Tag Archives: James McAvoy

Movie Review: Atomic Blonde (2017) *Hardly Nuclear*

Charlize Theron in Atomic Blonde
Charlize Theron is undoubtedly the best action actress working today and Atomic Blonde, adapted from the comic book “The Coldest City”, does nothing but cement that status.  Directed by David Leitch, one of the creators of John Wick, Atomic Blonde isn’t so much a female Wick as it is a hybrid of Salt and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.  It has some great action set pieces, but a largely boilerplate espionage script that’s elevated by the talent of Theron and co-star James McAvoy. Continue reading Movie Review: Atomic Blonde (2017) *Hardly Nuclear*

My Favorite Scene: X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) “Quicksilver’s Sweet Dreams”

It’s just as well that Marvel killed off their version of Quicksilver in Avengers: Age of Ultron, because Evan Peters’ version of the mutant speedster just puts Aaron Taylor-Johnson to shame.  After stealing X-Men: Days of Future Past, which was a good movie, Evan Peters takes the mess that was X-Men: Apocalypse and using his speed and ADD (as well as his love for animals), saves the inhabitants of Xavier Mansion during its destruction.  The scene took a month to film, but it was completely worth it.  If there is no Quicksilver showcase in X-Men: New Mutants, I may boycott the movie.  That, or Deadpool 2, will be the next film in Fox’s Mutantverse after Friday’s Logan brings Wolverine’s saga to a close. Continue reading My Favorite Scene: X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) “Quicksilver’s Sweet Dreams”

Movie Review: Split (2017) “Is the Nightfall Over?”

James McAvoy, Split, Anya Taylor Joy

Once upon a time, in 1999, a remarkable, astounding, amazing film called The Sixth Sense came out and blew the collective minds of the world.  The director was a wunderkind named M. Night Shaymalan.  Night followed The Sixth Sense with Unbreakable, which did not get near the critical acclaim and box office The Sixth Sense did, but nothing was going to do that.  His first film turned into a global phenomenon.  Unbreakable is, in many ways, heavily influential to the grounded reality of the tack comic book movies took when that era began around the same time.  Night’s third film, Signs, did a little better than Unbreakable, but isn’t half the film.  Then came the fall.  Horrible film after horrible film after horrible film followed Signs.  Studios would still throw $100 million budgets at him hoping that he could turn it around, but things digressed to the point where his name was such an audience deterrent that it was removed from promotional posters.  I have been reluctant to pay money and go to the theater to see Split.  The film, made for only $9 million, won the box office three weeks in a row, generated great word-of-mouth, so I finally gave in and went and saw my first M. Night Shaymalan film in the theater since The Village (aka THE BEGINNING OF THE FALL).  So is he back?  I think he just might be.  Split is no home run, but it’s only a little below Signs in his canon and, like his best films, the ending was not only a mind-blower, it promises an exciting future. Continue reading Movie Review: Split (2017) “Is the Nightfall Over?”

In Theaters This Week (2/10/2017): LEGO Batman Movie, John Wick 2, 50 Shades Darker

John Wick Chapter 2, Keanu Reeves

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.  February 10th is considered Valentine’s Day weekend, so I suppose that’s the logic for releasing what will most likely be the three films that dominate the rest of the month all in one weekend. Continue reading In Theaters This Week (2/10/2017): LEGO Batman Movie, John Wick 2, 50 Shades Darker

In Theaters This Week (2/3/2017): Rings, The Space Between Us

Asa Butterfield, The Space Between Us

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.  February 3rd is Super Bowl weekend and studios tend to give America’s biggest television event of the year a wide berth, so there are only two new releases. Continue reading In Theaters This Week (2/3/2017): Rings, The Space Between Us