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: 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

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

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

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