Latest Reviews

  • The Boy

    The Boy is a very slow burn, one that successfully works to the narrative at hand, but isn’t particularly enjoyable to watch.

    by Ben Kendrick
  • No Escape

    Despite some competent suspenseful filmmaking, a thin story and xenophobic overtones make No Escape an unpleasant movie to watch.

    (34) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Sinister 2

    There are elements of a decent horror parable here, but Sinister 2 lacks the restrained direction and eery mythos of its predecessor.

    (10) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Hitman: Agent 47

    Hitman: Agent 47 is a second missed opportunity to translate one of the more adaptable video games into a satisfying movie experience.

    (31) by Kofi Outlaw
  • American Ultra

    American Ultra is not quite the sum of its eclectic parts, but is strangely entertaining, nonetheless.

    (17) by Kofi Outlaw
  • Straight Outta Compton

    Straight Outta Compton hurtles toward greatness only to fall short in execution. Yet, aiming high and falling short still results in a very good film.

    (49) by Kofi Outlaw
  • The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

    Though viewers will find familiar story beats and characters in The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Ritchie succeeds in creating a fun love-letter to 1960s spy fandom.

    (33) by Ben Kendrick
  • Ricki and the Flash

    Ricki and the Flash is a half-baked comedy/drama, but the cast (including Meryl Streep’s aging rocker) makes it a charming one.

    (8) by Sandy Schaefer
  • The Gift

    The Gift is a haunting character drama that successfully incorporates elements of the thriller and psychological horror genres

    (20) by Ben Kendrick
  • Fantastic Four (2015)

    All the pieces were in place for a refreshing entry in the superhero genre, but Fantastic Four completely unravels at the halfway point.

    (294) by Ben Kendrick
  • Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation

    Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation is a smart and exciting blockbuster, as well as another strong installment in the Tom Cruise action franchise.

    (68) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Vacation

    The new Vacation means well but tries too hard, and is ultimately just another pale imitation reboot.

    (32) by Kofi Outlaw
  • Justice League: Gods and Monsters

    Justice League: Gods and Monsters is a must-see for any DC fan – the launchpad to a rich and fun alternate version of the DC universe.

    (98) by Kofi Outlaw
  • Southpaw

    Southpaw is a paint by numbers boxing drama kept afloat by good direction and a ferocious Jake Gyllenhaal performance.

    (11) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Pixels

    Despite a solid premise and talented supporting cast, Pixels is another shallow addition to Adam Sandler’s product line.

    (35) by Ben Kendrick
  • Paper Towns

    It’s not the most poignant or ground-breaking coming of age tale, but Paper Towns’ gentle nature and noble intentions make it a respectable one.

    (5) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Mr. Holmes

    Mr. Holmes is a solid (if unremarkable) period drama that is anchored by a great Ian McKellen performance as an old Sherlock Holmes.

    (5) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Trainwreck

    Trainwreck is an honest film that defies gender stereotypes; though, more often than not, it still adheres to familiar romantic comedy tropes.

    (16) by Ben Kendrick
  • Ant-Man

    Though being a formulaic Marvel superhero origin tale, Ant-Man gets a boost from a good ensemble cast and an overall tone of fun and creativity from director Peyton Reed.

    (132) by Kofi Outlaw
  • Minions

    Minions delivers just enough of what people love about the eponymous Despicable Me characters to please their fanbase – but not much else.

    (14) by Sandy Schaefer