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: 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: ANTEBELLUM Makes The Past The Present

Antebellum is another social commentary based horror film, but it’s no Get Out. American racism being addressed in horror films has been a trend lately, and while Antebellum is a solid feature overall. The message felt watered down due to script issues lead by an M. Night Shyamalan twist. The structure of Antebellum is what keeps you on… Continue reading Review: ANTEBELLUM Makes The Past The Present

Review: KNIVES OUT Offers A Hilarious Murder Mystery

Knives Out is a brilliant murder-mystery that understands the importance of attention to detail. A modern whodunit that features an ensemble cast, where everyone serves a purpose and keeps you entertained from start to finish. This film has just about everything you’d expect from a whodunit film while also making it feel fresh for modern… Continue reading Review: KNIVES OUT Offers A Hilarious Murder Mystery

Review: SEMPER FI Doesn’t Quite Live Up To Its Namesake

(L-R) Nat Wolff as Oyster and Jai Courtney as Callahan in the thriller / drama, “SEMPER FI,” a Lionsgate release. Photo courtesy of Lionsgate.

Semper Fi, co-written and directed by Henry Alex Ruben, is a new thriller dealing with the injustices of the modern American prison system. Hoping to be more incendiary than it actually is, this film is an ineffective, albeit somewhat diverting, exercise in trying to make a political statement through cinema. In the movie, a police… Continue reading Review: SEMPER FI Doesn’t Quite Live Up To Its Namesake

Review: RAMBO: LAST BLOOD Is Disappointingly Bloodless

Sylvester Stallone stars as ‘Rambo’ in RAMBO: LAST BLOOD. Photo Credit: Yana Blajeva.

Rambo: Last Blood, directed by Adrian Grunberg (Get the Gringo), is the newest and supposedly final entry in the series starring Sylvester Stallone as the toughened Vietnam vet who can’t seem to catch a break. Although the series has never been known for its exceptional quality, Last Blood takes it to a new low with… Continue reading Review: RAMBO: LAST BLOOD Is Disappointingly Bloodless

Review: STRANGE BUT TRUE Doesn’t Stick The Landing But Is Still Mostly Compelling

Strange But True, directed by Rowan Athale, is a new mystery-drama film with plenty of shocking twists. Thanks to some impressive turns from the star-studded ensemble, this film is able to overcome a sometimes ridiculous script to be an enjoyable watch. This film is about a family whose life is turned upside down when the… Continue reading Review: STRANGE BUT TRUE Doesn’t Stick The Landing But Is Still Mostly Compelling

Review: ANGEL OF MINE Is Far From Holy

Annika Whiteley ("Lola", left) and Noomi Rapace ("Lizzie, right) in ANGEL OF MINE.

Angel of Mine, directed by Kim Farrant, is a new mystery film that doesn’t seem to know what it wants to say. Sometimes gripping, frequently shocking, and often unsatisfying, this movie ends up being all over the place, and not in a good way. The film follows a mother who loses touch with reality when… Continue reading Review: ANGEL OF MINE Is Far From Holy

Review: ANGEL HAS FALLEN Doesn’t Earn Its Wings

Gerard Butler stars as ‘Mike Banning’ in ANGEL HAS FALLEN. Photo Credit: Simon Varsano.

A threequel for which nobody seems to have asked, Angel Has Fallen is a new action film starring Gerard Butler as everyone’s favorite U.S. Secret Service agent, Mike Banning, who must thwart yet another Presidential assassination attempt. With the amount of things that have gone wrong in this timeline, one will be left wondering why… Continue reading Review: ANGEL HAS FALLEN Doesn’t Earn Its Wings

Review: HOT AIR Has A Clear And Charming Presence

Steve Coogan ("Lionel Macomb") in HOT AIR.

Hot Air, written by Will Reichel and directed by Frank Coraci (The Wedding Singer, Click) is a new dramedy set in the volatile landscape of political talk radio. A mostly average film turned pretty good by a great performance from British comedian Steve Coogan (Alan Partridge, The Trip), this is a pretty entertaining and heartwarming… Continue reading Review: HOT AIR Has A Clear And Charming Presence

Review: SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK Is PG-13 Horror Done Right

Harold. Image courtesy of CBS Films.

Scary Stories To Tell in the Dark is surprisingly a well done PG-13 horror film. From time to time there comes a horror film that shows how effective it can be without being R rated. Two standouts within the last decade include Insidious and The Conjuring, both directed by the talented James Wan. These films… Continue reading Review: SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK Is PG-13 Horror Done Right

Review: SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK Is Dragged Down By A Weak Script

Austin Zajur in SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK to be released by CBS Films and Lionsgate. Image courtesy of CBS Films.

Based on the popular collections of short stories aimed at children, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is a new horror film set around Halloween being released in… early August? Perhaps this indicates a lack of confidence on the movie’s ability to hold up against competition in the spookiest month of the year, as… Continue reading Review: SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK Is Dragged Down By A Weak Script

Review: SUPERVIZED Won’t Leap Over Your Expectations In A Single Bound

Ray (Tom Berenger) in SUPERVIZED.

Supervized, directed by Steve Barron (Coneheads), is a new young-at-heart comedy film that imagines what it would be like if all of the world’s favorite (and not-so-favorite) superheroes lived together in a retirement home. However, when one of the heroes catches onto a conspiracy to take advantage of them, they must all team up to… Continue reading Review: SUPERVIZED Won’t Leap Over Your Expectations In A Single Bound

Review: KILLERS ANONYMOUS Surprisingly Kills It

Killers Anonymous is an energetic new action movie directed by Martin Owen about a support group where killers can come and share their stories and transgressions with the hope of coming to terms with themselves. However, when an assassination attempt is made on a high-profile politician, the group must figure out who among them is… Continue reading Review: KILLERS ANONYMOUS Surprisingly Kills It

Review: ANNA Is An Entirely Average Action Flick

Sasha Luss stars as ‘Anna’ in ANNA. Photo credit: Shanna Besson.

Anna is the newest action-thriller written and directed by stylized European B-movie master Luc Besson (León: The Professional, The Fifth Element). The film stars Sasha Luss as a Russian model-turned-assassin as she finds herself trapped in a web of lies and seeks to regain her freedom. Unfortunately, this movie is destined to be weighed down… Continue reading Review: ANNA Is An Entirely Average Action Flick

Review: JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 – PARABELLUM Offers More Fast-Paced Keanu Reeves Action

Keanu Reeves stars as ‘John Wick’ in JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 – PARABELLUM. Photo by: Niko Tavernise.

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum is the newest entry into the action franchise starring Keanu Reeves as the eponymous assassin. Set immediately following the events of the last film, this entry follows Wick as he tries to escape the contract on his head after being declared a persona non grata for breaking the rules… Continue reading Review: JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 – PARABELLUM Offers More Fast-Paced Keanu Reeves Action

Review: HELLBOY Is An Unbelievably Terrible Mess

David Harbour stars as ‘Hellboy’ in HELLBOY. Photo Credit: Mark Rogers.

Hellboy is a reboot of the franchise based on Mike Mignola’s fan-favorite graphic novels after plans for another sequel to Guillermo del Toro’s two adaptations fell through. The film stars David Harbour (Stranger Things) as the eponymous demonic hero in a battle against an evil sorceress (Milla Jovovich, the Resident Evil franchise) who is hell-bent… Continue reading Review: HELLBOY Is An Unbelievably Terrible Mess

SXSW 2019 – Review: LONG SHOT Is Funny, But Not Quite Satirical Enough

Charlotte Fields (CHARLIZE THERON) and Fred Flarsky (SETH ROGEN) in LONG SHOT. Photo Credit: Hector Alvarez.

Long Shot is a new comedy film directed by Jonathan Levine and starring Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron. The movie tells the story of a controversial journalist who reunites with his first crush, now the Secretary of State, when she hires him to be her speech writer for her upcoming Presidential campaign. It made its… Continue reading SXSW 2019 – Review: LONG SHOT Is Funny, But Not Quite Satirical Enough

Review: DRAGGED ACROSS CONCRETE Proves There Is A New Powerhouse Director In Town

From the stunning debut of Bone Tomahawk to the brutal follow-up of Brawl In Cell Block 99, filmmaker S. Craig Zahler was making quite the name for himself. And with his latest film, Dragged Across Concrete, Zahler once again proves himself to be one of the most unique filmmakers of the decade. Dragged Across Concrete… Continue reading Review: DRAGGED ACROSS CONCRETE Proves There Is A New Powerhouse Director In Town