Lady Bird Review: Greta Gerwig’s Coming of Age Romp Delights

Lady Bird makes for a delightful coming of age comedy/drama, fueled by Gerwig’s inspired direction and Saoirse Ronan’s charming performance. Lady Bird is the thoroughly enchanting solo directorial debut for Greta Gerwig, who is perhaps best known at the moment for her multiple collaborations with indie auteur Noah Baumbach. Having previously starred in the Baumbach-directed Frances Ha and Mistress America (both of which she also … [Read more...]

Mudbound Review: A Moving Tale of Two Families

Fueled by compelling performances and compassionate storytelling, Mudbound is a powerful examination of American society in the aftermath of WWII. Adapted from the novel of the same name (as written by Hilary Jordan and published in 2008), Mudbound is the latest offering from writer/director Dee Rees. Following the release of her 2011 Sundance Film Festival breakout hit Pariah – an LGBTQI coming of age film based on Rees’ original … [Read more...]

Justice League Review: DC Films Rebirth Has Begun

Justice League successfully ushers in a new era for DC Films and delivers lots of superhero fun – at the expense of a richer and more layered movie. Justice League is the third DC comic book movie adaptation directed by Zack Snyder, as well as the fifth overall installment in DC’s shared cinematic universe (unofficially known as the DC Extended Universe). In many ways, however, the film is less a conclusion to Snyder’s DC … [Read more...]

Thelma Review: The Perks of Being a Supernatural Wallflower

Thelma makes for an effectively moody and evocative piece of Norwegian-flavored filmmaking, even as it brings more groundbreaking stories to mind. The fourth feature-length offering from Norwegian filmmaker Joachim Trier – whose previous films include Reprise, Oslo, August 31st, and Louder Than Bombs – Thelma is a coming of young adult age parable that draws on familiar genre conventions; those of the supernatural horror … [Read more...]

Blade of the Immortal Review: Takashi Miike Presents Logan

Blade of the Immortal lacks depth as a quest for redemption narrative, but makes for good (and very bloody) pulpy fun in Miike’s skillful hands. In addition to being an adaptation of the Japanese manga series written by Hiroaki Samura (first published in 1993), Blade of the Immortal is the 100th film directed by Takashi Miike. As one would expect from the cult Japanese filmmaker responsible for such movies as Audition, Ichi the Killer, and … [Read more...]

Thank You for Your Service Review: Life After War is Hell

Thank You for Your Service isn’t a great piece of filmmaking, but good intentions and sincere performances make it a solid drama about life after war. Adapted from Pulitzer Prize-winner David Finkel’s 2013 non-fiction book of the same name, Thank You for Your Service marks the directorial debut for American Sniper screenwriter Jason Hall (drawing here from his own script). In a way, Thank You for Your Service feels like the spiritual … [Read more...]

Winchester Trailer: Helen Mirren Lives in a Very Haunted Mansion

Helen Mirren lives in a very haunted mansion in the trailer for the supernatural horror film Winchester: The House That Ghosts Built. The film itself was inspired by the life of American heiress Sarah Winchester, who inherited a vast fortunate after the passing of her husband William Wirt Winchester; the treasurer of the Winchester Repeating Arms Company for a good chunk of the 19th century. Following the death of her husband, Mrs. Winchester … [Read more...]

Winchester Trailer: Helen Mirren Lives in a Very Haunted Mansion

Helen Mirren lives in a very haunted mansion in the trailer for the supernatural horror film Winchester: The House That Ghosts Built. The film itself was inspired by the life of American heiress Sarah Winchester, who inherited a vast fortunate after the passing of her husband William Wirt Winchester; the treasurer of the Winchester Repeating Arms Company for a good chunk of the 19th century. Following the death of her husband, Mrs. Winchester … [Read more...]

Goodbye Christopher Robin Review: A Bear of Very Little Happiness

Goodbye Christopher Robin is handsome and well acted, but has mixed success when it comes to presenting Milne’s life story in a neat and tidy package. Based on the life and times of Winnie the Pooh creator A.A. Milne and his family, Goodbye Christopher Robin is an awards season friendly dramatization of the true story behind a literary icon and the real world people, events, and places that inspired them. Milne’s actual life is a … [Read more...]

Goodbye Christopher Robin Review: A Bear of Very Little Happiness

Goodbye Christopher Robin is handsome and well acted, but has mixed success when it comes to presenting Milne’s life story in a neat and tidy package. Based on the life and times of Winnie the Pooh creator A.A. Milne and his family, Goodbye Christopher Robin is an awards season friendly dramatization of the true story behind a literary icon and the real world people, events, and places that inspired them. Milne’s actual life is a … [Read more...]

The Snowman Review

While there are elements of a riveting Noir thriller here, The Snowman proves to be more of a pulpy mess than a chilling crime tale. Harry Hole (Michael Fassbender) is a heavy-drinking, hard-smoking, detective for the Oslo Crime Squad, whose career is already the stuff of legend for younger police officers in the department. When new recruit Katrine Bratt (Rebecca Ferguson) pulls Harry into helping her investigate the mysterious disappearance of … [Read more...]

Only the Brave Review

Only the Brave makes for a straightforward, but meaningful salute to real-world heroism, thanks to its strong performances and sturdy direction. In the late 2000s, Eric Marsh (Josh Brolin) is a seasoned member of the Prescott, Arizona fire department seeking to turn his team into being a hotshot crew: an elite status awarded to firefighters who specialize in on the ground wildfire suppression tactics. However, because he and his crew are part of … [Read more...]

The Snowman Review

While there are elements of a riveting Noir thriller here, The Snowman proves to be more of a pulpy mess than a chilling crime tale. … [Read more...]