Review: WHERE’D YOU GO, BERNADETTE Is A Fun And Quirky Adventure Film

Cate Blanchett stars as Bernadette Fox in Richard Linklater’s WHERE’D YOU GO, BERNADETTE, an Annapurna Pictures release. Credit: Wilson Webb / Annapurna Pictures.

After several delays and re-evaluations of the marketing campaign, Where’d You Go, Bernadette (no question mark) is finally hitting theaters this weekend. Different from anything else filmmaker Richard Linklater has done before, this quirky mid-life crisis adventure-comedy mostly works due to a great cast and lots of visual style. Based on the best-selling novel of… Continue reading Review: WHERE’D YOU GO, BERNADETTE Is A Fun And Quirky Adventure Film

Review: CHILD’S PLAY Is Darkly Funny Despite Its Flaws

Chucky and Gabriel Bateman in CHILD’S PLAY. Credit: Eric Milner / Orion Pictures.

Garnering a surprising amount of controversy because the original series is still alive and (somewhat) well, the new Child’s Play reboot arrived in theaters with relatively minimal fanfare. Still, the film provides laughs and scares with the evil doll we all know and love, but with a significant twist. Yes, instead of being a doll… Continue reading Review: CHILD’S PLAY Is Darkly Funny Despite Its Flaws

Review: THE HUSTLE Is A Funny But Paint-By-Numbers Remake

Rebel Wilson stars as Penny Rust and Anne Hathaway as Josephine Chesterfield in THE HUSTLE, a Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures film. Credit: Christian Black / Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures. © 2019 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc. All Rights Reserved.

The Hustle is a new comedy film starring Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson. A gender-swapped remake of the 1988 movie Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (itself a remake), the film follows two con artists with wildly different demeanors and modi operandi as they compete to see who is better at taking advantage of the type of men… Continue reading Review: THE HUSTLE Is A Funny But Paint-By-Numbers Remake

Underrated Films to Remember: PENNIES FROM HEAVEN

Well, this has been a busy month so to speak, so for lack of a better word, we’re getting into reruns months, where I’ll go back and revise some of my first articles when I was an independent film critic. So, to start reruns’ month, let’s talk about one of my favorite films, go figure.… Continue reading Underrated Films to Remember: PENNIES FROM HEAVEN

Review: MISSING LINK Is The First Real Dud From Laika Studios

Sir Lionel Frost (left) voiced by Hugh Jackman and Mr. Link (right) voiced by Zach Galifianakis in director Chris Butler’s MISSING LINK, a Laika Studios Production and Annapurna Pictures release. Credit : Laika Studios / Annapurna Pictures.

Missing Link is the newest film from Laika Studios, the stop-motion animation studio behind favorites such as Coraline and Kubo and the Two Strings. Written and directed by Chris Butler (ParaNorman), the movie follows an explorer who teams up with Sasquatch to help him find his lost relatives: the Yeti. Laika is well-known for taking… Continue reading Review: MISSING LINK Is The First Real Dud From Laika Studios

The New Hollywood Flop Files: HEAVEN’S GATE

So, after talking about 1941, we’ll continue this series with one of the biggest flops of the period, which according to legend, bankrupted United Artists, torched a promising director’s career and only became recognized as a good, if not great film after it crashed and burned, three decades after its release. I, of course, am… Continue reading The New Hollywood Flop Files: HEAVEN’S GATE

SXSW 2019 – Review: BOOKSMART Is Hilarious By-The-Book Fun

Beanie Feldstein stars as Molly and Kaitlyn Dever as Amy in Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut, BOOKSMART, an Annapurna Pictures release. Credit: Francois Duhamel / Annapurna Pictures.

Booksmart is a new coming-of-age comedy that serves as the directorial debut of Olivia Wilde. Described as a “female Superbad”, the film follows two high school seniors on the day before their graduation as they set out to have a crazy night of all the fun they missed in high school. It made its debut… Continue reading SXSW 2019 – Review: BOOKSMART Is Hilarious By-The-Book Fun

INTERVIEW: Vik Sharma On Composing For Fighting With My Family

Vik Sharma is the composer of Fighting With My Family an upcoming movie from Stephen Merchant and Produced by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson about a wrestling family and two siblings who dream of becoming professional wrestlers.  Fighting With My Family might be Vik’s first foray into scripted feature film scoring, however, the musician and composer is… Continue reading INTERVIEW: Vik Sharma On Composing For Fighting With My Family

Review: THE PRODIGY Proves How Scary Kids Can Be

Children are no easy task to manage in reality. With some supernatural forces thrown into the mix as well, problems are bound to arise. These problems and more are expanded upon in Nicholas McCarthy’s latest film, The Prodigy. The film is an entertaining horror that asks the one question every mother regularly ponders: Just how… Continue reading Review: THE PRODIGY Proves How Scary Kids Can Be

Review: FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY Wins The Match

Dwayne Johnson (left) as Himself and Vince Vaughn (right) as Hutch in FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY, directed by Stephen Merchant, a Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures film. Credit: Robert Viglasky / Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures. © 2018 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc.  All Rights Reserved.

Fighting with My Family is a new sports comedy film produced by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (former WWE superstar turned action hero) and written and directed by Stephen Merchant (one of the creators of The Office). Based on a true story, the movie follows a teenager in small-town England who dreams of becoming a wrestler… Continue reading Review: FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY Wins The Match

Review: ALL THESE SMALL MOMENTS Has A Big Heart

(L-R) Brendan Meyer as Howie Sheffield andHarley Quinn Smith as Lindsayin Orion Classics’ drama ALL THESE SMALL MOMENTS. Photo courtesy of Orion Classics.

As humans, we are shaped by our experiences, even the seemingly small and insignificant ones. This is the very real message of All These Small Moments. All These Small Moments is a new dramedy written and directed by Melissa B. Miller. The film follows a young boy whose adolescence becomes complicated as he deals with… Continue reading Review: ALL THESE SMALL MOMENTS Has A Big Heart

Review: IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK Radiates Emotion At Every Opportunity

Barry Jenkins’ follow up to the Oscar-winning Moonlight was sure to attract a lot of attention. Acting as an adaptation of the 1974 James Baldwin novel of the same name, If Beale Street Could Talk had plenty to live up to. Yet, in the hands of Jenkins, it exceeded those expectations with flying colors. And… Continue reading Review: IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK Radiates Emotion At Every Opportunity

Review: VICE Is A Funny Political Biopic

Christian Bale as Dick Cheney in Adam McKay’s VICE, an Annapurna Pictures release. Credit : Annapurna Pictures 2018 © Annapurna Pictures, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Vice is the newest film from director Adam McKay (The Big Short). The movie tells the story of Dick Cheney, who as Vice President under George W. Bush affected the political landscape in ways that are still in effect today. It was nominated for six Golden Globe awards, receiving the most nods of any film… Continue reading Review: VICE Is A Funny Political Biopic

Review: ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE Is Unabashedly Weird (In The Best Ways)

Ella Hunt and Malcom Cumming star in Orion Pictures ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE. Photo Credit: Gerardo Jaconelli / Orion Pictures.

Anna and the Apocalypse is a new film directed by John McPhail and written by Alan McDonald and Ryan McHenry. It is a musical about a group of friends who must fight for survival when the zombie apocalypse comes to their quiet British town at Christmas. It debuted at the 2017 Fantastic Fest and is… Continue reading Review: ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE Is Unabashedly Weird (In The Best Ways)

Review: MAINE Is An Exhausting Journey

(L-R) Laia Costa as Bluebird and Thomas Mann as Lake in the Orion Classics’ drama MAINE. Photo courtesy of Orion Classics.

Maine is a new film written and directed by Matthew Brown and starring Laia Costa and Thomas Mann. It is about two hikers with very different lives whose paths cross on the Appalachian Trail. It debuted at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival. Ultimately, this movie largely feels inconsequential. There wasn’t very much of a plot… Continue reading Review: MAINE Is An Exhausting Journey

Review: CLARA’S GHOST Is A Quirky Horror-Comedy

Paula Niedert Elliottas Clara in “CLARA’S GHOST”, a film by Orion Classics. Photo courtesy of Orion Classics.

Clara’s Ghost is a new film written and directed by Bridey Elliot and starring Elliot and her family. The movie is about a woman who finds solace from the constant drama of her showbusiness family in a supernatural entity that inhabits their home. It debuted at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival to positive reviews. If… Continue reading Review: CLARA’S GHOST Is A Quirky Horror-Comedy

John McPhail’s ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE Deserves Your Attention This Holiday Season

If you are wondering what director John McPhail is up to these days, you can find him either playing Red Dead Redemption 2, like everyone else in the world, watching his favorite movie of all-time, Ghostbusters, or going through numerous scripts that continue to pile up on his desk, thanks in part to the success… Continue reading John McPhail’s ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE Deserves Your Attention This Holiday Season

Review: CREED II Is A Step Down From The Original

(left) Wood Harris stars as Tony 'Little Duke' Burton and (ctr) Michael B. Jordan as Adonis Creed in CREED II, a Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures film. Credit: Barry Wetcher / Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures / Warner Bros. Pictures © 2018 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc. and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Creed II is the sequel to 2015’s Creed, the well-received reboot of the Rocky franchise. The film follows Adonis Creed as he faces off against the son of Ivan Drago, who killed Creed’s father in the ring decades before. Although the movie is mostly entertaining, it pales in comparison to the masterpiece that was Creed.… Continue reading Review: CREED II Is A Step Down From The Original

CREED II – Tessa Thompson Understands The Heart Of Rocky

Tessa Thompson hit the red carpet Wednesday night for the premiere of CREED II, and the actress had a ton to say of the characters and the process of filmmaking. Check it out. ABOUT THE FILM: Life has become a balancing act for Adonis Creed. Between personal obligations and training for his next big fight,… Continue reading CREED II – Tessa Thompson Understands The Heart Of Rocky