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: 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: 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: 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: 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

Review: SPIRIT UNTAMED Struggles To Ride Into The Sunset

Spirit Untamed is just another botched effort that insults the original Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron. Spirit Untamed showcases another low point for DreamWorks, as this film struggles to find a reason to exist. The film manages to make the Netflix series, Spirit Riding Free, come off better than it is. Having only been to… Continue reading Review: SPIRIT UNTAMED Struggles To Ride Into The Sunset

Review: NOBODY Serves Up Unoriginal Action Fun

Nobody may come across as a copy and paste of other titles, but it still delivers a thrilling tale from start to finish. The John Wick similarities are in your face, and given the film is written by the same person it’s hard to not make comparisons. Nobody doesn’t overstay its welcome, wastes little time, and features some… Continue reading Review: NOBODY Serves Up Unoriginal Action Fun

Review: All My Life Is Emotional But Hollow

Nothing kills a romance film quicker than a rushed angle between the two lovers involved, and All My Life suffers greatly due to this. Based on a true story, the film tells the tear-jerking story of Solomon Chau, as he is diagnosed with liver cancer after falling in love. Unfortunately, All My Life doesn’t live up to the story… Continue reading Review: All My Life Is Emotional But Hollow

Review: THE CROODS: A NEW AGE Dishes Out Fun Sequel

The Croods: A New Age is sure to have families across the world laughing this Thanksgiving. A worthy sequel pitting The titular family against their biggest challenge yet, another family. This is a slight improvement over the original’s weak story, and there’s a lot more heart this time around. It effectively establishes a purpose, which… Continue reading Review: THE CROODS: A NEW AGE Dishes Out Fun Sequel

Review: FREAKY Wears Love For Slasher Films On Its Sleeve

Christopher Landon’s Freaky hilariously meshes the body swap concept with slasher films. How this hasn’t happened till now is mind-boggling, but these two well-known film angles have come together in the best way possible. Landon’s Happy Death Day was a surprise hit, and now he has made a triumphant return. Freaky is a love letter to the slasher genre… Continue reading Review: FREAKY Wears Love For Slasher Films On Its Sleeve

Box Office Flashback: May – Time Travel, Tom Cruise, And An Iron Man

May is the start of the summer movie season even while spring hangs in the air. Sequels are a big deal this time around with one centered around time travel, another on impossible missions, and yet another sequel is an early entry into the now decades-old Marvel cinematic universe. One-hundred-plus years of film making provides… Continue reading Box Office Flashback: May – Time Travel, Tom Cruise, And An Iron Man

Review: THE INVISIBLE MAN Offers Unnerving, Tense, Sci-Fi Horror

Leigh Whannell is just showing off at this point because he directs The Invisible Man masterfully. Since arriving on the scene with his friend James Wan with their breakout hit Saw in 2004, Whannell has been a force to be reckoned with in the horror genre. His most recent hit was 2018’s Upgrade, but now he… Continue reading Review: THE INVISIBLE MAN Offers Unnerving, Tense, Sci-Fi Horror

Review: FANTASY ISLAND Is A Colossal Cinema Sin

Fantasy Island, a film directed and written by the same person who is responsible for 2018’s abysmal Truth or Dare. Blumhouse really needs to stop prefacing these atrocious films as if hot garbage is something to be celebrated. Not only does Fantasy Island fail to deliver, but it also bypasses logic for nonsense and gaping plot… Continue reading Review: FANTASY ISLAND Is A Colossal Cinema Sin

Review: BLACK CHRISTMAS Offers A Lump Of Coal

Black Christmas, a remake of a remake to an original classic from the director of A Christmas Story. The original 1974 classic is regarded as one of the most horrific holiday films. Director Bob Clark and writer A. Roy Moore crafted a tense, stylish, slow-burning film that sticks with you after the credits roll. Sadly,… Continue reading Review: BLACK CHRISTMAS Offers A Lump Of Coal

Review: QUEEN & SLIM Offers A Beautiful American Nightmare

Social messages have become a staple in recent films, but very few are capable of delivering an important message while also telling a gripping story and Queen & Slim is one of those few that can do both very well. A powerful fugitive film that balances an engaging love story while also speaking to the… Continue reading Review: QUEEN & SLIM Offers A Beautiful American Nightmare

Review: ABOMINABLE Has A Frozen Heart

Abominable, a new co-production between Dreamworks and Chinese animation studio Pearl, is another animated film focusing on the myth of the Yeti. However, unlike last year’s more enjoyable Smallfoot, Abominable is lacking in any originality or cleverness that would make the movie appeal beyond its core audience of young children. The film tells the story… Continue reading Review: ABOMINABLE Has A Frozen Heart

INTERVIEW: Art Director Adam Rowe On Making The Good Place

The Good Place is a comedy series on NBC starring Kirsten Bell, Ted Danson, William Jackson Harper, and Jameela Jamil which takes place in an idyllic afterlife and making the “neighborhood” as they call it, come to life is art director Adam Rowe.

Review: DRIVEN Spins Its Wheels

(B-F) Lee Pace as John DeLorean and Jason Sudeikis as Jim Hoffman in Universal Pictures Content Group’s crime thriller comedy DRIVEN. Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures Content Group.

Driven, written by Colin Bateman and directed by Nick Hamm, is a new crime drama that hopes to capitalize on the recent success of other similar “so crazy it HAS to be true” stories. However, unlike those other films, Driven largely fails because it lacks a sense of humor (even despite having a great comedian… Continue reading Review: DRIVEN Spins Its Wheels

Review: FAST & FURIOUS PRESENTS: HOBBS & SHAW Is The Craziest Blockbuster Of The Summer

After making a big splash with its first trailer at the Super Bowl, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, a spin-off of the seemingly ever-popular automobile-centric action franchise, became one of the most anticipated blockbusters of the summer. With a majority of this year’s supposed big hits being of disappointing quality (even if they… Continue reading Review: FAST & FURIOUS PRESENTS: HOBBS & SHAW Is The Craziest Blockbuster Of The Summer