Latest Reviews

  • 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
  • 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.

    (5) 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
  • The Nice Guys

    The Nice Guys is an entertainingly breezy buddy-detective romp that steadfast Shane Black fans ought to get additional mileage from.

    (9) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Money Monster

    Money Monster is a well-directed and well-acted dramatic thriller weighed down by heavy-handed social commentary and implausible plot beats.

    (5) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Captain America: Civil War

    Captain America: Civil War is a great superhero blockbuster that lays the groundwork for even bigger and better things to come in Phase 3 of the MCU.

    (150) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Ratchet & Clank

    Ratchet & Clank has moments of humor, but is undercut by a generic story and thin characters that fail to leave a meaningful impact.

    (10) by Chris Agar
  • Keanu

    Keanu may be a glorified feature-length Key and Peele skit, but it’s also an entertaining and thematically-layered action/comedy parody.

    (11) by Sandy Schaefer
  • The Huntsman: Winter's War

    Every single piece of The Huntsman: Winter’s War underwhelms – resulting in a strained prequel/sequel/spin-off fairytale with very little magic.

    (24) by Ben Kendrick
  • The Jungle Book (2016)

    The Jungle Book is magnificent – honoring its literary and animated roots with thrilling action, groundbreaking effects, and heart-warming drama.

    (46) by Ben Kendrick
  • Criminal

    Despite a fun performance from Kevin Costner, Criminal is a half-baked action/thriller that fails to properly explore its sci-fi premise.

    (4) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Hardcore Henry

    Hardcore Henry is only partly successful at using the first person POV format to create a unique cinematic experience.

    (15) by Sandy Schaefer