Us Review

“Us,” at least, proves Peele has plenty up his sleeve, and that his talent is as much about craft as it is about a clever twisty premise.

Captain Marvel Review

Movie after movie, hero after hero – waiting for Marvel Studios to misfire and derail its blockbuster empire is a fool’s errand, and “Captain Marvel” is just the latest to disappoint the superhero movie Nostradami of the world.

High Flying Bird Review

Nobody quite knows what Steven Soderbergh is doing, but his projects sure are interesting. “High Flying Bird,” shot speedily on an iPhone and released on Netflix, is a dialogue-forward fast-talking business movie set during a pro-basketball lockout. In other words, it’s in its own category of “sports movie.”

The Favourite Review

Typically, you’re either the person who perks up at a trailer for an English period piece or has learned to completely tune out dress-up dramas. “The Favourite” will ruin expectations for both audiences with its playful and wry demeanor yet consummate production values and performances.

Roma Review

Whether it leaves you cold or comforted, “Roma” possesses unmistakable artistry of the highest order, cementing Cuarón as one of today’s absolute best.


Reviews (On Demand)

Vice Review

The prestige of the “The Big Short” clearly got to Adam McKay’s head. The “Anchorman” director and longtime Will Ferrell comedy partner earned an Oscar for adapting Michael Lewis’ book about the housing crisis into a clever and accessible movie. In “Vice,” he attempts to apply those same storytelling principles to a biopic of former Vice President Dick Cheney.

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Reviews (Archive)

Goodfellas Review

While the title of mob masterpiece most often goes to “The Godfather” for its stunning drama and dark beauty, something must be said for honesty. Those two points belong to Martin Scorsese’s “Goodfellas.”

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Year End Lists

The Top 10 Films of 2018

As indicated by the Oscars, 2018 was a year that celebrated popular films, and while I liked a lot of those movies and some of them make this list, I was equally if not more impressed by independent films and less-heralded filmmakers.

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Oscar Watch

Oscars 2019 Predictions

An Oscars without a host seems fitting for one of the toughest years of Oscar prognosticating in a long while. Among all the various indicators used to determine how the big night will go, which includes critics groups and pre-Oscar award shows, there is a good amount of disagreement, especially in categories not covered in […]

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Recent Articles

Goodfellas Review

While the title of mob masterpiece most often goes to “The Godfather” for its stunning drama and dark beauty, something must be said for honesty. Those two points belong to Martin Scorsese’s “Goodfellas.”

read more

Vice Review

The prestige of the “The Big Short” clearly got to Adam McKay’s head. The “Anchorman” director and longtime Will Ferrell comedy partner earned an Oscar for adapting Michael Lewis’ book about the housing crisis into a clever and accessible movie. In “Vice,” he attempts to apply those same storytelling principles to a biopic of former Vice President Dick Cheney.

read more

Us Review

“Us,” at least, proves Peele has plenty up his sleeve, and that his talent is as much about craft as it is about a clever twisty premise.

read more

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Review

After 20 years of superhero films dominating the box office and becoming the cornerstone of the moviegoing experience in the 21st century, no one ever stopped to ask, “who do these films need to be live action?” Enter “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” a complete game-changer for not just the business of on-screen heroes, but for animation on the whole.

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Can You Ever Forgive Me? Review

“Can You Ever Forgive Me?” rounds out McCarthy’s incredible decade with a more dramatic, down-to-earth role that shows that her talent comes from a deep, not merely surface-level/physical place.

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Captain Marvel Review

Movie after movie, hero after hero – waiting for Marvel Studios to misfire and derail its blockbuster empire is a fool’s errand, and “Captain Marvel” is just the latest to disappoint the superhero movie Nostradami of the world.

read more

High Flying Bird Review

Nobody quite knows what Steven Soderbergh is doing, but his projects sure are interesting. “High Flying Bird,” shot speedily on an iPhone and released on Netflix, is a dialogue-forward fast-talking business movie set during a pro-basketball lockout. In other words, it’s in its own category of “sports movie.”

read more

The Top 10 Films of 2018

As indicated by the Oscars, 2018 was a year that celebrated popular films, and while I liked a lot of those movies and some of them make this list, I was equally if not more impressed by independent films and less-heralded filmmakers.

read more

The Favourite Review

Typically, you’re either the person who perks up at a trailer for an English period piece or has learned to completely tune out dress-up dramas. “The Favourite” will ruin expectations for both audiences with its playful and wry demeanor yet consummate production values and performances.

read more

Private Life Review

It’s unfortunate that not every film or TV show involving close, interpersonal relationships has a Tamara Jenkins in its writing room. Although she’s only made two films in the last 12 years, Jenkins demonstrates an exceptional talent for creating honest drama around ordinary, conceivable hardships.

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Oscars 2019 Predictions

An Oscars without a host seems fitting for one of the toughest years of Oscar prognosticating in a long while. Among all the various indicators used to determine how the big night will go, which includes critics groups and pre-Oscar award shows, there is a good amount of disagreement, especially in categories not covered in […]

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The Savages Review

Films rarely capture real life, relatable moments, let alone with any kind of regularity, but Tamara Jenkins’ “The Savages” does it.

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Bad Times at the El Royale Review

Even if this particular pet project for Drew Goddard won’t leave viewers buzzing in quite the same way as some of his previous accomplishments, he delivers another astute example of mystery-building and storytelling that immediately pulls you in.

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Widows Review

“Widows” doesn’t feel like the film you follow up Best Picture winner “12 Years a Slave” with, but thriller genre fans will graciously accept the talents of Steve McQueen anyway. In tandem with “Gone Girl” author and screenwriter Gillian Flynn, McQueen delivers a crooked Chicago crime story with fully-formed characters, noteworthy performances and lots of powerful visual drama.

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First Man Review

Since the 1960s, America has glorified space travel, and for better or worse, Hollywood has been implicit this glamorization. In “First Man,” director Damien Chazelle ironically tries to bring the moon mission story down to earth, making a film about the bold, pensive and unassuming man who became an American hero, whose journey to the lunar surface was anything but glamorous.

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