Latest Reviews

  • Moana Review


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

    (11) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Arrival Review


    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 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 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
  • Jack Reacher: Never Go Back Review

    Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

    Jack Reacher: Never Go Back does not offer enough high-octane action or clever mystery to stand out from the glut of so-so crime movies.

    (22) by Ben Kendrick
  • Ouija: Origin of Evil Review

    Ouija: Origin of Evil

    Thanks to the efforts of its talented cast and crew, Ouija: Origin of Evil is more solid horror film than soulless franchise continuation.

    by Sandy Schaefer
  • The Accountant Review

    The Accountant

    The Accountant makes for a solid, yet unremarkable, action flick that can’t live up to its higher aspirations.

    (9) by Chris Agar
  • The Girl on the Train Review

    The Girl on the Train

    Despite a strong performance by Emily Blunt, The Girl on the Train is a middling thriller without much to offer.

    (2) by Chris Agar
  • The Birth of a Nation Review

    The Birth of a Nation

    The Birth of a Nation is a work of passion-fueled filmmaking and messy storytelling that struggles to make the grand statement it aims for.

    (18) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Queen of Katwe Review

    Queen of Katwe

    Queen of Katwe is a heavy-handed variation of the Disney inspirational sports drama formula, but a sincere and well-meaning one too.

    (5) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Review

    Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

    Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children should provide moviegoers with an entertaining and emotional ride as well as nightmarish visuals to savor.

    (5) by Ben Kendrick
  • Masterminds Review


    Although not a disaster, Masterminds is a disposable and middling off-kilter heist comedy that squanders its cast’s talents on subpar material.

    (3) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Deepwater Horizon Review

    Deepwater Horizon

    Deepwater Horizon effectively turns the real-world disaster into an action/drama that’s more disturbing than thrilling to watch.

    (2) by Sandy Schaefer
  • The Magnificent Seven Review

    The Magnificent Seven

    The Magnificent Seven (2016) isn’t going to eclipse its predecessors but it is, nonetheless, an immensely entertaining and heartfelt action-western experience.

    (46) by Ben Kendrick
  • Storks Review


    Storks is an entertaining family film fueled by a series of powerful messages for everyone in the audience.

    (1) by Chris Agar
  • Snowden Review


    Snowden is a solid, yet unremarkable, portrayal of an intriguing incident that asks the audience to contemplate serious questions.

    (5) by Chris Agar
  • Blair Witch (2016) Review

    Blair Witch (2016)

    Blair Witch (2016) is what The Blair Witch Project would be if the original had been made today – which is both a compliment and a concession.

    (25) by Ben Kendrick