“Alpha” – The Simple But Wholesome Origin Story of Man’s Best Friend

They don't really make movies like Alpha anymore. It's a film that has a very straightforward, predictable plot, features about three characters in total, and trusts the audience to watch a movie entirely with subtitles, when there is dialogue at all. Alpha looks like something you'd watch on an IMAX screen (you probably should go…

“Mile 22” – Dizzying, Incoherent Rambling That Would Make Alex Jones Blush

On paper, Mile 22 sounds like a very solid action flick. It's directed by Peter Berg (Hancock, Lone Survivor, Deepwater Horizon, Patriots Day), stars Mark Wahlberg in their fourth collaboration together, The Walking Dead's Lauren Cohan, The Raid (one of the greatest action films of all time)'s Iko Uwais, MMA fighter Ronda Rousey (who's surprisingly…

“Crazy Rich Asians” – Laughter and Beauty In a New, Diverse Light

Crazy Rich Asians is one of those movies that, sadly, seems to only come around once every decade or so. It's a romantic-comedy that still packs a powerful dramatic punch when it needs to, features fun and memorable characters portrayed by a talented cast, and is full of beautiful sets, costumes, and locations. It's a…

“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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…