#ThrowbackThursday – Independence Day

Original US release date: July 3, 1996 Production budget: $75,000,000 Worldwide gross: $817,400,891 Will Smith was once known as the king of the Independence Day weekend and it all started here, with Roland Emmerich's Independence Day.  Released around the world in the middle of the week to coincide with the dates on which the film,... Continue Reading →

Review – BlacKkKlansman

Approximately one year ago, I found myself tasked with the responsibility of standing in front of my Freshman Orientation class and attempting to explain to them the then-recent events of Charlottesville, Virginia.  It was Current Events Day in the curriculum, and each Freshman Orientation teacher was asked to discuss the most relevant current events for... Continue Reading →

Review – The Meg

Jon Turteltaub was responsible for many popular films throughout the nineties and early-two-thousands, from Phenomenon and The Kid to the National Treasure series.  Turteltaub's films haven't always been critical darlings, but he has a way of producing crowd-pleasers that make a lasting impression and carry goodwill forward, years beyond their release dates.  His profile has... Continue Reading →

#ThrowbackThursday – Village of the Damned (1960)

Original US release date: December 7, 1960 Production budget: $200,000 Worldwide gross: $2,175,000 There's something special about old-fashioned, black-and-white horror, isn't there?  Without reliance upon grisly and grotesque images, profanity, or nudity, horror used to stay firmly focused on delivering compelling stories, characters, and atmosphere.  There are still horror films that accomplish those feats, today,... Continue Reading →

Review – The Darkest Minds

Based upon Alexandra Bracken's novel of the same name, Jennifer Yuh Nelson's The Darkest Minds is the latest attempt at a dystopian young adult franchise starter, hoping to follow suit and tap into the same audience that made the Hunger Games series such a massive success. Bracken's series of novels has proven popular enough to... Continue Reading →

Review – Teen Titans Go! To the Movies

I have never watched a single second of the "Teen Titans Go!" animated series.  As a result, I wasn't especially pumped for this theatrical adaptation/continuation of the show.  The potty-humor-centered trailer then took it one step further and not only failed to sell me on the idea, but actually made me want to avoid the... Continue Reading →

Review – Leave No Trace

It has taken me far longer to see Debra Granik's (Winter's Bone) Leave No Trace than I had either hoped or intended. The buzzy independent film has been a festival darling and garnered rave reviews all around the industry (it currently sits at 100% on Rotten Tomatoes) but out-of-town trips, local weekend events, and a... Continue Reading →

Review – Eighth Grade

I don't think there's a human being alive who liked eighth grade.  For me, it was better than seventh grade, but that's like saying that horse radish is better than mayonnaise; it's all horrible. For a brief moment, I was surprised to see that this movie was rated R, but then I actually . .... Continue Reading →

Review – The Spy Who Dumped Me

Spy movies are seemingly about as common as any other genre - Bond, alone, has had twenty-six films - and spy spoofs are growing in number, as well. Whether they come in the form of Mike Myers's classic Austin Powers series, Rowan Atkinson's Johnny English, Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson in Central Intelligence, or any... Continue Reading →

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