) Blu-ray Review

Tangled in the Vines Disney’s third live action Jungle Book – following the Jason Scott Lee-starring remake and 1998’s Mowgli’s Story – makes for an ambitious and visually spectacular …

Star Trek Beyond Review

Trekk’d Out Somewhere in Star Trek Beyond, underneath a cavalcade of nauseous visual effects and motorcycle chases, might be a Star Trek movie. Dialog only glances the philosophical (and …

Zootopia 3D Blu-ray Review

The Animated Utopia Disney may have sunk low with Barnyard and their other ’00 offerings, but Zootopia brings a specific honesty to its anthropomorphic critters. In the depressing fall-off …

No Good Deed Blu-ray Review

No Good Script Some credit is due to No Good Deed for being such a feisty “could be you” film. So much of the movie is doused in paranoia …