Kevin Durand

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Tragedy Girls (Fantasia 2017)

Teenagers tend to want their fifteen minutes of fame -- at least that much -- and the young people of the unremarkable midwestern town of Rosedale are no exception. What is exceptional is the lengths to which two particular young ladies calling themselves the Tragedy Girls will go to get that fame. McKayla (Alexandra Shipp, X-Men: Apocalypse), more commonly known as M-Kay, has the charisma, while best friend Sadie (Brianna Hildebrand, Deadpool) provides the brains, though she does also look good in a pixie cut, even if she does say so herself.

M-Kay and Sadie, totally Best Fiends Forever.


Themes involving the Christian religion? Check. Filmed largely in the brownness of New Mexico? Check. Denzel Washington? Negative. I guess two out of three isn't bad, but it isn't good, either. Not that Paul Bettany is a bad actor -- far from it. I like him. But there wasn't much even an angel could do to save this flick.

The first sign of the Apocalypse: People standing around gaping.

Resident Evil: Retribution

Before leaving for the theatre, I checked the run time on this movie and saw that it was just 95 minutes. Well, I reasoned, it's probably just one long fight scene, and there's only so much you can do to pad things out even with bullet time. As it turns out, bullet time is useful for even more than that, but we'll get to that later.

Looks like a publicity still, doesn't it? But they pose like that all the time.

Real Steel

In 1956, a man named Richard Matheson had a short story called "Steel" published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, and it was good. Then it was made into an episode of The Twilight Zone, also called "Steel", and it was less good. Now, with the word "Real" tacked onto the front of the title, it's made the leap to the big screen -- sort of, since it's only very loosely based on the story. But if you think this sounds uncomfortably like the horror that was The Box, don't worry.

Charlie, Bailey, and Max gape at Atom as he comes to life.