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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Movie Review: Logan (2017)


by Tony Dayoub


When Ryan Reynolds was beating the bushes for an Oscar this past year, he dropped the tantalizing tidbit that even if his pattern-breaking, adult-oriented Deadpool failed to garner any nominations, he was sure Logan would have its turn at the awards dais. Wouldn't that be something, to see the childish superhero genre graduate to the same fully respected mythos status as the Western? Well, Logan is not the awards worthy graphic novel-based film Reynolds touted it as. But it is a damn good stab at that kind of a movie.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Best of 2016: The 13 Best Films of the Year


by Tony Dayoub

As usual, I'm running late with this. But I had the opportunity to see more films for 2016 than I have for any previous years, so I wanted to be comprehensive in my viewing. Fortunately, I just got this under the wire and am posting my list of last year's top films before the Oscar nominations are announced.

For your consideration, my top films of 2016, followed by the winners of the respective polls I was invited to vote in.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Movie Review: Suicide Squad (2016)


by Tony Dayoub


The highly anticipated Suicide Squad proves to be a not entirely unsurprising fizzle. It's the second in DC's expansion of its extended film universe (it's really not fair to count the far classier Man of Steel, which was never really meant to start this particular ball rolling, as part of the series). On paper, Suicide Squad looks like the most daring of the upcoming DC films. It features a deep stable of super-villains instead of the predictably stolid heroes. It is directed by David Ayer (End of Watch), a throwback to Walter Hill and the closest we've seen to a true auteur shaping this kind of film since Guillermo del Toro helmed Blade II. But save for a couple of lunatic performances by Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn and Jared Leto as Harley's boyfriend, the Joker, plus some lustrous cinematography by Roman Vasyanov, Suicide Squad is perhaps even more disappointing than its dark predecessor, Batman v. Superman.