Annihilation Review: Alex Garland’s Latest Is A Stunning Sci-fi Film

Director Alex Garland blends high concept sci-fi with stunning visuals and a dash of horror for an exciting female-led film in Annihilation. Based on the book of the same name by Jeff VanderMeer – the first in his Southern Reach Trilogy – Annihilation is the second big screen directorial effort from Alex Garland. Garland made a name for himself in Hollywood by working on a number of high-concept science fiction scripts, including 28 … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

Fifty Shades Freed Review: Married Life With Ana & Christian

Fifty Shades Freed brings the E.L. James’ book-based trilogy to its climax with plenty of sex, overwrought drama, and unintentional humor. Fifty Shades Freed is the final installment in the trilogy of movies based on the book series by E.L. James that was first published in 2011. Fifty Shades of Grey, the movie from director Sam Taylor-Johnson and writer Kelly Marcel, launched the film trilogy in 2015. However, Fifty Shades of Grey received … [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...]

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...]

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...]

Maze Runner: The Death Cure Review – The Trilogy Ends With a Shrug

Maze Runner: The Death Cure provides a satisfactory concluding chapter to the YA dystopian trilogy, and little else beyond action spectacle. When The Maze Runner first arrived in theaters in 2014, it was amid the heyday of sci-fi dystopian action films based on young adult novels. The Hunger Games had found a great deal of success with its second installment, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and Divergent had just launched a film franchise that … [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...]

Proud Mary Review: Taraji P. Henson Shines in Routine Action Flick

Proud Mary is an entertaining enough thriller with some flare from director Babak Najafi, but works best as Taraji P. Henson’s action vehicle. Proud Mary is the latest movie following a leading character with a particular set of skills who’s essentially a one-man army – or, in this case, a one-woman army. Films like John Wick, its sequel John Wick: Chapter 2, and The Commuter all put their own spin on this kind of action movie … [Read more...]