“Mission: Impossible – Fallout” Delivers the Most Insane Stunts You’ve Ever Seen, Making It the Perfect Summer Action Movie

I have something to confess. I have never seen a single Mission: Impossible movie in my life. I had no idea what I was in for when I entered the theater to see the newest installment of the spy franchise. Apparently I’ve been missing out on a lot. What begins as a standard action flick … Continue reading “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” Delivers the Most Insane Stunts You’ve Ever Seen, Making It the Perfect Summer Action Movie

The Equalizer 2 – A Crisp and Precise Vigilante Fantasy

2014’s The Equalizer is, at face value, a rather bland and overlong action flick that is carried solely on the back of its star, the infallible Denzel Washington. This year’s The Equalizer 2 manages to improve on the first in almost every way, delivering a tension-filled and violent journey that seeks to delve a little … Continue reading The Equalizer 2 – A Crisp and Precise Vigilante Fantasy

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again – Wondrous and Joyful White Nonsense

Before this week, I had never bothered to watch Mamma Mia!, the 2008 jukebox musical inspired by the songs of 1970s Swedish pop group ABBA. Wanting to review its sequel, which is being called unnecessary by most, I took it upon myself to find out what all the fuss was about. So I sat down, … Continue reading Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again – Wondrous and Joyful White Nonsense

Skyscraper – Big and Dumb with Plenty of Cheese, but Solid Enough to be Fun

How far would someone be willing to go to save and protect their family? This is the question posed by Skyscraper, the latest Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson blockbuster. There’s nothing new here. Johnson plays the Good Guy who’s also a good guy (he attempts to save the life of someone who’s killed in the film’s … Continue reading Skyscraper – Big and Dumb with Plenty of Cheese, but Solid Enough to be Fun

Sorry to Bother You – A Heavy-Handed and Hilarious Satire on the Evils of Capitalism

“Stick to the script” is the motto of Regalview, the telemarketing company that Cassius “Cash” Green (Lakeith Stanfield) works for. Sticking to the script is all that is expected of him. In fact, so little is expected of the employees that Cassius gets the job even after being caught lying about his previous job experience … Continue reading Sorry to Bother You – A Heavy-Handed and Hilarious Satire on the Evils of Capitalism

Ant-Man and the Wasp – Sometimes Smaller is Better

After the universe-ending spectacle that was Infinity War, Ant-Man and the Wasp serves as a great palette cleanser for audiences of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. There’s no giant battle (the climax of the film is a car chase), the villain has no plans for world domination, and the stakes are smaller and more personal. Hope … Continue reading Ant-Man and the Wasp – Sometimes Smaller is Better

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom – Plot and Character Take a Backseat to Cheap Thrills

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, AKA Jurassic World 2, AKA Jurassic Park 5, is a frustrating film. At times, it’s more or less a personification of everything that’s wrong with the bad blockbusters of today. It has paper thin characters, especially in the case of the villains, who’s “I only care about money” attitudes seem plucked … Continue reading Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom – Plot and Character Take a Backseat to Cheap Thrills

Incredibles 2 – Still Super After All These Years

Look up any list of the top Pixar movies and you’ll often find The Incredibles at the very top. Its spot as Pixar’s best was rightfully earned; when the film was released in 2004, it was met with tremendous critical and box office acclaim. The story of a regular suburban family who just happen to … Continue reading Incredibles 2 – Still Super After All These Years

Ready Player One – A (Mostly) Sincere Love Letter to all Nerd Culture

We are in a very strange era of entertainment. We live in a world where everything has basically become meta; self aware, chock-full of pop culture references and not just references but pop culture itself plays a vital role in the stories that are being told. Look at the likes of the Lego movies, Deadpool, … Continue reading Ready Player One – A (Mostly) Sincere Love Letter to all Nerd Culture

Pacific Rim: Uprising – Double the action, half the fun

I am not sure what I wanted or expected from a sequel to Guillermo Del Toro’s Pacific Rim, but I am sure that it wasn’t this. Del Toro was replaced by Steven S. DeKnight for Uprising, and while that immediately disheartened fans of the first, I was still willing to give this a chance. I … Continue reading Pacific Rim: Uprising – Double the action, half the fun