“Us” is Unsettling, Bloody, and One Hell of a Thought-Provoking Ride

If, for whatever reason, you were still having doubts that Jordan Peele, half the mind behind Key and Peele, which filled the void left from Chappelle's Show, and the entire mind behind 2017's monster hit Get Out, as well as the upcoming Twilight Zone reboot, consider them extinguished with the release of Us. Peele has…

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The Lobster – Love by Regulation

I really reject the repeated notion that “Hollywood is out of ideas”. You hear that over and over again, and it’s simply not true. There are endless original movies being made every day by an endless amount of filmmakers both new and old, but most people just don’t go see them. It’s something I quickly…

Climax – Dancing and Descending Into Madness

I have never seen anything quite like Climax, the hallucinatory, drug-and-sex-fueled hour and a half of chaos helmed by Argentine-French writer and director Gaspar Noé. At moments it is beautiful, at others it’s manic and depraved, and at others it’s transcendent of its own art form. It’s horrifying, hypnotic, seductive, and impossible to look away…

Swiss Army Man – The Weird, Artsy Farting Corpse Movie

I don’t really know what to make of Swiss Army Man. It’s impossible to pin down exactly what it is - it’s doesn’t fit into the confines of any one genre (I guess comedy / adventure would be the closest),  it’s incredibly strange and is proud to be so, its humor goes back and forth…

“The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind” Emphasizes Education and Cooperation to Tell an Inspiring True Story

Chiwetel Ejiofor has proven himself to be a force to be reckoned with onscreen. With notable roles in films such as 12 Years a Slave, Doctor Strange, The Martian, Children of Men, and more, the actor has shown a wide range of emotion and versatility. In Netflix’s latest film, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind,…

The Prodigy – Creepy Kids Are Back in Style

The Prodigy is the first true horror release of 2019 (Escape Room was more of a thriller than straight horror), and fans of the genre will be pleased to know that it delivers some solid scares. There have been plenty of movies about creepy children, the one that’s always first to come to mind is The Omen,…

Serenity – The First Bonkers Film of the Year

It's difficult to really know what to say about Serenity, but for the record, it's certainly one of the boldest movies I've seen in awhile. It pulls an insane kind of bait-and-switch halfway through, and it's a move that will excite some and completely repel others. What exactly does that mean? What exactly is it?…

The Kid Who Would Be King – A New Family Classic

We're in a sort of renaissance of children / family movies lately. Animation has been reigning in that department for several years now, but recently, with the exception of last December's Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, it seems to be taking a backseat to genuinely engaging live-action, kid-friendly films. 2019 looks to be continuing this trend,…

Escape Room – A Genuinely Fun Thriller That Completely Faceplants at the Finish Line

A new year means new movies, but the month of January is a notoriously slow time at the theater. Infamously known as the dumping ground of Hollywood, January and February are the two months of the year where movie studios take out the trash, releasing films that they have little faith in during a time…

Mary Poppins Returns – A Delightful Return to Cherry Tree Lane

This holiday season, Disney is continuing their rampage of exploiting audiences' nostalgia by cranking out sequels and remakes of their beloved classics, and it's 1964's timeless Mary Poppins that's currently up to bat. I'm a harsh judge of Disney's current film slate, but for all its manipulative wickedness, they've somehow managed to release a genuinely…