Latest Reviews

  • Hail, Caesar!

    Hail, Caesar! is a funny and madcap, if unfocused, farcical salute to Golden Age Hollywood from the Coen Brothers.

    (6) by Sandy Schaefer
  • The Finest Hours

    The Finest Hours is a respectful dramatization of the real-life events that inspired it, but is too by the numbers to leave a strong impression.

    (1) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Kung Fu Panda 3

    Kung Fu Panda 3 is a well-meaning piece of escapism for kids – one that shows signs of wear in the larger computer-animated kung fu franchise.

    (8) by Ben Kendrick
  • Ride Along 2

    Ride Along 2 is an uninspired retread of its predecessor, but manages to reach the (low) bar set for this action/comedy franchise.

    (8) by Sandy Schaefer
  • 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

    13 Hours has elements of a lean and efficient action/thriller, but is bloated and overblown thanks to Michael Bay’s directorial approach.

    (45) by Sandy Schaefer
  • The Revenant

    The Revenant is an ambitious directorial and performance experiment that yields interesting, if not flawed, results.

    (50) by Kofi Outlaw
  • Carol

    Carol is a visually rich period drama that boasts strong performances and refined direction, though some may find it easier to admire than love.

    (6) by Sandy Schaefer
  • The Forest

    The Forest struggles to transform its spooky premise and haunting setting into memorable or unique on-screen movie scares.

    (13) by Ben Kendrick
  • Joy

    Joy is a decent biographical drama anchored by Jennifer Lawrence’s performance, but fails to realize its greater ambitions.

    (38) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Point Break (2015)

    Bigger set pieces do not make for a better Point Break, and Core fails to improve upon the original film in any meaningful way.

    (30) by Ben Kendrick
  • Concussion

    Concussion isn’t a great biopic but it tells a great story – thanks to stirring subject matter and a quality performance from Will Smith.

    (12) by Ben Kendrick
  • Daddy's Home

    Daddy’s Home is a formulaic Will Ferrell comedy, but enough jokes hit their mark to make it a passable one.

    (7) by Sandy Schaefer
  • The Hateful Eight

    As a realization of Tarantino’s vision, The Hateful Eight is one of 2015’s best movies – and a standout in the director’s filmography.

    (89) by Ben Kendrick
  • The Big Short

    The Big Short has its flaws, but is one of the more unique movies based on non-fiction literature in recent memory.

    (13) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Sisters

    Sisters is an uneven mix of raunchy farce and sincerity that’s elevated by the undeniable chemistry between Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

    (5) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Star Wars 7: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars 7: The Force Awakens is a welcome comeback movie for the franchise, and fan love will be enough to propel most viewers past its flaws.

    (232) by Kofi Outlaw
  • Macbeth

    Macbeth is an effectively grim and well-acted Shakespeare adaptation, but prioritizes style over substance.

    (3) by Sandy Schaefer
  • In the Heart of the Sea

    As a big screen viewing experience based on one of America’s most evocative myths, In the Heart of the Sea is a surprisingly forgettable adaptation.

    (10) by Ben Kendrick
  • Krampus

    Krampus isn’t as clever or scary as Christmas horror/comedies past, but provides enough kitschy fun for those craving a darker holiday yarn.

    (26) by Sandy Schaefer
  • The Danish Girl

    The Danish Girl is a beautiful film with brave performances – though Hooper often struggles to translate Lili Elbe’s life into memorable movie drama.

    (8) by Ben Kendrick
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