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Frank Visco
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Thoughts on a Slight Year in Movie Watching Allows "The Lobster" and "Moana" To Somehow Be Reviewed Together
The Lobster will frustrate some and titillate others. In years past, I'd usually be putting together a top 10 list for last year around this time. That was something that seemed worthwhile back when I saw north of 125-150 titles a year, but now, it doesn't ...

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"Trolls" Offers a Zany and Colorful Sugar Fix
Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake bring energy to Trolls . Trolls was my daughter Cassie's first movie-going experience, so I'll cop to being completely swayed by her reaction. We cuddled the whole time, and she loved it. Thus, I loved it. But the reality...

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Live-Action "The Jungle Book" Provides Fresh Take On Old Tale
Jon Favreau's take on The Jungle Book is pretty damn good. In recent years, Disney has fully committed to remaking their animated films in live action. Alice in Wonderland , Cinderella , Maleficent , Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass , The Jung...

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Fun In Parts, "Suicide Squad" Is Still Spoiled By the Same Old Wanky D/C Plotting and Characterization
Will Smith and Margot Robbie display good chemistry  in  their  second  film together. Like several of its main characters, Suicide Squad suffers from some sort of personality disorder. At times, it feels fresh, vibrant, and kinetic, operating with the same...

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Far From Ruinous, "Ghostbusters" Is a Celebration of a Childhood of Busting Ghosts
Proof of my childhood obsession. I wore this constantly, usually along with my proton pack. People have been lobbing unjust grenades at the latest Ghostbusters movie since it was first announced, based partly on the fact that Sony was rebooting the property...

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Far From Ruinous, "Ghostbusters" Is a Jouyous Celebration of a Childhood of Busting Ghosts
Proof of my childhood obsession. I wore this constantly, usually along with my proton pack. People have been lobbing unjust grenades at the latest Ghostbusters movie since it was first announced, based partly on the fact that Sony was rebooting the property...

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Far From Ruinous, "Ghostbusters" Is a Jouyous Celebration of a Childhood of Busting Ghosts
Proof of my childhood obsession. I wore this constantly, usually along with my proton pack. People have been lobbing unjust grenades at the latest Ghostbusters movie since it was first announced, based partly on the fact that Sony was rebooting the property...

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"The Big Short" and "Spotlight" Tackle Uncomfortable Truths Enroute to Screenplay Oscars
The Big Short  uses Jenga to explain the unsound structure of CDOs. Late in The Big Short ,
Brad Pitt, who gets to play a voice of reason and anger in a landscape of sly
schmucks just as he did in 12 Years A Slave and Killing Me Softly ,
chastises his compa...

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"Captain America: Civil War" Does the Warring Super Hero Thing Better Than "Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice"
Both Dawn of Justice and Civil War promise super hero smack downs. It's pretty hard not to compare Captain America: Civil War and Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice . Not only did they come out within weeks of each other, but they both feature a super her...

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Tarantino Entertains with Darkly Funny Western "The Hateful Eight"
Samuel L. Jackson and Walton Goggins lead an amazing cast in Quentin Tarantino's latest, The Hateful Eight . And so the pattern repeats. Three years ago, I wrote a  review comparing Wes Anderson and Quentin Tarantino that discussed how each director had plo...
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