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 →

Review – Christopher Robin

Who doesn't love Winnie the Pooh?  Created by English author A. A. Milne (and artist E. H. Shepard) for the aptly-titled 1926 anthology Winnie-the-Pooh, Pooh and his cast of characters have been delighting children of all ages for over ninety years, now.  We all have a character in the Hundred Acre Wood that we can... Continue Reading →

#ThrowbackThursday – (500) Days of Summer

Original US release date: July 17, 2009 Production budget: $7,500,000 Worldwide gross: $60,722,734 It's hard to believe that (500) Days of Summer is now over nine years old (that's 3,304 days of (500) Days of Summer, to be exact).  Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel, the film was the first to be directed by Marc... Continue Reading →

Review – Mission: Impossible – Fallout

"(FALLOUT) fires on all cylinders, then takes those cylinders, supercharges them, fills them all with nitroglycerin, puts each one in its own microwave within a nuclear power plant, sets the timers for 5 seconds, and then yells, 'RUUUUUUN!' just to see what happens."

#ThrowbackThursday – Sister Act

Original US release date: May 29, 1992 Production budget: $31,000,000 Worldwide gross: $231,605,150 Back in 1992, Whoopi Goldberg was a huge star.  She garnered an Oscar nomination for Steven Spielberg's 1985 film The Color Purple and then went out and actually won one as the Best Supporting Actress for 1990's Ghost.  Despite both of these... Continue Reading →

Review – Unfriended: Dark Web

The original Unfriended was released over three years ago, in April of 2015, and instantly stood out as one of the more thoughtful - and thought-provoking - horror films in recent years.  A cautionary tale against cyber-bullying, the movie worked on multiple levels and had the added novelty of being presented exclusively through the perspective... Continue Reading →

Review – The Equalizer 2

You may or may not know that this franchise from director Antoine Fuqua and star Denzel Washington is based on a television series of the same name from the eighties that starred Edward Woodward.  In each version, the main character, ex-intelligence agent Robert McCall, seeks to strike a balance between right and wrong through vigilantism,... Continue Reading →

Review – Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

Back in November, I watched the original Mamma Mia! film for the first time for a #ThrowbackThursday column that basically everyone ignored (but you can read it, now, by clicking here).  That was good timing as I didn't even realize that this sequel was on the way, meaning my homework was already done for its... Continue Reading →

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