Review: “Hard Miles”

Talking about R. J, Daniel Hanna’s Hard Miles isn’t difficult. Based on a true story and written by Hanna and Christian Sander, the writing duo set out to tell the story of Greg Townsend (Matthew Modine). Townsend, a part of a private juvenile facility for troubled teenagers, rallied various kids through a grueling and ultimately [...]

By |2024-04-20T15:26:56-07:00April 20th, 2024|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Review: “Civil War” Is A Timely Stunner

In the opening frames of Civil War, writer-director Alex Garland brilliantly offers the audience an interesting proposition, which dually asks, are we, the audience, paying attention to our surroundings, immediately followed with a cut from black to a dictatorial president (Nick Offerman) preparing to give an update to the people of the United States. Or, [...]

By |2024-04-14T23:54:00-07:00April 12th, 2024|Movie Reviews, Reviews|1 Comment

Review: “Musica” Lyrically Explores Life’s Vulnerabilities

Música, no matter how the word is translated between languages is a universally understood concept of music. “Musica” is the title of Rudy Mancuso’s excellent directorial debut, streaming on Amazon Prime Video. Understanding what música is helps us to understand Rudy’s journey throughout the story. The film suggests that it is a heartbeat, the lifeblood [...]

By |2024-04-05T01:08:46-07:00April 5th, 2024|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Review: “The Greatest Hits”

Music, more than anything, has the power to evoke powerful emotional memories in a way that no other medium can. Boston’s song “More Than a Feeling” does an exquisite job musically describing this phenomenon. Another lesser known and melancholier example is Dave Potts’ “Old Chevelle.” The Greatest Hits (Ned Benson, 2024) is trying to capture [...]

By |2024-03-28T12:41:16-07:00March 28th, 2024|Movie Reviews|0 Comments

Review: “Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire”

It's been just over two years since the surprisingly endearing "Ghostbusters: Afterlife" hit theaters.  Jason Reitman & Gil Kenan have once again teamed up to write the script, but this time Gil Kenan has taken over directing.  Many were caught off guard that Reitman had not returned to direct, given how close this franchise is [...]

By |2024-03-24T00:17:00-07:00March 23rd, 2024|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Review: “Late Night with the Devil”

Content today thrives on existing intellectual properties, where creativity feels boxed in. Rare exceptions, such as the recently released “Dune Part Two” manage to break through with audiences. The glut of content on streaming means that the audience is watching and immediately asking, “what’s next?” Cameron and Colin Cairnes’ “Late Night with the Devil” provides [...]

By |2024-03-22T13:15:20-07:00March 22nd, 2024|Movie Reviews, Reviews|1 Comment

Review: “Road House” (2024)

Right from the “get,” any reimagining of a classic, cult film is going to be scrutinized up, down, left, and right.  Doug Liman’s “Road House,” a re-imagination of Rowdy Harrington’s 1989 classic film should be no exception. Yet, in this day and age, with streamers full of content and rights to retool anything in their [...]

By |2024-03-22T12:59:39-07:00March 22nd, 2024|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Review: “Problemista”

Julio Torres’ “Problemista,” premiered a year ago at South by Southwest and has been slowly expanding to different markets over the past few weeks. It hits theaters in Phoenix this weekend. This strategy, much like the movie itself, presents an interesting duality, and it's not the first time the releasing studio, A24 has employed such [...]

By |2024-03-14T23:49:27-07:00March 14th, 2024|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Reivew: “Kung Fu Panda 4”

Introduction You might not know about the Dreamworks curse, but I assure you it’s very real (with objective data to back it up). The Dreamworks curse is where a Dreamworks animated franchise peaks at its second installment and then only goes downhill in quality from there. Sometimes the decline is dramatic (the Trolls and Shrek [...]

By |2024-03-07T16:42:48-07:00March 7th, 2024|Movie Reviews|1 Comment

Review: “Dune: Part Two”

Denis Villeneuve's "Dune: Part 1" was both a critical and financial success.  While it was wildly popular at the time, I had my reservations.  In all the ways it excelled, it still left me feeling a bit empty and underwhelmed.  As the name implied, it was all set up and exposition for further parts that [...]

By |2024-02-29T19:04:32-07:00February 29th, 2024|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments