TV Review: With Black Lightning, The CW Has Finally Met Marvel’s Challenge to Up Its Superhero Game

Black Lightning feels like what would happen if someone crossed Morgan Freeman from Lean on Me with Mike Colter’s Luke Cage and then fine-tuned it for the Trump age. It’d be a surprising, but welcome […]

Is Disney Going to Push Back Solo: A Star Wars Story’s Release Date?

It’s January 15th. Solo: A Star Wars Story comes out a little over four months from now. We haven’t seen a teaser or trailer or even one of those newfangled trailers for the trailer. Beyond […]

BTW: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is Now the Highest-Grossing Christmas Week Release of All Time

Nearly a dozen new movies opened in theaters over Christmas week last year. Some flopped (Father Figures). Others flourished (The Greatest Showman). And yet others still haven’t made their way to the rest of the […]

Film Review: Proud Mary, Coming Soon to a Redbox Near You

It’s January and there’s a new action movie in theaters which wasn’t screened for critics. If that sentence doesn’t scare you away from Proud Mary then I don’t know what will. Of course, the fact […]

Film Review: The Post Sacrifices Thoroughness and Nuance for Relevance

Steven Spielberg is not normally a spontaneous filmmaker. When he finds projects he likes he sits on them and mulls them over for years before ever making it to set. Tin-Tin took 30 years. Schindler’s […]

Film Review: The Commuter Is a Perfectly Simple, Perfectly Diverting B-Movie

Liam Neeson just can’t seem to quit action movies. He’s repeatedly talked of retiring from the genre (“I’m sixty-fucking-five. Audiences are eventually going to go: ‘Come on!’”) only to then turn around and completely contradict […]

How Greta Gerwig Tackled the Challenge of Directing Lady Bird

Sometimes it’s the projects you don’t do which shape your career more than the ones you do. For example, Greta Gerwig wanted to be a playwright. The MFA program she applied to didn’t see it […]

How Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri Became the Year’s Most Divisive Critical Darling

This is a spoiler-filled discussion of Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, the current Oscar front-runner and a film that a lot of people have a lot of problems with.  When I saw Martin McDonagh’s Three […]

Cinematic Disasterpieces: The Room & The Current Era of So Bad, It’s Good

Last night was the beginning of the next phase of Tommy Wiseau’s already improbable career. The ageless, country-less, talentless writer-director-actor gave his cinematic disasterpiece The Room its widest theatrical release ever in a one-night event […]

Now That Fox Made Its Own Unofficial Black Widow Movie Marvel’s Making an Official One

This was me on Twitter a couple of days ago: #RedSparrow trailer reaction: Did Marvel Studios totally shit the bed on this one? Because someone else moved in and made their own Black Widow movie […]