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 ›
“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 ›
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 ›
‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’ is rated MF for Much Fun.
Looney tunes. That’s right, looney tunes. It’s the first thing you’ll think of with this live-action Wile E. Coyote homage. It’s mostly guns and explosions but possesses just the right amount of heart to assist the quiet moments and move… 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!
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 ›
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 ›
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 ›
Artful, soulful, and character-driven, James Mangold’s ‘Logan’ is the perfect swan song for Hugh Jackman and Wolverine.
This review was originally published for CLTure on their site on February 20th, 2017. Ever since director Bryan Singer’s 2000 release X-Men, Hugh Jackman’s been synonymous with Marvel Comics’ ultimate assassin, the unstoppable Wolverine. Though not the original choice for the role, Jackman made an… Read More ›
Zhang Yimou’s ‘THE GREAT WALL’ offers pretty, but hollow fun.
This review was originally published for CLTure on their site on February 18th, 2017. Famed director Zhang Yimou (Hero/House of Flying Daggers) brings the flourish and beauty of Chinese cinema stateside with The Great Wall, a tight action-packed fantasy adventure starring Matt Damon, Tian Jing,… Read More ›
Disarming and daring, Jordan Peele’s ‘GET OUT’ is an audacious directorial debut.
The things that terrify us are rarely the things that go bump-in-the-night. Instead it’s the less sinister, yet equally malignant, living among us that pose the greatest threat. Evil doesn’t wear a sign as a warning. They creeps in when… Read More ›
‘John Wick: Chapter Two’ increases the legend of John Wick in a world-expanding sequel.
2014’s sleeper hit John Wick ended with Keanu Reeves’s titular Wick walking off into the night, his mission of vengeance over. A satisfying film from start to finish, John Wick focused on the essentials for a great action film: a… Read More ›