­

Top Films of 2017 – Dan’s Picks

Oh 2017, how you disappointed me. While many of my most anticipated films were quite good, others I ended up loathing. I really think that this year has been a disappointment overall, especially the summer. This is the year when I grew tired of Marvel's formula and fell out of love with Star [...]

By |January 1st, 2018|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Top Films of 2017 – Kevin’s Picks

Wow, what a year!  The Horror genre continued to impress, sequels continued to depress, and the Comic Flicks began to digress!  Virtually every one of the "sure-fire blockbusters" failed in one manner or another, and at least one CINEMATIC UNIVERSE crumbled under its own weight.  Only Disney seems to stand, unfaltered, sweeping up [...]

By |December 31st, 2017|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Movie Review: “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle”

Over twenty years ago the first “Jumanji” showed us the most dangerous board game since Ouija. Now the apparently sentient game is back, having remodeled itself to lure in victims of the digital age. A short prologue begins in 1996 after the discarded game is found washed up on a beach.  Overhearing an angsty teen [...]

By |December 22nd, 2017|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is a Slap in the Face to “The Force Awakens” (SPOILERS)

Spoilers Below. If you haven't seen THE LAST JEDI, then you probably shouldn't read this, as it won't make sense. And you should definitely see the movie to judge it for yourself. I sat in the theater as the credits rolled for Star Wars: The Last Jedi wondering what had just happened. I was in shock, but [...]

By |December 16th, 2017|Movie Reviews|1 Comment

Movie Review: “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”

After watching “The Last Jedi” one thing has become clear.  Disney is intimidated by the Star Wars property they own.  Its massive value, rabid fan base, and cultural significance has frightened the house of mouse from doing anything unique. Instead, they keep falling back on saga-old cliches, dramatic head-fakes, and critical injections of nostalgia.   [...]

By |December 14th, 2017|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Phoenix Critics Circle 2017 Award Nominees

The Phoenix Critics Circle proudly announces nominees for its annual awards. Members have narrowed the films from 2016 to the top nominees in each category. "The Shape of Water" leads with 7 nominations, followed by "Lady Bird" with six and "Get Out" with five. Voting is underway for the winners and they will be announced [...]

By |December 12th, 2017|Movie Reviews, News & Articles, Reviews|0 Comments

5 Things I Loved About “The Man Who Invented Christmas”

The Man Who Invented Christmas tells the story of how one of the greatest novelists of all time, Charles Dickens,  came to create the quintessential holiday story: "A Christmas Carol."  It is one of my favorite films of the year and here's a list explaining why. 1. It's Refreshingly Inventive. When you watch the trailer of this [...]

By |November 22nd, 2017|Movie Reviews|0 Comments

Review: “Justice League”

We all know that there were a lot of mixed feelings regarding Batman V Superman.  My fellow critics in general hated it for its lack of humor and general bleakness.  They seem to love Marvel movies and their generic, interchangeable, and predictable characters and plots without any real stakes.  I obviously differ from them in that [...]

By |November 15th, 2017|Movie Reviews|0 Comments

Movie Review: “Thor Ragnarok”

When I heard that Taika Watiti was directing the new Thor movie, I was understandably excited.  Watiti's previous film, Hunt for the Wilderpeople was among my favorite films of last year (#6 on my list, if you want to get specific).  I describe that film as Napoleon Dynamite but from New Zealand instead of Southeast Idaho. Marvel has a track [...]

By |November 1st, 2017|Movie Reviews|0 Comments

Movie Review – “Only the Brave”

On the surface “Only the Brave” may resemble a number of other dramatized true stories.  Too often these movies end up homogenized and dull.  But that’s not the case with “Only the Brave”, a film that stands tall near the top of its genre. On June 30th, 2013, a group of 19 firefighters known as [...]

By |October 20th, 2017|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments