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Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Patrick Stewart, Rachel McAdams
Director: Sam Raimi
Paapa Essiedu, Gayle Rankin, Sarah Twomey
• 100 min
Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Ben Schwartz, Idris Elba, Colleen O'Shaughnessey
Downton Abbey: A New Era
Michelle Dockery, Maggie Smith, Tuppence Middleton
• 125 min
Monica Bellucci, Liam Neeson, Guy Pearce
• 114 min
The Lost City
Sandra Bullock, Brad Pitt, Channing Tatum
Zac Efron, Ryan Kiera Armstrong, Gloria Reuben
• 94 min
The Bad Guys
Sam Rockwell, Marc Maron, Awkwafina
• 100 min
Tommy Woodard, Eddie James, Leigh-Allyn Baker
• 111 min
Top Gun: Maverick
Tom Cruise, Jennifer Connelly, Miles Teller
Jurassic World Dominion
Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Sam Neill
Tom Hanks, Austin Butler, Olivia DeJonge
Since I write many of these briefs the day before the movies are released, what we have here are mostly ruminations on movies I have not yet seen. You will have to decide for yourself if these briefs have any value. I believe the less you know about a movie, the better chance you might enjoy it to the upside. Too many reviewers seem to go out of their ways to ruin for you with way too much information your upcoming movie experience. In fact my D graded Master’s Thesis proposed that reviews should be embargoed until after the opening weekends allowing moviegoers to see the movies fresh and without plot summaries taken right out of the press kits.
Movie Guru's Current Movie Reviews
- Pandemic Moviegoing
Moviegoing is a social event. Popular movies require large crowds to eek out every last drop of entertainment. Some of us prefer empty theaters, but most expect their movie experience to include fellow customers. We are still not there yet except for the big budget, recognizable, Hollywood products like those from Marvel and DC.
- Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
Director Sam Raimi of the successful cult series Evil Dead and the original Spider-Man trilogy is back with this second Dr. Strange Marvel madness. Benedict Cumberbatch, like the serious actors Robert Downey, Christian Bale, Joaquin Phoenix, and Robert Pattinson, brings to his super hero performance a depth of character not seen in the spoof performances like those of Ben Affleck, George Clooney, Val Kilmer, and Seth Rogen (Green Hornet – Please don’t remind me). Bottom line – this is a well directed and well acted super hero movie that requires your viewing in premium large screen presentation theaters.
Liam Neeson as an assassin with memory loss. Several things come to mind. 1. Christopher Nolan’s early success Memento about a husband with memory loss chasing the killer of his wife. 2. Liam Neeson’s most recent Blacklight less than meets the eye. 3. Pre-pandemic Liam Neeson’s Cold Pursuit – vintage Liam Neeson, therefore lots of fun for action aficianados. 4. Sometime down the road are we going to find out that Neeson has Bruce Willis disease causing writers to stick him with lines he has been repeating for too many years? 5. Liam Neeson has had a fabulous career as an actor (much like Bruce Willis), and I hope he gets better material starting with Memory.
- The Northman
Americas latest auteur filmmaker Robert Eggers of The Witch and The Lighthouse fame, both low budget supernatural horror, goes all in with this Viking blood bath that is a sure thing for critical love, but a question mark for audience acceptance. The previews certainly look challenging but Alexander Skarsgard and Nicole Kidman look to be giving their best efforts. As always I recommend seeing these epics in our XD premium, reclining seat, Auromax sound theaters.
- The Bad Guys
Sonic 2 was very popular and did very well in premium theaters, so why not give this new animation a shot at the brass ring. I will be there with grandkids in tow.
- Lost City
Netflix’s very popular leading lady Sandra Bullock, reminds that she is even more enjoyable on the large screen. Like Uncharted, this is a search for lost treasure movie but with less set piece action scenes and more outrageous comic moments. The stripper, what’s his name, Channing Tatum strips down a tad now and then, with a cameo by a slightly aging, very sexy, previous generation hunk.
- The Lost City
Sandra Bullock in what looks to be a very fun search across continents story, sort of like the currently playing hit Uncharted. Channing Tatum, currently starring in the moderately enjoyable Dog, hooking up with the chaste Ms. Bullock in this one should create excellent comic chemistry. And the surprise guest seen in the previews is definitely the cherry on top.
The Batman – Why not call it A Batman? A rose by any other name would smell as sweet. The previews are dark. Pattinson/Batman is brooding. The film looks like it fits in right after Joaquin Phoenix’s The Joker. (Or was it A Joker?). I go out of my way to limit review reading until after seeing a movie. But quick glances at early reviews seem to mention length and rating (3 hours, PG 13) as if the job of the modern critic is to warn you away from long movies and infer that a film’s rating is significant. Does anyone believe there won’t be a Director’s Cut R-Rated version coming to HBO Max in time for this year’s Holiday shopping?