Category: Film Reviews

Film Review: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Makes the First Jurassic World Look Like a Masterpiece

To call Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom a low point for the larger Jurassic Park franchise is saying a lot. After all, as Honest Trailers recently went to great lengths to remind us a raptor actually […]

Film Review: The Incredibles 2 Is Mr. Mom As a Superhero Movie

The Incredibles 2 is an incredible sequel to a movie I don’t actually love. That’s right – I don’t love the first Incredibles movie. Even though it’s regularly regarded as being one of the finest […]

Review: Wolfman’s Got Nards-A Documentary Celebrates Monster Squad’s Resurgent Fandom

It’s 1990. I’m mere days away from my eighth birthday. And my older brothers are showing me Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child. That’s the beginning of my Monster Squad story, and that’s […]

Documentary Review: Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Is An Empathy Machine

In the end, Mr. Rogers still wondered if he’d made a difference – if his goal to teach children to be more loving, both of strangers and of themselves, had actually changed anything. The kind […]

First Reformed & The Growing Divide Between Critics and Audiences

Here’s the short version of Paul Schrader’s excellent new surrealist drama First Reformed, which played at Venice and Toronto last year and is now in theaters as an awards-caliber chaser for anyone who has ODed […]

Film Review: Hotel Artemis Is a B-Movie On Its Best Behavior

Take The Continental idea from John Wick. Turn it into an exclusive, strict rules-driven ER for criminals instead of an exclusive, rule-driven hotel for assassins. Add Jodie Foster and Dave Bautista as the NURSE and […]

Film Review: Ocean’s 8 Gets By On Plenty of Cool Attitude

Ocean’s 8 is good, but not great, fun, but not as much as you want it to be and rather lacking in worthy characters beyond Anne Hathaway’s scene-stealing turn as a ditzy actress who’s smarter […]

Film Review: Hereditary Weaponizes Dread & Features One of the Best Performances of the Year

A24’s latest art-house horror film Hereditary is supremely unsettling and anchored by one of the best performances of the year in any film, horror or otherwise, from Toni Collette. What follows is my spoiler-lite review. […]

Film Review: Tragedy Girls Tries to Be a Millennial Heathers

What if aspiring Instagram influencers/YouTubers started killing people to get more followers? That’s the pitch for Tragedy Girls, the latest in an increasingly long line of female-led slashers. At some point when the world stopped […]

The Pop Culture That Made Me Happy Last Month: May 2018

To some degree, it feels like all of pop culture is still in full recovery mode post-Infinity War, which might be why May seemed like a bit of a dead month to me. Sure, we […]