While he has certainly seen his share of critical failures, Director M. Night Shyamalan has seen somewhat of a resurgence in recent years with the under appreciated found-footage film “The Visit” shocking moviegoers in 2016 and “Devil”, which he wrote and produced, making its mark on modern horror in 2010. However many have waited for his true comeback film to arrive and it appears we finally have it in the form of the psychological horror thriller “Split”.
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In 2014 Thunder Road Pictures released a modern action movie gem with “John Wick” which became a surprise success at the box office and reestablished Keanu Reeves as a legitimate cinematic badass. Now, three years later and joined with Lionsgate, the story continues in “John Wick: Chapter 2” which not only builds heavily on the characters and story from the first film, but proves to be a superior follow-up to the already excellent action thriller that came before it.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, true stories can be a source for some of the best films on he silver screen. In today’s day and age it’s no surprise that one of the most intriguing stories is that of Ray Kroc and the beginning of an empire that is the McDonald’s fast food chain. With a powerfully talented cast, great pacing, and a strict avoidance of Hollywood tropes, “The Founder” may not be the most entertaining movie you’ll ever see, but in the style of similar films like “The Social Network” it takes a realistic and stripped down approach to telling a divisive origin story.
Being a journalist from Northeastern Connecticut and a fan of Boston sports the 2013 bombings of the Boston Marathon touched me on a very personal level. When I heard that a film would be made about the events it immediately became a must see for me as I wanted so much to see the emotion, fear, and aftermath of the bombings play out on screen in a way that showed an entire country how a city persevered and came together in the wake of a truly heinous act of violence. So naturally I came into “Patriots Day” with already high expectations and I can happily say I was not disappointed.
Horror films have seen somewhat of a resurgence in the last year, in both popularity and quality, with films like the second “Ouija” film, “The Green Room”, “Don’t Breath” and others upping the anti for the modern horror classic in 2016. The first major theatrical horror film of 2017 “The Bye Bye Man” looked to continue that trend with a mysterious figure and an intriguing plot to draw the audience in. For all that “The Bye Bye Man” promised in it impressive marketing however the film is nothing more than a dry, scare-free pool of clichés that not only adds nothing to the horror genre, but is borderline unwatchable even by the most basic standards.
It’s never easy to take material meant for a different medium and turn it into a successful motion picture. Video games, board games, television shows, and plays have all been the basis for films in the past, but in the case of the latest stage to silver screen adaptation, August Wilson’s Tony Award winning “Fences”, it’s as close to perfect as any film adaptation can be.
Video game movies aren’t necessarily a dime a dozen, but they have been growing in popularity in recent years with adaptations of “Angry Birds”, “Hitman”, “Ratchet & Clank”, “Need For Speed”, and “World of Warcraft” all being released since 2014 and yet another “Resident Evil” film on the horizon. Most of these are relatively bad movies in their own right and probably are not worth the time to pop them on the Blu-Ray or DVD player, but one new video game adaptation caught my attention. “Assassin’s Creed” is no masterpiece, but it’s a step in the right direction for a subgenre of films that, rightfully so, has gotten little respect. Still, that by no means makes it a “great” movie.