There is no story that won’t have its drawbacks or its flaws; no story that can withstand any scrutiny when perceived through fear. Such is the case with the latest Netflix film To The Bone, written and directed by Marti… Read More ›
‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ is a bleak, harrowing, and hopeful war for the soul.
Bleak. Harrowing. Griping. Heartbreaking. Hopeful. Words you don’t expect to describe the Matt Reeves co-written and directed War for the Planet of the Apes, the final film in the Planet of the Apes prequel trilogy, are words that perfectly capture… Read More ›
Rejoice True Believers, “Spider-Man: Homecoming” is a joyous return for our favorite friendly neighborhood wall-crawler. [Extended Review]
Rest assured, dear reader, that Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios have prepared the most delicious of summer cinematic treats with their fun, effulgent, airy, and oh-so-scrumptious Jon Watts-directed Spider-Man: Homecoming. This is the Spider-Man movie audiences have wanted since Sam Raimi’s 2004 Spider-Man 2. Ladies and gentlemen, your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man is back!
“The Beguilded” is an abject lesson in betraying Southern women
On a hot southern morning, with the fog still making its way through the woods, a twelve-year-old girl hunts for mushrooms accompanied by the sound of cannon fire in the distance as the Civil War rages outside the wood. Soon she finds a hurt man hiding among the leaves and dirt at the base of a tree. Though he’s a Union soldier in these Confederate lands, his wound is severe and she does the only thing she can – takes him to her nearby seminary for aid. There, while passed out from pain, his fate is decided by seven women who, in turn, decide their own.
“Okja” explores the best and worst of humanity in Bong Joon Ho’s Netflix Original feature.
Don’t let its fairytale premise of a girl and her mythical companion confuse you into thinking this is some carefree adventure. Channeling more Grimm than Disney, “Okja” explores the morals of man in a deeply compelling, utterly heart-wrenching way, all while managing to still uplift.
Truly a remarkable experience.
Buckle your seatbelt and crank the volume to 11, “Baby Driver” is a foolproof summertime cinematic mixtape.
From the opening credits, Edgar Wright’s motor-fueled caper, Baby Driver, eschews triviality in favor of funky beats, hot action, and one particularly cool driver. After premiering at SXSW this year, Baby Driver’s done nothing but build excitement through the rousing… Read More ›
Who can you trust when ‘It Comes At Night’?
From A24, the studio that brought you the tragicomedy The Lobster and the delightfully morbid Swiss Army Man, comes psychological mystery It Comes At Night, helmed by director Trey Edward Shults (Krishna). Though it starts with all the hallmarks of… Read More ›
Love wins after a ‘Rough Night’
For some, college is where you start to figure out who you are and what you value. It is also where you can forge the deepest of bonds; the connections that don’t disintegrate when you find yourself deep in the… Read More ›
If audiences are lucky, Jack Sparrow’s fifth outing, ‘Dead Men Tell No Tales’, will put all future stories to rest.
An alternate, shorter take of this review was originally published for CLTure on their site on May 26th, 2017. As the latest, and hopefully last, film in the Pirates of the Caribbean series, Dead Men Tell No Tales attempts to go back to its roots,… Read More ›
Birth of a Goddess: DCEU Finally Succeeds with ‘Wonder Woman’
Breathe easy, everyone – after three horrific initial outings, the DC Extended Universe finally has a film audiences have longed for in Wonder Woman. Patty Jenkins (Monster) instills Wonder Woman with the same sense of awe that made audiences believe… Read More ›
“Baywatch” is more fun than it should be thanks to a great cast and simple story.
When trouble strikes in the water or on the sand, an elite team of lifeguards takes action, saving lives, capturing thieves, and stopping killers. Ridiculous as that sounds, this premise formed the basis of the much-beloved nineties television beach-drama Baywatch,… Read More ›
‘Everything, Everything’ is a perfectly flawed story of youth and love.
Summertime brings many things to the cinema. Thrills, frights, explosions, and most of all, love. In the case of Everything, Everything, directed by Stella Meghie, it’s a story of young love that follows an exceptionally predicable narrative: girl meets boy… Read More ›
‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ may be a mature and poignant sophomore outing, but it’ll still kick your butt. (Extended Cut)
In 2014, Marvel Studios unveiled Guardians of the Galaxy, a rock-centric space oddity unlike anything Marvel had released before. Through the direction of James Gunn (Slither/The Belko Experiment), Marvel introduced the world to a rag-tag group of miscreants and killers… Read More ›
Comedic duo Schumer and Hawn fail to save ‘Snatched’ from banality.
It’s been fifteen long years since Goldie Hawn appeared on the silver screen. Star of films like Private Benjamin, Wildcats, Overboard, Death Becomes Her, The First Wives Club and many more, Hawn is a proven virtuoso of virtually any genre… Read More ›
‘The Promise’ tells the story of the oft-forgotten Armenian Genocide amid a distracting romance subplot.
There are moments in history – true tragedies – that are difficult to process and understand. These moments must not be allowed to disappear from our collective global memories. One such horrific event is the Armenian Genocide, an event that… Read More ›
Now Available: Director Anna Biller’s examines the cruel side of love in her 60s throwback ‘The Love Witch’.
Every year-end Top Ten list features a mix of popular releases and lesser-known stand-outs that made a significant impression on theater-goers and critics alike. This isn’t an editorial decision to provide equal coverage; rather, films that grace Top Ten lists… Read More ›
‘Ghost in the Shell’: Another remake that perfectly recreates the visuals of the original without capturing the spirit.
Remakes and adaptations are no strangers to cinema. Some people argue that this continual return to old creations is a result from a lack of imagination on the part of Big Hollywood, while others suggest it’s a way to take… Read More ›
How I Spent My Spring Break 2017: Recommendation List
With multitudes of films releasing every week, it’s hard to stay on top of them all. Last week provided the perfect opportunity to try and catch up a few of the films that have been recommended to me from 2016… Read More ›
Moral codes are tested in ‘The Belko Experiment’, but who’s testing who?
We never truly know what we’d do in a situation until we’re placed deep within it. Sure, we can plan, practice, and pontificate about what we’d do in a life-or-death moment, but we never really know until it happens. In… Read More ›
Get ready for a rumble in the jungle ‘cause the King is back in ‘Kong: Skull Island’.
There’s something about a classic monster that audiences just love. Whether it’s Dracula feasting on necks, the Mummy terrorizing a reckless archaeologist, or Frankenstein’s Monster just looking for a place to fit in, each of these characters possess within them… Read More ›