Latest Reviews

  • The Great Wall Review

    The Great Wall

    Despite some inspired elements, The Great Wall is an odd mashup of Hollywood monster blockbuster and sweeping Chinese fantasy epic.

    (10) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Fifty Shades Darker Review

    Fifty Shades Darker

    While Fifty Shades Darker exceeds its predecessor in some ways, in other respects it’s just as ridiculous (if not more so) by comparison.

    (10) by Sandy Schaefer
  • John Wick: Chapter 2 Review

    John Wick: Chapter 2

    John Wick: Chapter 2 delivers plenty more of what fans want, while fleshing out the property’s mythology and lore in fascinating ways.

    (16) by Chris Agar
  • The LEGO Batman Movie Review

    The LEGO Batman Movie

    The LEGO Batman Movie works as not only a funny riff on the Batman character and his legacy, but also as a great action/comedy on its own terms.

    (7) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Rings Review


    Rings is a mediocre horror sequel handicapped by poor writing that will only appeal to die hard fans of the genre and source material.

    (8) by Chris Agar
  • Sadako v Kayako Review

    Sadako v Kayako

    Sadako v Kayako (The Ring v The Grudge) won’t win over the uninitiated, but fans of both franchises should have a good time with this crossover.

    (1) by Chris Agar
  • Resident Evil: The Final Chapter Review

    Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

    The Final Chapter meets the standard for mindless thrills set by the previous Resident Evil films, ending the series on more of a shrug than a bang.

    (11) by Sandy Schaefer
  • xXx: Return of Xander Cage Review

    xXx: Return of Xander Cage

    xXx: Return of Xander Cage serves up all the expected over-the-top action, but it won’t win the series any new fans due to various shortcomings.

    (14) by Chris Agar
  • Split Review


    Split is the best M. Night Shyamalan creation in recent memory, as anchored by a great performance (or, rather, performances) by James McAvoy.

    (8) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Monster Trucks Review

    Monster Trucks

    Monster Trucks is an OK kids movie that lacks most of the substance of the classic 1980s Amblin productions it tries to emulate.

    (8) by Chris Agar
  • Silence Review


    Silence is beautifully-crafted and well-acted, but often frustrating in the way that it examines spirituality through historical drama.

    (14) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Patriots Day Review

    Patriots Day

    Patriots Day is more effective as a suspense thriller than a stirring docudrama that explores the complexities of real-life heroism.

    (3) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Live by Night Review

    Live by Night

    Live by Night is a dense and disorganized movie adaptation in which Ben Affleck covers too much ground for any one story or character to succeed.

    (10) by Ben Kendrick
  • Underworld: Blood Wars Review

    Underworld: Blood Wars

    Underworld: Blood Wars is a poorly-constructed slog of a sequel that fails to engage the audience in any impactful manner.

    (15) by Chris Agar
  • Hidden Figures Review

    Hidden Figures

    Hidden Figures is the rare true story-based historical drama that succeeds at being as inspirational and feel-good as it aspires to be.

    (6) by Sandy Schaefer
  • A Monster Calls Review

    A Monster Calls

    A Monster Calls is a beautiful and inspirational depiction of a young person’s battle with grief – but that doesn’t mean it’s for every young person.

    (5) by Ben Kendrick
  • Fences Review


    Fences struggles to make the leap from the stage to the big screen, but is kept afloat by the powerhouse performances of its leads.

    (23) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Why Him? Review

    Why Him?

    Why Him? falls victim to its genre’s clichés, but Cranston and Franco make for an entertaining odd couple comedic pairing.

    (3) by Chris Agar
  • Passengers Review


    Despite decent chemistry between the leads and a fascinating concept, Passengers is a bland, unsatisfying sci-fi story that fails to connect.

    (24) by Chris Agar
  • Sing Review


    Sing is a narratively slight, but energetic animated musical romp that succeeds in staying light on its toes through its running time.

    by Sandy Schaefer
  • Assassin’s Creed Review

    Assassin's Creed

    Assassin’s Creed is a step in the right direction for video game movies but slick action and beautiful visuals are undercut by a hollow hero story.

    (19) by Ben Kendrick
  • Manchester by the Sea Review

    Manchester by the Sea

    Manchester by the Sea is an affecting examination of the grieving process, brought to life through strong direction and compelling performances.

    by Sandy Schaefer
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Review

    Star Wars: Rogue One

    A well-crafted and thoughtful story drives Rogue One – in a sandbox that provides a perfect blend of modern action and classic Star Wars style.

    (60) by Ben Kendrick
  • La La Land Review

    La La Land

    La La Land makes for Damien Chazelle’s most technically-accomplished love letter to music yet, as well as the filmmaker’s most poignant work.

    (4) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Office Christmas Party Review

    Office Christmas Party

    Office Christmas Party is a decent studio comedy, but its entertaining parts do not add up to a cohesive whole.

    (4) by Chris Agar