There’s a point at which the “more of the same” mantra changes to “been there, done that.”
A story as remarkable as that of J.T. LeRoy deserves a more compelling rendition than the one presented in Justin Kelly’s interpretation.
Unlike mainstream romantic comedies, this one comes with weightier issues and doesn’t fill up its screen time with inane tangents and dumb jokes.
U.S. Release Date: 2018-06-22
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Dino Carnage, Scenes of Peril, Violence, Profanity)
Director: J.A. Bayona
Cast: Chris Pratt, BD Wong, Ted Levine, James Cromwell, Daniella Pineda, Justice Smith, Rafe Spall, Jeff Goldblum, Bryce Dallas Howard, Isabella Sermon
"Fallen Kingdom" isn’t dino-myte. It’s dino doo-doo.
U.S. Release Date: 2017-12-20
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Cartoon Violence, Profanity, Mild Sexual Content)
Director: Jake Kasdan
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Ser’Darius Blain, Morgan Turner, Madison Iseman, Alex Wolff, Bobby Cannavale, Nick Jonas, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, Jack Black, Mason Gussione
An improvement over the 1995 original, this quasi-sequel mixes adventure with humor, fun performances, and a canny understanding of late 1990s-style video games.
U.S. Release Date: 2017-11-17
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Comic Book Violence)
Director: Zack Snyder
Cast: Ben Affleck, Billy Crudup, Connie Nielsen, J.K. Simmons, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Amy Adams, Ciaran Hinds, Ray Fisher, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Joe Morton
Succeeds in assembling the title team and getting the internal dynamic right but fails in crafting a memorable or imposing villain.
The movie contains some tremendous individual scenes but the whole isn’t better than the sum of its parts.
This is “more of the same” but, at least in this case, that’s a good thing.
"Jackie" is more of a curiosity than a good film and, like Camelot, its impact is fleeting and nebulous.
A jumble of overhyped action scenes, trite dialogue, painfully bad “character development”, and awful writing.