Category: Film Reviews

Shudder Review: Anthony Hopkins Loses Himself in William Goldman’s Magic

“If you had told me, that 1978 November day when Magic opened, that it would be nine years before my next picture appeared, I doubt I would have known what language you were speaking.” To […]

Film Review: BlacKkKlansman is Spike Lee’s Cinematic Revenge

It’s been a while since I’ve seen a Spike Lee movie joint. Based on the meager ticket sales for his recent releases, the same is probably true for everyone. As a result, it’s taking me […]

Film Review: The Meg Plays It Way Too Straight

Halfway through Jason Statham’s giant shark movie The Meg, Rainn Wilson, playing the comic relief tech billionaire who has bankrolled a naval research station for, um, reasons, declares a premature victory. The prehistoric shark they […]

Netflix Review: Emelie is a Wonderfully Twisted Showcase for Sarah Bolger

File this under horror movie premises that fall apart if just one of the parents in the story bothered to check Facebook. It’s date night. Correction: anniversary night for an overworked couple (played by Susan […]

Eighth Grade Deserves to Be Seen By Actual Eighth Graders, Not Just Fawned Over By Film Nerds Like Me. A24’s Fixing That.

Eighth Grade is a coming-age-of-story about what it’s like to be a young girl in 2018. Naturally, as a man in my 30s I feel qualified to weigh in on this. Wait. That doesn’t seem […]

Netflix Review: Like Father Doubles as a Royal Caribbean Ad

Netflix’s new Original Movie Like Father feels a bit like Kristen Bell’s family and Seth Rogen’s family were planning to take a cruise together and then halfway through the planning they decided to just make […]

Film Review: Leave No Trace Lends a Gentle Hand to a Serious Mental Health Crisis

“Do you struggle to stay happy?” Such a simple question is all it takes to send Ben Foster into an emotional tailspin in writer-director Debra Granik’s wonderfully introspective new movie Leave No Trace. Foster plays […]

Something Rotten?: The Gender Bias in Rotten Tomatoes’ The Spy Who Dumped Me Reviews

Two weeks ago, a new study concluded female film critics like movies with female leads as well as movies with female directors more than their male counterparts. Through sheer coincidence, Hollywood is offering up two […]

Review: There’s No Resisting Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

It would be so easy to be snobbish about Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. It’s a sequel to Mamma Mia!, the 2008 adaptation of the Broadway musical that crammed as many Abba songs as was physically […]

Mission: Impossible-Fallout is a Mission Worth Accepting

Is there a franchise more remarkable than Mission: Impossible? It began in 1996, with director Brian De Palma at the helm, constructing a spy film that trafficked in complicated conspiracies and paranoia and felt like […]