Latest Reviews

  • Roman J. Israel, Esq. Review: Denzel Shines in Muddled Legal Drama

    Roman J. Israel, Esq.

    Roman J. Israel, Esq. features another standout performance by Washington, but the story around him is mundane and fails to leave an impression.

    by Chris Agar
  • Lady Bird Review: Greta Gerwig’s Coming of Age Romp Delights

    Lady Bird

    Lady Bird makes for a delightful coming of age comedy/drama, fueled by Gerwig’s inspired direction and Saoirse Ronan’s charming performance.

    (6) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Coco Review: Pixar’s Gorgeous Celebration of Family & Music

    Coco

    Coco is a heartwarming story about family and a well-crafted coming of age tale steeped beautifully in the traditions of Mexico’s Día de los Muertos.

    (9) by Molly Freeman
  • Wonder Review: A Heartwarming Story of Family Love

    Wonder

    Wonder is a touching tale of love and friendship, buoyed by strong performances from Jacob Tremblay and the rest of the cast.

    by Chris Agar
  • Justice League Review: DC Films Rebirth Has Begun

    Justice League

    Justice League successfully ushers in a new era for DC Films and delivers lots of superhero fun – at the expense of a richer and more layered movie.

    (84) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Mudbound Review: A Moving Tale of Two Families

    Mudbound

    Fueled by compelling performances and compassionate storytelling, Mudbound is a powerful examination of American society in the aftermath of WWII.

    by Sandy Schaefer
  • Call Me By Your Name Review: A Beautiful Portrait of First Love

    Call Me By Your Name

    Call Me By Your Name is a beautiful and powerful coming of age love story with remarkable performances from Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet.

    (6) by Molly Freeman
  • The Shape of Water Review: A Monstrous Fairy Tale For the Ages

    The Shape of Water

    Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water elegantly blends whimsical fairy tale with a fresh spin on classic monster movies for a delightful experience.

    (4) by Molly Freeman
  • Thelma Review: The Perks of Being a Supernatural Wallflower

    Thelma

    Thelma makes for an effectively moody and evocative piece of Norwegian-flavored filmmaking, even as it brings more groundbreaking stories to mind.

    (2) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Murder on the Orient Express Review: An Old Fashioned Stylish Mystery

    Murder on the Orient Express

    Murder on the Orient Express is well-crafted entertainment whose flaws are covered up by great work from Branagh in multiple facets.

    (4) by Chris Agar
  • Blade of the Immortal Review: Takashi Miike Presents Logan

    Blade of the Immortal

    Blade of the Immortal lacks depth as a quest for redemption narrative, but makes for good (and very bloody) pulpy fun in Miike’s skillful hands.

    (3) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Thor: Ragnarok Review – Thor & Hulk Versus The MCU Formula

    Thor: Ragnarok

    Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok is a breath of fresh air in the MCU, but still feels very much like a Marvel movie – for better or worse.

    (78) by Molly Freeman
  • Suburbicon Review: George Clooney’s Tonally-Confused Misfire

    Suburbicon

    Suburbicon is a confused mishmash of a movie that attempts to blend two different storylines and fails to fully develop either in an engaging fashion.

    (2) by Chris Agar
  • Thank You for Your Service Review: Life After War is Hell

    Thank You for Your Service

    Thank You for Your Service isn’t a great piece of filmmaking, but good intentions and sincere performances make it a solid drama about life after war.

    (4) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Goodbye Christopher Robin Review: A Bear of Very Little Happiness

    Goodbye Christopher Robin

    Goodbye Christopher Robin is handsome and well acted, but has mixed success when it comes to presenting Milne’s life story in a neat and tidy package.

    (5) by Sandy Schaefer
  • 1922 Review

    1922

    1922 is a fascinating exploration of what guilt does to a man, fueled by a strong lead performance from Jane and compelling direction.

    (3) by Chris Agar
  • Tragedy Girls Review

    Tragedy Girls

    Tragedy Girls is a delightfully subversive and darkly comedic take on a slasher horror film, though it doesn’t necessarily reinvent the genre.

    (1) by Molly Freeman
  • The Snowman Review

    The Snowman

    While there are elements of a riveting Noir thriller here, The Snowman proves to be more of a pulpy mess than a chilling crime tale.

    (6) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Only the Brave Review

    Only the Brave

    Only the Brave makes for a straightforward, but meaningful salute to real-world heroism, thanks to its strong performances and sturdy direction.

    (6) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Happy Death Day Review

    Happy Death Day

    Happy Death Day is a fun, if silly, blending of various genre tropes that is fueled by a strong lead performance from Rothe.

    by Chris Agar
  • Marshall Review

    Marshall

    Marshall is a solid courtroom melodrama elevated by Boseman’s towering performance and its own timely-as-ever subject matter.

    (3) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Professor Marston & the Wonder Women Review

    Professor Marston & the Wonder Women

    Professor Marston and the Wonder Women deftly blends a beautiful tale of romance with the story of Wonder Woman’s origin and her feminist ideals.

    (4) by Molly Freeman
  • The Mountain Between Us Review

    The Mountain Between Us

    Winslet and Elba give it their all, but The Mountain Between Us is an absurd and forgettable affair that leaves little impact with viewers.

    by Chris Agar
  • Blade Runner 2049 Review

    Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049 not only succeeds at feeling like a necessary franchise revival, it also makes for a captivating standalone work of science-fiction.

    (23) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Flatliners Review

    Flatliners

    Flatliners is an unmemorable redux hampered by poor writing and a general lack of thrills that fails to capture the attention of its audience.

    (5) by Chris Agar