The Equalizer 2 (2018) – A Podcast Film Review



Denzel Washington returns to exact some brutal vigilante justice on the predators of the world in this follow-up to the 2014 hit, the first sequel in the veteran actor’s long and varied career. In this one, he seeks to avenge the murder of one of his old friends from his black ops days, only to find that he has to battle with forces that may outgun him at every turn.  Melissa Leo co-stars in Antoine Fuqua’s intense actioner.


Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018) – A Podcast Film Review



The sixth film in the franchise sees Ethan Hunt trying to recover some plutonium before it gets employed by a ruthless anarchist terrorist group out to shake up the world order through detonating these bombs in the the world’s most revered religious meccas. Tom Cruise gives hit his all, amid a fine supporting cast and some of the best technical crew in the business.  ROGUE NATION’s Christopher McQuarrie returns to deliver one of the most satisfying entries in the series and one of the best action films of the year.


The First Purge (2018) – A Podcast Movie Review



The fourth film in the Purge series is a prequel to the other three, as The First Purge shifts directors to Gerard McMurray, though retaining James DeMonaco’s services as screenwriter.  This one showcases the trial run’ experiment that led to the Purge, as the alt-right government seeks to cure societal ills by finding a way to eradicate crime throughout most of the year, mostly by sweeping house and trying to get rid of the nation’s poor.  Social commentary abounds in this franchise that is sometimes marketed, and perhaps mis-marketed, as a horror series.


Skyscraper (2018) – A Podcast Film Review



Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson stars in this high-rise thriller, playing a security consultant for the Pearl, the world’s largest building in Hong Kong, set to open to the public soon.  While in the mostly empty building, it gets taken over by terrorist out to steal money from its billionaire owner, and to pin the blame on Johnson, who is staying there with his family.  Now he has to clear his name, rescue his family, and save a building from being destroyed, all single-handedly.  Neve Campbell co-stars in this film written and directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber.

 


Ant-Man and the Wasp – A Podcast Film Review



Ant-Man’s second foray in his own Marvel Cinematic Universe film isn’t quite a solo adventure, as now he has a partner in Hope, who dons a high-powered suit as The Wasp.  They’re out to save her mother from the Quantum Realm, where she’s been presumed missing for the last thirty years.  Unfortunately, Scott Lang, aka Ant-Man, is under house arrest and not quite able to get out and join in on the quest easily.  Meanwhile, a bevy of parties are out to steal the hi-tech suits before they can come into play.  Peyton Reed returns to direct Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly and Michael Douglas, along with newcomers in Laurence Fishburne and Michelle Pfeiffer.


Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) – A Podcast Film Review



Acclaimed director J.A. Bayona takes over the reins of this lucrative franchise with JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM, the follow-up to 2015’s biggest box-office smash.  Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard reprise their roles, this time having to figure out if the dinosaurs on Isla Nublar should be saved, or if the active volcano that’s in full flow should course correct their existence back to extinction.  A wealthy benefactor wants to put them into sanctuary, but someone in his organization sees a bigger opportunity to keep these dinos alive by selling them to the highest bidders around the world.


Hereditary (2018) – A Podcast Film Review



First-time feature film director Ari Aster makes a splash in this thoughtful and well-acted blend of family melodrama and supernatural horror.  Toni Collette’s performance anchors this tale of a mother trying to cope with the loss of her own manipulative mother, and a couple of teenage kids who seem to be losing their way in the death’s wake.


Ocean’s 8 (2018) – A Podcast Film Review



11 years after we last saw the Ocean’s gang pull down a big heist, we have Danny Ocean’s sister, Debbie (Sandra Bullock), freshly out of prison and ready to hatch a new plan to get herself and her fellow female partners in crime millions by lifting a one-of-a-kind diamond necklace worth over $150 million.  Steven Soderbergh steps into the producer chair in this Gary Ross-helmed attempt to recapture the magic of the prior trilogy.


Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Alden Ehrenreich – Review



Ron Howard directs this spin-off prequel, showing us how the iconic reluctant hero Han Solo went from his lowly existence on the planet Corellia to becoming one of the best smugglers int he galaxy. Alden Ehrenreich, Amelia Clark, Donald Glover and Woody Harrelson star in this big budget space adventure.


Deadpool 2 (2018) – Ryan Reynolds – Film Review Podcast



Ryan Reynolds returns as the mer with a mouth, this time trying to mature into potential fatherhod, with DEADPOOL 2, the follow-up to 2016’s surprise smash hit. This one introduces Josh Brolin as Cable and the pulling together of their mutant super-team, X-Force, as Wade Wilson seeks to stop the wrath of a vengeful, troubled teen about to go on a killing spree.