“The Predator” – A Wild, Flawed, Problematic Ride

The very first film in the Predator franchise, 1987’s Predator was more of a thriller than a full on action flick. A team of commandos stuck in the jungle are hunted by an alien warrior that kills for sport, and that alien stays out of sight for the majority of the film, building up suspense…

“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…

“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…

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…

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…