March 16, 2019

Arctic – Spoiler-Free Movie Review

You don’t always hear talk of it when people discuss the core movie genres, but I’d wager that survival thrillers have firmly established a category all their own, seeing as they play to the same beats whether they’re as technically ambitious as Life of Pi or as aesthetically simple as Buried (not to […]
March 15, 2019

Greta – Spoiler-Free Movie Review

Stalker movies often live or die off the performance of the stalker, whether the actor can convey enough crazy to put us on edge but not so much that we see right through them. 2015’s The Gift is a great example of this, as writer-director-star Joel Edgerton is juuuuust a tiny bit […]
March 12, 2019

Isn’t It Romantic – Spoiler-Free Movie Review

Just weeks after we reviewed What Men Want, a romantic (ish) comedy about a woman who hits her head – or something – and wakes up with the ability to read men’s thoughts, he we go getting Isn’t It Romantic, romantic comedy about a woman who hits her head and actually wakes […]
March 7, 2019

Alita: Battle Angel – Spoiler-Free Movie Review

It’s been a very up-and-down relationship between me and Alita: Battle Angel, starting from its development history up to its release in theaters. Of course I would have loved to see James Cameron helm this thing, so knowing he’d be handing the reins over to Robert Rodriguez so he could work on […]
March 6, 2019

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World – Spoiler-Free Movie Review

The How to Train Your Dragon franchise is the DreamWorks Animation series that seems to be regularly forgotten amidst their pantheon of works, even though it remains probably their most consistently solid. Of course, Shrek is the one that put them on the map and will be forever remembered as their quintessential IP, even […]
February 25, 2019

Capernaum – Spoiler-Free Movie Review

It was just a few weeks ago that I was reviewing one of the nominees in this year’s crop of Best Foreign Language Film category, largely having to do with childhood poverty, called Shoplifters. Well, here we go again, as we’re getting another nominee in the Best Foreign Language Film […]
February 21, 2019

Happy Death Day 2U – Spoiler-Free Movie Review

For whatever reason, slashers are my all-time favorite film subgenre, a sentiment that can be traced back to the time when my mom erroneously let me watch Scream on TV when I was eleven. Regardless, we haven’t exactly gotten a whole lot this decade, largely because audiences got burnt out on all […]
February 15, 2019

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part – Spoiler-Free Movie Review

Remember when making a narrative feature based off a brand was a bad idea? Ah, good times. As much as the Lego franchise has put Warner Animation Group on the map, there was a time when people were dreading the mere concept of the brick people getting their own big-screen […]
February 12, 2019

What Men Want – Spoiler-Free Movie Review

Some movies just feel tailor-made for gender-swapped remakes. We got two of them last year in the forms of Ocean’s 8 and Overboard, the former mostly decent, the latter not so much. It may not be the most creative choice in the world, and we saw how ugly it can get when […]
February 6, 2019

Serenity – Spoiler-Free Movie Review

It’s never a good sign when your movie gets pushed back twice before finally being released in the doldrums of January. But that’s exactly what happened to existential thriller Serenity, as it went from a late-September slot, to a mid-October one, to finally the one it just settled on. There can […]
February 5, 2019

Miss Bala – Spoiler-Free Movie Review

Super Bowl weekend is typically a slow one at the movies, with not many new releases willing to go up against the big game. Which has always been a little weird to me, seeing as it only takes up a Sunday afternoon – if you live on the west coast […]
February 2, 2019

Shoplifters – Spoiler-Free Movie Review

I’ve been trying more and more in recent years to include foreign films in my movie queue, keenly aware of the fact that all the good movies can’t just come from America. I know a lot of people give a back-patting ceremony like the Academy Awards a lot of flack […]
January 30, 2019

Glass – Spoiler-Free Movie Review

Man, who ever would have thought that people would be looking forward to an M. Night Shyamalan movie again? Sure,  was a big hit when it came out two years ago, but most people didn’t anticipate it marking his career resurgence. But it was. Only it wasn’t because it turned […]
January 29, 2019

On the Basis of Sex – Spoiler-Free Movie Review

I don’t know if this has always been a thing, but lately I’ve been noticing a correlation between documentaries on a certain subject and full-fledged biopics on that same subject, whereby they are released relatively near one another, usually in that order too. Case in point, the first half of […]
January 28, 2019

Mary Queen of Scots – Spoiler-Free Movie Review

Historical dramas aren’t the awards darlings that they used to be. And by “historical,” I don’t mean . I mean suuuuper historical. I mean  levels of historical. I mean . I mean . And if you’re movie savvy, you’ll know that all those titles came out in the ’90s. Since […]