Crawl – A Tight, Tense Creature Feature in Dirty Florida Flood Water

A horror movie set in Florida seems like a no-brainer. There are countless terrifying stories that you can set in the land of smelly swamps, suffocating humidity, crowded theme parks, and insane residents. Crawl goes for a combination of a creature feature (starring some Florida gators) and a natural disaster flick (starring a Florida hurricane). It’s … Continue reading Crawl – A Tight, Tense Creature Feature in Dirty Florida Flood Water

Brightburn is More of a Fizzle

What if Superman, an alien who crash landed on a small farm in Kansas and was raised by the couple that lived there, turned out not to be a hero and a savior, but pure evil? What if, instead of using his incredible powers for good, he used them to cause pain and misery? What … Continue reading Brightburn is More of a Fizzle

Unicorn Store – Wonder, Magic, and Growing Up Without Losing Yourself

To say that Brie Larson is having a good year would be a bit of an understatement. The Oscar-winning actress smashed through the patriarchy and box office records with Captain Marvel, and less than two months later is set to reprise the role of Carol Danvers in Avengers: Endgame, a little film that’s all but guaranteed … Continue reading Unicorn Store – Wonder, Magic, and Growing Up Without Losing Yourself

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

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 … Continue reading Climax – Dancing and Descending Into Madness

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 … Continue reading Swiss Army Man – The Weird, Artsy Farting Corpse Movie

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

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

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 … Continue reading Mary Poppins Returns – A Delightful Return to Cherry Tree Lane

Roma – The Power of Memory

Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón is one of the greatest visionaries of our time. That’s not opinion at this point, it’s simply a fact. So when he comes out with his first film since 2013’s awards-sweeping Gravity, which was his first film since 2006’s awards-sweeping Children of Men, and he calls it “the most essential movie” … Continue reading Roma – The Power of Memory