Riveting ‘Joker’ is No Laughing Matter (Review)

Riveting ‘Joker’ is No Laughing Matter (Review)

Joker is without a doubt the most daring movie to come out with DC Comics associated with a property. While Joker features no superheroes who can talk to fish, or a failed team up of superheroes that will drive a group of rabid fans to demand to see some director’s cut they think exists locked away in a vault hundreds of feet below the Warner Brothers studio lot, there is plenty of risk with associated with this property. It’s a mid-size budgeted comic book movie that features no action sequences, spiffy visual effects, or Bat signal, and is also carries an R rating. It comes from director Todd Phillips, whose biggest titles are The Hangover movies and Old School. And finally, it’s another incarnation of the Clown Prince of Crime, whose previous iterations include a couple that are heralded as some of the best ever villain characters on film. But against all odds, Joker defies expectations and is one of the most memorable comic book adaptations in recent memory, thanks to a powerhouse performance from Joaquin Phoenix and confident direction from Phillips.

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The Accountant: John Wick Plus Rain Man Equals One Sharp Action Thriller [Review]

The Accountant: John Wick Plus Rain Man Equals One Sharp Action Thriller [Review]

Within minutes of the movie’s opening, it’s pretty clear that director Gavin O’Connor (Warrior) and screenwriter Bill Dubuque are set on putting a new spin on the term “ultimate weapon.” Sure, we’ve seen the “ultimate weapon” (deemed hero, villain, or vigilante) use his brains and muscles to maneuver through any situation. But this time, it’s different. A skilled mathematician in the field of accounting who also moonlights as a trained killer, Ben Affleck’s (The Town) Christian Wolff also battles autism. A plot centered on Christian Wolff’s current path to uncovering the truth combined with bang-up action to piece together his dogged past adds up (yes, pun-intended) to a sharp action thriller that is indulging from start to finish. Read more

Sully: Tom Hanks Effortlessly Pilots Clint Eastwood’s Best Movie in a Decade [Review]

Sully: Tom Hanks Effortlessly Pilots Clint Eastwood’s Best Movie in a Decade [Review]

Finally, after all these years, two of the most recognisable stars in Hollywood, actor Tom Hanks and director Clint Eastwood, have come together to make a movie. And what better way could they have joined forces than to show audiences the true story of “The Miracle of the Hudson?” Marketing for the movie has been heavily focused around the descent of US Airways Flight 1549 into the Hudson River, but Sully focuses more on the, until now, unseen story of the hearings between Captain Sully and National Transportation Safety Board that followed the safe landing. Even though it’s likely you know the ending while heading into the theater, the story is still subtly captivating and crowd pleasing thanks to a first-rate performance from Tom Hanks. Read more

Suicide Squad: Summer’s Biggest Disappointment is Saved by a Tremendous Cast [Review]

Suicide Squad: Summer’s Biggest Disappointment is Saved by a Tremendous Cast [Review]

Suicide Squad is being released at a critical time. For Hollywood, summer has scorched movie studios with an inconceivable amount of dull, worthless movies that fall into the category of “financial flops.” And for Warner Brothers, because of below expectation numbers back in March for Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, the microscope on Suicide Squad has intensified immensely. After months of buildup thanks to a strong marketing campaign, David Ayer’s (End of Watch) movie centering around the “Worst Heroes Ever” is finally here. Suicide Squad has problems that keep it from being a memorable. But nonetheless, it’s a somewhat delightful oddball comic book movie, thanks to a cast full of great characters. Read more