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Film reviews by Vince Leo, author of the review site, covering the latest blockbusters, independent films, foreign cinema, and VOD.

Film reviews by Vince Leo, author of the review site, covering the latest blockbusters, independent films, foreign cinema, and VOD.
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Film reviews by Vince Leo, author of the review site, covering the latest blockbusters, independent films, foreign cinema, and VOD.






It (2017) Stephen King - Movie Review

The action in It takes place in the fictional small town of Derry, Maine, where we mostly follow a group of about seven adolescents on their break during the summer. The de-facto leader of the group, Bill Denbrough, has recently been plagued by thoughts of his younger brother Georgie's disappearance, though we in the audience know that the tyke is but the latest victim of a sewer-dwelling, fear-feeding demon who mostly presents himself in the form of a clown named Pennywise. Georgie's not...

Duration: 00:13:45

Atomic Blonde (2017) Charlize Theron - Movie Review

Set in Berlin in 1989, shortly before the collapse of the Berlin Wall, we find an MI6 agent named Lorraine Broughton on a mission to try to get a much sought after highly classified list of spies working for Western agencies around the world, kept hidden within the case of a luxury watch, in order to prevent it from going to the KGB. Operating in flashbacks as the bruised and fatigued agent divulges the details of her botched mission to her immediate superior, as well as to a bigwig in the...

Duration: 00:11:36

The Fate of the Furious (2017) Vin Diesel - Movie Reviews

In this entry, we open with Dominic Toretto on honeymoon with his beloved Letty in Havana, Cuba, where, of course, he gets into a bit of racing for pink slips on the never-too-crowded city streets. Dom finds his stay not entirely blissful when he is confronted and blackmailed by a strange woman called Cipher, who reveals herself to have something on him so powerful that would make him turn away from all he holds dear -- his newfangled family of car jocks -- in order to go rogue and perform...

Duration: 00:09:41

Ghost in the Shell (2017) Scarlett Johansson - Movie Review

Scarlett Johansson stars as Major, a law-enforcement agent whose human brain, after a terrible accident that nearly killed her, has been put into a body that's entirely synthetic -- she's essentially a robot with a human mind, and the first of her kind. She works for Section 9, a task force currently trying to take down a powerful hacker named Kuze (Pitt, Criminal) who has been using the technology that most humans have been modifying their own bodies and minds with, and controlling them...

Duration: 00:13:26

Life (2017) Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Reynolds - Movie Review

This one puts the action on the International Space Station, whose six-person crew have just discovered a single-cell organism, the very first evidence of life outside of Earth, within one of the soil samples they've taken from Mars. Powers that be at home want them to do some testing on Calvin, as they've dubbed it, before giving the "all clear' to bring down to a terrestrial lab. Study they do, as Calvin begins to flourish in his new environment, grown far beyond its single-cell...

Duration: 00:07:46

Beauty and the Beast (2017) Emma Watson - Movie Review

The story involves a lovely and fiercely independent girl named Belle, who lives with her widower inventor father in a small provincial French village. She'd rather pursue her own path, which brings consternation to the local narcissistic he-man, Gaston, who intends to marry Belle because she's the prettiest girl in town. After Maurice gets lost in the thick and ominous woods, Belle goes out to find him, discovering his whereabouts in a secluded castle run by The Beast, who has her father...

Duration: 00:11:27

Donald Cried (2016) Kris Avedisian - Movie Review

After his grandmother passes away, late-30s New York financier Peter reluctantly returns to his home town in Warwick, Rhode Island, for the first time in about two decades, to tidy up her estate. Unfortunately, he inadvertently loses his wallet en route, causing him to seek out his old high school friend Donald for a few bucks, though he hasn't been in contact in about as long as he bailed on his past. While Peter has matured to the point where he virtually disowns the metal-head...

Duration: 00:08:31

Kong: Skull Island (2017) Brie Larson - Movie Review

After an introductory sequence set during World War II to introduce the massive ape, Kong, and the island he resides on, we spring ahead to 1973, where we find the United States' government, in the waning days of their involvement in Vietnam, planning an exploration of the previously uncharted island in the South Pacific perpetually under storm clouds, hoping to lay claim there before the Russians get there first. Kong is there and greets the military choppers in the manner you'd expect,...

Duration: 00:10:37

I Am Not Your Negro (2016) James Baldwin - Movie Review

Raoul Peck's Academy Award-nominated documentary on famed author James Baldwin, whose unfinished manuscript for a proposed memoir on the deaths of several Civil Rights giants, tentatively entitled, "Remember This House", provides the basis for the commentary about his experiences as an African-American in a country that continuously seems to not deal with its overbearing racism head on.

Duration: 00:08:22

Logan (2017) Hugh Jackman - Movie Reviews

Set in the year 2029, we find a world where there are no newly born mutants, and the ones that did exist have been all but completely wiped out. Spirit broken, body beaten and losing its ability to quickly heal, and with a sense of self-loathing to the point where suicide seems an increasingly attractive option, Logan finds himself working as a limousine driver, trying to scrape together enough funds to help nonagenarian Professor Charles Xavier, who he has stashed in an isolated facility...

Duration: 00:11:42

Get Out (2017) Jordan Peele - Horror-Comedy Movie Review

Daniel Kaluuya stars as photographer Chris Washington, a young African-American involved in a close relationship with the white Rose Armitage, so close that it's time for Chris to meet Rose's parents. Chris is nervous about their weekend retreat to Rose's family lake house because Rose hasn't told them that he's black because it doesn't matter to her, and her liberal parents should be all for it, she gathers. While seemingly fine, Chris undergoes a share of microagressions, assumptions,...

Duration: 00:07:16

Elle (2016) Isabelle Huppert, Paul Verhoeven - Movie Review

Isabelle Huppert stars as Michele Leblanc, the manager of a video-game company. Michelle is raped by a masked man in her own home. Because of her checkered past, she decides to not report it to the police, and is reticent to tell friends right away. The perpetrator continues to stalk Michele, causing her to seek measures to protect herself, yet she is also conflicted by her fantasies, both terrifying and exhilarating, of what might happen should she be found in that position again.

Duration: 00:09:21

Fifty Shades Darker (2017) Dakota Johnson - Movie Review

In this follow-up to the wildly popular kinky romance drama Fifty Shades of Grey, we find perpetually blushing publishing-house editorial assistant Anastasia Steele making it through life without the help or attention of controlling Seattle-based mega-billionaire Christian Grey, mostly due to the fact that he couldn't open himself up to her much beyond his taste for sado-masochistic sexual acts. While Grey tries to move on, he can't 'quit' Ana, forging is way back into her life...

Duration: 00:11:04

The LEGO Batman Movie (2017) Will Arnett - Movie Reviews

The Joker here is a bit more of a softie -- still a madman, but one that knows the bond of hatred between himself and the Batman needs to be reciprocal so that he can be the yin to his yang. To cement himself as #1 on Batman's hate list, Joker and a host of other baddies of assorted popularity are out to destroy Gotham City. Batman catches Joker in the act, but still sees him as just another perp to thwart, hatching bigger and bolder ideas to come from the clown madman in trying to assure...

Duration: 00:07:43

John Wick Chapter 2 (2017) Keanu Reeves - Movie Review

John Wick tries to go back into retirement after getting his revenge from those who've done him wrong. It would work, except that one particular party, an Italian crime boss named Santino D'Antonio, means to cash in on a marker, a favor he did for Wick some time back, that must be repaid, pulling him in to do another job in the form of an assassination of his sister so that he can take her place in the super-secret organization. Alas, the further Wick gets in, the more enemies out to snuff...

Duration: 00:11:39

Paterson (2016) Jim Jarmusch - Movie Review

Adam Driver stars as Paterson, who coincidentally shares the same name as his town in New Jersey. We follow Paterson over the course of a week in his life, his routines, his conversations with his aspiring baker/singer girlfriend Laura, the conversations he eavesdrops on with the passengers in the city bus he drives, and his interactions with the inhabitants of the local bar he goes to when he takes his English Bulldog Marvin for a walk at night. We also get to follow along as he writes...

Duration: 00:08:01

The Girl with All the Gifts (2016) Movie Reviews

The story is set in England at an unspecified time in the future, where we find that Earth may have all but been completely dominated by some sort of invasive fungus that can latch itself and grow inside humans within seconds, turning them into Hungries, aka zombies who seek out non-infected humans and other forms of life in order to sate their thirst for flesh and blood. Within a heavily guarded military base, Earth uninfected soldiers, scientists and civilians are working diligently on...

Duration: 00:06:58

The Founder (2016) Michael Keaton - Movie Review

Set primarily in the 1950s, we find Ray Kroc is a struggling traveling salesman trying to peddle an electric milkshake mixer that promises to spark sales by increasing the supply by shortening the wait time involved with having to churn out one milkshake at a time. Sales are not going well, until he receives one big order from someone he hasn't spoken to directly. Sensing an opportunity for more business with this mysterious buyer, Kroc travels out to the source of the order in San...

Duration: 00:07:54

Hidden Figures (2016) Janelle Monae - Movie Review

Hidden Figures seeks to showcase the little-known story of three adept African-American women, all computers who worked for NASA's space program in the 1960s. In an age before computers did all of the calculations, these women were part of a team responsible for double checking the figures put out by engineers working at the Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA. During this period, the gals helped with work to speed up the role of the United States in the Space Race, working on the...

Duration: 00:10:35

Silence (2016) Martin Scorsese - Movie Review

Shusaku Endo's 1966 novel provides the basis for Martin Scorsese's adaptation set in the 17th Century, regarding a couple of Portuguese missionaries, Father Sebastian Rodrigues and Father Francisco Garupe, who travel to Japan to find their long-lost mentor, Father Ferreira, after discovering a letter written by him a few years back detailing the suffering of the those wishing to spread Christianity there. Ferreira is believed to still be alive in the island country, though there is a...

Duration: 00:12:47

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