Latest Reviews

  • Chappie

    Chappie succeeds in Blomkamp’s principle goal: exploring a heightened version of childhood development told through the lens of gritty science-fiction and gangster stereotypes.

    (81) by Ben Kendrick
  • The Lazarus Effect

    ‘The Lazarus Effect’ is one of those horror films where lack of character logic makes it hard to root for the bodies that are inevitably going to pile on the floor.

    (13) by Kofi Outlaw
  • Focus

    Despite its ‘never lose focus’ catchphrase, unnecessary tangents and underwhelming reveals make Focus a somewhat unfocused, though still enjoyable, viewing experience.

    (11) by Ben Kendrick
  • The Duff

    The Duff makes timely points about self-love, body image, and modern relationships but falls short of becoming a teen drama classic.

    (9) by Ben Kendrick
  • McFarland, USA

    McFarland, USA is by-the-numbers underdogs sport fare, but good direction and performances make it a respectable addition to the genre.

    (4) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Hot Tub Time Machine 2

    ‘Hot Tub Time Machine 2′ is basically a sillier version of an already silly concept – but that doesn’t mean it isn’t still fun.

    (2) by Kofi Outlaw
  • Kingsman: The Secret Service

    Smart genre riffs and hyper-stylized action, Kingsman: The Secret Service manages to provide a clever twist on the spy movie format.

    (80) by Ben Kendrick
  • Fifty Shades of Grey

    Unfortunately for the ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ movie, a solid cast, good director and unique premise only help to expose the inherent weaknesses of the source novel.

    (93) by Kofi Outlaw
  • The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water

    ‘The SpongeBob Movie’ is essentially a kid-friendly stoner comedy, but also one that’s clever and inspired enough to keep SpongeBob fans entertained.

    (22) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Jupiter Ascending

    ‘Jupiter Ascending’ is a baffling mix of material that is both impressively innovative, and utterly ridiculous.

    (120) by Kofi Outlaw
  • Seventh Son

    Seventh Son would be utterly forgettable, were it not for some decent directorial elements and the performances of Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore.

    (21) by Sandy Schaefer
  • A Most Violent Year

    A Most Violent Year is not the next great mob movie it’s been advertised as; it’s a thoughtful character drama with a solid cast – no more, no less.

    (26) by Kofi Outlaw
  • Black Sea

    It isn’t the smartest or most exciting thriller that viewers will have seen but, thanks to a quality cast and a fresh setup, Black Sea is still an entertaining watch.

    (3) by Ben Kendrick
  • Black or White

    It’s far from ground-breaking in its social statements, but ‘Black or White’ is still a solid comedy/drama buoyed by good performances all around.

    (5) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Project Almanac

    Even though Project Almanac does not reinvent the found footage format, the movie still manages to tell a gripping (and stylish) time travel story.

    (29) by Ben Kendrick
  • Justice League: Throne of Atlantis

    ‘Justice League: Throne of Atlantis’ is solid DC superhero entertainment and a great introduction to the Aquaman character.

    (52) by Kofi Outlaw
  • Mortdecai

    Mortdecai lacks the wit and charm that would’ve been necessary for this farcical pastiche to work, resulting in another disappointment from Johnny Depp.

    (32) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Strange Magic

    Strange Magic may be a pretty picture that the kids can sing along to, but within the larger spectrum of animated features it is pretty forgettable.

    (16) by Kofi Outlaw
  • American Sniper

    ‘American Sniper’ may not be the strongest biopic in the genre, but it is on par with other acclaimed military action-thrillers like Black Hawk Down or The Hurt Locker.

    (97) by Kofi Outlaw
  • Paddington

    Thanks to its playfully idiosyncratic, yet thoughtful nature, Paddington maintains the innocence and charm of the Paddington character for a new generation.

    (14) by Sandy Schaefer