THE UNTOLD TRUE STORY THAT CHANGED THE COURSE OF HISTORY. In 2015, Adam McKay successfully depicted the 2008 financial crisis in The Big Short; this is another satirical look at a dark chapter in American political history. The rise of Dick Cheney gets a completely irreverent treatment, with amusingly dim-witted and mean-spirited performances by Sam … Continue reading Vice
DON’T EVER CROSS ALEX CROSS. Detroit cop and psychologist Alex Cross (Tyler Perry) is hunting a brazen, sadistic man (Matthew Fox) who has tortured and killed a businesswoman. The third Cross adaptation after two previous Morgan Freeman films is a reboot that pleased nobody. This one makes Cross younger and is a chance for Perry … Continue reading Alex Cross
RAISE SOME SHELL. After escaping from a prison convoy, Shredder teams up with a supervillain from another dimension, Kraang; at the same time, the Turtles face an internal conflict… This 3D sequel to the 2014 film may be too cluttered and silly for non-fans, but why would they be in the audience? This is OK … Continue reading Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
HO NO SHE DIDN’T. Madea (Tyler Perry) and her great-niece Eileen (Anna Maria Horsford) travel to Alabama where Eileen’s daughter (Tika Sumpter) has plenty of problems, one of which is not having told her mother that she married a white man… The seventh film to feature Perry’s drag act is easier to tolerate because he’s … Continue reading A Madea Christmas
YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU’VE GOT ‘TIL IT’S GONE GIRL. When his wife (Rosamund Pike) disappears in what looks like a kidnapping, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) is a suspect and a subsequent five-year anniversary treasure hunt turns into a mix of incriminating clues and confusing question marks. Gillian Flynn does an excellent job adapting her … Continue reading Gone Girl
WESLEY DEEDS IS ABOUT TO DISCOVER THE PERSON HE WAS MEANT TO BE. When bored corporate tycoon Wesley Deeds (Tyler Perry), whose father’s legacy weighs heavily on him, meets a janitor (Thandie Newton) at a low point in her life, he becomes intrigued. A morality tale that teaches us to go for what we really … Continue reading Good Deeds
MARRIAGE IS AN INSTITUTION THEY’RE COMMITTED TO. The four couples from Why Did I Get Married? (2007) get back together for a vacation in the Bahamas; well, two of the characters are now divorced, but director Tyler Perry comes up with unbelievable and contrived ways for them to still be a part of each other’s … Continue reading Why Did I Get Married Too?
NEW LOOK. NEW YORK. NEW MADEA. After finding out that the company where he’s CFO is actually a Ponzi scheme, George Needleman (Eugene Levy) and his family enter a witness protection program… and move in with Madea (Tyler Perry). The first Madea film not based on a play is a straight farce without Perry’s usually … Continue reading Madea’s Witness Protection
TIME HEALS THE HEART. FAITH HEALS THE REST. After cheating on and abusing her throughout their 18 years of marriage, wealthy attorney Charles McCarter (Steve Harris) finally kicks his wife (Kimberly Elise) out; her family helps her rebuild confidence. Tyler Perry’s move into movies became the start of a successful franchise; his simplistic stories about the … Continue reading Diary of a Mad Black Woman
… BECAUSE WE COMPLETE EACH OTHER’S SENTENCES. Four couples gather in a Colorado ski lodge; they’ve known each other since college and their marriages are going through rough patches. Tyler Perry dumped one of his most tiresome creations, Madea (albeit not his preachy sentimentality), for this portrayal of eight people who have successful careers but lead … Continue reading Why Did I Get Married?
LEARN DIGNITY. DEMAND RESPECT. As two of Madea’s (Tyler Perry) nieces find themselves at crucial junctures in their lives, perhaps the aggressive but good-hearted matriarch’s advice comes in handy? The director had a surprise hit with Diary of a Mad Black Woman (2005); this is not a direct sequel but the character of Madea makes a comeback. Perry … Continue reading Madea’s Family Reunion
THE FUTURE BEGINS. This reboot is primarily meant to be a respectful new take on the franchise aiming to satisfy the fans and attract new ones, as we follow James T. Kirk’s upbringing, how he joined the Starfleet Academy and came to meet the crew members we all love from the old movies. At the … Continue reading Star Trek