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…

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…

To Infinity – Captain America: The Winter Soldier

How do you take a character with a name like Captain America and make him work in the modern world? How do you take a character full of self-righteousness, with seemingly no flaws, and who always does the right thing, and make him interesting? Marvel found their answers to these questions in Joe and Anthony…

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,…

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…