Just Mercy | Movie Review

Ashley reviews Just Mercy. After graduating from Harvard, Bryan Stevenson heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned or those not afforded proper representation. One of his first cases is that of Walter McMillian, who is sentenced to die in 1987 for the murder of an 18-year-old girl, despite evidence proving his innocence. Directed by:…

Little Women | Movie Review

Ashley reviews Little Women. Four sisters come of age in America in the aftermath of the Civil War. Directed by: Greta Gerwig Written by: Greta Gerwig (screenplay) Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen, Laura Dern, Timothée Chalamet, Tracy Letts, Bob Odenkirk, James Norton, Louis Garrel, with Chris Cooper and Meryl Streep #LittleWomen…

Cats | Movie Review

Ashley reviews Cats. Based on the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, Cats tell the story of a tribe of cats must decide yearly which one will ascend to the Heaviside Layer and come back to a new life. Directed by: Tom Hooper Written by: Lee Hall (screenplay) Cast: Francesca Hayward, Judi Dench, Ian McKellan, Idris Elba,…

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker | Movie Review

Ashley reviews Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. The surviving Resistance faces the First Order once more in the final chapter of the Skywalker saga. Directed by: J.J. Abrams Written by: J.J. Abrams (screenplay), Chris Terrio (screenplay) Cast: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, Richard E. Grant,…

Review: HONEY BOY Is A Heartwarming And Cathartic Coming Of Age

Honey Boy is a film directed by Alma Har’el, and interestingly enough, written by Shia LaBeouf, whose life serves as the basis of the film. Serving as a semi-autobiographical story about a child actor and his abusive father/manager, this can be viewed as therapeutic for LaBeouf. While this may seem like the same old story,… Continue reading Review: HONEY BOY Is A Heartwarming And Cathartic Coming Of Age

Review: THE LIGHTHOUSE Is a Legendary Piece of Cinema

The Lighthouse is one of those films that can be unpacked and interpreted in many different ways. The biggest struggle many directors face after a hit film is avoiding a sophomore bomb. Back in 2015, Robert Eggers made his directional debut with The Witch, a film regarded as one of the decades scariest stories ever… Continue reading Review: THE LIGHTHOUSE Is a Legendary Piece of Cinema

Review: 18 TO PARTY Is A Charming And Witty Coming-Of-Age Comedy

18 to Party, written and directed by Jeffrey Roda, is a new coming-of-age film filled with nostalgia for the classic teen movies of the 1980’s. Thanks to a charming cast bringing the script’s interesting characters to life, this manages to be a thoughtful and infectiously fun rumination on the anxieties of childhood. The movie follows… Continue reading Review: 18 TO PARTY Is A Charming And Witty Coming-Of-Age Comedy

Review: DOLEMITE IS MY NAME Shows That Eddie Murphy Is Still In His Game

Dolemite is My Name, directed by Craig Brewer, is an infectiously fun love letter to the blaxploitation genre of action cinema that reached its heights in the 1970’s. Thanks to a brisk script and a career-best performance from star Eddie Murphy, this manages to be a hilarious and surprisingly heartfelt showbiz biopic. The film tells… Continue reading Review: DOLEMITE IS MY NAME Shows That Eddie Murphy Is Still In His Game

Review: MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL Will Curse You To Slumber

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, directed by Joachim Rønning (Pirates of the Carribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) is a sequel to 2014’s reverse Sleeping Beauty fairytale. However, having lost the novelty of a villain-centric twist on a beloved classic, this film frequently feels obnoxious and fails to provide a compelling extension of this world. The… Continue reading Review: MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL Will Curse You To Slumber

Review: LUCY IN THE SKY Has Its Head Too Far In The Clouds

Natalie Portman in the film LUCY IN THE SKY. Photo Courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures. © 2019 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved.

Lucy in the Sky, the directorial debut of Noah Hawley (the creator of FX’s Legion and Fargo) is a star-studded and ambitious new spacefaring drama. However, despite the sheer abundance of potential this film had, this ends up being one of the year’s biggest disasters due to the fact that Hawley simply doesn’t seem to… Continue reading Review: LUCY IN THE SKY Has Its Head Too Far In The Clouds

Review: WALLFLOWER Is A Fascinating Portrait Of Tragedy

Wallflower, co-written and directed by Jagger Gravning, is a new drama-thriller inspired by the true story of the 2006 Capitol Hill shooting. A gripping and timely portrait of how violence can take over a person, this film takes a unique approach to tragedy and creates a fascinating tale of humanity as a result. The approach… Continue reading Review: WALLFLOWER Is A Fascinating Portrait Of Tragedy

Review: TELL ME WHO I AM Explores A Sad Yet Hopeful Mystery

Marcus and Alex Lewis in Tell Me Who I Am, directed by Ed Perkins. Image courtesy of Netflix.

Tell Me Who I Am, directed by Ed Perkins, is a new documentary film exploring the stranger-than-fiction true story of twins Alex and Marcus Lewis. A fascinating, if sometimes heavy-handed exploration of the role that memory plays in one’s life, this documentary is sure to be extremely resonant on an emotional level. The movie tells… Continue reading Review: TELL ME WHO I AM Explores A Sad Yet Hopeful Mystery

Review: THE LIGHTHOUSE Is Maddeningly Brilliant

Absolutely horrifying in its presentation, and even moreso in its delivery, The Lighthouse is chaos and hell manifested on film. Robert Eggers’ followup to The Witch takes no time throwing its viewers into the murky depths of the ocean, which is absolutely unforgiving in this film. From the constant crashes of the waves to the deafening… Continue reading Review: THE LIGHTHOUSE Is Maddeningly Brilliant

Gemini Man | Movie Review

Do two Will Smiths make for a better movie? In Gemini Man, Will Smith plays an older hitman who has to face off against a younger version of himself. Director: Ang Lee Writers: David Benioff, Billy Ray, Darren Lemke Cast: Will Smith, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Clive Owen, Benedict Wong, Douglas Hodge and Ralph Brown #GeminiMan…

Review: FRACTURED Is A Fun Hitchcockian Thriller

Fractured, written by Alan B. McElroy (Spawn) and directed by Brad Anderson (Beirut), is a new psychological thriller taking aim at paranoia towards the modern healthcare system. Although the script does have some narrative shortcomings, thanks to Anderson’s tight directing, the film manages to be satisfyingly tense and twisty. The movie is about a man… Continue reading Review: FRACTURED Is A Fun Hitchcockian Thriller

Review: PARASITE Is Peak Filmmaking In A Lane Of Its Own

With his latest film Parasite, South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-Ho puts on a masterclass of storytelling. After winning the prestigious Palme d’Or at Cannes this year, all eyes were on Joon-Ho, so the necessity of this hitting the mark was crucial. And it’s definitely fair to say that he not only reaches his mark with… Continue reading Review: PARASITE Is Peak Filmmaking In A Lane Of Its Own

Review: HARPOON Is A Side-Splitting Pitch-Black Comedy

Harpoon, co-written and directed by Rob Grant, is a pitch-black new dark comedy that provides an interesting riff on the common trope of “cabin fever” horror. Thanks to killer pacing and a wicked sense of humor, this manages to be a thoroughly enjoyable and surprisingly thoughtful meditation on human nature. The film follows a group… Continue reading Review: HARPOON Is A Side-Splitting Pitch-Black Comedy