Vigil | TV Review

Vigil is the latest series made by World Productions, the production company behind Line of Duty and The Bodyguard. The BBC has been advertising Vigil as their most popular show of 2021. Craig Burke (Martin Compston), a sonar mapper on HMS Vigil has been found dead. Due to the death happening in British territorial waters, a civilian police officer,… Continue reading Vigil | TV Review

Review: HALLOWEEN KILLS Raises The Kill Count With A Messy Narrative

Halloween Kills delivers on its title and Michael Myers is at his best after almost being burned alive. Myers rampage continues in this blood-drenched follow-up to its widely successful predecessor. Wanting to address the entire town of Haddonfield, Halloween Kills loses its footing as it attempts to juggle too much in its allotted runtime. Never allowing its narrative… Continue reading Review: HALLOWEEN KILLS Raises The Kill Count With A Messy Narrative

Review: THE LAST DUEL Explores A Brutal Medieval Epic From Ridley Scott

The Last Duel is an epic medieval drama that once again highlights Ridley Scott’s talent. Based on the novel, it does begin to drag towards the middle act with its odd pacing. But an intense atmosphere is established early on and it’s constantly present. Engulfing audiences in this brutal tale about pride and truth that grows… Continue reading Review: THE LAST DUEL Explores A Brutal Medieval Epic From Ridley Scott

Review: ARMY OF THE DEAD Turned A Fun Premise Boring

Zack Snyder is a filmmaker who started his career with a remake of Dawn of the Dead and has been known for making comic book movies. He combines the zombie genre with his comic book style with Army of the Dead. Las Vegas has suffered from a zombie breakout and the American government has blockaded the city. The… Continue reading Review: ARMY OF THE DEAD Turned A Fun Premise Boring

Review: THERE’S SOMEONE INSIDE YOUR HOUSE Exposes Fun But Familiar Teen Slasher

THERE'S SOMEONE INSIDE YOUR HOUSE (L to R) BURKELY DUFFIELD as CALEB GREELEY, SYDNEY PARK as MAKANI YOUNG, ASJHA COOPER as ALEX CRISP, JESSE LATOURETTE as DARBY, DALE WHIBLEY as ZACH SANFORD in THERE'S SOMEONE INSIDE YOUR HOUSE. Cr. DAVID BUKACH/NETFLIX © 2021

There’s Someone Inside Your House is a fun yet all too familiar teen slasher film. It premiered this week at Fantastic Fest and while there’s more that worked, versus what didn’t, this movie is not breaking any new ground. Horror fans are getting spoiled this year with slashers films, and now another solid effort has joined… Continue reading Review: THERE’S SOMEONE INSIDE YOUR HOUSE Exposes Fun But Familiar Teen Slasher

Review: DEAR EVAN HANSEN Is A Questionable Teen Suicide Drama

Dear Evan Hansen mixes strong performances with a questionable story addressing mental health issues. Based on the popular stage musical, this film adaptation provides an interesting protagonist whose motivations make it difficult to feel towards him. While the musical aspect is executed tremendously, certain moments of singing feel ill-timed. Dear Evan Hansen was a huge hit back… Continue reading Review: DEAR EVAN HANSEN Is A Questionable Teen Suicide Drama

Review: MALIGNANT Offers A Gory Giallo Throwback

Annabelle Wallis as Madison in James Wan's Malignant

Malignant has the potential to become a cult classic in the years to come since its initial release. It’s a modern Giallo horror film from a mastermind responsible for launching three major franchises. An outlandish concept that if executed by someone else it wouldn’t offer the same experience. Malignant is a gory treat that proves James Wan still… Continue reading Review: MALIGNANT Offers A Gory Giallo Throwback

Review: MIDNIGHT MASS Profoundly Examines Religious Manipulation

MIDNIGHT MASS (L to R) KATE SIEGEL as ERIN GREENE in episode 107 of MIDNIGHT MASS Cr. EIKE SCHROTER/NETFLIX © 2021

Midnight Mass is a chilling look at the demise of an isolated island through religious horror. Mike Flanagan returns with another compelling Netflix series centered on a misguided community. The emotional weight showcased in his Haunting series is present in Midnight Mass, but not on the same level. Flanagan takes audiences on a religious journey that leaves… Continue reading Review: MIDNIGHT MASS Profoundly Examines Religious Manipulation

Review: CANDYMAN Expands Legend Through Brilliant World Building

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Anthony McCoy in Candyman, directed by Nia DaCosta.

Nia DaCosta’s Candyman holds strong connections to Bernard Rose’s classic while carving a fresh take on the original story. Deciding to expand on the legend of Daniel Robitaille by incorporating another story similar to his. This iteration of Candyman is less subtle in expressing its themes, but the powerful direction, impressive world-building, and top-notch performances keep it… Continue reading Review: CANDYMAN Expands Legend Through Brilliant World Building

Review: SHANG-CHI Introduces New Hero With Insane Action Sequences

(L-R): Xialing (Meng’er Zhang), Shang-Chi (Simu Liu) and Katy (Awkwafina) in Marvel Studios' SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS. Photo by Jasin Boland. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings will be remembered for its top-tier action sequences and solid introduction to a new MCU hero. Drenched with everything Marvel fans should expect and more, it exceeds expectations and delivers a promising future for what’s to come next. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings go all out with… Continue reading Review: SHANG-CHI Introduces New Hero With Insane Action Sequences

INTERVIEW: Composer David Benjamin Steinberg On Catch And Kill: The Podcast Tapes For HBO

Catch and Kill: The Podcast Tapes is a documentary series on HBO that examines the bombshell reporting of journalist Ronan Farrow by adding a visual layer to the story. Along with that new layer is a richly diverse score from composer David Benjamin Steinberg.

Review: FREE GUY Might Be The Best Video Game Movie Ever

Free Guy is the best video game movie to date and feels like it combines Ready Player One with Grand Theft Auto. A unique premise that delivers humor and a surprisingly clever love story. The film’s high concept may never reach its full potential, but what it does in between brings an engaging experience for families… Continue reading Review: FREE GUY Might Be The Best Video Game Movie Ever

THIS WAY UP SEASON TWO | TV Review

Aisling Bea’s This Way Up has returned for a second season on Hulu in the US and Channel 4 in the UK and Ireland. The second season looks at the issues and relationships facing two Irish sisters in London. Aine (Bea) is now in a relationship with Richard (Tobias Menzies). She gets an offer from her boss,… Continue reading THIS WAY UP SEASON TWO | TV Review

Review: THE NIGHT HOUSE Brings Atmospheric Ghost Story

The Night House is a psychological horror film on the surface, but underneath lies a chilling love story. Its examination of the grief process, which is heightened by a tremendous lead performance, is done to near perfection. Ghost stories still have a place in the horror genre, and The Night House is a great example of… Continue reading Review: THE NIGHT HOUSE Brings Atmospheric Ghost Story

Review: DON’T BREATHE 2 Doesn’t Justify Its Existence

Stephen Lang stars in Screen Gems DON'T BREATHE 2.

Don’t Breathe 2 is an unpredictable sequel that fails to justify why it was necessary to be made. The story of home invaders biting off more than they could handle was a surprise hit in 2016. Its conclusion left room for a potential follow-up, but Don’t Breathe 2 isn’t the continuation many fans of the original would… Continue reading Review: DON’T BREATHE 2 Doesn’t Justify Its Existence

Review: RESPECT Brings The Soul But Not Enough

Respect brings the musical entertainment you’d expect, yet Aretha Franklin’s story seems half-baked. When the music isn’t blaring, it’s a sluggish look at Aretha Franklin’s life, but carried by strong performances. Respect still shines a good light on Ms. Franklin’s impact, her struggles, and how she overcame them to be this larger-than-life icon of soul music. It’s too… Continue reading Review: RESPECT Brings The Soul But Not Enough

Review: THE SUICIDE SQUAD Provides Blood Soaked DC Carnage

(L-r) DAVID DASTMALCHIAN as Polka Dot Man, JOHN CENA as Peacemaker, IDRIS ELBA as Bloodsport and DANIELA MELCHIOR as Ratcatcher 2 in Warner Bros. Pictures’ action adventure “THE SUICIDE SQUAD,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release.

The Suicide Squad might be the most fun DCEU film, oozing with James Gunn’s style nonstop. This is what should have been released in 2016, it cleans up the paper-thin squad member issue to provide more depth to these characters. A bonkers, hilarious, blood-drenched experience that doesn’t let up and provides tremendous action sequences. Audiences who… Continue reading Review: THE SUICIDE SQUAD Provides Blood Soaked DC Carnage

Review: JUNGLE CRUISE Delivers Adventurous Amazon Journey

Dwayne Johnson is Frank Wolff and Emily Blunt is Lily Houghton in Disney’s JUNGLE CRUISE. Photo by Frank Masi. © 2021 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Disney’s Jungle Cruise is a summer adventure for the entire family to enjoy. Packed with enough well-placed humor, heart, and action to leave audiences on the edge of their seats. The chemistry between its two leading stars keeps the film engaging from start to finish, but it does suffer from poor CGI in more than one instance. Jungle… Continue reading Review: JUNGLE CRUISE Delivers Adventurous Amazon Journey