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: 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: 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: 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

LOKI – For All Time. Always. | TV Review

The first season of Loki has reached its climax with “For All Time. Always.” It’s a finale that has huge implications for the Marvel Cinematic Universe as well as Loki. Loki and Sylvie have arrived at the Citadel at the End of Time and prepare to confront the person behind the TVA and Time Keepers. They… Continue reading LOKI – For All Time. Always. | TV Review

LOKI – Journey Into Mystery | TV Review

Loki has reached its penultimate episode with ‘Journey Into Mystery’. It’s also the maddest 50 minutes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. At the end of ‘The Nexus Event,’ Loki had been pruned by Ravonna Renslayer. Instead of being killed, Loki has been sent to the end of the time which is inhabited by many different Lokis.… Continue reading LOKI – Journey Into Mystery | TV Review

LOKI – The Nexus Event | TV Review

‘The Nexus Event’ returns Loki back to its grand roots are a smaller, character-driven episode ‘Lamentis.’   Loki and Sylvie’s fate seems sealed after The Ark on Lamentis gets destroyed. However, they are able to cause a major Nexus Event and get arrested by the TVA. When in TVA custody Loki tries to prove to Mobius that… Continue reading LOKI – The Nexus Event | TV Review

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: 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

LOKI – Lamentis | TV Review

After the exciting conclusion of ‘The Variant’, the third episode of Loki sees our favorite Norse trickster team up with an alternative version of himself. The Variant, AKA Lady Loki, AKA Sylvie (Sophia Di Martino) has sent a lot of time reset charges across the points in time and she goes to TVA with the aim to kill the Time Keepers. Her… Continue reading LOKI – Lamentis | TV Review

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