There are few cinematic franchises as consistent in delivering action and thrills as the Mission: Impossible franchise. While not as institutionalized as the James Bond: 007 series nor as gratuitous as the Fast & Furious franchise, the Mission: Impossible films… Read More ›
Introspection and patience reward when “The Night Eats The World”.
The wealth of film hitting theaters and VOD services is enough to overwhelm even the most discerning cinephile, which is why it matters to remain open to films beyond your borders both physical and metaphysical. Locking ourselves into genres, into… Read More ›
Nerds rule on ‘Game Night’.
Everyone knows that one super-competitive person. The one who will bury your nose in their victory or flip over the table in defeat. Yet we love them because they’re family and it’s usually only during game night that their inner… Read More ›
“12 Strong” – an imperfect, yet surprising biopic.
An alternate version of this review was published by CLTure on their site on January 19, 2018. September 11th, 2001 is a day that everyone in the U.S. remembers; a day of great pain and sorrow which inspired men and… Read More ›
Netflix’s ‘The Polka King’ is full of potential, but misses the beat.
Based-on-a-true-story biopics tend to fall into one of two categories: gritty or glossy. Weirdly, Netflix’s latest original feature The Polka King can’t decide which one it wants to be. Drawing from the documentary film The Man Who Would Be Polka… Read More ›
‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ is the spark of hope long-time fans have waited for.
Star Wars fans are a tricky bunch to please. They’re excited at the prospect of something new, something that delves further into the mythos of the Force, but when presented with something as half-baked as midichlorians, they riot. That was… Read More ›
‘Justice League’ is a bittersweet experience for DC Comics fans.
It’s been a long road for comic book fans of all stripes to get to Justice League. We’ve endured false starts, writer strikes, and contractual arguments. With each one, our hopes rose for that one moment when the Gods of… Read More ›
Chilling and hopeful, director Martin McDonagh’s tragicomedy ‘Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri’ is one of the year’s best.
Writer/director Marin McDonagh is no stranger to tackling difficult or challenging material. His first feature, In Bruges, centered on a hitman having an existential crisis, while his second, Seven Psychopaths, focused on a screenwriter sucked into a world of gangsters… Read More ›
Director Taika Waititi’s ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ completely reinvigorates the superhero film.
Marvel Studio’s run of 17 films impressively introduces new characters, new worlds, and new adventures, all while building toward every Marvel nerd’s greatest dream: the Infinity War Saga. Thor (Chris Hemsworth), a central character in this film run, never seems… Read More ›
There’s no redemption when you have a ‘Good Time’.
There’s something about watching a film where the main character is scrambling, always on the move, trying to survive in a world that feels like it’s crashing down on them; a world that is out to get them. Sometimes it’s… Read More ›
Joyful, heartbreaking, and utterly quixotic, ‘Brigsby Bear’ is not to be missed.
Long-time collaborators Kyle Mooney and Dave McCary have developed short films, videos for Epic Rap Battles of History, and sketches for Saturday Night Live during their partnership, but it’s Brigsby Bear that should rightfully make them both household names. A… 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!
“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.
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 ›
‘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 ›
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 ›