‘Frozen II’ Review – Bold, Bloated, and Beautiful

Proper theatrical sequels to Disney animated films are a very rare thing. Not counting Pixar, the only animated sequels that Disney has given a wide release are The Rescuers Down Under, Return to Never Land, The Jungle Book 2, and Ralph Breaks the Internet. Frozen II is the fifth one to be added to this exclusive…

‘Klaus’ Review – This New Holiday Classic is a Beautiful Comeback for Traditional Animation

We have a brand new holiday classic on our hands. Klaus, the directorial debut of animator and writer Sergio Pablos, is a welcome return to the holiday season's magical feelings of warmth and wonder. It is also the triumphant return of beautiful and traditional 2-D animation for a feature film, meticulously done by Pablo’s own…

‘Lady and the Tramp’ Review – Is this what we Should Expect from Disney Plus?

This may sound ridiculous nowadays but Disney used to be a company that took risks. So much of their filmography have been gambles: the avant-garde fusion of classical music and animation in Fantasia, the groundbreaking effects of combining live-action and backlit animation in Tron, or the more mature and interesting deviations from usual formula like The Hunchback…

‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ Review – Good, but Not Good Enough

I never grew up with the Terminator franchise. I knew the movies existed, but my only familiarity was with the arcade games, which I rarely played. I am not sure if this makes me a better or worse judge of the latest installment, Terminator: Dark Fate, which leans on a few easy hits of nostalgia. The…

Op-Ed: The Best Horror Films of the Decade

Horror is a genre that has endured its ability to elicit the strongest and most primal emotions from audiences. Fear is an incredibly powerful thing, and we just cannot seem to resist the urge to scare ourselves silly in the relative safety of a movie theater or at home. The genre is constantly cooking up…

‘Parasite’ Review – Yes, It’s Really That Good

Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park once promoted the idea that genre is dead, and it has stuck with me ever since. His band always experimented with different music genres, an idea that certainly did not start with them but did take off as they and other similar artists brought a bold new mixture of sounds…

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil review – A Gorgeous but Dull Waste of Potential

When it comes to the soulless, lifeless Disney remakes, Maleficent is one of the only ones that gets a pass. Instead of being a nearly shot for shot rehash of something we already know (except done far worse), it actually attempted something different by switching the story of Sleeping Beauty over to the villain’s perspective, and the…

In the Tall Grass review – Lures You Into Its Maze and Doesn’t Let Go

It’s a great time to be a Stephen King fan. The past couple of years have been a sort of resurgence for the author and his place in pop culture, mostly thanks to 2017’s wildly successful It adaptation. Now it feels like a new King film, television series, book, or any of the three that’s noticeably…

Between Two Ferns: The Movie review – Zach Galifianakis Sits Down with Celebrities Galore

What on Earth can you expect from a feature-length version of Between Two Ferns, the Funny or Die shorts where Zach Galifianakis has (horribly) interviewed various celebrities for over a decade now? The answer is...pretty much the same thing we’ve been getting, held together by a thin narrative that dips in and out of cohesiveness.…

Hustlers review – A Glitzy Showstopper of a Crime Story

Let’s talk about Jennifer Lopez. Is Hustlers the best thing she’s done since her heyday with films like Selena and Out of Sight? Absolutely. That much is obvious from her first scene, where she instantly captivates both the men and women of Moves, the strip club that the majority of the action takes place, commanding…