Latest Reviews

  • Lights Out

    Lights Out makes for a lean and mean scare-delivering machine, but is less effective as a supernatural horror parable.

    by Sandy Schaefer
  • Ghostbusters

    Ghostbusters won’t win-over pre-release haters but offers enough laughs and slick special effects to satisfy series fans and casual filmgoers alike.

    (148) by Ben Kendrick
  • The Infiltrator

    The Infiltrator is a stylishly crafted and well-acted dramatic thriller, but breaks little new ground despite fascinating subject matter.

    (1) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates

    Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates hits the basic mandates of R-rated comedy but falls flat in its effort to be as insightful as it is funny.

    (9) by Ben Kendrick
  • The Secret Life of Pets

    The Secret Life of Pets isn’t a mold-breaker for animated movies, but it’s a consistently funny and inspired madcap romp nonetheless.

    (7) by Sandy Schaefer
  • The Purge: Election Year

    The Purge: Election Year is an OK sequel for die-hard fans of the series, but it won’t win any new converts.

    (8) by Chris Agar
  • The Legend of Tarzan

    There’s a great Tarzan adventure somewhere in Legend of Tarzan, but the movie is too overstuffed and rough around the edges to fly high.

    (19) by Sandy Schaefer
  • The BFG

    Steven Spielberg’s The BFG is a technically impressive adaptation of Roald Dahl’s novel – one with whimsy and heart to spare.

    (5) by Sandy Schaefer
  • The Shallows

    The Shallows serves up plenty of thrills and scares, but it prioritizes taut storytelling over character building.

    (17) by Chris Agar
  • Free State of Jones

    Free State of Jones is well-crafted and tells a worthwhile story, but makes for a better history lesson than moviegoing experience.

    (5) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Independence Day: Resurgence

    Independence Day: Resurgence is B-movie CGI disaster mayhem that is elevated, only slightly, by the few fan-favorite characters who return.

    (53) by Ben Kendrick
  • The Neon Demon

    The Neon Demon is a stylishly surreal, but hollow, horror/thriller – and another Nicolas Winding Refn film bound to divide audiences.

    (12) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made

    Raiders! is a fascinating illustration of the power of film and why movies can be magical, making a statement about why the art form is important.

    (5) by Chris Agar
  • Central Intelligence

    Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson’s comedic chemistry save Central Intelligence from being a passable, yet forgettable, mainstream action/comedy.

    (5) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Finding Dory

    Finding Dory isn’t just a worthy sequel to Nemo, it also succeeds on its own – as a rousing tale of love and overcoming adversity.

    (6) by Ben Kendrick
  • Now You See Me 2

    Despite some entertaining moments, Now You See Me 2 is largely an exercise of style over substance when it’s all said and done.

    (11) by Chris Agar
  • The Conjuring 2

    While The Conjuring 2 isn’t as innovative a horror film throwback as its predecessor, it’s an excellent ghost story in its own right.

    (15) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Warcraft

    Warcraft lays an enticing foundation for future installments in the fantasy-adventure series – at the expense of its current cast and story.

    (110) by Ben Kendrick
  • Me Before You

    Me Before You’s reliance on formula prevents it from being as compelling as it could have been.

    (6) by Chris Agar
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows is a faithful adaptation of the fan-favorite 1987 animated series – for better and for worse.

    (26) by Ben Kendrick
  • Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

    Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping is essentially a solid Lonely Island sketch over-stretched to fill a feature-length running time.

    (5) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Alice Through the Looking Glass

    Alice Through the Looking Glass is more of a shiny, yet hollow, Disney product than meaningful continuation of Alice’s story.

    (10) by Sandy Schaefer
  • X-Men: Apocalypse

    X-Men: Apocalypse is a decent follow-up to Days of Future Past – albeit one that will service longtime series fans more than casual filmgoers.

    (103) by Ben Kendrick
  • The Angry Birds Movie

    Despite fleeting moments of entertainment, The Angry Birds Movie comes across as a hollow viewing experience that doesn’t have much to offer.

    (8) by Chris Agar
  • Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising

    Stoller manages to justify his sequel but Sorority Rising’s parade of R-rated gags aren’t enough to hit the same highs (or longevity) as Neighbors.

    (7) by Ben Kendrick