Latest Reviews

  • 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.

    (11) 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.

    (44) 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
  • 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.

    (9) 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.

    (21) 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