<![CDATA[Movies - Cinelinx Movie & Game Reviews]]> https://www.cinelinx.com/ <![CDATA[The Devil All The Time: The Devil MOST Of The Time]]> https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/movies/the-devil-all-the-time/discussions/2066/ https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/movies/the-devil-all-the-time/discussions/2066/ The Devil All The Time features a plethora of great individual moments, but fails to pull it all together in a way that feels satisfying. Featuring noteworthy performances and heady themes, all the elements are in place for greatness, but the story needed more time to develop. Even so, I think there’s definitely enough worthwhile here to check it out on Netflix when it drops.  ]]> Fri, 11 Sep 2020 15:32:12 +0000 <![CDATA[Disney's Mulan (2020): Mulan Definitely Gets Down to Business]]> https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/movies/disneys-mulan-2020/discussions/2063/ https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/movies/disneys-mulan-2020/discussions/2063/
If it's not clear by now, I thoroughly enjoyed this film. I have noted the fantastic female efforts but that should not discredit or undermine the male efforts. The casting choices were excellent and anything with Donnie Yen, Jet Li and Tzi Ma added to the mix is likely to be a hit. The supporting roles played by Jimmy Wong (Ling), Doua Moua (Chien Po), Chen Tang (Yao) and Jun Yu (Cricket) brought a warm-fuzzy feel similar to the soldiers portrayed in the animated film. While “Let’s Get Down to Business” and “A Girl Worth Fighting For” are not to be heard, the comradery was not forgotten or overlooked and in fact was very well done. Disney’s live-action Mulan is a must-see epic action adventure and the best live-action adaptation to date. 
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Sat, 05 Sep 2020 17:11:20 +0000
<![CDATA[We Bare Bears: The Movie: We Bare Bears: The Movie has a Great Message and is Worth Checking Out]]> https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/movies/we-bare-bears-the-movie/discussions/2061/ https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/movies/we-bare-bears-the-movie/discussions/2061/ Whether you've been a lifelong fan of We Bare Bears since the beginning, or you're just discovering the series now with the release of this film, you will undoubtedly love We Bare Bears: The Movie. The cute animation, combined with a surprisingly powerful story makes for a compelling 68 minutes that will leave you with warm fuzzies in your heart by the time the credits roll. ]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2020 18:29:50 +0000 <![CDATA[Tenet: Christopher Nolan does James Bond in his own way. ]]> https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/movies/tenet/discussions/2059/ https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/movies/tenet/discussions/2059/ What's Good: Spellbinding action sequences unlike those you have seen before, great action choreography and technical execution, interesting ideas, typical Nolan plot intricacies and ambition, some good performances. What's Bad: Unnecessarily complicated and unwieldy plot, struggles to provide sufficient details to the audience when they are needed, relies too heavily on the dialogue for exposition which makes it tedious, underdeveloped characters, some technical blemishes, treads into familiar Nolan territory but is also not as well polished as we expect from him. ]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2020 17:17:11 +0000 <![CDATA[I'm Thinking of Ending Things: Cerebral and Unsettling, I’m Thinking of Ending Things Still Doesn't Hit the Mark]]> https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/movies/im-thinking-of-ending-things/discussions/2058/ https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/movies/im-thinking-of-ending-things/discussions/2058/ Overall, I’m Thinking of Ending Things is a film I desperately wanted to love more than I did. I enjoy the ideas and the acting is superb. Both Buckley and Plemons deliver on incredible performances I’ll be thinking about for a while. There are elements of greatness in the film, and it’s lovingly crafted...Yet it doesn’t quite pull it together by the end. It’s even more problematic considering the ideas that intrigue me most rely on knowledge of events in the novel to make sense in the film. For those watching it without that background, it seems hopelessly lost in its own thoughts.  I’m Thinking of Ending Things sits at a weird juxtaposition for me. Despite not particularly caring for it once the credits rolled, I find myself unable to stop thinking about it. It’s fascinating in many ways, yet I find it hard to recommend to others. Even by Kaufman standards it’s a bit too esoteric, but certainly succeeds in making you think.  ]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2020 15:34:51 +0000 <![CDATA[Get Duked: a movie with Eddie Izzard ... Yes please.]]> https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/movies/get-duked/discussions/2054/ https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/movies/get-duked/discussions/2054/ When I first saw the preview for the movie I have to say I really wasn't into it. it looked ok it just didn't have something to really grab my interest, that said "you need to watch this". Thank god I realized one of the actors was Eddie Izzard, that's was the small push I needed to check this out. I've watched it 4 times already, so it's pretty safe to say I love this movie. I said it before and I'll say it again make sure this movie makes it onto your to watch list this weekend. ]]> Mon, 24 Aug 2020 22:05:28 +0000 <![CDATA[The One and Only Ivan: Draw Things the Way you Want Them to Be]]> https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/movies/the-one-and-only-ivan/discussions/2052/ https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/movies/the-one-and-only-ivan/discussions/2052/
Steeped in friendship, family, and dreaming - and drawing - big, and executed by an impressive hybrid of live-action and CGI, The One And Only Ivan will harness young viewers with some of life's most important lessons and is a must-see for families this summer.
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Thu, 20 Aug 2020 14:24:46 +0000
<![CDATA[Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula: More Action, Less Heart]]> https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/movies/train-to-busan-presents-peninsula/discussions/2051/ https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/movies/train-to-busan-presents-peninsula/discussions/2051/ Peninsula is absolutely fun to watch, but lacks the substance to make it anything more. The characters are interesting enough, but the focus on the action and larger world left me a bit detached. I never connected to it on the emotional level the film was obviously trying to get me to. While I still enjoyed the experience, it feels like a little bit of a step down from the previous film. Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s worth watching, so definitely check it out if you’re able to. It’s certainly worth a VOD rental.  ]]> Tue, 18 Aug 2020 15:24:15 +0000 <![CDATA[You Should Have Left: Whole lotta nothing going on]]> https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/movies/you-should-have-left/discussions/2048/ https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/movies/you-should-have-left/discussions/2048/ Blumhouse has maybe 3-4 good films a year and this is not one of them. It’s very hard to care about anyone in this film because the info you get on them is so sparse you really don’t connect with them at all. You’ve got to sit thru 2 acts of whatever to get to the final act where they just try to throw in any horror-ish, mind-bending scenes just so they can tag it as horror and a psychological thriller. ]]> Wed, 05 Aug 2020 16:29:48 +0000 <![CDATA[Deep Blue Sea 3: Goofy Shark Action That Knows What it's Trying to Do]]> https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/movies/deep-blue-sea-3/discussions/2046/ https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/movies/deep-blue-sea-3/discussions/2046/ I can’t say that Deep Blue Sea 3 is a good movie. I will say that it’s surprisingly enjoyable and works significantly better than Deep Blue Sea 2. Sure, there’s still plenty of goofy, nonsensical elements, but that’s a big part of the charm and fun.  While I can’t say I’ll end up watching this multiple times, I could see myself enjoying it once again if it pops up on TV. As such, it’s hard to recommend it for purchase, especially when you factor in some special features that aren’t really worth a mention. If you’re looking for some fun monster movie action, however, it’s very much worth a Saturday night rental. ]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2020 20:25:25 +0000 <![CDATA[The Old Guard: Summer Movie Thrills From Home]]> https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/movies/the-old-guard/discussions/2040/ https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/movies/the-old-guard/discussions/2040/ I went into The Old Guard without knowing much about it aside from the trailers, and came away thoroughly impressed. While it misses the mark in some areas, it’s an extremely enjoyable film. Bringing together a smart cast that works well together, some interesting ideas, and impressive action sequences, there’s absolutely no reason to skip out on this when it drops on Netflix. I had a blast with it, and crossing my fingers we’ll get to see the next story teased at the end…. ]]> Thu, 09 Jul 2020 14:37:02 +0000 <![CDATA[Hamilton: Hamilton]]> https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/movies/hamilton/discussions/2039/ https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/movies/hamilton/discussions/2039/ The big thing to take away from the filmed production of Hamilton on Disney+ is that Lin-Manuel Miranda has created something truly amazing. He's taken the life of Alexander Hamilton, something that could've made for very dry viewing in the wrong hands, and made it not only entertaining but completely relevant to current events. The drama of Alexander's rise and fall plays out in crisp detail from beginning to end, and I cannot thank Lin-Manuel Miranda and Disney enough for making it possible for so many to experience this amazing show for the very first time. While we're stuck at home waiting out the coronavirus, everyone should take the time to check out Hamilton at least once. ]]> Sun, 05 Jul 2020 20:19:47 +0000 <![CDATA[Justice League Dark: Apokolips War: Justice League Dark: Apokolips War]]> https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/movies/justice-league-dark-apokolips-war/discussions/2028/ https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/movies/justice-league-dark-apokolips-war/discussions/2028/ Despite a few flaws, Justice League Dark: Apokolips War is a fitting conclusion to this iteration of the DC Animated Universe. It has a story filled with twists and turns, and an ending that perfectly sets up the birth of any new universe that DC might wish to create in the future. If you've enjoyed the DC Animated Universe up until now, you will love Justice League Dark: Apokolips War, no question. ]]> Thu, 07 May 2020 22:50:43 +0000 <![CDATA[The Hunt: hurt by politics ... and Trump]]> https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/movies/the-hunt/discussions/2011/ https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/movies/the-hunt/discussions/2011/ The political element of the movie is what’s the major downfall of this film. As I’ve mentioned, in today’s politics everyone gets so damn butt hurt about what is said on screen/press/social media that once the words “Depolrables” and “Liberal Elite” went public they pretty much put the nails in the coffin for this one. The funny part of this is that the whole thing is that it really pokes fun at political stereotypes, today’s cancel culture, and misrepresentation on social media … all the things that are currently being used to hate on and discredit the movie. ]]> Sat, 14 Mar 2020 00:29:13 +0000 <![CDATA[Bloodshot: If you've got nothing better to do]]> https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/movies/bloodshot/discussions/2010/ https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/movies/bloodshot/discussions/2010/ Bloodshot is very average, the fact that the comedy relief was the best part should tell you something. I wouldn’t rule out a sequel for it but maybe we should look to other avenues for where it gets released. To tell you the truth I’d be far more interested in seeing this as a 10 episode SVOD series than shelling out more money to see it in the cinema. ]]> Fri, 13 Mar 2020 23:05:40 +0000 <![CDATA[My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising: My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising]]> https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/movies/my-hero-academia-heroes-rising/discussions/2007/ https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/movies/my-hero-academia-heroes-rising/discussions/2007/ All in all, My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising, is a great film with a lot of fun moments and thrilling action scenes. If you're a fan of the series, you will definitely love this film. Even if you haven't seen anything related to My Hero Academia before, you're probably going to love this story anyway, it's just a lot of fun from beginning to end. ]]> Sat, 29 Feb 2020 22:52:30 +0000 <![CDATA[The Invisible Man (2020): The Invisible Man truly becomes a monster!]]> https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/movies/the-invisible-man-2020/discussions/2006/ https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/movies/the-invisible-man-2020/discussions/2006/ Even though the Invisible Man has always been one of the many Universal Classic monsters he was nothing more than just a murderer that couldn’t be seen. The realism of the subject matter may hit close to home for many people out there, both women and men. The Invisible Man is for victims of domestic abuse what Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” was for black people. The fact that he’s using a form of mental abuse that is very, very common in this day and age is what really makes him a monster. It is honestly a shame that this was not the first movie that could have launched Universal’s ‘Dark Universe’ franchise years ago. ]]> Fri, 28 Feb 2020 03:53:48 +0000 <![CDATA[Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn): Way to GO DC!]]> https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/movies/birds-of-prey-and-the-fantabulous-emancipation-of-one-harley-quinn/discussions/2002/ https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/movies/birds-of-prey-and-the-fantabulous-emancipation-of-one-harley-quinn/discussions/2002/ Do you want a film about love? what about a breakup? Friendship? Girl Power? Well, this film has all of that and more! I'm truly glad that DC has turned around their films since Shazam and veered away from the dismal pit of despair they were pushing their movies toward. I just can't get over the action in this film and how great all the ladies were. Not to take away anything from Ewan Mcgregor, but this film was all about the ladies ... acting, writing, & directing. well done. all I can say is, there better be a sequel already being written. ]]> Fri, 07 Feb 2020 07:14:43 +0000 <![CDATA[Uncut Gems: Successfully harnesses chaos and stress for your entertainment purposes. ]]> https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/movies/uncut-gems/discussions/1997/ https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/movies/uncut-gems/discussions/1997/ What's Good: Adam Sandler's best performance is one of the best performances of the year. Expertly crafted story and production. Brilliantly sneaky story keeps pulling you against your wishes. Unrelenting narrative, in the best sense of that word. A viewing experience unlike you've ever had before. The rest of the cast fits their roles well. What's Bad: All the characters are annoying, loud, and obnoxious. ]]> Thu, 23 Jan 2020 22:40:05 +0000 <![CDATA[The Gentlemen: Guy Ritchie stays true to himself, and it pays off]]> https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/movies/the-gentlemen/discussions/1995/ https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/movies/the-gentlemen/discussions/1995/ What's Good: Enjoyable characters, witty script, wild antics, intriguing noir-like story, storytelling method is creative, well-acted, energetically directed, twisty plot keeps you on the edge of your seat. What's Bad: Treads on familiar Guy Ritchie territory, storytelling method makes something more complicated than it needs to be, lack of female characters. ]]> Wed, 22 Jan 2020 03:12:22 +0000 <![CDATA[Dolittle: Generic Clean Family Fun]]> https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/movies/dolittle/discussions/1992/ https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/movies/dolittle/discussions/1992/ The movie, much like the first Doctor Dolittle books from the 1920’s, pretty much follows the same format: A man talks to animals, a man then embarks on an ocean voyage to find some fabled creature/item. If you know Dr. Dolittle you know what you’re going to see. So this weekend, grab the kids and take them to a movie they’ll most likely enjoy. Don’t have kids, but want to see the movie .. well just go see it, you’re an adult, but I’d probably just wait till it hits Redbox and view it then. ]]> Wed, 15 Jan 2020 18:59:06 +0000 <![CDATA[1917: Impressive technical achievement brings you into a war like never before. ]]> https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/movies/1917-2/discussions/1990/ https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/movies/1917-2/discussions/1990/ What's Good: The pace, the action, the excitement, and the horror. Both beautiful and grotesque at the same time. Leading actors carry the film well. Very impressive use of technology to bring you a film unlike you've seen before. Director Sam Mendes choreographs chaos to near-perfection. Looks and sounds brilliant. We don't get enough good WWI movies. What's Bad: Some of the artistic/production choices do have their drawbacks, which includes a slimmed down story and few opportunities to add narrative depth or complexity. ]]> Fri, 10 Jan 2020 17:30:11 +0000 <![CDATA[Ip Man 4: The Finale: Strong Action and Powerful Themes]]> https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/movies/ip-man-4-the-finale/discussions/1985/ https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/movies/ip-man-4-the-finale/discussions/1985/ Fans of the Ip Man series will find the fourth film to be a fitting ending to the franchise. While the action is a bit more muted (indicative of the aging master and his current timeframe), it’s no less impressive. The real highlight of the film, however, is the message on display as Ip battle racism and xenophobia on both fronts. As has been the case with previous films, the biographical elements take a backseat to just about everyone else. While it doesn’t detract from the enjoyment of the film, it does take away some of the emotional impact. Even so, if you’ve enjoyed the previous movies, you’ll most definitely enjoy this one and will find it worthwhile to check it out in theaters (if it’s playing near you). ]]> Mon, 23 Dec 2019 19:18:43 +0000 <![CDATA[Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: Dazzling Spectacle That Needed to Slow Down]]> https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/movies/star-wars-the-rise-of-skywalker/discussions/1983/ https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/movies/star-wars-the-rise-of-skywalker/discussions/1983/ All in all, I can honestly tell you that I thoroughly enjoyed myself while watching The Rise of Skywalker. I'm very much looking forward to heading back to the theater this weekend (and probably the next) to see it again. Even though not everything landed, and it suffered from some pacing problems, I had a blast. While I wish it had been a little more than "spectacle" I think it will have something for nearly every fan to enjoy. ]]> Wed, 18 Dec 2019 21:08:26 +0000 <![CDATA[6 Underground: More time jumps than Dr. Who]]> https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/movies/6-underground/discussions/1981/ https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/movies/6-underground/discussions/1981/ I honestly thought this movie would be a tad better. The writers, Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, have worked together on multiple movies such as Zombieland, Zombieland: Double Tap, & both Deadpool movies. I just think they could have done a better job in the first half of this film. Michael bay is Michael Bay, we know exactly what we’re gonna get from him, and he did not deviate from his playbook in anyway whatsoever. Ryan Reynolds plays the same smart-ass character he plays in everything, which in some cases I can say he gave you a few chuckles during the movie, but I just don’t buy his billionaire philanthropist turned Anti-terrorist strike force leader. Just remember this movie just dealt with one of nine bad guys One wants to take out.  I really don’t think I can sit thru another one of these bootleg Fast and Furious stories. ]]> Mon, 16 Dec 2019 18:26:46 +0000 <![CDATA[Jumanji: The Next Level: Leveled Up]]> https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/movies/jumanji-the-next-level/discussions/1979/ https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/movies/jumanji-the-next-level/discussions/1979/ I have to admit I was not too thrilled with Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle when I first saw it. It took a few re-watches for me to warm up to the film. When I heard that there was going to be a sequel, I wondered “why”? Well, thank goodness I was wrong. Even though it started a bit somber (seriously I thought Spencer was going to commit suicide for a while there) it picks up very quickly. I love the changes they made with the addition of DeVito and Glover taking over 2 of the major characters, though at one point the film seems to be overcrowded with too many characters they deal with it perfectly giving everyone their chance in the spotlight. ]]> Fri, 13 Dec 2019 18:22:16 +0000 <![CDATA[The Irishman: Long On Time, Big on Heart]]> https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/movies/the-irishman/discussions/1978/ https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/movies/the-irishman/discussions/1978/ The Irishman breaks away from the typical mafia mold, while still utilizing some of the genre’s most trusted tropes. It's definitely a long film, but The Irishman manages to hook you a very real and engaging way. I was never bored, and never felt there was a scene that wasted time. It all works together in to make one compelling biopic with some great performances. If you missed it during its limited theater fun, definitely give this Netflix release a view. ]]> Mon, 09 Dec 2019 18:01:40 +0000 <![CDATA[Knives Out: Witty whodunnit is a crowd-pleaser.]]> https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/movies/knives-out/discussions/1975/ https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/movies/knives-out/discussions/1975/ What's Good: Quirky performances from an all-star cast, Rian Johnson brings wit and enjoyability to the tired-and-true format of the murder mystery, dramatic direction gives the film its tone, straddles the line well enough between comedic and serious, adventurous plot never lets down the tension. What's Bad: Most of the character's are one-dimensional, not exactly unpredictable. ]]> Mon, 25 Nov 2019 15:51:42 +0000 <![CDATA[Charlie's Angels (2019): Banking on a hit]]> https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/movies/charlies-angels-2019/discussions/1972/ https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/movies/charlies-angels-2019/discussions/1972/ Elizabeth banks is probably the best person to tackle this movie. A movie about an organization that empowers women to change the world. I would love to see this continue on, but in our current world maybe a TV series would be a better bet than kickstarting another franchise. ]]> Tue, 19 Nov 2019 01:16:30 +0000 <![CDATA[Ford v Ferrari: An exciting history lesson on fast cars and the people who made them. ]]> https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/movies/ford-v-ferrari/discussions/1971/ https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/movies/ford-v-ferrari/discussions/1971/ What's Good: Production does a tremendous job recreating a storied time in motor sport history, the focus on cars will keep gear heads happy, the exhilarating race sequences will keep everyone happy, good performances from its leading duo, solid sound track, direction and cinematography really allow the audience to experience this story as if they were there themselves. What's Bad: Takes a few shortcuts through history, script tends to jump around, it isn't trying to convey anything you haven't experienced in other movies before. ]]> Sat, 16 Nov 2019 17:44:19 +0000 <![CDATA[Parasite: Captivating and haunting, funny and dire. This film is many (great) things at one. ]]> https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/movies/parasite/discussions/1968/ https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/movies/parasite/discussions/1968/ What's Good: Interesting blend of genres, fascinating characters are well-acted, expert direction, cutting-edge cinematography, beautiful but also startling picture, great twist comes out of nowhere (but makes perfect sense in terms of the film's messages), keeps you second guessing yourself, witty script, overall a very entertaining film. What's Bad: My only gripe is I didn't like the second half of the film as much as the first half as the film becomes more allegorical. ]]> Sun, 10 Nov 2019 15:56:55 +0000 <![CDATA[Terminator: Dark Fate: The Terminator sequel we should have gotten 20 years ago. ]]> https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/movies/terminato-dark-fate/discussions/1966/ https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/movies/terminato-dark-fate/discussions/1966/ The Terminator is back. Again. Like the abominable Terminator itself, Terminator movies keep coming, no matter if we want them or not. While this newest one may not be as ground-breaking as the original two films, it does realign the series in a positive direction. As with many film franchises these days, The Terminator franchise has been watered down by poorly-received sequels. The first two films were big hits - now considered classic movies which have been seared into the consciousness of pop culture. And we all know what happens when Hollywood finds something which strikes a chord. Either they repeat the formula until audiences get tired of it and stop showing up, or they keep throwing darts at a board to see if something sticks. The story of the Terminator franchise is of the latter approach. It feels like every 5 years a new filmmaker tries their hand to push the franchise in a new direction. So far, nothing has stuck. Nothing has been able to live up to the original two films. I’m here to report that Terminator: Dark Fate doesn’t live up to those first two films either. But don’t stop reading just yet. Those first two films set a bar so high in terms of creativity and exciting, entertaining movie-watching experience, it is going to be very difficult, if not impossible for any sequel to live up to those expectations. Like the films in the series before it, Dark Fate does take a different approach as a sequel, but not necessarily a new one. Instead of trying to reinvent the franchise, Dark Fate more or less walks in its footsteps. Dark Fate is entertaining in the same sense the franchise is best known for. Pitting unprepared or under armed characters against an unstoppable killing machine. This time, a new terminator is sent back to present time in order to take out a mexican factory worker named Dani who will have some sort of importance in the future human resistance against the machines. In order to try and stop this newest terminator, the humans of the future send back one of their own. Sound familiar? This time, though, the human they send back is not just anyone. The human they send back, Grace, describes herself as “augmented”. In other words, enhanced for combat against a terminator. But she is only designed for the initial battle. When Grace fails to kill the Terminator, Dani needs help. Enter Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor. She’s still out there fighting the terminators which seem to appear every two years still trying to kill her son. Together they must find out the reason why Dani is so important in the future in order to band together to stop this newest terminator. Part of what makes Dark Fate work is that it does without some of the complications of the last three sequels. In fact, it just goes ahead and ignores them. Dark Fate takes place after T2: Judgement Day. It is essentially makes the other sequels part of an alternate timeline. The creator of the first two films, James Cameron is back with a writer and producer credit. His influence is felt in the way the film feels more similar to the original two films. The story also features many of the things we associate with James Cameron’s work - strong female leads, a commitment to special effects, lots of action, and a focus on the connection between the main characters. But while Dark Fate does succeed in bringing back the feel of the first two Terminator movies, that effort can, at times, just feel like fan service. As a big fan of the original films myself I enjoyed the newest film’s call-backs and nods to the franchise’s previous entries, but I also felt a bit uncertain about treading into familiar territory. Everybody loves a bit of nostalgia, but there is a line where the creator of new material is just repeating what has been done already. Dark Fate doesn’t cross this line, but there are some moments where it gets pretty close. Still, there are enough new ideas in this latest film for it to be able to stand on its own. The most interesting new concept is that of the character of Grace (portrayed with a fiery determination by Mackenzie Davis). While the sequels seemed to just try and outdo each other with more and more advanced antagonists, Grace is a movement in a different direction. While the new “Terminator” in Dark Fate does follow the series’ trend of adding a unique trick to the arsenal, I appreciated the filmmaker’s use of a protagonist which is purposefully a step back in terms of firepower. Grace represents a fusion between man and machine. In the previous films, man was always positioned against machine, and the only way we could fight the machines was with our own machines. Now we have one of our own, and it makes the story less austere. Arnold gets called back into duty, and his appearance in the film is among its funniest and sweetest. The way the film uses his Terminator further reduces the distance between man and machine. But Arnold’s appearance in the Terminator sequels has been one of the few constants. At least in this film he doesn’t appear only for the sake of the nostalgia factor - his character really does add something to the plot. One important difference in this film compared to the other lackluster sequels is the appearance of Linda Hamilton taking on her role as Sarah Conor. She brings a toughness and a fight to the film which the previous installments were mostly missing. Even if bringing her back for this latest film is a big nod to the past, the filmmakers recognized she was a big reason those first two films were so successful. She does a great job in returning to the role and I am glad she is back. The series has always been about impressive action set pieces, creative use of special effects, and yes, intense car chase sequences. While this film is basically one long chase sequence, it does impress with its action sentimentality. There is a heavy reliance on CGI, and a few action scene moments which seem a bit preposterous, the film mostly sticks to the series’ strength of practical action set pieces. Director Tim Miller takes the same type of energy we saw in Deadpool’s action sequences, and applies it here. While Dark fate isn’t playing for laughs, the action does seem a bit more lively than in the previous films, including the originals. The special effects aren’t always the most realistic, but the action is so dynamic it doesn’t cease to entertain. No one may have asked for another Terminator film, but Dark Fate is here and for the most part I am happy with the results. Entering the water poisoned by two decades of forgettable sequels takes a lot of guts. The filmmaker’s decision to use the blueprints of what made the series successful in the first place was probably the only way to proceed, even if it results in a film which is not as innovative or ground-breaking. But by bringing back some familiar faces, while also introducing some impressive new ones, Dark Fate has done something I didn’t think another Terminator film ever could; make me want another one. ]]> Tue, 05 Nov 2019 22:34:02 +0000 <![CDATA[Terminator: Dark Fate: James Cameron’s trilogy is finally complete.]]> https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/movies/terminato-dark-fate/discussions/1964/ https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/movies/terminato-dark-fate/discussions/1964/ The movie franchise is now Terminator, Terminator 2: Judgement Day, & Terminator: Dark Fate. the rest never happened. Well, they did but they are all alternate realities of what could have happened, plus they’re just terrible movies. You will not be disappointed with Terminator: Dark Fate. ]]> Fri, 01 Nov 2019 12:30:17 +0000 <![CDATA[The Lighthouse: Unrelenting study of man vs. man vs. nature. ]]> https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/movies/the-lighthouse/discussions/1962/ https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/movies/the-lighthouse/discussions/1962/ What's Good: Incredible black and white photography, haunting cinematography, intense direction, expertly crafted to assault all senses, bold score, passionately acted, haunting tone. What's Bad: Lacks a central intrigue for the audience to follow, exists mostly to be experienced during the act of watching rather than discussed afterwards. ]]> Tue, 29 Oct 2019 17:56:43 +0000 <![CDATA[Jojo Rabbit: Taika Waititi manages to find charm in an unlikely place. ]]> https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/movies/jojo-rabbit/discussions/1959/ https://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/movies/jojo-rabbit/discussions/1959/ What's Good: Witty and funny script, overall hilarious film with great sight gags, capable cast brings lots of charm to their roles, story delivers meaningful messages, surprisingly bright and cheery, impressive production, finds light in its dark setting. What's Bad: The central story doesn't feel all that original, sometimes predictable, some plot lines are unresolved, still controversial (not necessarily in a good way). ]]> Mon, 28 Oct 2019 01:51:43 +0000