Latest Reviews

  • ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Review

    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.’ Review

    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’ Review

    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’ Review

    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’ Review

    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.

    (300) by Ben Kendrick
  • ‘Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation’ Review

    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’ Review

    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’ Review

    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’ Review

    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’ Review

    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’ Review

    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’ Review

    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’ Review

    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’ Review

    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’ Review

    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’ Review

    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’ Review

    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’ Review

    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’ Review

    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’ Review

    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’ Review

    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
  • ‘Inside Out’ Review

    Inside Out

    Inside Out is an important reflection on the power of emotion and proof that Pixar is still king of imaginative CG animated storytelling.

    (22) by Ben Kendrick
  • ‘Jurassic World’ Review

    Jurassic World

    Jurassic World is a big, shiny, and entertaining roller coaster ride, though the ‘World’ is more interesting than the people.

    (109) by Sandy Schaefer
  • ‘Spy’ Review

    Spy

    Spy is a very good showcase for Melissa McCarthy and another successful collaboration between her and director Paul Feig.

    (24) by Sandy Schaefer
  • ‘Insidious: Chapter 3’ Review

    Insidious: Chapter 3

    A streamlined story and menacing villain make-up for Insidious: Chapter 3’s imperfections – an eerie, albeit forgettable, horror movie.

    (8) by Ben Kendrick