Mark Keizer is a member of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. He also co-hosts the IGN Digigods podcast and serves as executive producer of Studio E!, which airs Monday nights at 8 on E! Entertainment Television.

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'Solo: A Star Wars Story': The Force of Corporate Pressure Brings Down Latest Franchise Entry

Solo: A Star Wars Story with Alden Ehrenreich. The 10th live-action feature in the now 41-year-old Star Wars movie franchise, Solo: A Star Wars Story attempts to explain the background of Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) – first portrayed by Harrison Ford back in 1977. Veteran Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind, […]

'Alien: Covenant' Review: 'Prometheus' Sequel Proves Ridley Scott Still Got It + Great Dual Michael Fassbender

Alien: Covenant review: Michael Fassbender plays android brothers David and Walter in this effective sequel to Ridley Scott's muddled Prometheus. 'Alien: Covenant' review: Recapturing 'some of the excitement, awe, and horror' of 1979 original Before we get to Alien: Covenant, a rant about its predecessor, Prometheus. The problem with Ridley […]

'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2': Generally Enjoyable But Beginning to Feel Stagnant?

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 with Chris Pratt as Star-Lord a.k.a. Peter Quill, and Drax (voice by Dave Bautista): When “the pressure to be good isn't as intense as the pressure to not be bad.” 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2': Entertaining pop culture references help to alleviate James […]

'Logan' Movie Review: Wolverine Hugh Jackman Carries One of the Best Superhero Films

Logan movie with Hugh Jackman as the mutant Wolverine: 20th Century Fox's gamble results in one of the best superhero movies. 'Logan' movie review: 'Wolverine' trilogy concluded 'in surprising and rewarding fashion' The trailer for Logan, the final film in the standalone Wolverine trilogy, is set to Johnny Cash's funereal […]

'The Great Wall' Movie: Zhang Yimou-Matt Damon Collaboration Proof Countries Should Work Together?

The Great Wall movie with Matt Damon: Awkward-accented British mercenary fights the Taotie in costly Chinese-American collaboration. 'The Great Wall' movie: Zhang Yimou-Matt Damon collaboration evidence that – for better or for worse – countries can work together In this divisive age, when countries are turning inward with a nationalist, […]

'Sully' Movie: Tom Hanks Is Latest Clint Eastwood 'All-American Hero'

Sully movie with Tom Hanks as US Airways pilot Chesley Sullenberger: Clint Eastwood homage to the “noble and decent American” threatened by a “heartless government.” 'Sully' movie review: 'Taut, straightforward' drama features Clint Eastwood's latest all-American hero When considering Sully, Clint Eastwood's taut, straightforward account of heroism on trial, it […]

'Star Trek: Beyond' Review: Gay Sulu Problematic in 'Most Satisfying' New Series Entry

Star Trek: Beyond with Chris Pine as Captain Kirk: Will movie franchise reboot achieve “escape velocity”? 'Star Trek: Beyond' review: Movie franchise needs to boldly go where J.J. Abrams has never gone before We're never told what “beyond” refers to in Star Trek: Beyond, the 13th film in the venerated […]

'It's So Easy and Other Lies': Guns N' Roses Bassist Duff McKagan Roller Coaster Fall and Rise

It's So Easy and Other Lies movie: Biographical documentary of Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan, diving into the pits of drug addiction and back. 'It's So Easy and Other Lies' movie review: Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan biographical documentary fails to develop unique idea Any rock and roll […]

'X-Men: Apocalypse' Review: Weaker Film Despite 'Artist' Bryan Singer & Profound Themes

X-Men: Apocalypse with Oscar Isaac a cartoonish presence as the supervillainous title character. 'X-Men: Apocalypse' review: Step back for series, but latest 'X-Men' movie 'works well enough' There's a three-way brawl going on in the Marvel universe, but it doesn't involve Spider-Man, Captain America, or Deadpool. Instead, the combatants are […]

'Money Monster' Review: Jodie Foster Message Movie Ruined by Plot Contrivances & Dishonesty

Money Monster with George Clooney and Jack O'Connell: TV celebrity and unwise investor/hostage-taker in Jodie Foster-directed socially conscious drama that is severely handicapped by a mix of pretentiousness and cowardice. 'Money Monster' review: Jodie Foster movie suffers from both qualitative and intellectual disconnect Sometimes there's a difference between what a […]

'The Boss' Movie: Melissa McCarthy Flounders in Husband Ben Falcone's 'Limp Comedy'

The Boss movie: Melissa McCarthy funny only with certain directors and the right material. 'The Boss' movie review: Melissa McCarthy founders in husband Ben Falcone's 'limp comedy' At this point no one would dispute that Melissa McCarthy is one of the funniest people on the planet. However, after the limp […]

'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' Review: DC Movies' Grim Self-Importance

Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice: “Grim and ponderous” DC Comics adaptation starring Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck. 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' review: Self-important 'hip and affected pessimism' According to no less an expert then director Zack Snyder, when saying the title of his relentlessly grave, monochromatic, and […]

'Steve Jobs' Movie: Michael Fassbender Career-Making Performance in 'Riveting' Biopic

'Steve Jobs' movie poster. 'Steve Jobs' movie: 'Riveting, high speed' biopic starring Michael Fassbender at his best On the outside, computers are clean, symmetrical slabs of molded polycarbonate; pleasant, or at least inoffensive, to look at. On the inside, however, the part most consumers don't see, is a bento box […]

'The Martian' Movie Review: Ridley Scott Has Some Greatness Left

'The Martian' movie: Matt Damon as an astronaut stranded on Mars. 'The Martian' movie review: Ridley Scott still has 'greatness left in him' The Martian is the story of a man in trouble and in desperate need of saving. Brilliant and resourceful, he must marshal all of his creative powers […]

'Truth' Movie Review: Flawless Cate Blanchett in Compelling But Less-Than-Objective Drama

'Truth' movie: Cate Blanchett as Mary Mapes. 'Truth' movie: Gripping and well-acted drama can't hide '60 Minutes' producer Mary Mapes' role in the 'devolution of TV journalism' The devolution of TV journalism into partisan point-scoring and sophistic bloviating was in full stride by the time 60 Minutes ran its 2004 […]

'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation' Review: Tom Cruise - The Last Action Hero

'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation': Tom Cruise. 'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation': Tom Cruise, the last action hero There are two impossible missions in the latest Mission: Impossible. The first involves Chechen terrorists, political assassinations, the Vienna Opera House, and a car that unlocks when the user places his hand […]

'Ant-Man' Movie Review: Marvel 'Just Okay' Entry

'Ant-Man' movie with Paul Rudd: Marvel Cinematic Universe 'minor' effort. 'Ant-Man' movie review: Latest Marvel Cinematic Universe entry 'just okay' – but definitely not a 'certified turkey' For those wondering or possibly hoping that Ant-Man was going to be Marvel's first certified turkey, the Cars 2 of their ingeniously planned […]

Amy Winehouse Documentary: 'Heartbreaking' & 'Impressive' Work

Amy Winehouse. Amy Winehouse documentary: 'Heartbreaking' & 'impressive' In an era of disposable pop music, the songs of the late Amy Winehouse feel timeless. Her sound spans the decades: bluesy and jazzy, a little bit punk and a little bit gansta. She was an old soul belting out new school […]

'Spy' Movie Review: Melissa McCarthy Carries 'Transgressive' Feminist Statement

Spy movie poster with Melissa McCarthy. 'Spy' movie review: 'Transgressive' feminist statement There's been a lot of talk around the ol' virtual water cooler about the feminist messaging embedded in Mad Max: Fury Road. George Miller's riveting, post-apocalyptic free-for-all features the male title character taking a back seat to a […]

'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Review: Marvel Cinematic Universe 'Starting to Wear Thin'

'Avengers: Age of Ultron': Chris Evans as Captain America and Chris Hemsworth as Thor. 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' review: More of same in 'The Avengers' gargantuan sequel Someday somebody's going to make a superhero tentpole movie that doesn't involve the fate of the world or lay waste to vast chunks […]

'Interstellar' Movie Review: Whole Less Than Sum of Ravishing Parts

'Interstellar' movie with Anne Hathaway. 'Interstellar' movie review: 'Ravishing, but overextended mind-bender' There are many intriguing questions raised in director Christopher Nolan's ravishing, overextended mind-bender Interstellar. One of the first: has a theoretical physicist ever received an executive producer credit on a nine-figure, studio movie? Probably not, but if 74-year […]

'Transformers: Age of Extinction' Review: Michael Bay Least Aggravating 'Transformers' Movie

'Transformers: Age of Extinction' review: Michael Bay's latest 'Transformer's movie is 'the least aggravating of a very aggravating lot' (image: Nicola Peltz and Jack Reynor in 'Transformers: Age of Extinction') Suffice it to say, there are many special effects in the Transformers movies of which Transformers: Age of Extinction is […]

'X-Men: Days of Future Past' (2014) Review: What Other Superhero Movies Lack

'X-Men: Days of Future Past' review: Bryan Singer has a surefire hit with latest 'X-Men' sequel (image: Hugh Jackman as The Wolverine in 'X-Men: Days of Future Past') With yet another spring and summer movie season overstuffed with superhero extravaganzas, 20th Century Fox's X-Men series, which debuted in 2000 and […]

'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' Review: Green Goblin Wasted in 'Mediocre' Sequel

'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' review: 'Professionally mediocre' sequel is 'loud, dull, and, forced' (image: Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man in 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2') Part of the appeal of Spider-Man, in all his paper and celluloid incarnations, is the character's recognizably human scale. Neither a trillionaire industrialist (Batman), a Norse God […]

'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' Review: 'Second Best' Marvel Movie

'Captain America: The Winter Soldier': The second best of the Marvel films (image: Chris Evans in 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier') With each new Marvel superhero film that bullies its way into multiplexes, the magnitude of the company's achievement gets more impressive, if not historic. Focusing just on the Marvel […]

'The Grand Budapest Hotel' Review: Ralph Fiennes Most Memorable Wes Anderson Character

'The Grand Budapest Hotel' review: Wes Anderson thrillingly expands his 'thematic and visual palette's (image: Ralph Fiennes in 'The Grand Budapest Hotel') The mid-career winning streak of writer / director Wes Anderson continues with The Grand Budapest Hotel, a thrilling expansion of his thematic and visual palettes. With The Grand […]

'RoboCop' 2014 Review: Interesting Ideas Superficially Addressed

'Robocop' 2014 review: 'More interesting ideas than it can properly address' You'll have to excuse older moviegoers if they feel an almost weekly tinge of nostalgia with the latest announcement that their favorite film from the '80s is being treated to a big-money remake. And yet, while you'd think 40-somethings […]

'Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit' Review: Chris Pine Stars in 'Moderate Failure'

'Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit' review: Kenneth Branagh thriller 'plays everything too close to the middle' (image: Chris Pine in 'Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit') It's been 12 years since CIA analyst Jack Ryan made his last motion picture appearance. The movie was The Sum of All Fears, those fears being fully […]

'Inside Llewyn Davis' Review: Effortless Oscar Isaac Is 'Last Folk Singer Who Didn't Make It'

Inside Llewyn Davis with Oscar Isaac as “the last folk singer who didn't make it.” Written and directed by veterans Joel and Ethan Coen (Blood Simple, Raising Arizona), Inside Llewyn Davis offers “their deepest dive into characterization since their inward-looking masterpiece A Serious Man.” 'Inside Llewyn Davis' review: Effortless Oscar […]

'Ender's Game' Movie Review: Sci-Fier Fails to Explore 'Disturbing Brutality' at Its Core

'Ender's Game' movie review: Sci-fier displays 'steel-grey self-seriousness,' but fails to explore 'disturbing brutality' at its core (image: Asa Butterfield and Abigail Breslin in 'Ender's Game') Orson Scott Card's sci-fi novel Ender's Game was published in 1985, and in the 28 years that elapsed before the book became a film, […]

'The Fifth Estate' Movie Review: Julian Assange 'Tasty' But 'Opaque'

'The Fifth Estate' movie review: 'Tasty' but 'opaque' version of WikiLeaks' Julian Assange (image: Daniel Brühl as Daniel Domscheit-Berg and Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange in 'The Fifth Estate') Late in the game during The Fifth Estate, Twilight director Bill Condon's long-awaited return to helming real movies, WikiLeaks founder Julian […]

'Una Noche' Movie: Lucy Mulloy Is 'Director to Watch'

Una Noche movie with Anailín de la Rúa de la Torre, Javier Núñez Florián, and Dariel Arrechaga. 'Una Noche': Lucy Mulloy debut feature presented with 'urgent, rough-hewn simplicity' The story of three Havana teenagers attempting to escape Cuba for a better life in America is conveyed with urgent, rough-hewn simplicity […]

'Elysium' Movie Review: Matt Damon in Well-Intentioned But Uneven Futuristic Sociopolitical Adventure

'Elysium' with Matt Damon. 'Elysium' 2013 movie review: Lateral move for 'District 9' director Neill Blomkamp If Elysium were South African director Neill Blomkamp's debut feature film, it would have been hailed as a superior work of speculative fiction, shot through with au courant references to illegal immigration and class […]

'Pacific Rim' Review: Smart Director Makes Dumb Movie

'Pacific Rim' Jaeger 'Pacific Rim' review: Dumb movie made by smart director As summer tentpole films become increasingly reliant on the international box office to earn back their enormous costs, certain elements synonymous with good cinema tend to get left out. Character exploration, clever humor, and well-crafted dialogue don't necessarily […]

'The Lone Ranger' Movie Review: Johnny Depp as Native American Jack Sparrow

Armie Hammer as The Lone Ranger, Johnny Depp as Tonto. The Lone Ranger Movie Review: Pirates of the Caribbean quasi-sequel in Western garb In highfalutin' acting circles, it's said that American performers are trained to work from the inside out, crafting a character's inner life before working on external traits, […]

'World War Z' Review: Movie Zombies 'Breathtaking'

World War Z review: 'Grandest zombie enterprise ever' lacks dramatic cohesion – but zombies come to the film's rescue (image: Brad Pitt in World War Z) If there's one thing harder to kill than a horde of zombies, it's the unceasing horde of zombie movies, TV shows, books, and videogames. […]

'Man of Steel' Movie Review: Zack Snyder to Blame for Dull & Heart-Deprived Superman

Henry Cavill in 'Man of Steel.' Man of Steel review: Zack Snyder's sensory-bludgeoning Superman movie lacks humor, charm, wonder Two hundred and twenty-five million dollars buys a lot when you're making a superhero blockbuster. In Zack Snyder's 143-minute sensory bludgeoning, Man of Steel, the director spends almost a quarter of […]

Anti-Gay Hate in Uganda: 'Call Me Kuchu' Review

Call Me Kuchu: The universality of anti-gay hate in Uganda (image: Ugandan gay rights activist David Kato in Call Me Kuchu) It's impossible to watch Call Me Kuchu, Katherine Fairfax Wright and Malika Zouhali-Worrall's affecting and shocking documentary about the fight for gay rights in Uganda, and not rail against […]

'The Hangover 3' Review: Franchise Should Join Zach Galifianakis in Rehab

The Hangover Part III review: 'Unnecessary sequel' that's 'sporadically and barely' amusing (image: Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms in The Hangover Part III) There was a time, and this time now seems very long ago, when The Hangover was a near-cultural phenomenon. It became (for a while) the highest-grossing […]

THE GREAT GATSBY Movie: Leonardo DiCaprio 'Heir Apparent to Cary Grant'

The Great Gatsby Movie: Leonardo DiCaprio: 'Heir apparent to Cary Grant' (image: Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan in The Great Gatsby) [See previous post: “The Great Gatsby 2013: Leonardo DiCaprio, Baz Luhrmann Shine; Story Essence Lost.”] The role of the enigmatic, larger-than-life Gatsby would seem a difficult one to cast in […]

'The Great Gatsby' 2013: Leonardo DiCaprio & Baz Luhrmann Shine But Story Essence Lost

The Great Gatsby 2013 Leonardo DiCaprio. The Great Gatsby 2013: Leonardo DiCaprio & Baz Luhrmann shine bright, but story's 'small, sad truths' lost in the glitz Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby is the best version of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic 1925 novel ever committed to the screen. But don't get […]

'Iron Man 3' Review: Worthy Sequel Compromised by Eagerness to Appease Chinese Market

'Iron Man 3' with Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow. 'Iron Man 3': 'A worthy addition to Marvel's movie library' compromised by 'clever, stealth ways' to appease the Chinese market Much has happened since the events of 2010's Iron Man 2, and we're not talking about Tony Stark's side adventure […]

'Antiviral' Movie Review: Brandon Cronenberg 'Gutsy' Look at Celebrity Worship Extremism

Antiviral: Brandon Cronenberg's 'gutsy, notable debut' tackles celebrity worship gone amok (image: Caleb Landry Jones in Antiviral) There will come a day, and a blessed day it will be, when we reach the saturation point in our obsession with celebrity. It's proven a resilient phenomenon, brought on by the Internet's […]