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: 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: 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: THE SUICIDE SQUAD Brought Us Chaotic Fun

The Suicide Squad is back with fresh blood in front of and behind the camera. The sequel is a massive improvement over the 2016 original. There is a coup on the island nation of Corto Maltese, leading to an anti-American government taking control. On the island is a secret facility called Jotunheim. Because of this… Continue reading Review: THE SUICIDE SQUAD Brought Us Chaotic Fun

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: 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: 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: 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