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 […]
January 24, 2019

Mary Poppins Returns – Spoiler-Free Movie Review

One of my favorite films of 2013, Disney’s , was something of a peculiar one, seeing as it saw the studio portraying their fearless and eponymous leader in a rarely humanistic light. That, and coupled with the fact that its own historical revisionism could be justifiably called into question, as […]
January 17, 2019

Bumblebee – Spoiler-Free Movie Review

In 2015, Paramount assembled a so-called “writers room” with the intention of mapping out the future of their ever expanding Transformers film franchise, nabbing such notable names as  creator Robert Kirkman and  showrunner Steven DeKnight. This was on the heels of the wildly successful fourth installment, , despite many deeming it the weakest […]
January 14, 2019

The Favourite – Spoiler-Free Movie Review

As an auteur director, it can be challenging to get yourself on the mainstream scene without sacrificing some of your creative freedom to the Hollywood machine. While his recent pictures are by no means blockbusters, the Greek film director Yorgos Lanthimos has found himself a highly appealing actors’ director, aligning […]
January 13, 2019

Escape Room – Spoiler-Free Movie Review

I don’t know if there’s a term for it, but there’s a certain archetype within horror movies whereby a group of strangers – sometimes only ostensibly – are thrust into a dangerous series of predicaments by some mysterious kidnapper for various reasons. The obvious example is the  franchise, but preceded […]
January 9, 2019

Vice – Spoiler-Free Movie Review

The second Bush administration has been writer-director Adam McKay’s bread and butter since his career basically took off. Most will know him from his early work when he partnered with Will Ferrell to deliver the likes of , , and , among others. One only needs to watch the second […]
January 5, 2019

Aquaman – Spoiler-Free Movie Review

It probably can’t be understated just how big of a disaster  was. Taking into account production troubles, critical and audience response, and paltry box office returns, it wasn’t the kind of showing you’d want from your universe-connecting team-up movie. Normally, it’d be the kind of failure that would see a […]
January 1, 2019

Welcome to Marwen – Spoiler-Free Movie Review

About a couple weeks ago, I decried  as being the most disappointing movie of 2018 – at least from where I’m standing – for a multitude of reasons. It was directed by Clint Eastwood, had him starring in his first role in seven years, and promised a dour tone befitting […]