Latest Reviews

  • No Escape

    Despite some competent suspenseful filmmaking, a thin story and xenophobic overtones make No Escape an unpleasant movie to watch.

    (40) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Sinister 2

    There are elements of a decent horror parable here, but Sinister 2 lacks the restrained direction and eery mythos of its predecessor.

    (11) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Hitman: Agent 47

    Hitman: Agent 47 is a second missed opportunity to translate one of the more adaptable video games into a satisfying movie experience.

    (32) by Kofi Outlaw
  • American Ultra

    American Ultra is not quite the sum of its eclectic parts, but is strangely entertaining, nonetheless.

    (17) by Kofi Outlaw
  • Straight Outta Compton

    Straight Outta Compton hurtles toward greatness only to fall short in execution. Yet, aiming high and falling short still results in a very good film.

    (50) by Kofi Outlaw
  • The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

    Though viewers will find familiar story beats and characters in The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Ritchie succeeds in creating a fun love-letter to 1960s spy fandom.

    (35) by Ben Kendrick
  • Ricki and the Flash

    Ricki and the Flash is a half-baked comedy/drama, but the cast (including Meryl Streep’s aging rocker) makes it a charming one.

    (9) by Sandy Schaefer
  • The Gift

    The Gift is a haunting character drama that successfully incorporates elements of the thriller and psychological horror genres

    (21) by Ben Kendrick
  • Fantastic Four (2015)

    All the pieces were in place for a refreshing entry in the superhero genre, but Fantastic Four completely unravels at the halfway point.

    (299) by Ben Kendrick
  • Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation

    Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation is a smart and exciting blockbuster, as well as another strong installment in the Tom Cruise action franchise.

    (68) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Vacation

    The new Vacation means well but tries too hard, and is ultimately just another pale imitation reboot.

    (33) by Kofi Outlaw
  • Justice League: Gods and Monsters

    Justice League: Gods and Monsters is a must-see for any DC fan – the launchpad to a rich and fun alternate version of the DC universe.

    (99) by Kofi Outlaw
  • Southpaw

    Southpaw is a paint by numbers boxing drama kept afloat by good direction and a ferocious Jake Gyllenhaal performance.

    (11) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Pixels

    Despite a solid premise and talented supporting cast, Pixels is another shallow addition to Adam Sandler’s product line.

    (37) by Ben Kendrick
  • Paper Towns

    It’s not the most poignant or ground-breaking coming of age tale, but Paper Towns’ gentle nature and noble intentions make it a respectable one.

    (5) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Mr. Holmes

    Mr. Holmes is a solid (if unremarkable) period drama that is anchored by a great Ian McKellen performance as an old Sherlock Holmes.

    (6) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Trainwreck

    Trainwreck is an honest film that defies gender stereotypes; though, more often than not, it still adheres to familiar romantic comedy tropes.

    (16) by Ben Kendrick
  • Ant-Man

    Though being a formulaic Marvel superhero origin tale, Ant-Man gets a boost from a good ensemble cast and an overall tone of fun and creativity from director Peyton Reed.

    (130) by Kofi Outlaw
  • Minions

    Minions delivers just enough of what people love about the eponymous Despicable Me characters to please their fanbase – but not much else.

    (15) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Self/less

    Self/less is an average science-fiction drama that pulls heavily from prior filmic explorations of immortality – and passes familiar plot beats off as fresh ideas.

    (16) by Ben Kendrick
  • Magic Mike XXL

    Magic Mike XXL may not be an insightful continuation of its predecessor, but it delivers an experience that many wanted the first time around.

    (10) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Terminator Genisys

    Terminator Genisys is a good entry point for new viewers, with worthwhile setup for future installments, but falls short in evolving core elements of the series.

    (82) by Ben Kendrick
  • Ted 2

    Though crafted with a more mature hand, ‘Ted 2′ feels episodic rather than reinventive, and is ultimately just more of the same.

    (19) by Kofi Outlaw
  • Dope

    Dope is a smart urban homage to the legacy of John Hughes films, but still manages to distinguish itself as something uniquely special.

    (13) by Kofi Outlaw
  • Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

    Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is a must-see for moviegoers who aren’t afraid to find joy and self-reflection in the story of a dying girl.

    (8) by Ben Kendrick