Life of the Party Review: Melissa McCarthy Earns a Passing Grade

McCarthy and Falcone stay firmly within their comfort zone on Life of the Party, but their take on the college comedy sub-genre is good natured fun. Melissa McCarthy has reached that point where, like other funny people before her (see: Will Ferrell), her comedies are probably starting to blur together for some moviegoers. Her latest offering, Life of the Party, thankfully falls on the better side of McCarthy’s vehicles released since her … [Read more...]

Tully Review: Charlize Theron Goes From Young Adult to Motherhood

Theron’s performance keeps Tully’s warts and all portrayal of motherhood on course, even when the film’s plot mechanics threaten to derail it. The third collaboration for director Jason Reitman and Oscar-winning writer Diablo Cody, Tully reflects how its creatives have matured in their worldview and storytelling over their years making films together. At the same time, as much as Reitman and Cody have grown as filmmakers over … [Read more...]

Avengers: Infinity War Review – Marvel Delivers A Culminating Film

Avengers: Infinity War delivers an exciting culmination of the MCU, though it’s overstuffed and suffers from certain typical Marvel movie problems. Avengers: Infinity War sets out to accomplish a feat never previously attempted in Hollywood: bring together all the heroes of a sprawling superhero universe in a cohesive narrative while delivering an event that justifies 10 years and 18 movies worth of build up. There is an unprecedented … [Read more...]

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...]

Truth or Dare Review: Blumhouse Loses This Game

Truth or Dare makes the least of its parts, wasting a promising premise with clichéd horror tropes and an uninspired narrative. Truth or Dare is the latest film from Blumhouse, a production company that’s become renowned in recent years for their stable of micro-budgeted, highly-profitable horror movies. The studio is coming off a banner year in 2017 that saw a number of hits, including Split, Happy Death Day, and the Oscar-winning Get Out. … [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 Hobbit Actor Felt Like the World’s Highest Paid Extra

In The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, director Peter Jackson set up the premise of the franchise by having a large group of dwarves show up at Bilbo Baggins’ house; that ill-fated meeting would turn into the adventure that served as the original novel’s plot. But in the follow-up movies, the dwarves became less important to the story. According to actor John Callen, who portrayed the dwarf Oin, he and his fellow dwarf actors … [Read more...]

Blockers Review: Hilarious Raunch Comedy For Modern Audiences

Blockers takes the classic raunch comedy premise of teens losing their virginity and gives it a hilariously entertaining update for modern audiences. Blockers is the latest installment in the specific niche of comedy films that employ raunch comedy to make light of the societal rite of passage that is losing your virginity. Typical of the ’80s and ’90s, with 1999’s American Pie arguably being the last memorable film to fall into … [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...]

Isle of Dogs Review: Wes Anderson’s Latest is A Heartwarming Tale

Isle of Dogs infuses writer-director Wes Anderson’s signature humor in an offbeat, but still heartwarming story about a boy and his dog(s). Writer and director Wes Anderson first made a name for himself with his 1996 debut Bottle Rocket. In the two decades since, Anderson has continued to develop his own unique directorial style matched with an offbeat humor that’s all his own. With a number of critical darlings under his belt – … [Read more...]

Pacific Rim Uprising Review: John Boyega Elevates An Imperfect Sequel

Pacific Rim Uprising builds out the universe for a bigger, more fun fight between giant robots and monsters, but loses sight of del Toro’s vision. In 2013, Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim debuted to mixed-to-positive reviews, but earned a great deal of favor from fans who connected with the filmmaker’s world of giant robots and monsters – or, at least, those who enjoyed watching the giant robots fight the giant monsters. … [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...]