Latest Reviews

  • The Boss

    The Boss isn’t a mold-breaker for Melissa McCarthy’s brand of humor, but it is a solid mainstream comedy elevated by its star.

    (2) by Sandy Schaefer
  • My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

    It’s not exactly a bar-raising sequel, but My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 has enough of its predecessor’s charm and sincerity to earn a passing grade.

    (4) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice

    Batman V Superman is DC’s Iron Man 2 – an okay movie that prioritizes shared universe setup over developing a coherent story and layered characters.

    (372) by Ben Kendrick
  • The Divergent Series: Allegiant

    Allegiant is a subpar installment in The Divergent Series that fails to justify the decision to split the final Divergent novel into two movies.

    (24) by Sandy Schaefer
  • The Brothers Grimsby

    The Brothers Grimsby is a middle of the road action/comedy where Sacha Baron Cohen’s R-Rated comedy brand offers diminishing returns.

    (6) by Sandy Schaefer
  • 10 Cloverfield Lane

    10 Cloverfield Lane has little in common with Cloverfield but is, nevertheless, a clever, thrilling, and downright fun movie experience.

    (49) by Ben Kendrick
  • Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

    Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is an uneven, but otherwise passable wartime comedy/drama anchored by Tina Fey’s performance.

    (4) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Zootopia

    Zootopia is filled with lovable characters and a heartfelt message for kids, along with a layered subtext for adults, that is both timely and moving.

    (14) by Ben Kendrick
  • London Has Fallen

    London Has Fallen is an uninspired sequel to Olympus Has Fallen, but has some of its predecessor’s cheesy action movie throwback charm.

    (14) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Gods of Egypt

    Gods of Egypt is a cheesy and visually unimpressive fantasy adventure that’s too dull to make for fun campy entertainment.

    (40) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Triple 9

    Triple 9 has elements of greatness, but its talented cast and inspired directorial flourishes are offset by messy storytelling choices.

    (4) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Eddie the Eagle

    Eddie the Eagle is a light-hearted and thoroughly inspiring underdog tale – with lovable performances from Hugh Jackman and Taron Egerton.

    (3) by Ben Kendrick
  • The Witch

    The Witch is effectively unpleasant and creepy, but it works better as a psychological thriller than a horror film.

    (26) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Race

    Race finishes in the middle of the biopic genre pack – a bronze medal winner that honors Jesse Owens but falls short of cinematic greatness.

    (5) by Ben Kendrick
  • How to Be Single

    How to Be Single relies heavily on rom-com tropes, but succeeds in putting a more thoughtful and funny spin on many of them.

    (3) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Zoolander 2

    Zoolander 2 aims to be bigger and crazier than its predecessor, but amounts to a serviceable (though less memorable) comedy sequel.

    (2) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Deadpool

    Deadpool, much like its source material, is an irreverent, bloody, and riotous twist on the superhero genre – a must-see comic book movie experience.

    (97) by Ben Kendrick
  • Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

    Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is unwieldy horror-comedy – delivering an amusing but gimmicky blend of Regency-era romance and zombie mythology.

    (16) by Ben Kendrick
  • Hail, Caesar!

    Hail, Caesar! is a funny and madcap, if unfocused, farcical salute to Golden Age Hollywood from the Coen Brothers.

    (15) by Sandy Schaefer
  • The Finest Hours

    The Finest Hours is a respectful dramatization of the real-life events that inspired it, but is too by the numbers to leave a strong impression.

    (3) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Kung Fu Panda 3

    Kung Fu Panda 3 is a well-meaning piece of escapism for kids – one that shows signs of wear in the larger computer-animated kung fu franchise.

    (8) by Ben Kendrick
  • Ride Along 2

    Ride Along 2 is an uninspired retread of its predecessor, but manages to reach the (low) bar set for this action/comedy franchise.

    (8) by Sandy Schaefer
  • 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

    13 Hours has elements of a lean and efficient action/thriller, but is bloated and overblown thanks to Michael Bay’s directorial approach.

    (45) by Sandy Schaefer
  • The Revenant

    The Revenant is an ambitious directorial and performance experiment that yields interesting, if not flawed, results.

    (55) by Kofi Outlaw
  • Carol

    Carol is a visually rich period drama that boasts strong performances and refined direction, though some may find it easier to admire than love.

    (7) by Sandy Schaefer