Review: OLD Unevenly Explores Aging Through Beach Horror

(from left) Guy (Gael García Bernal) and Trent (Alex Wolff) in Old, written for the screen and directed by M. Night Shyamalan.

Old, M. Night Shyamalan’s latest film, is a mixed bag of his best and worst qualities as a filmmaker. His first film since closing out the Unbreakable trilogy with Glass in 2019 is a thought-provoking story that examines the fear of getting old, but its concept feels held back at times. While it gets messy, Old is… Continue reading Review: OLD Unevenly Explores Aging Through Beach Horror

Review: ESCAPE ROOM: TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS Fails To Retain Championship

Zoey Davis (Taylor Russell), Ben Miller (Logan Miller), Rachel (Holland Roden), Brianna (Indya Moore) and Nathan (Thomas Cocquerel) in ESCAPE ROOM: TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS.

Escape Room: Tournament of Champions struggles to provide a tournament worth competing in. The original film was a subpar outing at best with a unique concept that blended the Saw and Final Destination franchises into one. Unlike its predecessor, Escape Room: Tournament of Champions opts for a more implausible narrative anchored by a new set of paper-thin protagonists.… Continue reading Review: ESCAPE ROOM: TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS Fails To Retain Championship

Review: THE FOREVER PURGE Depicts America’s Boiling Point

The Forever Purge ends the franchise on a decent enough note and is the closest reflection of what America could look like if the citizens finally had enough. The one night a year where all crime is legal for 12 hours has become a 24-hour deathmatch. While the themes presented in The Forever Purge may strike a core… Continue reading Review: THE FOREVER PURGE Depicts America’s Boiling Point

Review: FEAR STREET PART 1: 1994 Is Stranger Things Meets Goosebumps

Fear Street Part One: 1994 establishes a promising road ahead for Netflix’s trilogy event. Based on R.L. Stines’s popular teen horror book series, it delivers a fun first venture into the town of Shadyside and its dark history. The film is anchored by its heart for ’90s horror and manages to bring its freshness to the… Continue reading Review: FEAR STREET PART 1: 1994 Is Stranger Things Meets Goosebumps

Review: BLACK WIDOW Forgets To Give Natasha Romanoff A Farewell

Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) as Black Widow in Marvel Studios' BLACK WIDOW. Photo by Jay Maidment. ©Marvel Studios 2020.

Black Widow impresses with its larger-than-life action and terrific stuntwork. However, it forgets to give a proper close to its titular character. Avengers: End Game brings Natasha Romanoff to a literal close, so it’s a shame her first solo film leaves you wanting more in an unimpressed fashion. An action-packed, fun, emotional, and sometimes hilarious film… Continue reading Review: BLACK WIDOW Forgets To Give Natasha Romanoff A Farewell

Review: Till Death Depicts Gerald’s Game Meets Home Alone Revenge Tale

Till Death puts Megan Fox back in the horror genre as a newly widowed spouse whose past comes back to haunt her. An interesting, yet familiar setup of events unfold that will keep you glued due to Fox’s performance. Till Death probably would have been more effective if it had drawn a majority of its… Continue reading Review: Till Death Depicts Gerald’s Game Meets Home Alone Revenge Tale

Review: FAST & FURIOUS 9 Puts Absurdity Above Fun Action

Fast & Furious 9 wastes little time insulting audiences’ intelligence while delivering another fast-paced adventure. The overall tenth entry in the Fast saga stays afloat mostly due to the already established bond between the tenured characters and its edge of your seat, demand to be watched energy. Wanting to test the waters on how ridiculous it… Continue reading Review: FAST & FURIOUS 9 Puts Absurdity Above Fun Action

Review: THE HITMAN’S WIFE’S BODYGUARD Thrives In Ridiculous Action

The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard is just as ridiculous as its predecessor and more convoluted. The star power is enough to warrant laughter thanks to the chemistry between the film’s leads, but it doesn’t excuse its underwhelming story. The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard could be considered more fun than the original and that’s mostly due to the… Continue reading Review: THE HITMAN’S WIFE’S BODYGUARD Thrives In Ridiculous Action

Review: THE CONJURING 3 Summons Refreshing But Anticlimactic Entry

(L-r) VERA FARMIGA as Lorraine Warren and PATRICK WILSON as Ed Warren in New Line Cinema’s horror film “THE CONJURING: THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release.

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It proves Ed and Lorraine Warren can make up for an uneven new chapter in this universe. The eighth entry in The Conjuring Universe decently abandons the haunted house formula but forgets to build on any characters that aren’t our paranormal investigators. Lacking the earned scares the previous… Continue reading Review: THE CONJURING 3 Summons Refreshing But Anticlimactic Entry

Review: SPIRIT UNTAMED Struggles To Ride Into The Sunset

Spirit Untamed is just another botched effort that insults the original Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron. Spirit Untamed showcases another low point for DreamWorks, as this film struggles to find a reason to exist. The film manages to make the Netflix series, Spirit Riding Free, come off better than it is. Having only been to… Continue reading Review: SPIRIT UNTAMED Struggles To Ride Into The Sunset

Review: CRUELLA Delivers Stylish Character Study On Iconic Villain

Emma Stone as Cruella in Disney’s live-action CRUELLA.

Disney’s Cruella showcases a devilishly good time filled with over-the-top antics and phenomenal performances by its two leads. Admittedly, the film didn’t seem like it would offer much based on the trailers, but Cruella is a live-action adaptation Disney should be proud of. It’s clever, risky, features a fitting punk rock backdrop, and provides enough humor to lighten the… Continue reading Review: CRUELLA Delivers Stylish Character Study On Iconic Villain

Review: A QUIET PLACE PART 2 Loudly Surpasses Its Predecessor

Regan (Millicent Simmonds), left, and Evelyn (Emily Blunt) brave the unknown in "A Quiet Place Part II.”

A Quiet Place Part 2 pulls off a difficult task by surpassing the original film and becoming one of the best sequels in cinematic history. In an attempt to expand this unfamiliar world, the film increases the intensity, focuses more on character building, and morphs into a heart-pounding experience from start to finish. Coming at… Continue reading Review: A QUIET PLACE PART 2 Loudly Surpasses Its Predecessor

Review: THOSE WHO WISH ME DEAD Is A Thrilling Adventure

Those Who Wish Me Dead delivers a heartfelt story packed with tons of great action. It’s an effective throwback to older action films but does feel slightly unfocused at times with its narrative. The film is saved by its stellar cast, gripping story, and score that feels like a character itself. Those Who Wish Me Dead may not… Continue reading Review: THOSE WHO WISH ME DEAD Is A Thrilling Adventure

Review: SPIRAL: FROM THE BOOK OF SAW Traps Franchise In Strong Revamp

Spiral: From The Book of Saw successfully blends the psychological aspects of Saw and the gore-filled carnage found in the sequels. A solid attempt at revitalizing the franchise, but how long this breath of fresh air can last will be determined on the inevitable follow-ups. The Jigsaw Killer may be dead, but John Kramer’s legacy lives… Continue reading Review: SPIRAL: FROM THE BOOK OF SAW Traps Franchise In Strong Revamp

Review: THE DJINN Reminds You To Be Careful What You Wish For

The Djinn is the sophomore feature from the directors that made an impact with The Boy Behind the Door at last year’s Fantastic Fest. The tension-filled isolation in a single space is replicated during The Djinn, and these directors have masterfully used the confined space to offer another heart-pumping ride of a film. The Djinn seeks to remind those… Continue reading Review: THE DJINN Reminds You To Be Careful What You Wish For

Review: INITIATION Delivers Gory Statement About Sexual Assault

Initiation will appeal to those with a love for Urban Legend, Scream 2, and several other college campus-based horror films. Initiation may be another slasher film, but it has a message for those that want to sweep sexual assault under the rug. Now, many films have touched on these subjects in the past, but Initiation’s decision to go for a… Continue reading Review: INITIATION Delivers Gory Statement About Sexual Assault

Review: SEPARATION Squanders Setup For Bizarre Divorce Horror

Separation has the potential to go down as one of the weakest horror films this year. It’s an intriguing film at the start, but then shifts into a lifeless blend of cliches, horrid direction, wasted acting from those involved, and several other questionable filmmaking decisions. Coming from the same director that has worked on The Boy,… Continue reading Review: SEPARATION Squanders Setup For Bizarre Divorce Horror

Review: NOBODY Serves Up Unoriginal Action Fun

Nobody may come across as a copy and paste of other titles, but it still delivers a thrilling tale from start to finish. The John Wick similarities are in your face, and given the film is written by the same person it’s hard to not make comparisons. Nobody doesn’t overstay its welcome, wastes little time, and features some… Continue reading Review: NOBODY Serves Up Unoriginal Action Fun

Review: SON Delivers A Mother Knows Best Nightmare

Before taking on Michael Myers later this year Andi Matichak returns in this new thriller SON. A film that ironically resembles a scenario presented in a previous Halloween film regarding a cult. Carried mostly by Matichak’s impressive acting, SON begins on a high note, utilizes an engaging narrative, and creates this horrific atmosphere. At some point, the film’s appeal… Continue reading Review: SON Delivers A Mother Knows Best Nightmare

Review: THE VIGIL Mixes Fresh Premise With Horror Clichés

The Vigil serves up a refreshing premise that is held back due to its narrative, and bizarre disconnect with certain plot elements. Religions utilization in recent horror films continues to influence many filmmakers. For a debut outing, The Vigil does enough to make this director someone to look out for in the future. Its narrative discrepancies don’t diminish… Continue reading Review: THE VIGIL Mixes Fresh Premise With Horror Clichés