Latest Reviews

  • 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

    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

    Passengers

    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

    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
  • Nocturnal Animals Review

    Nocturnal Animals

    Nocturnal Animals has style and ambition to spare, yet as a whole Tom Ford’s dark psychological thriller rings hollow.

    (4) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Bad Santa 2 Review

    Bad Santa 2

    Bad Santa 2 is another late comedy sequel that fails to catch lightning in a bottle again with a poor script and weak characters.

    (3) by Chris Agar
  • Moana Review

    Moana

    Moana is a funny, heartfelt and richly-crafted hero’s journey adventure that effectively puts a Disney spin on Southern Pacific culture.

    (1) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Allied Review

    Allied

    Allied is most compelling as a dramatic spy thriller – less so as a sweeping romance that unfolds against the backdrop of WWII.

    by Sandy Schaefer
  • Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk Review

    Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

    Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk is a well-intentioned misfire that cannot live up to its higher aspirations.

    (2) by Chris Agar
  • The Edge of Seventeen Review

    The Edge of Seventeen

    The Edge of Seventeen captures the spirit of classic John Hughes comedies – at the same time, refining and innovating Hughes’ storytelling approach.

    (2) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Review

    Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

    Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a solid Harry Potter series movie but often prioritizes setup over memorable drama or spellbinding action.

    (23) by Ben Kendrick
  • Moonlight Review

    Moonlight

    Moonlight is one of the most poignant, poetic and beautiful movies of the year.

    (11) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Arrival Review

    Arrival

    Arrival is a smart tale of alien contact that boasts great visuals and performances, if also more brains than heart.

    (37) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Trolls Review

    Trolls

    Trolls is solid, visually-stunning entertainment for kids with a positive message, but there isn’t much there for adults.

    (2) by Chris Agar
  • Doctor Strange Review

    Doctor Strange

    Doctor Strange manages to expand the Marvel Cinematic Universe while also telling a satisfying story in its own isolated corner.

    (134) by Ben Kendrick
  • Hacksaw Ridge Review

    Hacksaw Ridge

    Hacksaw Ridge is a grisly WWII movie that excels as an action/thriller, but has mixed success in realizing its loftier thematic ambitions.

    (14) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Inferno Review

    Inferno

    Inferno is unlikely to earn the Robert Langdon movie franchise any new fans – and isn’t worth the long wait that it took to get made.

    (4) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Keeping Up with the Joneses Review

    Keeping Up with the Joneses

    Despite a fun premise, Keeping Up with the Joneses is a mildly entertaining comedy that’s very generic.

    (7) by Chris Agar