As long as there have been The Avengers, there has been the threat of Thanos (Josh Brolin). The villain's visage first appeared midway through the credits of the superteam's first adventure back in 2012. Once 99% of the audience looked up who he was, they got excited to see him in an upcoming sequel. The most we've seen of him since then was in 2014's "Guardians of the Galaxy", which ironically was not an Avengers movie, though still an important part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
"Rampage" stars Dwayne Johnson as a primatologist who has to save Chicago from the triple terror of an enormous genetically-mutated gorilla, an enormous genetically-mutated wolf, and an enormous genetically-mutated crocodile. Right off the bat you should know whether or not this is a movie you want to see. But if you still haven't made up your mind, consider this: there are no fewer than three scenes where Johnson steals an empty helicopter. Is that a movie you want to see, one where The Rock steals three empty helicopters?
I really liked "Don't Breathe," the horror movie from 2016 with the blind antagonist and potential victims who had to be careful to not make a sound. That movie had interesting characters, a unique setting, and some great scares. "A Quiet Place" keeps the silence, but forgoes the other elements.
It's no accident that "Ready Player One" opened on Easter weekend, as this movie is obsessed with Easter Eggs. Not the kind one paints and puts in a basket, but little bonuses hidden in various forms of media. The characters in the film are on the hunt for an Easter Egg that gives them control over a virtual reality empire, but more importantly the film itself is full of Easter Eggs designed to delight those nostalgic for pop culture from the late 70's through 90's.
2013's "Pacific Rim" was a movie about giant robots called Jaegers that fought giant city-leveling monsters called Kaiju. Yes, the story was officially about the human pilots of the Jaegers and their quest to save the world, but the appeal of these movies has always been giant robots at war with giant monsters. Now comes "Pacific Rim: Uprising," a sequel where the Jaegers fight both Kaiju and other Jaegers, so... its existence is justified?
There's a rule among movie buffs that there has never been a decent live-action adaptation of a video game. Not a single one. A scant few detractors will defend the original "Resident Evil" or "Mortal Kombat" movies, but even then the arguments are rarely more passionate than "it works as a guilty pleasure." The Angelina Jolie-led "Tomb Raider" movies from the early 2000's are certainly no exception to this rule, though the 2001 original is the highest-grossing video game movie of all time.
Last week I reviewed "Red Sparrow," a spy movie with a typical spy movie plot. All of the characters had their own agenda, loyalties kept flip-flopping around, and there was a lot of confusion over who could and couldn't be trusted. The plot of that movie was way easier to follow than that of "A Wrinkle in Time," the new kids' movie from Disney.
"Red Sparrow" is a movie that never stays the same quality for very long. It'll seem clever and intricate for a few scenes and then do something stupid. It'll be bland and meandering for a bit and then pull out something tender or well-thought-out. I suppose that such an inconsistent film is better than a consistently bad one, but I'll admit there were times where it would have been more convenient to write this off as a bad film and just check out.
"Game Night" sees its characters playing one of those elaborate role-playing games that's spread out over several miles and involves a full company of actors. I'm weary of movies with this kind of premise because of the inevitable twist: at some point, we're going to learn that everything that's been happening is all part of the game. It's the same thing with movies about con artists, magicians, or people who meddle in dreams.
We were first introduced to T'challa aka Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) two years ago in "Captain America: Civil War." A prince from the fictional African country of Wakanda, T'challa ascended to the throne when father the king was killed during a peace conference. His thirst for revenge led to the apparent creation of the Black Panther persona, and though he was certainly gifted athletically, it looked as though his "powers" were mostly royalty-based, similar to how his MCU colleague Tony Stark's "powers" are mostly money-based.