Mother! A Strange, Demanding Trip and Well Worth It (Review)

Mother! A Strange, Demanding Trip and Well Worth It (Review)

It’s hard to talk about a film like Mother! without feeling like you’re giving something away.  I’m going to try to avoid spoilers here (not that I think Mother! really CAN be spoiled) but this film is so specific yet ambiguous that any discussion might color your perceptions going in.  If you’re planning on seeing this and want the very full experience, don’t read this review, just go see the film.  THEN read it and see if you agree.  Me, I had been warned going in – this is a weird weird film.  Personally I liked it but the other people in the theater did not; I  definitely heard some grumbling from the other patrons as I left. Read more

Passengers: Jennifer Lawrence & Chris Pratt Can’t Save this Boring Space Odyssey [Review]

Passengers: Jennifer Lawrence & Chris Pratt Can’t Save this Boring Space Odyssey [Review]

If you’re going to drop a sci-fi movie in late December and it’s directed by the guy who made The Imitation Game and stars Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games) and Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy), you would expect a lot, right? I mean, I certainly would. On paper, Passengers has all the makings of a star-powered vehicle that would cash in around the holidays and even generate some awards buzz. Unfortunately, for Passengers, they didn’t show this movie on paper, because none of the playbook meshes together on screen, and the result is tedious and melodramatic. Read more