Annihilation is the latest science fiction movie from Alex Garland (Ex Machina). This film is based on the novel of the same name by Jeff VanderMeer. The film stars Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Tuva Novotny and Oscar Isaac. It’s about a group of military scientists who enter an extraterrestrial event called “The Shimmer” to see if they can learn what’s going on. Continue reading
Black Panther is the latest film (18th) in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This film is directed by Ryan Coogler, written by Coogler and Joe Robert Cole, it stars Chadwick Boseman as the titular character, with Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker and Andy Serkis. T’Challa (Black Panther) returns home to Wakanda and his leadership role is challenged due to global consequences. Continue reading
The Greatest Showman is a musical about P.T. Barnum. It’s directed by Michael Gracey, written by Jenny Bicks and Bill Condon, it stars Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson and Zendaya. It’s inspired by the story of Barnum creating the Circus. Continue reading
Hostiles is a western written and directed by Scott Cooper, based on a story by Donald E. Stewart. It stars Christian bale, Rosamund pike, Wes Studi, ben Foster, Stephen Lang, Jesse Plemons, Rory Cochrane, Adam Beach and Q’oriank Kilcher. It’s about a US Cavalry officer who must escort a Cheyenne chief and his family back to their home in Montana. This takes place in 1892.
The Post is a historical drama directed by Steven Spielberg with a screenplay written by Liz Hannah and Josh Singer. It stars Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Sarah Paulson, Bob Odenkirk, Tracy Letts, Bradly Whitford, Bruce Greenwood, Carrie Coon, Matthew Rhys and David Cross. It’s about the journalists from The Washington Post and The New York Times who published the Pentagon Papers regarding the US government’s involvement during the Vietnam War. Continue reading
I’ve tried to pick two movies out of the year that were my favorites. One tends to be the movie I’ve viewed the most, a lot of the times it’s the movie that I’ve paid to see more than once. And the other movie is one that I just want to be recognized or pointed out. This year it simply came down to the numbers.
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is an action adventure comedy film that serves as a sequel to Jumanji (1995), and is also a standalone movie. The film is directed by Jake Kasdan and written by Kasdan, Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Scott Rosenberg, and Jeff Pinkner, from a story by McKenna. It stars Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, Nick Jonas and Bobby Cannavale. This time it’s some time after the first movie with Robin Williams, and four teenagers are transported into the Jumanji video game playing as the characters they chose. Can they beat the game and return home? Continue reading
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is the latest installment in the epic space opera. This time around The Last Jedi is written and directed by Rain Johnson. It stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern and Benicio del Toro. The Last Jedi follows Rey as she receives training from Luke Skywalker and the struggle of the Resistance to combat the First Order. Continue reading
Lady Bird is a comedy drama that’s written and directed by Greta Gerwig. The film starts Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts, Lucas Hedges, Timothee Chalamet, Beanie Feldstein, Stephen McKinley Henderson and Lois Smith. It’s coming-of-age story set in Sacramento, California centered around a high school senior girl and her relationship with life and particularly her mother.
Wonder is a drama directed by Stephen Chbosky and written by Jack Thorne, Steve Conrad, and Chbosky. It’s based on the 2012 novel of the same name by R.J. Palacio. It stars Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson and Jacob Tremblay. The movie follows a child with Treacher Collins syndrome (short version… deformities in facial features, eyes, ears, cheekbones…) who tries to assimilate into a school after being home-schooled. Continue reading