Latest Reviews

  • 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

    Masterminds

    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

    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

    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
  • Bridget Jones’s Baby Review

    Bridget Jones's Baby

    Bridget Jones’s Baby is a perfectly enjoyable addition to the Bridget Jones franchise, if not a particularly meaningful one.

    (4) by Sandy Schaefer
  • The Prequels Strike Back: A Fan’s Journey Review

    The Prequels Strike Back: A Fan's Journey

    The Prequels Strike Back won’t change opinions about the prequel trilogy, but it makes for a fascinating deconstruction of the movies.

    (51) by Chris Agar
  • Sully Review

    Sully

    Sully amounts to a respectable yet unmemorable account of real-life heroism, despite fine performances and capable direction.

    (11) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Morgan Review

    Morgan

    It toys with some interesting concepts, but Morgan ultimately favors generic action over developing its core ideas into something more fascinating.

    (6) by Chris Agar
  • The Light Between Oceans Review

    The Light Between Oceans

    Strong performances and beautiful cinematography elevate The Light Between Oceans, yet soap opera contrivances and uneven writing hold it back.

    by Sandy Schaefer
  • Don’t Breathe Review

    Don't Breathe

    Don’t Breathe cuts a fresh path, providing thrill-seeking moviegoers and horror die-hards with an inventive as well as terrifying movie experience.

    (8) by Ben Kendrick
  • Mechanic: Resurrection Review

    Mechanic: Resurrection

    Mechanic: Resurrection is a mindless B-movie with little substance of note, but those who enjoy Statham should have a fun time.

    (1) by Chris Agar
  • Kubo and the Two Strings Review

    Kubo and the Two Strings

    Kubo and the Two Strings is Laika’s most poignant, entertaining, and beautiful film yet – and one of the best movies, animated or not, of 2016.

    (16) by Ben Kendrick
  • Ben-Hur Review

    Ben-Hur

    There is a timely message of tolerance and forgiveness, but Ben-Hur is a poorly-constructed historical epic that fails to leave an impact.

    (20) by Chris Agar
  • War Dogs Review

    War Dogs

    Wars Dogs is a solid movie, but only partly succeeds at blending Todd Phillips’ brand of bro-comedy with social/political commentary.

    (3) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Hell or High Water Review

    Hell or High Water

    Hell or High Water makes for a contemplative dramatic thriller that is fueled by great performances and strong direction.

    (10) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Sausage Party Review

    Sausage Party

    Sausage Party is definitely not for everyone, but it offers an amusing blend of humor and substance, providing viewers with heady food for thought.

    (10) by Chris Agar
  • Blood Father Review

    Blood Father

    Blood Father offers solid genre film entertainment, but works better as a character piece than as a pulpy thrill ride.

    (15) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Pete’s Dragon Review

    Pete's Dragon

    Pete’s Dragon succeeds as a dramatic reimagining of its predecessor – giving rise to a soulful modern fairy tale in the process.

    (12) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Suicide Squad Review

    Suicide Squad

    Suicide Squad is a lively comic book movie – albeit one that is undermined by plot holes and uneven execution of action, character, and comedy.

    (165) by Ben Kendrick
  • Bad Moms Review

    Bad Moms

    Bad Moms deserves credit for mixing things up in the genre, but its reliance on caricatures prevents it from being as memorable as it could have been.

    (7) by Chris Agar