Latest Reviews

  • Smurfs: The Lost Village Review

    Smurfs: The Lost Village

    The Lost Village is standard, kid-friendly entertainment, but it succeeds at bringing the colorful Smurfs universe to playfully-animated life.

    by Sandy Schaefer
  • The Boss Baby Review

    The Boss Baby

    The Boss Baby is generic animated fare, but it’s bolstered by a unique visual flair and important lessons for children in the audience.

    by Chris Agar
  • Ghost in the Shell Review

    Ghost in the Shell

    Ghost in the Shell struggles to dig below the surface of its thought-provoking concepts and bring real depth to its striking visuals.

    (83) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Life Review


    Despite some promising elements, Life amounts to a middling (and derivative) sci-fi horror/thriller that never fully realizes its potential.

    (21) by Sandy Schaefer
  • CHIPS Review


    CHIPS is a generic buddy cop comedy that will leave both longtime fans and newcomers alienated with a weak story and thin characters.

    (15) by Chris Agar
  • Power Rangers Review

    Power Rangers

    Power Rangers has mixed success with its efforts to modernize the franchise, but offers enough playful storytelling and spectacle to offset its flaws.

    (21) by Sandy Schaefer
  • The Belko Experiment Review

    The Belko Experiment

    The Belko Experiment makes for a truly fascinating concept, but is dragged down by mundane execution that doesn’t always engage the viewer.

    (9) by Chris Agar
  • Beauty and the Beast Review

    Beauty and the Beast

    Beauty and the Beast does right by its predecessor, delivering a musical experience that both dazzles the eyes and plucks the heartstrings.

    (17) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Kong: Skull Island Review

    Kong: Skull Island

    Kong: Skull Island is a shared universe launchpad that fulfills its promise of big, goofy, monster mayhem – setting up even bigger things to come.

    (21) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Logan Review


    X-Men movie franchise connections aside, Logan is a grisly and somber character drama that sends off Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine on a high note.

    (91) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Get Out Review

    Get Out

    Get Out smartly balances its tones to provide viewers with an entertaining and clever satire that is equal parts funny and terrifying.

    (10) by Chris Agar
  • A Cure for Wellness Review

    A Cure for Wellness

    A Cure for Wellness is a visually-stunning work, but the abundance of style adds up to an overall hollow experience that fails to connect.

    (3) by Chris Agar
  • Fist Fight Review

    Fist Fight

    Fist Fight may be as slight as a half-hour sitcom comedy, but enough of its R-Rated jokes hit their target to sustain the movie’s brisk runtime.

    (1) by Sandy Schaefer
  • The Great Wall Review

    The Great Wall

    Despite some inspired elements, The Great Wall is an odd mashup of Hollywood monster blockbuster and sweeping Chinese fantasy epic.

    (10) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Fifty Shades Darker Review

    Fifty Shades Darker

    While Fifty Shades Darker exceeds its predecessor in some ways, in other respects it’s just as ridiculous (if not more so) by comparison.

    (10) by Sandy Schaefer
  • John Wick: Chapter 2 Review

    John Wick: Chapter 2

    John Wick: Chapter 2 delivers plenty more of what fans want, while fleshing out the property’s mythology and lore in fascinating ways.

    (16) by Chris Agar
  • The LEGO Batman Movie Review

    The LEGO Batman Movie

    The LEGO Batman Movie works as not only a funny riff on the Batman character and his legacy, but also as a great action/comedy on its own terms.

    (7) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Rings Review


    Rings is a mediocre horror sequel handicapped by poor writing that will only appeal to die hard fans of the genre and source material.

    (8) by Chris Agar
  • Sadako v Kayako Review

    Sadako v Kayako

    Sadako v Kayako (The Ring v The Grudge) won’t win over the uninitiated, but fans of both franchises should have a good time with this crossover.

    (1) by Chris Agar
  • Resident Evil: The Final Chapter Review

    Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

    The Final Chapter meets the standard for mindless thrills set by the previous Resident Evil films, ending the series on more of a shrug than a bang.

    (11) by Sandy Schaefer
  • xXx: Return of Xander Cage Review

    xXx: Return of Xander Cage

    xXx: Return of Xander Cage serves up all the expected over-the-top action, but it won’t win the series any new fans due to various shortcomings.

    (14) by Chris Agar
  • Split Review


    Split is the best M. Night Shyamalan creation in recent memory, as anchored by a great performance (or, rather, performances) by James McAvoy.

    (8) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Monster Trucks Review

    Monster Trucks

    Monster Trucks is an OK kids movie that lacks most of the substance of the classic 1980s Amblin productions it tries to emulate.

    (8) by Chris Agar
  • Silence Review


    Silence is beautifully-crafted and well-acted, but often frustrating in the way that it examines spirituality through historical drama.

    (15) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Patriots Day Review

    Patriots Day

    Patriots Day is more effective as a suspense thriller than a stirring docudrama that explores the complexities of real-life heroism.

    (3) by Sandy Schaefer