Movie Review: Sing 2

Illumination has made its business telling beautifully animated stories; vocals are as animated as the images on the screen. Story-wise, they peaked with the nefariousness of Gru and his minions in the first "Despicable Me." Villains haven't become as fun-loving since Gru. However, Illumination reached deep into their soul (no pun intended, Pixar), and in [...]

By |2021-12-22T14:08:08-07:00December 22nd, 2021|Movie Reviews, Reviews|1 Comment

Film Review: Prisoners of the Ghostland

Sion Sono is one of the most original and exciting filmmakers still working, creating such astonishing masterpieces as “Love Exposure,” “Why Don't You Play in Hell?,” and “Tokyo Tribe.” With “Prisoners of the Ghostland,” Sono has made his first primarily English language film, and the results are mixed to say the least. At first glance, [...]

By |2021-09-19T13:53:25-07:00September 19th, 2021|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Movie Review: The Eyes of Tammy Faye

The Eyes of Tammy Faye Based on a 2000 documentary by the same name, Michael Showalter (“The Big Sick”) attempts to bring to the limelight the life of Tammy Faye Bakker in his latest film, “The Eyes of Tammy Faye.” Yes, there’s comedy. Even more so, there is drama. As a young girl (Chandler Head), [...]

By |2021-09-17T07:45:04-07:00September 17th, 2021|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Movie Review: Blue Bayou

Blue Bayou Too often, the news whitewashes the status of or the role that immigrants play in this country. They are a vital population, not necessarily looking for handouts, but to escape situations in their home countries that they have no control over, but affect them immensely. Such is the case with Justin Chon’s “Blue [...]

By |2021-09-17T07:36:29-07:00September 17th, 2021|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Review: “A Private War”

.For the majority of us, it's impossible to understand what life is like in countries ravaged by war.  Even for those who don't take our American lifestyle for granted, how can we relate to what our fellow humans are going through in cities where death and destruction is the norm?  The media covers many of these [...]

By |2019-03-11T17:02:07-07:00November 16th, 2018|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Review: “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald”

What should one expect from the sequel to a movie that was based on a fictional guidebook of magical creatures that itself was a spin-off/prequel to the most successful and beloved fantasy book series of all time?  The writing credits on IMDB for both Fantastic Beasts movies are telling in that J.K. Rowling is listed as the [...]

By |2019-03-11T17:02:07-07:00November 15th, 2018|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Review: “Overlord”

Many of us went into the screening for "Overlord" referring to it as "The Nazi Zombie" movie, a description many are likely to adopt.  To do so is a disservice.   This is also, contrary to popular theories, not the next "Cloverfield".  And although it's a Bad Robot project, J.J. Abrams did not write or direct it.  Instead, a [...]

By |2019-03-11T17:02:08-07:00November 9th, 2018|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Review: “The Girl in the Spider’s Web: A New Dragon Tattoo Story”

There seems to be an inverse relationship between the quality of a film and the length of its title.  "The Girl in the Spider's Web: A New Dragon Tattoo Story" is no exception.  The story is a follow-up to Stieg Larsson's "Millenium" trilogy, which is more commonly referred to as the "Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" [...]

By |2019-03-11T17:02:08-07:00November 8th, 2018|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Review: Halloween (2018)

The Halloween series has been going on for a very long time. 40 years to be exact.  There have been multiple direct and indirect sequels, a remake of the first two chapters, and even a completely unrelated "Season of the Witch."  "Halloween: H20" marked Jamie Lee Curtis' first return to the series as Laurie Strode, in [...]

By |2019-03-11T17:02:10-07:00October 18th, 2018|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Review: “The Sisters Brothers”

The untamed American West was a place of stark contrasts.  A land filled with beauty and untapped potential, but it was also harsh, primal, and cruel.  Fortunes could be made and lives lost in the blink of an eye, often occurring at the same moment.  "The Sisters Brothers" masterfully taps into this ambiance of competing [...]

By |2019-03-11T17:02:12-07:00September 28th, 2018|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments