The Grinch – “Max! Fetch Me My Sedative!”

Illumination’s The Grinch feels like a movie we’ve seen before. Not in the kind of movie it is or how it goes about its business, it just feels like we got this movie years ago already. How has it not happened until now? Maybe the feeling comes from the whole thing being instantly forgettable. The Grinch isn’t … Continue reading The Grinch – “Max! Fetch Me My Sedative!”

“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 … Continue reading “The Predator” – A Wild, Flawed, Problematic Ride

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

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

“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 … Continue reading “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” Delivers the Most Insane Stunts You’ve Ever Seen, Making It the Perfect Summer Action Movie

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 … Continue reading The Equalizer 2 – A Crisp and Precise Vigilante Fantasy

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, … Continue reading Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again – Wondrous and Joyful White Nonsense

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 … Continue reading Skyscraper – Big and Dumb with Plenty of Cheese, but Solid Enough to be Fun

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 … Continue reading Sorry to Bother You – A Heavy-Handed and Hilarious Satire on the Evils of Capitalism

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 … Continue reading Ant-Man and the Wasp – Sometimes Smaller is Better