Wednesday, August 8, 2018 - 12:37pm
Christopher Robin

In any other year, “Christopher Robin” might’ve swooped into theaters and stolen our hearts with its whimsy and all around pleasant spirit. After all, who doesn’t love Winnie the Pooh? No one, that’s who.

In increasingly divided times, the enduring awesomeness of the silly old bear might be the one thing we can still agree on. Unfortunately, in 2018, Pooh has to contend with the feature film vehicles of another eminently likeable bear, Paddington, whose latest release stands as one of the best of the year.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - 5:22pm
The Darkest Minds

With summertime nearly over, moviegoers are long overdue for another dystopian flick filled with superpowers and kids raging against the adults that aim to suppress them. 

Over the past ten years, the film world has been flooded by a wave of page-to-screen adaptations about societies in ruins and their ongoing fight for power, a fight that is often between young and old (e.g. “The Hunger Games,” “Divergent,” “The Maze Runner,” etc). 

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 - 4:53pm
Mission Impossible Fallout

A couple weeks ago, I wrote about “Skyscraper,” the newest vehicle for Dwayne Johnson that tried to build stakes around his character without having to stoop to showing him as a fallible human being. In that review, I threw out “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” as an example of a movie that did right much of what “Skyscraper” did wrong, providing an action film defined by its impressively helmed action sequences but held together by its characters and their combination of humanity, grit and determination.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 9:05am

“Skyscraper” was once described by its star and producer Dwayne Johnson (“Rampage”) as an “original concept movie,” a film about a man whose family is endangered by terrorists in a massive skyscraper and the physical trials he must go through in order to get them back. Clearly, this was a film that had never been done before.

Sunday, July 15, 2018 - 12:49pm
Ant-Man and the Wasp

Summer and blockbuster, superhero movies go hand in hand like PB and J. Though outside the sun shines, the birds sing and the water beckons, Marvel works it’s magic and somehow manages to coax viewers into a Friday matinee showing of its latest flick, “Ant-Man and the Wasp.” Even though the superhero craze is getting a little tired out, especially given that the majority of said films follow an identical plotline, the concept of supernatural forces saving the world clearly still continues to fascinate. 

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 7:32pm
Jurassic World

Ask any person on the street the best part of the iconic ’80s blockbuster “Jurassic Park” and you’ll likely get the same answer every time: The part with the T-Rex. That bone-chilling, unshakable scene where poor little Timmy and Lex are nearly crushed by the ginormous dinosaur is one that has induced (and will continue to induce) nightmares in us all for decades. 

Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 8:53pm

Horror is a genre that often lends itself to formula — people just aren’t that hard to scare. The horror film typically operates under an unspoken contract between the filmmakers and their audience: You may go see the most recent installment of the “Scream,” “Halloween” or “Saw” franchises and, for about an hour and a half, you’ll be treated to an adrenaline rush courtesy of a collection of tried and true horror tropes. The film will fall into a familiar rhythm, and the beats the story hits will serve to both unnerve the audience while maintaining a healthy degree of separation.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 - 6:02pm
French New Wave

If there was any place to start a dive into the French New Wave, any key figure to visit first, it would have to be the spearhead of the cinematic movement — the ever-prolific Francois Truffaut. Truffaut’s name is difficult to avoid wherever the history of cinema is brought up. Even for me, someone without any proper film theory education, his name is the first to pop up in any internet search, the first mentioned in any academic reading, the first slid into any conversation — and after watching “The 400 Blows” this week, I can’t say I’m surprised.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 - 11:53am

Considering the well publicized production issues that plagued “Solo” — which saw its original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller (“The LEGO Movie”) fired due to creative differences midway through production and replaced with Ron Howard (“Rush”) shortly after — having the finished product be at the least watchable is a victory. And by some miracle, its actually good.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 10:02am
Breaking In

“Breaking In” is not as painful a movie as it has been framed to be. In fact, coming in with modest expectations, viewers will likely find the film not nearly as torturous and dull as described by reviewers. Yes, in terms of creativity and character development this movie is worthy of its lowest critic and audience reviews. However, give director James McTeigue some props.