The LEGO Ninjago Movie Review

The LEGO Ninjago Movie is an underwhelming series installment hamstrung by a thin script and weak characters that don’t leave much of an impact. The city of Ninjago is frequently attacked by the villainous Garmadon (Justin Theroux), to the point where his constant strikes have become a regular part of everyday life. This makes things rather difficult for Garmadon’s teenage son Lloyd (Dave Franco), who is a social outcast because of … [Read more...]

mother! Review

mother! is an ambitious work that bucks traditional storytelling techniques with its aspirations, but its approach will not be for all moviegoers. Mother (Jennifer Lawrence) lives a tranquil and peaceful life with her husband, Him (Javier Bardem), in their remote home, isolated from the rest of society. He is a famous poet who is struggling to find the proper inspiration for his next piece, while she works on fixing up the house after it had been … [Read more...]

The Disaster Artist Trailer 2: Tommy Wiseau Is Fearless

A new trailer for James Franco’s The Disaster Artist, which tells the story behind the infamous cult classic The Room, has been released online. In addition to helming the film, Franco stars as The Room mastermind Tommy Wiseau, who has given The Disaster Artist an emphatic stamp of approval. Wiseau is not alone in heaping praise upon the movie, which premiered to rave reviews at SXSW earlier this year. In particular, Franco’s oddly … [Read more...]

Logan Lucky Review

Logan Lucky is an entertaining romp powered by a smart script, strong performances across the board, and great direction. After Jimmy Logan (Channing Tatum) loses his job at the Charlotte Motor Speedway NASCAR track, due to insurance concerns stemming from a leg injury that he suffered during his high school football days, he becomes very strapped financially. In addition to being unemployed, Jimmy’s personal life is in disarray as he … [Read more...]

Annabelle: Creation Review

Annabelle: Creation makes for a solid Conjuring prequel, with scares and thrills that make up for any noticeable shortcomings in the script. Loving parents Samuel (Anthony LaPagila) and Esther Mullins (Miranda Otto) suffer an unbearable tragedy when their young daughter Bee (Samara Lee) is killed in an accident. Twelve years later, the two make an arrangement with Sister Charlotte (Stephanie Sigman) to allow girls from a shuttered orphanage to … [Read more...]

Atomic Blonde Review

Atomic Blonde is a stylish, yet uneven, thriller, punctuated by a strong performance by Theron and thrilling action set pieces. In 1989, towards the end of the Cold War amidst political unrest in Berlin, secret agent James Gasciogne (Sam Hargrave) is killed on the streets by Russian operative Yuri Bakhtin (Jóhannes Jóhannesson). The MI6, led by Eric Gray (Toby Jones) and Chief C (James Faulkner) dispatch their top-level spy Lorraine Broughton … [Read more...]

The Disaster Artist Trailer: James Franco Is Tommy Wiseau

A24 has unveiled the first trailer for James Franco’s directorial effort The Disaster Artist, which chronicles the making of the iconic cult classic The Room. In the film, Franco plays Tommy Wiseau, the man largely responsible for giving the world what has been referred to as the “Citizen Kane of bad movies.” Originally released in 2003, The Room was widely panned by critics due to its bizarre storytelling and poor technical … [Read more...]

The House Review

The House is a solid, if unremarkable, big studio comedy with fleeting moments of humor peppered throughout its runtime. Scott (Will Ferrell) and Kate Johansen (Amy Poehler) are two loving parents who would do anything for their daughter, Alex (Ryan Simpkins). The family is thrilled when Alex gets into her college of choice, Bucknell University, and a celebration ensues. Scott and Kate are under the assumption that Alex is set to receive a … [Read more...]

Baby Driver Review

Baby Driver is an exhilarating and tense thrill ride that’s infectious with its high-octane energy, sheer creativity, and strong performances. Baby (Ansel Elgort) is a talented, yet reluctant, getaway driver under the employment of notorious Atlanta kingpin Doc (Kevin Spacey) and yearns to eventually leave the criminal life behind in search of something more fulfilling. He suffers from a condition called tinnitus and constantly listens to … [Read more...]

47 Meters Down Review

47 Meters Down is a decent, yet unremarkable, survival thriller that’s little more than disposable summer entertainment. Sisters Lisa (Mandy Moore) and Kate (Claire Holt) are vacationing together in Mexico as Lisa deals with a recent break-up. Looking to forget life’s troubles, the two girls go out partying one night and meet Louis (Yani Gellman) and Benjamin (Santiago Segura). Hoping to show their new friends a good time, the guys … [Read more...]

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie Review

Captain Underpants makes the most of its silly and ridiculous premise by injecting high amounts of energy and laughter into the proceedings. Best friends George Beard (Kevin Hart) and Harold Hutchins (Thomas Middleditch) are notorious pranksters at Jerome Horowitz Elementary School, looking to provide their fellow students with a reprieve from the tyrannical lifestyle implemented by the curmudgeonly Principal Krupp (Ed Helms). Over the years, … [Read more...]

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Review

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is an adequate series sequel, but fails to leave any lasting impression on the audience. Many years into his pirating career, Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) is past his prime and has encountered a string of bad luck. When an elaborate bank robbery goes south and leaves Jack’s crew with nothing, the once great pirate is abandoned by his old shipmates and Sparrow spends his days drowning … [Read more...]

Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them Trailer: Return To The Wizarding World

Warner Bros. may have already adapted the seven Harry Potter novels to the big screen, but the studio has found a way to keep the film franchise alive and well. This fall, they will release the spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which takes its name from a Hogwarts textbook that Harry and his friends used in school. The new movie is set in 1920s New York and focuses on magical zoologist Newt Scamader (Eddie Redmayne), who must track … [Read more...]