Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears

This is the kind of oddity – deceptive title and all – that used to show up in the final hours of all-night marathons at Southern drive-ins. Today, we get Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears playing Atlanta in the hope that someone here has seen the popular Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries TV series from Australia. Essie Davis has… Continue reading Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears

Knives Out

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Many movie fans have decided that Rian Johnson sucks, that he ruined Star Wars. I disagree, I’m not one of those people. In my opinion, Johnson’s The Last Jedi wasn’t nearly as bad as numerous super-nerds have made it out to be. I actually kind of like it. Johnson also wrote and directed Looper (2012), a pretty damn good… Continue reading Knives Out

Where’d You Go, Bernadette

Writer/director Richard Linklater’s latest endeavor is based on the comedy novel of the same name by Maria Semple. Bernadette Fox (Cate Blanchett) is a former and now famous/critically acclaimed architect that’s extremely neurotic and eccentric, but is also a truly loving mother. After years of sacrificing herself for her family, she becomes compelled to reconnect… Continue reading Where’d You Go, Bernadette

Pokémon Detective Pikachu

While it will not make some pretentious “greatest of all time” film list or win any major awards or whatever, Pokémon Detective Pikachu is without a doubt quite entertaining. Not only will the super-nerdy drooling Pokémon fans be marking out for every little hidden reference, but the casual movie-goers that know nothing to very little… Continue reading Pokémon Detective Pikachu

Happy Death Day 2U

When Happy Death Day came out a couple of years ago, I ignored it. The marketing led me to believe it was a bloodless, teenage whodunnit, which isn’t really my cup of tea. It is about a college student who is reliving her birthday over and over again as she gets murdered each night.  When… Continue reading Happy Death Day 2U

Murder on the Orient Express

I’ve always had an aversion to the way director Kenneth Branagh speculates on redoing/undoing British cinema with abbreviated flashes of bringing old movies back to the screen for today’s moviegoer with the paltry talent pool available. In 1974, Sidney Lumet cast Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman and Vanessa Redgrave on his train ride; now we get… Continue reading Murder on the Orient Express

Wind River

Wildlife services tracker Cory (Jeremy Renner) discovers the body of his deceased daughter’s best friend frozen in the snow on Wyoming’s Wind River Indian Reservation and joins an inexperienced FBI agent (Elizabeth Olsen) to investigate the death. Director Tony Sheridan (Hell and High Water) uses the majestic setting to examine the internal wilderness brought to bear… Continue reading Wind River

Claire in Motion

Going through the motions of her day-to-day existence, Claire Hunger (Betsy Brandt from Breaking Bad) fails to watch the swirling mist surrounding her family life. After her husband Paul fails to return from a three-day hike where he relies on bare necessities, Claire discovers a completely hidden side of his personality when an art student named Allison intrudes… Continue reading Claire in Motion

The Girl on the Train

Never has so little been so intriguing, as the basic setup is that three neighbors are connected by a common denominator. Emily Blunt plays Rachel, a divorcee with a drinking problem who irrationally cannot move beyond her obsession with her ex, Tom, who has married Anna Boyd (Rebecca Ferguson), a woman from his office. Passively, Rachel… Continue reading The Girl on the Train

Complete Unknown

What do potato famine, gemology, leeches that regulate salt levels in the Tasmanian marsh, the song of frogs, cattle grazing cycles and the name Tony have in common? They all come up in conversation in director Joshua Marston’s film, starring Rachel Weisz as a living shadow called Alice who accompanies a co-worker to Tom (Michael Shannon)’s… Continue reading Complete Unknown

Non-Stop

Carried out behind closed doors in the confined interiors of an enclosed space, the locked room mystery remains the toughest crime fiction to pull off. Once suicide is ruled out, the question remains: how did the victim expire? Most locked room mysteries are low-key deduction psychological whodunnits that concentrate on claustrophobic conditions and shabby circumstances,… Continue reading Non-Stop