Latest Reviews

  • Keeping Up with the Joneses

    Despite a fun premise, Keeping Up with the Joneses is a mildly entertaining comedy that’s very generic.

    (5) by Chris Agar
  • Ouija: Origin of Evil

    Thanks to the efforts of its talented cast and crew, Ouija: Origin of Evil is more solid horror film than soulless franchise continuation.

    by Sandy Schaefer
  • The Accountant

    The Accountant makes for a solid, yet unremarkable, action flick that can’t live up to its higher aspirations.

    (3) by Chris Agar
  • The Girl on the Train

    Despite a strong performance by Emily Blunt, The Girl on the Train is a middling thriller without much to offer.

    (2) by Chris Agar
  • The Birth of a Nation

    The Birth of a Nation is a work of passion-fueled filmmaking and messy storytelling that struggles to make the grand statement it aims for.

    (17) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Queen of Katwe

    Queen of Katwe is a heavy-handed variation of the Disney inspirational sports drama formula, but a sincere and well-meaning one too.

    (3) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

    Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children should provide moviegoers with an entertaining and emotional ride as well as nightmarish visuals to savor.

    (5) by Ben Kendrick
  • Masterminds

    Although not a disaster, Masterminds is a disposable and middling off-kilter heist comedy that squanders its cast’s talents on subpar material.

    (3) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Deepwater Horizon

    Deepwater Horizon effectively turns the real-world disaster into an action/drama that’s more disturbing than thrilling to watch.

    (2) by Sandy Schaefer
  • The Magnificent Seven

    The Magnificent Seven (2016) isn’t going to eclipse its predecessors but it is, nonetheless, an immensely entertaining and heartfelt action-western experience.

    (46) by Ben Kendrick
  • Storks

    Storks is an entertaining family film fueled by a series of powerful messages for everyone in the audience.

    (1) by Chris Agar
  • Snowden

    Snowden is a solid, yet unremarkable, portrayal of an intriguing incident that asks the audience to contemplate serious questions.

    (5) by Chris Agar
  • Blair Witch (2016)

    Blair Witch (2016) is what The Blair Witch Project would be if the original had been made today – which is both a compliment and a concession.

    (20) by Ben Kendrick
  • Bridget Jones's Baby

    Bridget Jones’s Baby is a perfectly enjoyable addition to the Bridget Jones franchise, if not a particularly meaningful one.

    (4) by Sandy Schaefer
  • The Prequels Strike Back: A Fan's Journey

    The Prequels Strike Back won’t change opinions about the prequel trilogy, but it makes for a fascinating deconstruction of the movies.

    (50) by Chris Agar
  • Sully

    Sully amounts to a respectable yet unmemorable account of real-life heroism, despite fine performances and capable direction.

    (11) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Morgan

    It toys with some interesting concepts, but Morgan ultimately favors generic action over developing its core ideas into something more fascinating.

    (6) by Chris Agar
  • The Light Between Oceans

    Strong performances and beautiful cinematography elevate The Light Between Oceans, yet soap opera contrivances and uneven writing hold it back.

    by Sandy Schaefer
  • Don't Breathe

    Don’t Breathe cuts a fresh path, providing thrill-seeking moviegoers and horror die-hards with an inventive as well as terrifying movie experience.

    (8) by Ben Kendrick
  • Mechanic: Resurrection

    Mechanic: Resurrection is a mindless B-movie with little substance of note, but those who enjoy Statham should have a fun time.

    (1) by Chris Agar
  • Kubo and the Two Strings

    Kubo and the Two Strings is Laika’s most poignant, entertaining, and beautiful film yet – and one of the best movies, animated or not, of 2016.

    (16) by Ben Kendrick
  • Ben-Hur

    There is a timely message of tolerance and forgiveness, but Ben-Hur is a poorly-constructed historical epic that fails to leave an impact.

    (19) by Chris Agar
  • War Dogs

    Wars Dogs is a solid movie, but only partly succeeds at blending Todd Phillips’ brand of bro-comedy with social/political commentary.

    (3) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Hell or High Water

    Hell or High Water makes for a contemplative dramatic thriller that is fueled by great performances and strong direction.

    (10) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Sausage Party

    Sausage Party is definitely not for everyone, but it offers an amusing blend of humor and substance, providing viewers with heady food for thought.

    (10) by Chris Agar