Review: A Christmas Story Christmas – The Rare Sequel that Elevates the Original

I will be the first to admit that A Christmas Story is not my go-to holiday film. I find the narration distractingly wordy, the acting stilted, and the protagonist Ralphie Parker (Peter Billingsley)insufferable in his misguided quest for a Red Ryder, carbine action, two-hundred shot range model air rifle. That said, my wife’s dedication to … Continue reading Review: A Christmas Story Christmas – The Rare Sequel that Elevates the Original

Review: Spielberg’s ‘The Fabelmans’ is His Best Film in Nearly Two Decades

When you are Steven Spielberg, when do you decide to tell your life story? The famed director crafted too many classics to name throughout his fifty-year career. One could argue that his style is the most important evolution in American cinema and has doomed storytellers to chase nostalgia. At the same time, he's poured his … Continue reading Review: Spielberg’s ‘The Fabelmans’ is His Best Film in Nearly Two Decades

Review: ‘Bardo’ is the Maximalist Film You Love to See

It's hard to feel bad for successful people. Even when life becomes difficult for them, they can rest easy knowing that professional validation and financial wealth keep them afloat. Few would feel sympathy for Alejandro González Iñárritu, the winner of back-to-back Directing Oscars in 2015 and 2016. The very legitimate question, "what do I do … Continue reading Review: ‘Bardo’ is the Maximalist Film You Love to See

Review: ‘Spirited’ Brings Together Two All-Star Comedians for a Mostly Funny Musical

The rise of Ryan Reynolds over the past decade had been long overdue. The star of films like Van Wilder and Buried had more than proven his value as a fringe star. However, few would have guessed that the actor would often shy away from his foul-mouthed persona in non-superhero projects. Still, he's maintained a … Continue reading Review: ‘Spirited’ Brings Together Two All-Star Comedians for a Mostly Funny Musical

Review: ‘The Menu’ Surprises with the Best Ensemble of the Year with Killer Commentary

The restaurant world has changed immensely in the past decade. While there have always been celebrity chefs, social media has boosted seemingly unknown talents to superstardom. Creating foods that go viral on TikTok became as important as a good meal. The experiential platform of restaurants has become a sought-after commodity. What was once a mystery … Continue reading Review: ‘The Menu’ Surprises with the Best Ensemble of the Year with Killer Commentary

Review: ‘Disenchanted’ Brings Back the Disney Princess Meta-Comedy with Style

In 2007, Amy Adams announced herself as a superstar with her lead performance in Enchanted. The actress had already been nominated for an Oscar for Junebug, but the musical comedy showcased her immense talent. Not only could she fully commit to a silly character, but she proved a gravitational force. Despite getting squeezed out of … Continue reading Review: ‘Disenchanted’ Brings Back the Disney Princess Meta-Comedy with Style

Review: ‘Do Revenge’ – High School Comedy Falls Short of Its Ambitions

Revenge is a dish best served cold, or in the case of Netflix’s Do Revenge, best served by others. Set in the world of rich and privileged high school students, Do Revenge looks to take its place in the history of high school movies by adding its own progressive vision to the genre. Drea (Camila … Continue reading Review: ‘Do Revenge’ – High School Comedy Falls Short of Its Ambitions

Review: ‘Weird: The Al Yankovic Story’ is a Perfect Roast of the Music Biopic

Over the past five years, the musical biopic has proved to be alive and well. The success of Bohemian Rhapsody put the genre back on the map as a critical and box office sensation. Then, Rocketman found its way to Oscar glory. In the past few years, we've seen the stories of Elvis, Aretha Franklin, … Continue reading Review: ‘Weird: The Al Yankovic Story’ is a Perfect Roast of the Music Biopic

Review: ‘The Banshees of Inisherin’ Pushes Friendships to the Brink

Every relationship has its rocky roads. How the relationship shapes each person in it will change at times, but few will push to the point of violence. Even rarer are those that create self-harm. Yet The Banshees of Inisherin, by writer and director Martin McDonagh, seems hellbent on making you laugh every step of the … Continue reading Review: ‘The Banshees of Inisherin’ Pushes Friendships to the Brink

Review: ‘Enola Holmes 2’ Dives Us Deeper Into Pop Period Mysteries

When a film owns its genre of choice, it can be a wildly exciting time. When the first Enola Holmes film was released in 2020, the fourth-wall-breaking comedy became a surprise hit. For Millie Bobby Brown, it proved a liferaft outside of the Stranger Things universe. Not only did she get to showcase legitimate comedic … Continue reading Review: ‘Enola Holmes 2’ Dives Us Deeper Into Pop Period Mysteries