In Theaters This Week (4/14/2017): Fate of the Furious, The Lost City of Z, Spark

The Lost City of Z, Charlie Hunan

Each Thursday we look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week.  The reign of terror by the animated middle management baby genre will come to an end this weekend as a box office juggernaut, a highly-acclaimed adaptation of a nonfiction classic, and another horrifyingly bad animated film hit the screens. Continue reading In Theaters This Week (4/14/2017): Fate of the Furious, The Lost City of Z, Spark

Movie Review: Logan (2017) *Farewell, Hugh, and Thanks”

Logan, Wolverine, Hugh Jackman

Seventeen years ago, comic book movies were a dead genre.  In 2000, the first X-Men movie was released and jump-started a renaissance of adaptations.  The franchise succeeded in no small part because the most popular X-Man: Wolverine, was cast to perfection.  Hugh Jackman was an unknown.  He’d done more musicals on-stage than movies on-screen, but from the moment we saw saw him cage fighting in a bar, he owned  the Wolverine in a way that no actor perhaps has ever fully become linked with a fictional character (Bond and Connery and Downey Jr. and Iron Man being the only comparisons I can come up with).  Logan is Jackman’s 9th film as Wolverine and his last.  The film that bears his name is a nearly perfect Wolverine story.  Unlike the PG-13 Logan that had to be leashed for the team films, this is the Wolverine from the comics, and yet, this a Wolverine unlike we’ve ever seen.  It’s unremittingly grim, wonderfully acted, violent and gritty, redemptive and tragic.  After all, Logan’s was a story that was never going to end well. Continue reading Movie Review: Logan (2017) *Farewell, Hugh, and Thanks”