Pilgrimage will be known as “that movie where the Punisher fights alongside monk Spider-Man”. By that, I mean Tom Holland (Spider-Man: Homecoming) and Jon Bernthal (Netflix’s Daredevil and The Punisher) have starring roles in Brendan Muldowney’s action/drama about a monastery’s dangerous mission.
Lucy (Brittany Snow) emerges from a subway ride like any other ordinary day to find that her Brooklyn neighbourhood, Bushwick, is under attack – soldiers are tackling, bombing and shooting the civilians. People are fighting back, fighting each other, and even looting. While caught up in the mess, Lucy is saved by an imposing-looking custodian named Stupe (Dave Bautista). The two make plans to travel to the military extraction point, navigating the chaos and bloodshed as best…
By: Nick Ferwerda Set in the snowy mountains of Wyoming on an indian reservation in the town of Wind River, Taylor Sheridan’s dark and thrilling crime drama – also titled Wind River – follows Cory Lambert (Jeremy Renner), a wildlife protection officer, a local gametracker, and a man who had two children with someone from the reservation. They split soon after their eldest daughter was killed in a murder that would, most likely, never be solved.
It’s a bleak future that Eren Özkural’s Run Away With Me presents. Abraham (Kye Loren) is released from prison to a familiar yet dystopian existence. With no real way to integrate back into society, he finds work from a mysterious and blatantly untrustworthy man (Bill Hutchens), and also meets a peculiarly familiar woman (Rosie MacPherson) along the way who brings his spotted past into a collision with his present, and humanity’s future.
I’ve been patient and forgiving with filmmaker Seth Gordon (who began his career with 2007’s acclaimed arcade doc The King of Kong) because I can see he’s slowly amounting to be a dependable director. Despite the abysmal and mean comedy Identity Thief, he’s usually able to drum up a lot of laughs with small casts (Four Christmases, Horrible Bosses, TV’s The Goldbergs). I suppose he’s been itching to branch out, but Baywatch was the wrong way…
Justin McConnell is a filmmaker who uses tension marvellously, usually either channeled through shadowy environments or visceral fears. In his latest film Broken Mile, he breaks personal ground by using time to intensely disorient his audience.
By: Nick Ferwerda How do you take one of the cheesiest television shows of all time and turn it into a solid standalone movie? Believe it or not, but Power Rangers does a commendable job at doing so.
Blood, Sand and Gold is touted as a low-budget blockbuster. The globetrotting adventure was made for $258,000 in less than two months, and it doesn’t show. The film isn’t modest (lavish scenery and accessories hog the screen), but the production does a commendable job disguising itself. In spite of cutting costs, Blood, Sand and Gold is still 24 karat schlock.
By: Nick Ferwerda When John Wick was first released in 2014, it blew everyone away and turned into an instant action hit. Since sequels are often known for playing the same tune in a predictable key, you can understand my worrisome caution going into John Wick: Chapter 2. I’m happy to report that it does not disappoint.
The trailer for Netflix’s Take the 10 does no favours for this surprising flick. It plays up slapstick yucks and crude dialogue, and, worst of all, it believes its the first movie to incorporate violent thugs in broad comedy – it’s detrimental advertising. Luckily, writer/director/star Chester Tam has a trick up his sleeve.