Category Archives: Reviews

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Review: Rian Johnson Wows While Still Searching for Support

The Last Jedi is so focused on being a surprising film—at which it succeeds in spades—that it almost forgets that surprises have to be satisfying and emotionally resonant. It’s a good film,

Molly’s Game Review: Aaron Sorkin Goes All In

Few screenwriters in history have achieved such a high level of fame through screenwriting alone as Aaron Sorkin. But then nobody before him ever wrote dialogue as snappy and quick-witted while maintaining

The Disaster Artist Review: High Marks

What I found most surprising about The Disaster Artist is how genuinely sweet it is. This is a film about what many have labeled the worst film ever made, and yet it roots itself

The Shape of Water Review: Guillermo del Toro’s Aquatic Love Story Doesn’t Sink

There’s hardly a moment throughout Guillermo del Toro’s best work since Pan’s Labyrinth that doesn’t move to its own melody. The Shape of Water is musical in its execution of love and

Coco Review: Pixar Strums a Tune of Color, Culture, and Complex Emotion

At the end of the previous decade, the very Pixar name had become synonymous with “masterpiece.” But after 2010’s Toy Story 3, the Disney off-shoot’s creative return rates started to diminish. Sure, instant-classic Inside

Darkest Hour Review: Gary Oldman Carries This Safe Biopic

The man Darkest Hour has most on its mind goes by the name of Oscar. Director Joe Wright has constructed a film that so methodically touches all the classic beats of the

Justice League Review: Good News and Bad News

Whether he understands it, or knows how to communicate it, or not, Zach Snyder is fascinated by the philosophy surrounding superheroes. That’s why he made Watchmen. That’s why he made Batman v.

I, Tonya Review: Taking Back the Truth

What’s left to be said about Tonya Harding that hasn’t been said already? A lot actually, when society advances a couple decades and you re-direct the point of view. In terms of

Thelma Review: Blue is an ‘Unbreakable’ Color

The simplest way to describe Thelma is as taking a traditional superhero origin story and a restrained LGBTQ romance and smashing them together and giving the result and arthouse spin. But Norwegian director Joachim

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Review: Frances McDormand Leads a Small-Town Tale About More Than Revenge

The sequence of events in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri almost make it feel like a true story. One could say, the story is so ridiculous that it must be true. But