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Reviews By Alyn Darnay

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Tomorrow Man Theatrical Review
Tomorrow Man   Tomorrow Man Theatrical Review
(Alyn Darnay)  5/31/2019 11:36 AM EDT
Once upon a time I actually thought great actors and great acting could make any film work. Then, I grew up and figured out that only a great story can make a film great, no matter how good the actors in it may be. Without a compelling script that captures the audience from the start and continues to hold them through to the end, all you're left wi... Read More

Rocketman Theatrical Review
Rocketman   Rocketman Theatrical Review
(Alyn Darnay)  5/30/2019 2:39 PM EDT
What can you say about a movie that tries to totally capture the formative years of a ROCK GOD?A film that covers his childhood (I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues), his partnership (Daniel), his rise to fame (Honky Cat), his fame (Pinball Wizard), his relationships (Don't Go Breakin' My Heart), his addictions (Crocodile Rock), h... Read More

Godzilla: King of the Monsters Theatrical Review
Godzilla: King of the Monsters   Godzilla: King of the Monsters Theatrical Review
(Alyn Darnay)  5/29/2019 2:58 PM EDT
The very first "Godzilla, King of the Monsters" movie I ever saw was the 1956 version shot on film in Black & White, and it starred of all people, Raymond Burr (Perry Mason). I watched it when I was about 7 years old on late night television decades after it was made and thought that a 400-foot tall dinosaur, awoken from undersea hibe... Read More

John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum Theatrical Review
John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum   John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum Theatrical Review
(Alyn Darnay)  5/15/2019 10:19 AM EDT
Let's start by saying; if you're a John Wick fan, you won't be disappointed by this latest installment of the franchise. The same goes for Keanu Reeves fans, Halle Berry fans, Action Movie fans, and just plain well-made Pop Movie fans.Right from the very first film, you could tell this opus was always meant to be a franchise; the type of movie seri... Read More

Tolkien Theatrical Review
Tolkien   Tolkien Theatrical Review
(Alyn Darnay)  5/9/2019 2:17 PM EDT
"In a hole in the ground"…J.R.R. Tolkien wrote, and with those immortal words began the creation of a place known as Middle Earth, a mythological land where Hobbits dwell. "The Hobbit" was published in 1937 and received tremendous critical acclaim. It has been read, taught, admired, loved, and copied ever since.It spawned... Read More

Poms Theatrical Review
Poms   Poms Theatrical Review
(Alyn Darnay)  5/9/2019 9:04 AM EDT
I don't know what this film about senior citizens in a retirement community is trying to be, and I don't think it knows either. Is it a comedy, a drama, a tale of female bonding through sports, or is it just about the cattiness of women? Maybe it's trying to be all those things at once, and perhaps that's why it doesn't work for me. Trying to be to... Read More

Hotel Mumbai Theatrical Review
Hotel Mumbai   Hotel Mumbai Theatrical Review
(Alyn Darnay)  3/28/2019 2:33 PM EDT
I have always found films about India to be fascinating. Probably because India is a place of mystery, magic, philosophy, and hidden secrets. A place so big and filled with so many people that you get the feeling that anything could happen at any moment; and it did in the most terrifying way in 2008. That's when the members of the "Lashkar-e-T... Read More

Greta Theatrical Review
Greta   Greta Theatrical Review
(Alyn Darnay)  2/28/2019 2:35 PM EDT
These days we've all been trained not to pick up any suspicious packages we see in public places, especially in New York City, especially on a Subway. What train rider doesn't know that? The stupidity of picking up such an object forms the basis of this film; it also forms the basis of the total stupidity of watching this disappointing and mundane ... Read More

Mary Queen of Scots 4K Ultra HD Review
Mary Queen of Scots   Mary Queen of Scots 4K Ultra HD Review
(Alyn Darnay)  2/24/2019 5:18 PM EDT
Why does it seem that every producer out there now wants to make an English Period Piece? I guess it's because of the success of the TV series The Crown and others like it. There's nothing wrong with that, there are certainly enough people out there interested in seeing a good period piece.However, in order to be a ‘good' period piece, t... Read More

The Kid Who Would Be King Theatrical Review
The Kid Who Would Be King   The Kid Who Would Be King Theatrical Review
(Alyn Darnay)  1/24/2019 9:15 PM EDT
Once upon a time...That's the way all fairytales, old and new, usually begins, so I thought I'd start my review by honoring this modern take on one of them in the same way. "The Kid Who Would Be King" is quite simply a wonderfully bright new take on the Arthurian legend. Part "Goonies" style action adventure, part allegory, and ... Read More

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