Latest Reviews

  • 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
  • American Made Review

    American Made

    American Made is a conventional true story crime caper that stays afloat thanks to Liman’s solid direction and Cruise’s committed turn as an antihero.

    (3) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Battle of the Sexes Review

    Battle of the Sexes

    Battle of the Sexes thrives as a crowd-pleasing sports story with charm to spare, even as it sugarcoats the real-life events that inspired it.

    (2) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Gerald’s Game Review

    Gerald's Game

    Driven by two great performances, Gerald’s Game successfully turns King’s source material into a disturbing exercise in cinematic horror and suspense.

    (3) by Sandy Schaefer
  • The LEGO Ninjago Movie Review

    The LEGO Ninjago Movie

    The LEGO Ninjago Movie is an underwhelming series installment hamstrung by a thin script and weak characters that don’t leave much of an impact.

    (8) by Chris Agar
  • Kingsman: The Golden Circle Review

    Kingsman: The Golden Circle

    Kingsman: The Golden Circle doubles down on slick action and spy genre riffs, but adds enough fresh and fun elements to provide an exciting sequel.

    (20) by Molly Freeman
  • mother! Review

    mother!

    mother! is an ambitious work that bucks traditional storytelling techniques with its aspirations, but its approach will not be for all moviegoers.

    (22) by Chris Agar
  • American Assassin Review

    American Assassin

    American Assassin is a preposterous, but lean and mean Mitch Rapp thriller adaptation elevated by Michael Keaton’s turn as Rapp’s grizzled mentor.

    (18) by Sandy Schaefer
  • IT Review

    IT

    As a coming of age parable, IT succeeds at being both horrifying and emotionally-resonant, even while adapting only half of King’s original story.

    (56) by Sandy Schaefer