Red Sparrow Review: Jennifer Lawrence Does David Fincher Lite

Anchored by Jennifer Lawrence’s performance, Red Sparrow is a slow-burn spy/seductress thriller that’s shiny on the surface, yet lacking in depth. Adapted from the book by former CIA operative Jason Matthews, Red Sparrow is a modern espionage flick that reunites Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence with her The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Mockingjay – Part 1 & 2 director Francis Lawrence. Matthew sold the movie rights to his … [Read more...]

Black Panther Review: Hail to the Wakandan King

Black Panther is a great MCU superhero adventure that smoothly blends rich narrative substance with sheer popcorn entertainment. The 18th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the final step on the winding journey to Avengers: Infinity War, Black Panther gives Chadwick Boseman’s titular superhero a chance to shine in his own solo movie, following his MCU debut in Captain America: Civil War. Working behind the camera as cowriter and … [Read more...]

The Cloverfield Paradox Review: The Weirdest Cloverfield Movie Yet

The Cloverfield Paradox is a disjointed, but enjoyable sci-fi horror/thriller that has mixed success as a shared universe film. The Cloverfield Paradox is the much buzzed about, but highly secretive third film in the Cloverfield franchise that began ten years ago, with Matt Reeves’ 2008 found-footage monster flick Cloverfield. A followup to the movie was released in 2016, but that installment (Dan Trachtenberg’s 10 Cloverfield Lane) … [Read more...]

Winchester Review: Helen Mirren’s Haunted House is Kinda Boring

Winchester is a bland horror film that avoids being altogether forgettable thanks to leads Helen Mirren and Jason Clarke. Winchester (formerly known as Winchester: The House That Ghosts Built) is the latest spooky offering from the filmmaking siblings Michael and Peter Spierig, and was inspired by the myths and legends that have sprung up over the years around the infamous Winchester Mystery House. The Spierig Bothers made a name for themselves … [Read more...]

Netflix’s Mute Trailer Spotlights Duncan Jones’ Sci-Fi Noir

Netflix has finally released a trailer for Duncan Jones’ movie Mute, a futuristic noir mystery that the director has described as a “spiritual sequel” to his 2009 cult hit Moon. The streaming service picked up the rights to Jones’ project back in 2016 but only announced its February premiere date a couple weeks ago, shortly after Jones leaked the news himself. Netflix also has Terminator Genisys writer Laeta … [Read more...]

Pacific Rim Uprising Trailer #2: John Boyega Battles A New Apocalypse

The sequel Pacific Rim Uprising arrives to cancel the apocalypse (again) next month, which means that marketing for the John Boyega headlined blockbuster is picking up speed now, as evidenced by the release of the second theatrical trailer. Whereas his onscreen father (Idris Elba’s Stacker Pentecost) was a supporting player in the original Pacific Rim, Boyega’s Jake Pentecost has served as the face of the trailers, posters, and TV … [Read more...]

Phantom Thread Review: P.T. Anderson Weaves a Beautifully Twisted Yarn

Phantom Thread is another gorgeous fever dream of a film by Anderson, with Day-Lewis’ powerhouse performance matched by his costar Vicky Krieps’ here. P.T. Anderson and Daniel Day-Lewis reunite in the period drama Phantom Thread, with ten years having now passed since the filmmaker and three time Oscar winning actor collaborated on the celebrated Upton Sinclar adaptation There Will Be Blood. Following his explorations of collective … [Read more...]

Hostiles Review: Life is Nasty & Brutish in Christian Bale’s Western

Hostiles is grim and slow-burn to a fault in its deconstruction of the American West’s violent legacy, but strong performances keep the film on track. A revisionist western based on an unused manuscript written by the Oscar-winning screenwriter Donald E. Stewart (Missing, The Hunt for Red October) prior to his death in 1999, Hostiles reunites Oscar-winner Christian Bale with his Out of the Furnace director Scott Cooper. The latter made his … [Read more...]

Paddington 2 Review: All is Right With This Kind & Polite Sequel

Paddington 2 is a charming confection of a film that manages to exceed its predecessor in terms of both visual splendor and good-natured storytelling. Paddington 2 is a delightful sequel that brings the Peruvian bear with a soft spot for marmalade sandwiches back to the big screen, with director Paul King once again calling the shots. King came from the world of offbeat comedy fare like The Mighty Boosh TV show and the 2009 film Bunny and the … [Read more...]

Ghost Stories Trailer Promises Three Terrifying Stories

Lionsgate has released an official UK trailer for Ghost Stories, the movie adaptation of The League of Gentlemen writer Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman’s play of the same name. Like the original stage show, the film revolves around the stories of three different people who claim to have experienced supernatural encounters, as investigated by one Philip Goodman, professor of psychology and legendary “belief buster”. Goodman, as he … [Read more...]

The Commuter Review: Liam Neeson’s Ticket to Ride is Silly Fun

The Commuter is a goofy and formulaic thriller, but also an entertaining one thanks to Neeson’s action star chops and Collet-Serra’s sense of style. Having collaborated for three films already, actor Liam Neeson and director Jaume Collet-Serra reunite for their fourth and possibly silliest thriller yet with The Commuter. Collet-Serra made his name as a skilled schlockmeister with his House of Wax remake and horror/thriller Orphan in … [Read more...]

Insidious: The Last Key Review – Into The Further One Final Time

Insidious: The Last Key is a solid finale to the Insidious franchise that gives series lead Lin Shaye the chance to take a graceful final bow. Insidious: The Last Key is the fourth installment overall in the Insidious franchise, but chronologically takes place between the original Insidious (which was released theatrically in 2011) and 2015’s Insidious: Chapter 3. As the film’s subtitle implies, The Last Key nevertheless serves as a … [Read more...]

Slender Man Movie Trailer Brings the Urban Myth to the Big Screen

The Slender Man movie trailer has arrived, offering a first look at the feature film adaptation of the spooky internet meme and urban legend. Slender Man originated as an creepypasta meme created in 2009 by Eric Knudsen (aka. Victor Surge), who envisioned the monster as a very tall and very lanky figure with a featureless face, a black suit, and a habit of kidnapping and/or otherwise traumatizing children in particular. The 2017 HBO documentary … [Read more...]