Review: ‘Day Shift’ Fails Jaime Foxx as a Vampire Hunter

The career of Jaime Foxx remains an enigma unto itself. On one hand, the actor, musician and comedian has conquered every medium. An Oscar winner, a Grammy winner, and one of the most versatile performers of a generation, Foxx exudes charisma regardless of his role. Yet despite his talent, many of his projects fail to … Continue reading Review: ‘Day Shift’ Fails Jaime Foxx as a Vampire Hunter

Review: ‘Prey’ Offers New Blood to the ‘Predator’ Franchise, While Returning to Its Roots

An iconic franchise was born when Arnold Schwartzenegger and Carl Weathers completed the coolest handshake in world history. The slap, the one-liners, and the terror of being hunted by extraterrestrials summed up the 1980s. While uber-machoism and gnarly gore became the film's trademarks, Predator became something. Equal parts political commentary about US militarism in Central … Continue reading Review: ‘Prey’ Offers New Blood to the ‘Predator’ Franchise, While Returning to Its Roots

Review: Netflix’s ‘The Gray Man’ Throws Empty Punches, Despite Fun Gosling and Evans

Regardless of your thoughts on the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Russo Brothers clearly landed the plane. After first picking up the camera for the MCU with 2014's Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the filmmaking brothers crafted several of the MCU's most successful titles. Dealing with large ensembles, keeping the train on the tracks, and executing decades-long emotional … Continue reading Review: Netflix’s ‘The Gray Man’ Throws Empty Punches, Despite Fun Gosling and Evans

Review: ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ Builds Bridges Between Two Pasts, Missing the Chance to Innovate

As LucasFilm continues to thwart its name to produce television series, the ideas continue to get smaller. The Star Wars experiment on Disney+ once felt like a genuine way to expand the surprisingly tiny narrative from a galaxy far, far away. A universe beholden to one family's destiny was shaken off within the first season of The Mandalorian, resulting … Continue reading Review: ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ Builds Bridges Between Two Pasts, Missing the Chance to Innovate

Review: ‘Ambulance’ or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Michael Bay

When one thinks of Michael Bay, explosions are sure to follow. The blockbuster director remains one of the few maximalist filmmakers in the industry, with a filmmaking style that many write off as tacky. Yet to know Bay's filmography is to know the pleasures and tribulations of excess. While the films themselves create a salad of … Continue reading Review: ‘Ambulance’ or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Michael Bay

Franchise Rewind: A Second Look at Style Over Substance of ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’

Coming off the revitalization can be tricky for any filmmaker. Working off another's script can be even more difficult. Yet the task assigned to J.A. Bayona appeared to be a strong match on paper. During my initial viewings, I quickly soured on the film. In the name of fairness, I revisited Bayona's dino adventure, scripted by Colin … Continue reading Franchise Rewind: A Second Look at Style Over Substance of ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’

Review: ‘Jurassic World Dominion’ Brings Back Visual Wonder, While Struggling with Story

The Jurassic Park franchise deserves most of the credit for making me love the movies. Steven Spielberg's masterful sci-fi monster movie is my favorite film and remains a technical marvel. It works as an all-around masterpiece of action, adventure, sci-fi, and drama. For everything it gave to the world, it also opened Pandora's Box when it came … Continue reading Review: ‘Jurassic World Dominion’ Brings Back Visual Wonder, While Struggling with Story

Review: Move Aside Peter Parker, ‘Ms. Marvel’ is Taking Over the MCU

There are rare moments in geek culture that create the lightning bolt moment. Ironically, this one wears one on her torso. The Marvel Cinematic Universe's latest series lands on Disney+ today, and for the second straight series, we've been introduced to a brand new character. While Ms. Marvel bears the namesake of Captain Marvel, Kamala Khan and actress Iman … Continue reading Review: Move Aside Peter Parker, ‘Ms. Marvel’ is Taking Over the MCU

Franchise Rewind: ‘Jurassic World’ Thrives as a B-Movie But Stumbles When Reaches For a Point

Seven years after Jurassic World revived the franchise, we are approaching the end of Colin Trevorrow's trilogy. With that in mind, we're rewinding the tape to look back over the franchise. The new trilogy has introduced dozens of new characters of questionable quality, but the undeniable success of Jurassic World brought audiences back to Isla Nublar. The action-adventure … Continue reading Franchise Rewind: ‘Jurassic World’ Thrives as a B-Movie But Stumbles When Reaches For a Point