As the ash settles (forever, thankfully) on the dumpster fire that was 2017, we at MJ reflect on the films defining the past 12 months. Check out our best of the first half of 2017 list and then enjoy our best of the rest, below, as we gear up for Awards Season, which promises to be yet another shit show this year. Our list is based on votes from the Moviejawn crew as well as contributors Melissa Strong, Emmi Kurowski, Suze L. Cima, and Hunter Bush. At the end, we've also included some honorable mentions to keep an eye out for. And the winners are!Read More
Directed by David Leitch (2017)
by Sandy DeVito
I should probably preface this review by admitting I knew I was going to love Atomic Blonde before I actually saw it; once you get to a certain point, after you've watched so many films, you start to get a good idea of what you're into, what kind of cast you look for, the telltale hints of stylistic choices you prefer. My success rate calling my like or dislike of a film is probably around 85% at this point. David Leitch, who directed the film, was one half of the former stuntman duo that conceived the original John Wick, a film that exceeded my expectations (and, it seems, pretty much everyone else's) in every conceivable way. Atomic Blonde is one part Wick, one part Bond, one part 80's action genre film, one part, I dunno, love letter to nostalgia? Love letter to Charlize Theron's presence on Earth? Love letter to neon and New Wave? All of the above. And love it I did.Read More
Part 2: July - December, 2017
by Hunter Bush
This summer, in theaters all across the country, if not the globe, Spider-Man is wall-crawling onto screens for the seventh time in 15 years, meanwhile a (Wonder) Woman carries a comic book movie without the help of a man (neither Super nor Bat), and right this minute Apes are at War for the Planet.
Yes, it’s summer time at the Remake, Adaptation, and Long-Gap Sequel roundup and I’m here to break down what’ll be coming at you in the ensuing months. This summer will bring Atomic Blondes and Dark Towers (or at least one of each) and we’ll have the chance to see films based on books, comics, movies (some as much as 35 years old) and even a podcast.Read More