You Were Never Really Here Review: Phoenix Shines in Moody Thriller

You Were Never Really Here has less success breaking the mold for its genre, but explores the often ignored corners in thoughtful and intriguing ways. You Were Never Really Here is the latest offering from Scottish filmmaker Lynne Ramsay, who has firmly established her voice as a storyteller despite having only directed four feature-length films over the last twenty years. Ramsay uses her impressionist style here to adapt the novel of the same … [Read more...]

The Final Deadpool 2 Trailer Has Arrived!

The final trailer for Deadpool 2 has been released, further teasing what to expect from The Merc With a Mouth’s sequel. Ryan Reynolds made his screen debut as Wade Wilson in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine and spent the years after relentlessly campaigning for the character to get his own solo film. Seven years and some leaked test footage later, Deadpool finally happened and became a massive critical/financial success for Fox, thanks … [Read more...]

Hotel Artemis Trailer: Jodie Foster Runs a Hospital For Criminals

Jodie Foster runs a hospital for criminals in the first trailer for Iron Man 3 writer Drew Pearce’s sci-fi thriller, Hotel Artemis. The two time Oscar-winner Foster has spent most of her time behind the camera in the five years since her last feature film starring role, in Neill Blomkamp’s 2013 sci-fi feature Elysium. In addition to directing the George Clooney headlined social satire/thriller Money Monster, Foster has called the … [Read more...]

Rampage Review: The Rock’s Monster Mash is Big Dumb Fun

Rampage doesn’t blend action, comedy, and heart as well as The Rock’s best tentpoles, but there’s good dunderheaded fun to be had here. Dwayne Johnson’s Rampage manages to be both one of the more enjoyable and one of the dumber video game movies in recent memory. Johnson himself is no stranger to the world of video game adaptations, having starred in the infamous 2005 big screen version of Doom; a film that even The Rock has … [Read more...]

A Quiet Place Review: Don’t Scream During This Great Monster Flick

A Quiet Place lives up to the ambitious challenge that it sets for itself, taking audiences on a compelling and suspenseful journey along the way. The third feature-length film directed by John Krasinski (aka. Jim from The Office), A Quiet Place is an excellent example of how to take a simple premise – monsters that hunt using sound – and flesh it out into a lean, mean creature feature with solid human drama at its core. A Quiet Place … [Read more...]

The Darkest Minds Trailer & Poster: The Next YA Revolution Begins

20th Century Fox has released the first trailer and poster for The Darkest Minds, a movie adaptation of the YA sci-fi novels written by Alexandra Bracken. Fox itself is no stranger to YA genre literature adaptations, having previously brought series like The Maze Runner and the Percy Jackson books to the big screen. As it were, The Darkest Minds is arriving at a time when the YA sci-fi craze seems to have largely played out at the box … [Read more...]

Ready Player One Review: Spielberg Goes Back to the Future Past

An impressive work of technical showmanship, Ready Player One nevertheless falls short of recapturing that old-school Spielberg blockbuster magic. Adapted from the novel by Ernest Cline, Ready Player One is another deep dive into the well of motion-capture filmmaking for legendary director Steven Spielberg. Like his mo-cap animated The Adventures of Tintin and mo-cap heavy The BFG adaptation before it, Ready Player One allows Spielberg to revel … [Read more...]

House with a Clock in Its Walls Trailer: Jack Black’s House is Spooky

The first trailer has arrived for Eli Roth’s family-friendly fantasy horror adventure, The House with a Clock in Its Walls. Based on author John Bellairs’ 1973 book – which features illustrations by famed Gothic literary artist Edward Gorey – The House with a Clock in Its Walls tells the tale of one Lewis Barnavelt (Owen Vaccaro), a recently-orphaned ten year old who goes to live with his uncle, Jonathan (Jack Black). … [Read more...]

Unsane Review: Soderbergh Gets Creepy With An iPhone

Although it bites off more than it can chew, Unsane makes for an effectively creepy and visually experimental B movie psycho-thriller. Steven Soderbergh has been making movies for nearly thirty years, and over the course of his career thus far he has focused heavily on experimenting with the forms and content of genre films. Even Soderbergh’s more mainstream movies, such as the Ocean’s trilogy and Magic Mike films, look and feel very … [Read more...]

Tomb Raider Review: Alicia Vikander Almost Breaks the Video Game Curse

Though entertaining in the moment and briskly paced, Tomb Raider never overcomes feeling like a video game that you watch instead of play. The Tomb Raider video games have been around since 1996 and first made the jump to the big screen with a pair of Angelina Jolie-led movies in the early 2000s. 2018’s Tomb Raider is a reboot of the film series that, like the reboot game released in 2013, imbues the globe-trotting archaeological adventure … [Read more...]

Fantastic Beasts 2 Teaser Trailer & Poster Return to Hogwarts

Warner Bros. has officially unveiled the first trailer for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald online, following the release of yesterday’s #WandsReady announcement teaser. The sequel to 2016’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Crimes of Grindelwald picks up with magizoologist Newt Scamander as he undertakes a book tour to promote his newly-published Fantastic Beasts manual. However, Newt’s trip gets put on … [Read more...]

The Light of the Moon Review: A Powerful Sexual Assault Drama

The Light of the Moon delves into the messy realities of the emotional and physical fallout of rape, giving rise to a moving yet sensitive drama. The feature length debut for director Jessica M. Thompson, The Light of the Moon is a sexual assault drama anchored by a leading performance from Brooklyn Nine-Nine‘s Stephanie Beatriz. Beatriz was among the standouts in Destin Daniel Crutton’s Indie drama Short Term 12 before she became … [Read more...]

Mute Review: Duncan Jones’ Berlin Runner 2049

Despite some promising elements, Mute struggles to explore philosophical questions within a sci-fi setting in a way that feels innovative and fresh. An original project that filmmaker Duncan Jones has been developing for years, Mute is a sci-fi/Noir flick that takes place in the same universe as Jones’ 2009 film Moon (his feature length directorial debut) but operates largely as a standalone narrative. Moon and Mute share some of the same … [Read more...]