“Free Fire” is crass escapism with some of the best filmed gunplay in recent memory. If you’re hoping for a little oomph to the plot and characters, outside of witty one-liners, you’ll be disappointed
“The Fate of the Furious” is an entertaining distraction, that tragically relies more heavily on its slow storytelling pace, rather than its edge of your seat action
If John Carpenter’s creatures, Clive Barker’s perversions and the 80’s Satanic panic bent the laws of nature and had an unholy baby, it’d be “The Void”
It’s glum and tonally frustrating. Was a “Power Rangers” movie ever supposed to be good? No. But it’s not supposed to be this bad.
The 21st century “Beauty and the Beast” is a lot more melodic and even more visually extravagant without ever being gaudy, and its newfound charm makes it an instant classic for newcomers
At times, “Table 19” is sappy like any love story culminating at a wedding, but sometimes you feel like you’ve shown up to a wedding you don’t want to be at.
If “Get Out” is any indication, Peele is not only a refreshing voice for horror, but may have just steered the genre in a completely new direction that’s wildly exciting, scary and ferocious
“The Red Turtle” is not only a stellar animation endeavor, but a soothing delight that reflects the human soul
“The Girl with All the Gifts” adds some intelligence to the brain dead genre by being more sensitive and curious about the human story developing on screen than it is with making the audience jump in their seats
“The Great Wall” can never make up its mind on if it wants to be a serious attempt at a summer blockbuster or fantasy alternative history. It can’t be both and fails at being either one
Wick’s world is noir, retro, and techno all in one cohesive ball. The John Wick franchise is not only a great addition to the action-film catalogue, but a much needed renaissance for the CGI-heavy genre
Director/Writer Patrick Rea talks about his latest film, “Arbor Demon,” and his other upcoming projects
When not focused on backstabbing survivalism, “Arbor Demon” peels back layers of its own mythology, touching upon the supernatural elements of nature and it’s deep connection to motherhood
The folks behind Panic Fest have a deep passion for horror and it showed all weekend long
The Oscar nominations are out and there are a lot of names and movies missing from the list. We rundown some of the big Academy Award snubs
“Split” isn’t quite a return to form for Shyamalan, but more of an evolutionary step in his directing and writing
“Elle” is an unpredictable journey that explores the psyche of a woman; Not a victim.
“Silence” is not just an intense examination of religion, but it’s a study of societal ethics and personal morality as it relates to history, culture and your community.
Outside of its wonderfully distinct style, it’s a deep observation about the power of loss and the capacity of absolute truth. “A Monster Calls” is a soulful metaphor for anyone who’s mature enough and open enough to feel, think and grow
I’m not going to claim to have watched as many TV shows as I have movies. But I watch enough TV, good and bad, to develop an understanding of some of the best content out there. And I’ll admit I haven’t seen some of the programs other people are raving about, such as “Westworld,” “Atlanta,” […]
“Passengers” is a movie about a relationship built on selfish lies, stalking and entitlement. It’s attempt at romance and a cutesy happy ending are stomach-turning
Despite its lack of storytelling imagination and original songs, “Sing” is still an adorable movie with an IPod stuck on shuffle soundtrack
“La La Land” is a love letter to a bygone era of cinema and antiquated model of love
“Office Christmas Party” isn’t going to become a holiday staple like “Christmas Vacation” or “Bad Santa.” It’s a handful of laughs and short escapism for those who don’t want to watch one of the Oscar hopefuls.
“Nocturnal Animals” delivers a slow reveal that will surely dissatisfy many, while simply turning off others in the first few minutes, but please those who hang with it and scratch beneath the surface.
“Bad Santa 2” isn’t a genuine sequel. It’s a greedy studio cash grab in the season of giving.
After surviving multiple incantations, a revolving door of band members, and different record labels, Tub Ring is back after a lengthy hiatus.
“Arrival” is a profoundly tragic and beautiful sci-fi movie that transcends its interstellar subject material with an introspective look at what it means to be human
Outside of being the most mentally and spiritually stimulating entry into the Marvel movie catalog, “Doctor Strange” features a superhero that prefers brains over brawn.
“American Honey” grew on me, much like a melancholy memory from my youth. I may not have enjoyed the experience at the time, but looking back on it I slowly begin to understand its importance and significance.
“The Girl on the Train” will most likely be compared to 2014’s “Gone Girl” which is really unfair. “The Girl on the Train” isn’t as smart, witty, or amusingly dark as “Gone Girl”.
The absolute panic and mayhem that takes over when the rig finally explodes into a massive fireball is intense to watch. This isn’t like most disaster movies where people complete inhuman feats of heroism to escape, this is blue collar men and women finding a way to survive in a scenario none of them were trained or prepared for.
“Magnificent Seven” is a stick of dynamite blast half the time, but the other half of the time it’s like watching a tumbleweed blow unenthusiastically in the wind.
“Popestar” is another solid outing for the band. The EP title is a reference to the criticisms that they musically sold out by going mainstream, but also a statement that they’re going to continue to push metal into new boundaries.
The Blair Witch has entered the digital age. It’s no longer trapped in the Circuit City video camera age with a $22,000 budget. It now has drones, Bluetooth headset cameras, and $5 million to play with. And maybe that’s why it has inherently lost a lot of its horror charm and bite.
Whenever the movie gets close to developing a theme or message, it reverts back to finding meaning behind violence like a Kindergartener throwing a temper tantrum, frustrated that it couldn’t find a way to expel upon its interesting premise. If this is the final movie of the summer, the summer certainly went out on an uncreative whimper.
“Kubo” will surely be keeping Disney and Pixar on the edge of their seat come award season. Laika Studios is proving to be a worthy adversary and showing that stop-motion can be just as colorfully lively, emotionally heartbreaking and creatively inspiring, than a lost fish in the sea or what your pets do while you’re at work.
“Hell or High Water” captures the rustic West, the deep-seeded “Don’t Mess with Texas” attitude of its characters and the unflinching misery of living in impoverished small town America. It flips between jovial Western and teeth gritting thriller flawlessly.
“Pete’s Dragon” is a sure bet for families needing a Summer escape and a positive message, but just like the original, this remake may inevitably end up in the Disney discount bin.
Do yourself a favor and see “Weird Al” now, and often.
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“Suicide Squad” is a wham-bam action punch with enough exuberant and unique performances to help overshadow the lacking plot structure. You’ll be talking about Robbie’s Harley Quinn more than you will about Leto’s Joker
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“Nerve” is a sleek techno thriller utilizing America’s current craving for online infamy, naive adolescent sensibilities, and the mob mentality that the Internet has created.
The new installment is pretty damn funny and stands as tall as the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man.
We’ve seen “The Infiltrator” before. There are plenty of movies about the lengthy history of the worldwide drug war. But Cranston’s multi-faceted acting abilities create tension and heart pounding action where there isn’t.
“Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates” has four actors that have no chemistry and are recycling vulgar jokes and punchlines from much better films. This movie should have been called “Zac, Aubrey, Adam and Anna Wanted to go to Hawaii”.
“The Legend of Tarzan” is a contrived, silly blockbuster. But on that same note, it’s an entertaining, and funny, summer escape.
Told with the same exuberance as the filmmakers being profiled, “RAIDERS!” shares the backstory of the production, including footage both from the film and behind the scenes.
Based on Roald Dahl’s book, in the hands of director Spielberg, “The BFG” becomes a new masterpiece that the whole family will enjoy.
“The Purge: Election Year” is the best of three, but still more of the same. It’s not a smart, tongue-in-cheek look at our inherently violent culture, race relations, or the current American class struggle. But it’s a chance to watch and cheer on our most animalistic tendencies, killing people who are holding us down.
“Free State of Jones” is another; white man comes to save the day for minorities, history lesson from Hollywood.
Winner of two Tony Awards, including Best Original Score, the show boasts some excellent songs that not only set the mood of the show but progress it along.
Funny as hell, with a sweet message built in, “Central Intelligence” is successful in part thanks to its genius casting, which makes Hart the Bud Abbott-like straight man while Johnson grabs the majority of the laughs.
It’s known that Pixar is willing to do sequel, just as long as it’s as emotionally resonant and intellectually stimulating as the original. “Finding Dory” does both, even while treading familiar waters.
“Warcraft” is a bore in desperate need of a skip button. It’s another lazy attempt by the studios to cash on naïve videogamers.
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A true “fly on the wall” documentary, “Weiner” gives the viewer almost unfettered access to the man and his campaign.
It does drag on some but Samberg’s performance is so infectious that you’re willing to let a couple slow parts go by.
The CGI spectacle steps in where the script is missing, providing mouth silencing eye candy for the kids. So if you’re in need of a two hour daycare, this might be your best bet.
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Here is our annual “Summer Movie Preview” so you can mark your calendars early!
If you like watching talented children then go see “Matilda.” If not, read the book.
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It’s just unfortunate that such an enlightening movie has to hammer home its theme at nearly every chance it can get. It’s nice to see that the five male writers were willing to flip the script and poke fun at the overtly sexual nature of college men who see women as objects.
5 Stars. Marvel has seriously outdone themselves once again. Civil War is a near-flawless cinematic experience that neatly packages one of the most pivotal story lines in comic book history.
“Papa: Hemingway in Cuba” feels like a TV movie with a few ‘F’ bombs to spice it up
As for all you hard working moms in the world out there, you do deserve a movie that loves and supports you, but “Mother’s Day” is not that movie
Once we get our fill of Nazi symbolism, hidden drug rooms, and knives to the stomach and throat, the “Green Room” is forgettable
Fans of the horror movie genre might be able to pick up on what’s going on, but not without a lot of fight and sway by “The Invitation”.
“Criminal” takes itself too seriously to be enjoyably farcical and its characters are too inherently silly to be earnest.
Demolition is poignant, yet emotionally rejuvenating. It’s a visually entertaining story, with an at-times confusing narrative.
It’s hard to predict where “Batman V. Superman” will fall in the inevitable grand scheme of things
A week after the 88th Academy Awards, we’re already looking at next year’s contender for Best Animated Feature
“Gods of Egypt” is that it’s a decent waste of two hours, but I wouldn’t recommend you drop a single buck on this one.
Most religious movies feel phony and cheesy when preaching the Gospel, but “Risen” presents it for what it is, what it means, and the good natured spirit of it all.
“Hail, Caesar!” is rich with witty dialogue involving thick-headed actors and sophisticated directors
Visually, “Anomalisa” draws you in with its 3D puppets populating the world
“Ride Along 2” isn’t insultingly bad, but it’s biggest problem is that it’s indolent
Dumb is the only word I would use to describe 2015’s “Point Break”.
On one hand, “Youth” is an audio, visual, and acting triumph, but on the other hand, “Youth” is a curious dud.
The highlight of “Joy” is watching Lawrence at work
“In the Heart of the Sea” finds entertainment when it relies on the strength of its actors and captures the feeling of isolation amongst the crisp, calm sea.
“Victor Frankenstein”…is out before the holidays to bore audiences instead of terrifying them.
“Hunger Games” is another instance where the story would have been much better off as one impactful final movie than two alright flicks.
“The Night Before” spikes the eggnog and laces the mistletoe with hallucinogens, but it accomplishes that rare Christmas miracle, of making my Grinch heart grow three sizes
“My All American” has the heart and soul we’ve seen in other sports movie, but it doesn’t deliver it in an entertaining or touching fashion
For every hilarious scene “Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse” conjures up, there’s at least two or three that don’t even nip at the funny bone.
For those hoping to relive their Generation X childhood or be reminded of those Saturday morning cartoon watching days in the late 1980’s, you’ll be disappointed.
“99 Homes” is the best performance I’ve ever seen from Garfield and it’s equally matched by Shannon
“Sicario” takes hold of that trepidation in the pit of your stomach and doesn’t let go
“Everest” is an expensive and star studded TV movie, but that’s not entirely a bad thing
“The Visit” has perfectly blended comedy and horror
The ups and downs, like the music our main characters plays, are tolerable or repulsive, depending on your age.
For being an alleged action movie, “Hitman: Agent 47” is about as entertaining as watching someone who’s watching someone play a videogame
“Fantastic Four” is mercilessly thick with exposition without giving the viewer a reward for their investment into the plot
For every moment you think “Mission: Impossible” is going to let up, it pushes harder on the throttle without giving you a moment to breathe.