The Hitman’s Bodyguard is the Best Action-Comedy of 1991 [Review]

Let me make clear what The Hitman’s Bodyguard isn’t: it isn’t fresh. It isn’t particularly unique. The story, about a bodyguard (Ryan Reynolds) who has to escort the assassin (Samuel L. Jackson) who happens to be his archrival to the Hague so he can testify against Read More …

How Boden and Fleck Changes the Game For Marvel Studios and Captain Marvel

If Vegas oddsmakers cared about such things, I don’t think any of them would have even bothered putting Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck on the board for Captain Marvel. To be sure, Marvel Studios has a history of making interesting choices when it comes to Read More …

Criminal is a Hollow High Concept Actioner [Review]

Early on in Criminal, a CIA officer (Ryan Reynolds) gets captured and tortured to death in needlessly graphic fashion by the primary antagonist of the film, a Spanish anarchist played by Jordi Mollà (Bad Boys II). After making a call to the requisite loving wife Read More …

Deadpool Both Subverts and Upholds Tired Comic Book Movie Cliches [Review]

I was honestly was not super stoked about seeing Deadpool in theaters, especially on opening night. Maybe five years ago I would have been singing a different tune, but after Wade Wilson’s explosion in popularity, oversaturation on comic book shelves, and a sometimes insufferable fanbase, you Read More …