Latest Reviews

  • 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi Review

    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 Review

    The Revenant

    The Revenant is an ambitious directorial and performance experiment that yields interesting, if not flawed, results.

    (55) by Kofi Outlaw
  • Carol Review

    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 Review

    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 Review

    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) Review

    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 Review

    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 Review

    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 Review

    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
  • The Big Short Review

    The Big Short

    The Big Short has its flaws, but is one of the more unique movies based on non-fiction literature in recent memory.

    (13) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Sisters Review

    Sisters

    Sisters is an uneven mix of raunchy farce and sincerity that’s elevated by the undeniable chemistry between Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

    (5) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Star Wars 7: The Force Awakens Review

    Star Wars 7: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars 7: The Force Awakens is a welcome comeback movie for the franchise, and fan love will be enough to propel most viewers past its flaws.

    (232) by Kofi Outlaw
  • Macbeth Review

    Macbeth

    Macbeth is an effectively grim and well-acted Shakespeare adaptation, but prioritizes style over substance.

    (3) by Sandy Schaefer
  • In the Heart of the Sea Review

    In the Heart of the Sea

    As a big screen viewing experience based on one of America’s most evocative myths, In the Heart of the Sea is a surprisingly forgettable adaptation.

    (10) by Ben Kendrick
  • Krampus Review

    Krampus

    Krampus isn’t as clever or scary as Christmas horror/comedies past, but provides enough kitschy fun for those craving a darker holiday yarn.

    (26) by Sandy Schaefer
  • The Danish Girl Review

    The Danish Girl

    The Danish Girl is a beautiful film with brave performances – though Hooper often struggles to translate Lili Elbe’s life into memorable movie drama.

    (8) by Ben Kendrick
  • Brooklyn Review

    Brooklyn

    Brooklyn is a beautiful period drama and rich piece of romantic storytelling that boasts great performances.

    (14) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Victor Frankenstein Review

    Victor Frankenstein

    Victor Frankenstein is an entertainingly kooky, but otherwise messy and slapdash re-imagining of the Frankenstein mythos.

    (3) by Sandy Schaefer
  • The Good Dinosaur Review

    The Good Dinosaur

    The Good Dinosaur isn’t as sophisticated as Disney/Pixar’s best films, but still boasts a touching story and gorgeous animation.

    (13) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Creed Review

    Creed

    The name on the title card may have changed, but the Rocky legacy is alive and thriving in Creed.

    (61) by Kofi Outlaw
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 Review

    Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2

    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 is a thrilling and powerful ending to the Hunger Games movie saga.

    (13) by Kofi Outlaw
  • Secret in Their Eyes Review

    Secret in Their Eyes

    Secret in Their Eyes is a well-acted and politically-charged drama/thriller with ambitions that exceed its grasp.

    (6) by Sandy Schaefer
  • The Night Before Review

    The Night Before

    The Night Before manages to be both an irreverent and sincere Christmas movie, sure to be a holiday favorite (albeit a zany one) for years to come.

    (22) by Ben Kendrick
  • Spotlight Review

    Spotlight

    Spotlight is a well-crafted and thoughtful investigative journalism docudrama that is buoyed by great performances.

    (5) by Sandy Schaefer
  • The 33 Review

    The 33

    An entertaining and earnest chronicle of the 33 with solid performances – one that is undercut by otherwise standard docudrama throughout.

    (2) by Ben Kendrick