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 […]
December 23, 2018

The Possession of Hannah Grace – Spoiler-Free Movie Review

There’s something about demonic possession horror movies or what have you that yields some of the most generic titles. Just searing “The Possession of” on Wikipedia not only gave me , but , , and even plain, old . Hell, it even gave me . Point is, I don’t know […]
December 23, 2018

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – Spoiler-Free Movie Review

It really wasn’t all that long ago when Sony was so hellbent on delivering a Spider-Man cinematic universe, with 2014’s bloated  putting the kibosh on those plans indefinitely. And I say “indefinitely,” because only four years later, those plans seem to be right back on track, what with  tearing it […]
December 22, 2018

Ralph Breaks the Internet – Spoiler-Free Movie Review

For a while there I thought we’d never get a sequel to , which was – up until now, at least – one of the most under-appreciated movies in the Disney canon. With a well-rounded quartet of lead characters bouncing off one another, it was deftly able to line up […]
December 18, 2018

The Mule – Spoiler-Free Movie Review

Clint Eastwood has not had a great 2018. Granted, there aren’t a whole lot of eighty-eight-year-olds cranking out movies on a yearly basis, so when you see someone of his caliber still being able to come out with not one, but two, there’s some merit to that. However, if you […]
December 9, 2018

Creed II – Spoiler-Free Movie Review

I love sports. Team sports, that is, meaning I could not give less of a sh*t about boxing. Boxing movies, on the other hand, are about as good as it gets in regard to Sports being a quasi film genre. While I feel like something of a hypocrite for saying […]
December 4, 2018

In Case You Missed It – November 2018

It’s been a while since the Coen Brothers had a bona fide directing hit on their hands. Not that  and  weren’t decent pictures in their own right, but they didn’t exactly shine with the kind of classic Coen wit and visual sharpness we’ve come to expect. Sure, 2010’s  pretty much […]
November 24, 2018

In Case You Missed It – October 2018

In 2017, the now twenty-two-year-old Timothée Chalamet had about one of the best breakout years for an actor of his age. Not only did he act opposite Christian Bale in the western drama , but he had significant roles in not one, but two Best Picture nominees in and , […]
November 19, 2018

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – Spoiler-Free Movie Review

is probably the only franchise to be consistently good over so many installments (8, if you’re just counting the original series). That’s basically unheard of. Hell, even  faltered before too long. And I think that has to be attributed to just how confident Warner Bros. is with the brand and […]