Category Archives: Reviews

47 Meters Down Review: A Fresh Enough Bite

Shark thrillers are nothing new, but when done well, can be a riotous hoot. The Shallows proved that last summer by being genuinely well made and thrilling. 47 Meters Down nails one

Rough Night Review: Somewhere Between a Rager and a Buzzkill

Lucia Aniello’s star-studded bachelorette comedy is like buying a well drink at the bar. It gets the job done, but there’s nothing particularly exciting about it.

Maudie Review: A Complicated Life and Love

At times, Maudie is a deeply upsetting film. At others, it’s incredibly sweet. Teetering between these two tones is where director Aisling Walsh’s debut film occasionally gets into trouble. The true story

It Comes at Night Review: Horror For Horror’s Sake

Generally, the less of a plot, the better the horror film. Keeping it simple and focusing on the filmmaking and mood has been the secret to greatness in the genre since studios

Okja Review: Don’t Get Between a Girl and Her Genetically Altered Giant Pig Creature

Okja is the closest I’ve seen a film with English speaking actors get to replicating the spirit of anime in live-action. Simultaneously very dark and very silly, Bong Joon-ho’s follow up to

I, Daniel Blake Review: Human Interest

Ken Loach’s greatest achievement with I, Daniel Blake is that the film manages to discuss a particular issue—thoroughly at that—while still displaying individual characters who don’t just feel like vehicles to the root of

Wonder Woman Review: We Don’t Deserve Her

Patty Jenkins’s confident Wonder Woman adaptation sticks close to the classic superhero origin tropes. The difference, however, is that it doesn’t feel like it’s trying to. Take for instance the first reveal

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Review: The Series Remains Cursed

Who wanted to make this movie? The plot of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales—2017’s winner for clunkiest title—revolves around Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth Swann’s (Kiera Knightley)

The Survivalist Review: A Competent, Routine Dystopian Thriller

There’s really nothing remarkable about The Survivalist, there’s just also nothing outwardly bad about it either. As far as indie genre films go, this one is kind of just there in a

Alien: Covenant Review: Ridley Scott Steers the Beloved Series Back on Track

There are two sci-fi franchises chiefly associated with film that garner more respect than all the others: Star Wars and Alien. With their respective originals released two years apart in the ’70s,