Latest Reviews

  • Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

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

    (5) 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
  • The Forest

    The Forest struggles to transform its spooky premise and haunting setting into memorable or unique on-screen movie scares.

    (14) by Ben Kendrick
  • Joy

    Joy is a decent biographical drama anchored by Jennifer Lawrence’s performance, but fails to realize its greater ambitions.

    (38) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Point Break (2015)

    Bigger set pieces do not make for a better Point Break, and Core fails to improve upon the original film in any meaningful way.

    (32) by Ben Kendrick
  • Concussion

    Concussion isn’t a great biopic but it tells a great story – thanks to stirring subject matter and a quality performance from Will Smith.

    (12) by Ben Kendrick
  • Daddy's Home

    Daddy’s Home is a formulaic Will Ferrell comedy, but enough jokes hit their mark to make it a passable one.

    (7) by Sandy Schaefer
  • The Hateful Eight

    As a realization of Tarantino’s vision, The Hateful Eight is one of 2015’s best movies – and a standout in the director’s filmography.

    (90) by Ben Kendrick