Early Man Review: Bend It Like Cavemen

Early Man is technically-impressive and boasts strong visuals, but its simple story holds it back from reaching its full potential. Early Man is the latest movie from Aardman Animations, the British-based studio best known for producing stop-motion films such as Chicken Run and Shaun the Sheep Movie. Over the years, they’ve earned a reputation as a favorite among animation enthusiasts, picking up a plethora of accolades and awards. Early … [Read more...]

12 Strong Review: A Well-Intentioned Tribute To Real Heroes

12 Strong works as a tribute to the real-life American heroes who lived it, but is an overall generic war film without much substance. The latest film from veteran Hollywood producer Jerry Bruckheimer, 12 Strong marks the feature film debut for director Nicolai Fuglsig. It tells the true story of a declassified mission from the outset of America’s war on terror, in which a small group of soldiers were among the first deployed to Afghanistan … [Read more...]

I, Tonya Review: Robbie & Janney Shine In Crazy True Story

I, Tonya is a wild and entertaining exploration of one of sport’s most controversial figures, spearheaded by excellent performances from the cast. I, Tonya is the latest film from director Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl, Fright Night) and is based on the life of former U.S. figure skater Tonya Harding. She is best known for her connection to a 1994 attack on her rival Nancy Kerrigan, which aimed to injure Kerrigan’s leg so … [Read more...]

The Post Review: Spielberg’s Triumphant Ode To Journalism

The Post is an expertly-crafted and compelling film brought to tantalizing life by a master director and an all-star ensemble cast. The Post is the latest historical drama from director Steven Spielberg, following his recent Oscar-winning efforts such as Lincoln and Bridge of Spies. The project came together very quickly last year, with the cast and crew assembling in March to get it through the pipeline. Given the nature of its story, … [Read more...]

Molly’s Game Review: Chastain & Sorkin Deal A Winning Hand

Molly’s Game is an entertaining look at a fascinating true story, powered by an excellent script and captivating performances. Famous for penning screenplays to acclaimed dramas such as A Few Good Men and The Social Network, Molly’s Game marks the first time Oscar-winning scribe Aaron Sorkin stepped behind the camera to helm a feature film. Over the course of his illustrious career, he has developed a distinct style that’s been … [Read more...]

Downsizing Review: The Concept Is Better Than The Story

Downsizing does the bare minimum with its out-of-the-box concept, telling a story that’s dull and uninteresting in execution. Downsizing is the latest film from director Alexander Payne, who has delivered numerous critical darlings throughout his career, including Oscar-winning films such as Sideways and The Descendants. His first foray into the realm of sci-fi, this project has been noted for being similar to Payne’s earlier movie Election in … [Read more...]

The Greatest Showman Review: Hugh Jackman Can’t Save This Musical

The Greatest Showman is a disjointed, glossy, sugar-coated mess that just skates by on Jackman’s natural charm and charisma. The Greatest Showman has been a passion project for star Hugh Jackman for years, first entering development in 2009. It spent years treading water before finally getting off the ground (director Michael Gracey was hired in 2011), in part due to Fox’s reluctance to green light an original musical. The film … [Read more...]

The Disaster Artist Review: James Franco’s Inspirational Odyssey

Based on the book of the same name, The Disaster Artist chronicles the making of Tommy Wiseau’s famous cult classic The Room, which is widely considered the “Citizen Kane of bad movies.” Originally released in 2003, The Room became a film that transcended its own awfulness and rose to the ranks of “so bad it’s good” thanks to its well-meaning (but inherently flawed) aspirations and the enigmatic personality of … [Read more...]

Roman J. Israel, Esq. Review: Denzel Shines in Muddled Legal Drama

Roman J. Israel, Esq. features another standout performance by Washington, but the story around him is mundane and fails to leave an impression. The second directorial effort from Dan Gilroy (following his 2014 film Nightcrawler), Roman J. Israel, Esq. is another drama set in Los Angeles starring a peculiar character with his own set of quirks and ideals. Whereas Nightcrawler explored the world of sensationalized television news, this movie … [Read more...]

Wonder Review: A Heartwarming Story of Family Love

Wonder is a touching tale of love and friendship, buoyed by strong performances from Jacob Tremblay and the rest of the cast. Based on the novel of the same name by Raquel Jaramillo (who used the pseudonym R.J. Palacio), Wonder is being positioned as a heartwarming family film for the holiday season, covering a variety of important themes such as acceptance and overcoming adversity. The source material was inspired by a real event Jaramillo … [Read more...]

Murder on the Orient Express Review: An Old Fashioned Stylish Mystery

Murder on the Orient Express is well-crafted entertainment whose flaws are covered up by great work from Branagh in multiple facets. Based on the Agatha Christie novel of the same name, Kenneth Branagh’s Murder on the Orient Express is the latest screen adaptation of the famous crime thriller. It was most famously brought to film by Sidney Lumet in 1974 with an Oscar-winning interpretation, so Branagh’s version had a tall order to … [Read more...]

The Post Trailer: Tom Hanks & Meryl Streep Battle Political Corruption

The first trailer for The Post, Steven Spielberg’s latest historical drama, has been released online. Starring the likes of Oscar winners Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep (among others), the film is based on the true story of Washington Post journalists who exposed the Pentagon Papers – which were documents that detailed the United States’ political and military involvement in Vietnam from a period of over two decades. They were … [Read more...]

The Disaster Artist Trailer #3 Goes Full Tommy Wiseau

A third trailer for James Franco’s critically acclaimed film The Disaster Artist has been officially released online, and distributor A24 is putting together an extensive awards campaign for the project. As many know by now, Disaster Artist chronicles the making of Tommy Wiseau’s infamous cult classic The Room, with Franco also starring as the (now) iconic filmmaker. Viewers have already gotten a taste of the actor’s incredible … [Read more...]