Latest Reviews

  • Storks

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

    (1) by Chris Agar
  • 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.

    (2) by Sandy Schaefer
  • 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.

    (16) 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.

    (49) 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
  • Blood Father

    Blood Father offers solid genre film entertainment, but works better as a character piece than as a pulpy thrill ride.

    (15) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Pete's Dragon

    Pete’s Dragon succeeds as a dramatic reimagining of its predecessor – giving rise to a soulful modern fairy tale in the process.

    (10) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Suicide Squad

    Suicide Squad is a lively comic book movie – albeit one that is undermined by plot holes and uneven execution of action, character, and comedy.

    (161) by Ben Kendrick
  • Bad Moms

    Bad Moms deserves credit for mixing things up in the genre, but its reliance on caricatures prevents it from being as memorable as it could have been.

    (7) by Chris Agar
  • Jason Bourne

    Jason Bourne is a serviceable Bourne franchise installment, but an uninventive and unnecessary epilogue to the original Bourne movie trilogy.

    (39) by Sandy Schaefer
  • 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
  • Star Trek Beyond

    Star Trek Beyond is a highly entertaining summer blockbuster for fans and casual moviegoers that pays respect to the franchise legacy.

    (43) by Chris Agar
  • 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