Presented below are selected film reviews. Reviews are based on a four-(4) point system:

1 = Lousy vs. 4 = Excellent

For full film reviews, click any "movie slate" graphic below.
Reviews are provided as a sampling and not as a complete listing of all films reviewed.
Unless stated otherwise, all films are reviewed theatrically, on-site in a theater
operated by a member of the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO).

Beginning in 2014 full or expanded reviews (identified by the film "slate" graphic below) of all films screened were discontinued, because the overwhelming majority of "Hollywood" feature films are typically mediocre, predictable, and repetitive and do not merit a robust analysis. Nevertheless, whenever possible, full or expanded reviews will be posted.




Scientists and military personnel venture into a mist like area that's terraforming all land and biological creatures within its constantly expanding boundaries. Instead of watching this extremely slow-paced film watch "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan," which covers the same subject matter but with a better script, more action, and much better acting.

Death Wish

This film is less a remake of the legendary 1972 film or the five sequels starring Charles Bronson, but functions more as a fresh story covering the same vigilante action background. Acting by Bruce Willis in the lead role as Paul Kersey is both low-key and appropriately sarcastic, and he makes the film very watchable.

12 Strong: The Declassified True Story of the Horse Soldiers

Film chronicles the "true life" story of CIA paramilitary officers, U.S. Special Forces, and USAF Combat Controllers sent to Afghanistan immediately after the September 11, 2001 attacks to repel the Taliban forces, and kill their leader. Film is based on Doug Stanton's non-fiction book "Horse Soldiers," and arguably, it's sacrilegious to criticize a manipulative and predictable script coupled with perfunctory acting and action, but if this story is true, the failure of the U.S. to manifest tactical superiority is blatantly evident.




Wonder Woman

Don't see this.


Poorly written script with very sluggish direction limit what should have been an exciting film. In this "origin" story, Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) is literally "dumb" to her origin until very late in the film. Acting is over-the-top and predictable. Gadot's performance was much better last year with the launch of her Wonder Woman character in "Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice." There's way too much story development foreplay and not enough action in this film, and film unnecessarily deviates from the comic book origin. Plus, the plot spends way too much time on Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) than on Wonder Woman (Gadot). Film should have been cut from 141 minutes to 90 minutes. A better investment of your money and time is to purchase and watch the 2009 DC Animation film, "Wonder Woman."

See this.


Alien: Covenant

This is a terrible entry into the "Alien" film franchise. It deviates from the history established in the original Alien film from 1979, and terribly deviates from the history established in the now classic "AVP: Alien vs. Predator" from 2004. Director Ridley Scott and writer Dan O'Bannon who teamed on the original "Alien" film and on the unsuccessful 2012 film "Prometheus," tried stupidly to combine these storylines together. The story? Simply put, a Noah's ark spaceship of humans lands on planet Eden where the "Alien" monsters were born. Don't see this film.


The best thing about this film is seeing Goldie Hawn acting again. As always, she's a talented actress, and a pleasure to watch. This film? Frankly, the trailers, especially the "R" rated trailers with the sexual and racial content, were better than the actual movie, but these scenes were sadly deleted from the "final cut" of the film. Oh, and Amy Schumer is in the movie too, doing her same ole fast talking, sarcastic, self-deprecating comedic shtick (yada, yada, yada). The camaraderie between Hawn and Schumer is very good, but film would have been much better, and more believable, if Hawn's real life daughter, Kate Hudson, had been cast as her daughter in the film. If a sequel is in the works, hopefully, Hudson (38) will be cast as Schumer's (36) older sister.


How bad is the movie? Very bad. First, it's supposed to be a comedy, but there very little of it. The Rock "Dwayne Johnson" is too old for his part as the head lifeguard. Second, the "T and A" with the usual and customary blondes is, as expected, very predictable, and the most enjoyable thing about the film. Third, the cameo of a shirtless, tanned, wrinkled-skin David Hasselhoff was anti-climatic. Finally, the cameo of Pamela Anderson, although fully clothed, moving in slow motion was the best thing in the movie because it immediately preceded the end of the film.

Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2

This is a terrible sequel to the first film, which was very enjoyable, because it was faithful to the comic book origin, including great visual images, and exciting action sequences. This sequel is a forgetable piece of crap. The story? Peter Quill (Starlord) discovers his father (Kurt Russell) is actually a planet with a goal to conquer the universe. Yawn. The sequel should have focused on Drax the Destroyer, Thanos, Mantis, and the introduction of Adam Warlock - because that's the source of the real drama and action for the Guardians of the Galaxy!


King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

Here's a tip to Hollywood: To avoid making another poor performing period film about the legendary King Arthur and his sword - like this one, just for once, please rent or purchase any of the dozen or so previous films and/or television series about this subject matter. Look before you leap; conduct "due diligence," and actually learn from the success and failure of others.


Fast and the Furious: The Fate of the Furious

In 2015's "The Fast & Furious 7" a high performance, $3.4 million Lykan HyperSport sportscar (with a top speed of 245 MPH) flew from one skyscrapper to another in Abu Dhabi, which was not remotely believable. For "Furious 8" the stunts are even dumber. This blatantly asinine film has extremely expensive, high performance sportcars SPEEDING on artic ice while being chased by TANKS that lack heat seeking, motion detection, or other "current technology" to accurately zero-in and destroy them. Oh, some people foolishly believe this film is about Vin Diesel (as Dom) being manipulated into turning into a bad guy to save his baby son's life, but even this storyline is poorly scripted, plotted, and filmed. There are much better "car-based" action films, such as "Grand Prix" from 1966, and "Le Mans" from 1971; or "Gone in 60 Seconds" from 1974, or the 2000 remake with Nicolas Cage, "Gone in 60 Seconds." Even Elvis Presley's "Speedway" from 1968 and "Spin Out" from 1966 are far more entertaining "car-based" action films to watch than "Furious 8." Recommendation: Save your money and wait to buy the entire eight-film box set at Walmart two years from now in the cut-out bin for only $5.00.

John Wick: Chapter 2

This sequel about the life of an elite assassin is much better than the first chapter.

Hidden Figures

The good news, this film tells the true story of how Black women were immediately responsible for producing the complex pre-computer calculations for NASA's White-male manned space flights. The bad news, the film is told from an "acceptable" politically correct perspective for White audiences. Simply put, with few exceptions, they left the greater reality of "Being Black" completely out of this film.

Blood Wars

If you seen any of the previous "chapters" in this film franchise then you know what to expect. However, at least the vampires and werewolfs in this film franchise are better than those powerpuff vamps in the "Twilight" film franchise. Yada, yada, yada.

Resident Evil:
The Final Chapter

If you seen any of the previous "chapters" in this film franchise then you know what to expect. Yada, yada, yada.

Baby Driver

A youngish, twenty-something driver handles the getaway car like Jason Statham in "The Transporter" film franchise, but this film is not as well scripted as "The Transporter (2002)" and doesn't have the slick caliber of action of "Gone in Sixty Seconds (2000)." Jamie Foxx's talented is wasted in this film, and Kevin Spacey does nothing more than repeat his role from "21 (2008 film)."


Hugh Jackman as Wolverine is great as usual, but the story does NOT reconcile with the evolution of the character as documented in Marvel Comics.

Thor: Ragnarok

Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, and Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk are great as usual, but the story does NOT reconcile with the evolution of the characters as documented in Marvel Comics.



Hell or High Water

Although a slowly paced crime drama, this is a very smart film; it's also politically and socially relevant in many dimensions. Excellent performances by Jeff Bridges (Texas Ranger), Chris Pine (rancher/bank robber mastermind), Ben Foster (brother of Chris, former felon and bank robber), and Gil Birmingham (deputy ranger/Native American).


Simply put, both the 1925 and 1959 films are better in script, cinematography, special effects, and acting. This remake, much like "Exodus: Gods and Kings" from 2014 lacks religious reverence, offers absolutely nothing new, and is therefore completely unnecessary.

Suicide Squad
Predictable script and to-be-expected special "special" effects make film mediocre; however, the performances by all actors, especially Will Smith (Deadshot), Jared Leto (Joker), and Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn) make film a compelling watch.

Jason Bourne

If you've seen any of the previous films in this franchise, then you've already seen this film. Sadly, the script is repetitive, and the action sequences are redundant.

Captain America:
Civil War

One of the best superhero/science fiction films ever made, and a perfect pseudo-prequel to the upcoming "Avengers 3." Film is mostly faithful to the comic book, and to all characterizations.

Batman vs. Superman

Again, one of the best superhero/science fiction films ever made. Film partially and successfully functions as an abridged derivative of Frank Miller's legendary 1986 graphic novel, "The Dark Knight," AND DC Comic's editor Mike Carlin's 1992 comic book epic series, "The Dealth and Return of Superman," while also blending in the re-imaging of the Superman franchise established by the new DC cinematic universe. The comic books and the animated films for these two very different storylines are absolutely worthy of your time and money! Click the images below for more information, and to purchase these books and films now!

The Comic Book   The Comic Book
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The comic book graphic novel is better. Film failed to showcase the intelligence and ultimate scope of superpowers possessed by the X-Men. Script has us waiting (too long) and wondering for the other shoe to drop until the ending became anticlimatic.


A wickedly funny, extremely profane, and exciting film. Unlike any other superhero film. Here's a great love story of how far a man is willing to go in an attempt to save his life for the woman he loves. He'll undergo a rogue experiment that deforms his skin but gives him accelerated healing powers, exceptional athletic abilities, and more. This is the best "truly adult" superhero film ever made. Ryan Reynolds wonderfully steals the entire show. The only thing missing was "artistic nudity" to mirror the adult language.

Independence Day:

Avoid this film. Instead, see the 1996 original, "Independence Day."

Star Trek:

Avoid this film. Period. Film offers absolutely nothing, and the continued characterizations of legendary actors from Star Trek: The Original Series (TOS) remain appalling. This film is not even worthy as a made-for-TV-movie. Instead, watch better made Star Trek fan films like, "Star Trek: Axanar."

The Huntsman:
Winter's War

Avoid this film. Yet another poorly scripted, predictable fantasy film with pseudo-epic special effects and paint-by-numbers acting.

As always, Sylvester Stallone is appropriately and capably the driving force for this movie (and this film franchise), but the story is all wrong, and Michael B. Jordan is miscast in the title role as son of Apollo Creed. Instead, Apollo Creed's son should have been played by accomplished martial artist and actor Michael Jai White. A better story would have detailed the progression of Creed's son to become a world champion MMA fighter who needs Rocky Balboa to train him on how to box, which many MMA fighters don't know how to do, as demonstrated by Conor McGregor in his loss to Floyd Mayweather, Jr., and Ronda Rousey in her loss to boxer and martial artist Holly Holm. Instead, we got yet another poorly scripted, predictable film with paint-by-numbers acting.

The Divergent Series: Allegiant

There's absolutely no need for you to see this film "if" you've seen any of the films in "The Twilight Saga," or any of the films in "The Hunger Games" series, or any of the films in the "Sharknado" series.

The Hateful Eight
As usual, the only reason writer/director Quentin Tarantino writes and casts movies with Black actors is so he can use the word "nigger" as often as possible. You can ignore this film, because it has absolutely no artistic merit - except for the acting performances of Kurt Russell, Samuel L. Jackson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Walton Goggins, and Bruce Dern.

A woman comes up with a novel idea to make a bunch of money, eliminate debt, and live happily ever after - at least until crime, home shopping television, and misfortune get in the way. There's nothing particularly "entertaining" here, so where's the "joy" in that?

London Has Fallen
Here's a sequel to Antoine Fuqua's 2013 film "Olympus Has Fallen," which again stars Gerard Butler as the superhero U.S. Secret Service agent. Simply put, terrorists do an excellent job nearly killing all world leaders attending the funeral of the British Prime Minister. If it's really this easy, why hasn't this actually happened? Oh, that's right, this film is marketed as an "action thriller," but it's actually a fantasy.


Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Eva Green runs a home for pre-teenage children with "special" abilities. Said differently, this is essentially an alternate version of Marvel Comics, "The X-Men." It doesn't help that director Tim Burton imbues this film with his typical eeriness.


The Revenant

Given the absence of hardly any dialogue, this is essentially a silent "survival" film set in the harsh American winter wilderness of the 1820s with Leonardo DiCaprio as the legendary frontiersman, explorer, and trapper Hugh Glass. "The Mountain Men (1980)" starring Charlton Heston and Brian Keith is a better film, with better acting, etc. and without the explicit depiction of "Sam Peckinpah-ish" graphic violence. Or, even better, with regard to wilderness survival films, Cornel Wilde is constantly running for his life in "The Naked Prey (1965)," set in the South African veldt.

Ride Along 2

Again, consistent with the review of the first film in this pseudo-franchise, AVOID this film. This is a standard Kevin "loud mouth" Hart buddy film. It's not funny. It a putrid cliché of a rancid cliché! Yawn.


Arguably, this film picks up where Mel Gibson's 2004 film, "The Passion of the Christ" ends. An elite Roman Military Tribune is tasked to discover what happened to the crucified body of the Messiah, Jesus Christ. It's a compelling story primarily due to the strong acting performance of Joseph Fiennes.


A very engaging animated film set in the animal city of Zootopia. The story: A fox is framed for commiting a crime, and while on the run trying to find the actual perpetrater, he's joined by Zootopia's best cop, a rabbit.



Terminator: Genisys

Solid re-entry of Arnold back into the franchise, but script needed to push the creative envelope more.

Jurassic World
Same island, same story hooks, same outcome. Film is not scripted to be watched by intelligent people; so abandon all critical thinking when you watch this film. Sit there and snack on your popcorn and Coke.

Melissa McCarthy delivers. Film is funny, stupid, and comedically predictable - which is okay.

Tight direction, sharply shot and edited, nicely paced thriller. Solid performances by Robert Forster, Milla Jovovich, and especially Pierce Brosnan.

San Andreas
Typical disaster film with typical script, typical special effects, and typical pseudo-dramatic human interaction - this time with Dwayne Johnson.

Yes, it's a predictable, nicely paced, sharply edited, action film with Steven Seagal versus the stereotypically evil Vinnie Jones. Enjoy your popcorn and soda.

Last Knights
Yet another sword-and-sandal epic with a script anchored in mediocrity, but the action sequences, editing, art and set design, and cinematography are nicely produced. Clive Owen and Morgan Freeman make the film watchable.

Furious 7
If you've seen any of the previous films in this franchise, then you've already seen this film. Sadly, the stunts make this series more of a fantasy than a true action drama. It is what is is. "Furious 8" is already in the pipeline for release in 2017.

In the wake of "The Twilight Saga" film franchise, and "The Hunger Games" film franchise, here again is yet another pseudo-epic science fiction specifically targeted to pre-teen and teenage audiences. Accordingly, you can abandon all critical thinking when you watch this film. Even better, don't waste your time or money on this film.

Run All Night
In this crime drama mobster and hit-man Liam Neeson is fighting for his life against mob boss Ed Harris. The script is intriguing but flawed; but the performances of Neeson and Harris make this film enjoyable.

How the hell and why did Hugh Jackman and Sigourney Weaver agree lend the significant "box office stature" to star in this piece of crap? Don't waste your time with this film. Instead, rent or buy the 1986 film, "Short Circuit."

Unbelieveable story about veteran con man Will Smith being manipulated by a younger, attractive former apprentice.

Seventh Son
Yet another sword-and-sorcery epic with a script anchored in predictable mediocrity of the master witch hunter (Jeff Bridges) and his apprentice (Benjamin Barnes) in struggle against an evil witch (Julianne Moore); plus traditional pseudo-epic special effects, art and set design, etc.

Point Break
This remake or "re-imaging" lacks the energy and excitement of the 1991 original, "Point Break," but most importantly, film lacks the on-screen charisma and electricity of Patrick Swayze, Keanu Reeves, and Gary Busey.






Arnold Schwarzenegger, leading a team of DEA agents, is back in the saddle of a standard action film, which includes a twisted ending.

Ride Along

Avoid this film. This is a standard Kevin "loud mouth" Hart buddy film. Yawn.

Predictable re-make and reboot of the "Robocop" film franchise. Film has a newer look, but offers nothing significantly new or different. The original "Robocop" from 1987 is much better, as is Peter Weller in the featured role.

Enemies Closer

A forestry agent (Tom Everett Scott) is preventing a drug lord (excellently played by Jean-Claude Van Damme) from retrieving his drugs. Strong performances by Orlando Jones and Linzey Cocker also help to make this film enjoyable.

In the Blood

While on her their Caribbean vacation, a woman (Gina Carano) is unable to find her husband; so she goes after those responsible. Unlike Carano's starring role in "Haywire," from 2011, this film is slowly paced and poorly scripted. Film should have been a better showcase for former MMA star and action film star Carano.


2004 - 2013  







1982 - 1999  

The following reviews only represent numerical summaries of films screened theatrically
(not on DVD) within the year represented. A narrative review is not provided.

The following reviews are based on a four-(4) point system: 1 = Lousy versus 4 = Excellent



National Association of Theatre Owners
The National Association of Theatre Owners (
NATO) is the largest exhibition trade organization in the world. According to their figures, the top 4 chains represent almost half of the theater screens in North America. NATO states that the number of U.S. movie screens as of July 1, 2013 are 39,056 indoor screens in 5,317 sites and 606 Drive-In screens in 366 sites.

Regal Entertainment Group
Knoxville, TN
AMC Entertainment Inc
Kansas City, MO
Cinemark Theatres
Plano, TX
Carmike Cinemas, Inc
Columbus, GA
Cineplex Entertainment
Toronto, ON
Marcus Theatres
Milwaukee, WI
Harkins Theatres
Phoenix, AZ
National Amusements
Dedham, MA
Bow Tie Cinemas
Ridgefield, CT
Georgia Theatre Company
St. Simon's Island, GA

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