Saturday, September 16, 2017

American Assassin

Director Michael Cuesta’s American Assassin is a solid action thriller set in Istanbul, Rome and wonderful island locales.
After proposing to his girlfriend (Charlotte Vega) on an island vacation, Mitch Rapp (Dylan O’Brien) sees her killed by terrorists, who invade the beach.  From that point forward, Mitch becomes obsessed with killing Arab terrorists and makes his way into an elite CIA assassination unit trained by Stan Hurley (Michael Keaton).  And, the interesting plot begins.

In today’s action movies, it’s difficult to come up with chases and fights that haven’t been done before, but Director Cuesta has orchestrated some exciting scenes with unique twists, plus some amazing CGI effects near the climax of the film.

If you are in to actions films, you’ll enjoy American Assassin.  I give it a 4 out of 5.


In the pseudo-artistic abortion of a film Mother!, a spineless woman has a nightmare that culminates with her burning down her house after her writer-husband’s fans have eaten her baby. Sound interesting?  Not.

Whatever point the Writer/Director of this boring piece of crap had in mind, he should know he failed, miserably.

Those who would waste their money seeing it and claim to like it should know they are VERY sick and either run to see a shrink or do the world a favor and step in front of a speeding bus.

I give Mother! no number; just a “V” for vile.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Home Again

Writer/Director Hallie Meyers-Shyer’s Home Again is a delightful piece of fluff about Alice Kinney, an about-to-be single mother (Reese Witherspoon), who moves back to L.A. from N.Y. with her young daughters (Lola Flanery and Eden Grace Redfield). 

Being the daughter of a deceased filmmaker, Alice has inherited his lovely home and through Hollywood happenstance meets three young aspiring filmmakers (Pico Alexander, Nat Woolf and Jon Rudnitsky), who, through the instigation of her mother (Candace Bergen), she lets stay in her guest house.  

The film is about nothing other than what I perceive as the loneliness of living in L.A. and the formation of family wherever and however one can find it.  And, that alone, makes it a worthwhile respite from the raucous thrillers of late.

I give Home Again a 3.9 out of 5.