The LEGO Ninjago Movie Review

The LEGO Ninjago Movie is an underwhelming series installment hamstrung by a thin script and weak characters that don’t leave much of an impact. The city of Ninjago is frequently attacked by the villainous Garmadon (Justin Theroux), to the point where his constant strikes have become a regular part of everyday life. This makes things rather difficult for Garmadon’s teenage son Lloyd (Dave Franco), who is a social outcast because of … [Read more...]

Professor Marston & the Wonder Women Review

Professor Marston and the Wonder Women deftly blends a beautiful tale of romance with the story of Wonder Woman’s origin and her feminist ideals. In 1928, Dr. William Moulton Marston (Luke Evans) is a professor at Radcliffe College teaching psychology and further researching his theory of DISC assessment, which centers on the four behavioural traits of dominance, inducement, submission, and compliance. Along with his wife, Elizabeth Marston … [Read more...]

Kingsman: The Golden Circle Review

Kingsman: The Golden Circle doubles down on slick action and spy genre riffs, but adds enough fresh and fun elements to provide an exciting sequel. After losing Harry Hart (Colin Firth) and saving the world, Eggsy Unwin (Taron Egerton) has settled into life as a full blown Kingsman agent, taking up the title of Agent Galahad from his fallen mentor. Now, Eggsy is living in Harry’s old home with his girlfriend, the Swedish Princesse Tilde … [Read more...]

mother! Review

mother! is an ambitious work that bucks traditional storytelling techniques with its aspirations, but its approach will not be for all moviegoers. Mother (Jennifer Lawrence) lives a tranquil and peaceful life with her husband, Him (Javier Bardem), in their remote home, isolated from the rest of society. He is a famous poet who is struggling to find the proper inspiration for his next piece, while she works on fixing up the house after it had been … [Read more...]

American Assassin Review

American Assassin is a preposterous, but lean and mean Mitch Rapp thriller adaptation elevated by Michael Keaton’s turn as Rapp’s grizzled mentor. Mitch Rapp (Dylan O’Brien) was a 23-year old graduate school student who had barely gotten engaged to his girlfriend when tragedy struck, shattering his plans for the future and sending Mitch down a darker path in search of vengeance against the terrorists who were responsible for his … [Read more...]

IT Review

As a coming of age parable, IT succeeds at being both horrifying and emotionally-resonant, even while adapting only half of King’s original story. On a rainy September day in the city of Derry, Maine, circa 1988, young Georgie Denbrough (Jackson Robert Scott) mysteriously goes missing after he sets off playing with a paper boat that his older brother, Bill (Jaeden Lieberher), made for him. Several months later, at the start of the summer of … [Read more...]

Logan Lucky Review

Logan Lucky is an entertaining romp powered by a smart script, strong performances across the board, and great direction. After Jimmy Logan (Channing Tatum) loses his job at the Charlotte Motor Speedway NASCAR track, due to insurance concerns stemming from a leg injury that he suffered during his high school football days, he becomes very strapped financially. In addition to being unemployed, Jimmy’s personal life is in disarray as he … [Read more...]

The Hitman’s Bodyguard Review

The Hitman’s Bodyguard is a mediocre action flick elevated by the talent and comedic chemistry of Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds. Michael Bryce (Ryan Reynolds) is a triple A rated executive protection agent with a loving girlfriend, luxurious house, and Jaguar all his own – until one of his clients is killed while under his protection. Two years later, Michael has lost the girlfriend, the house, and the car, as well as that … [Read more...]

Good Time Review

Good Time‘s inspired style, coupled with Pattinson’s compelling performance, are enough to carry the film past its narrative shortcomings. Constantine ‘Connie’ Nikas (Robert Pattinson) is a young man living in New York who just wants to improve life for himself and his mentally-disabled brother Nick (Ben Safdie), by any means necessary. Rather than allowing his brother to be institutionalized for his behavior, Connie … [Read more...]

Annabelle: Creation Review

Annabelle: Creation makes for a solid Conjuring prequel, with scares and thrills that make up for any noticeable shortcomings in the script. Loving parents Samuel (Anthony LaPagila) and Esther Mullins (Miranda Otto) suffer an unbearable tragedy when their young daughter Bee (Samara Lee) is killed in an accident. Twelve years later, the two make an arrangement with Sister Charlotte (Stephanie Sigman) to allow girls from a shuttered orphanage to … [Read more...]

Wind River Review

Wind River is a decent, if flawed, directorial effort from Sheridan that showcases his strength as an actors’ director, more than as a writer. Corey Lambert (Jeremy Renner) is a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agent – and divorced parent – who makes his living hunting/killing predators that prey on the animals and farmland of the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming. One day, while scoping out the wilderness in search of a … [Read more...]

Detroit Review

Detroit makes for a disturbing and unnerving portrayal of real historical events, but has less success as a work of sociopolitical commentary. Following an early morning police raid on an unlicensed weekend drinking club located on 12th Street in Detroit, Michigan, on July 23rd, 1967, the public disorder in response to the raid gives rise to violent and destructive riots over the five days thereafter. The city of Detroit is placed under a curfew … [Read more...]

The Dark Tower Review

The Dark Tower is a mixed bag of abridged mythology from King’s book series, fun performances from Elba and McConaughey, and uninspired action. The Dark Tower introduces Jake Chambers (Tom Taylor), a troubled 11-year-old who dreams of a villainous Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey), a heroic Gunslinger (Idris Elba) and a tower that protects his world from darkness and fire. However, in his waking life Jake spends most of his time drawing … [Read more...]