Category: REVIEWS

  • REVIEW: Death Wish a little less Die Hard, a lot more Hostel

    REVIEW: Death Wish a little less Die Hard, a lot more Hostel

    In his heyday, getting Bruce Willis for your action movie meant everyone was in for a generous helping of genre fare. These days, he’s more hit-and-miss. And yet, when it was announced he’d headline a remake of the 1970’s genre hit Death Wish, originally starring Charles Bronson, I was excited. Could this be a return […]

  • REVIEW: Game Night a hell of a ride

    REVIEW: Game Night a hell of a ride

    Game Night is the type of film you feel terrible for laughing at, but the dark themes and situational peril are so deftly balanced that you can’t help it. Jason Bateman and Rachel MacAdams star as that annoying couple who have to turn everything into a competition. And yet, we love them, because these are […]

  • REVIEW: Black Panther the best MCU entry to date

    REVIEW: Black Panther the best MCU entry to date

    To say Marvel’s Black Panther is the best in the comic book film studio’s lexicon doesn’t even begin to describe the great depth at this film’s core. It’s not just a superhero film; it’s a cultural landmark, a showcase of African American pride and tantamount to other genre films that transcend the very confines that […]

  • REVIEW: Call Me By Your Name an emotional, resonant triumph

    REVIEW: Call Me By Your Name an emotional, resonant triumph

    A film that can tug at your heart and break through without the typical bombast or heavy hand of a studio picture is something to relish. Here, this character study of a 17-year-old and his coming-of-age romance with a 24-year-old manages to burst with affection, sensuous undertones and near-perfect examination of matters of the heart. […]

  • REVIEW: Country twang and homegrown heart mark Forever My Girl

    REVIEW: Country twang and homegrown heart mark Forever My Girl

    There’s something truly heartwarming about this small, charming, out-of-nowhere film. It’s an unassuming, familiar tale of romance and never giving up on those we truly love. Liam Page returns to his quaint hometown after eight years touring as a country superstar. But when he does, there is a less-than-joyous crowd of family and friends upon […]

  • REVIEW: 15:17 delays and sputters on arrival

    REVIEW: 15:17 delays and sputters on arrival

    There’s something especially heartbreaking about a filmmaker’s failure when dealing with a story of real-life heroism. To fumble with a fictional script is an afront to the writer and audience, but to create a plodding, boring mess of an event that inspired the world is especially distasteful. Here, bravura director and film icon Clint Eastwood […]

  • REVIEW: Pitch Perfect pleasant, but slightly off key

    REVIEW: Pitch Perfect pleasant, but slightly off key

    This ending to the acapella saga that captivated a nation provides the closure fans of the Pitch Perfect franchise needed. But that doesn’t mean this film was all that necessary. While funny and diverting, Pitch Perfect 3 is an unoriginal effort. All the Barden Bellas are back, with no new flavour and very little character […]

  • REVIEW: Mudbound the most underrated film of 2017

    REVIEW: Mudbound the most underrated film of 2017

    Mudbound is the kind of film that doesn’t just come along every day. What sets it apart from racial films like Birth of a Nation or 12 Years A Slave is that it gets its message through within the beautiful subtleties of great filmmaking. Missing are the racial slurs that have dogged these types of […]

  • REVIEW: 12 Strong a war film with more heart than brawn

    REVIEW: 12 Strong a war film with more heart than brawn

    Fatigue for real-life war films is beginning to set in for me. I can only watch so many “based on a true story” fare before I long for some well-written fiction. But don’t discount 12 Strong as just another genre piece: It’s truly a feat of heroism and heart that shouldn’t be missed. It tells […]

  • REVIEW: Disaster Artist a satirical gem

    REVIEW: Disaster Artist a satirical gem

    This is a film that’s so good, it makes you want to immediately see the terrible film it was based on, if only to keep the dream alive a little longer. James Franco is incredible playing real-life director and actor Tommy Wiseau, whose film The Room became one of the worst films of all time […]