Review: ‘Magic Mike’s Last Dance’ Misses The Boys of Summer

Anyone who knows my thoughts on Magic Mike XXL knows I am an unapologetic fan of America's road trip masterpiece. It is a joyous celebration of life, male intimacy, and letting go of our pretensions. The Channing Tatum vehicle felt like a huge step forward for the franchise. It finally landed on its tone. When … Continue reading Review: ‘Magic Mike’s Last Dance’ Misses The Boys of Summer

Sundance 2023: ‘Squaring the Circle’ Dives Deep Into the Creativity of Hipgnosis and Album Art

The art behind the album cover has always been a subject of fascination. The ideas an artist wishes to convey on their own piece of art can make a statement. Pink Floyd remains one of the most communicative with their artwork in the history of Vinyl records. From anti-capitalist statements to the iconic cover of … Continue reading Sundance 2023: ‘Squaring the Circle’ Dives Deep Into the Creativity of Hipgnosis and Album Art

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: ‘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: ‘Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile’ Marches to a Loving Drum

The world of children’s films can be a mixed bag. For every Paddington, there are dozens of cheaply made cash grabs. Yet the ones that create an emotional heartbeat to stay with you. The passion of Lyle Lyle Crocodile surprises you at first. However, the winning cast and moments of brilliant character design make it … Continue reading Review: ‘Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile’ Marches to a Loving Drum

Review: ‘Elvis’ Mints a Rockstar While Hanks Deliver a Career-Worst Performance

The legacy of Elvis Presley remains one of many complications. The “King of Rock” not only owns thousands of records for the music industry. He undeniably helped to shape the world of Rock music. At the same time, his legacy as a performer who borrowed and stole from black performers is not something to overlook. … Continue reading Review: ‘Elvis’ Mints a Rockstar While Hanks Deliver a Career-Worst Performance

Review: ‘Miss Americana’ Gives Taylor Swift the BioDoc Treatment with Strong Political Undertones

There are few more polarizing figures in American Pop Culture than Taylor Swift. The actress turned mogul and multihyphenate has taken the world by storm with her obsessive fandom. Her appeal ranges far beyond her musical roots in country music, making her one of the most bankable celebrities alive. However, her exposure across mediums makes her … Continue reading Review: ‘Miss Americana’ Gives Taylor Swift the BioDoc Treatment with Strong Political Undertones

Bradley Cooper Heading to Netflix with Leonard Bernstein Biopic

Another prestigious filmmaker makes the move to Netflix, with Bradley Cooper joining the streaming service's ranks. The actor turned director made considerable waves with A Star Is Born in 2019, earning three Oscar nominations as a result. Yet A Star Is Born got crushed on the night, left taking home a single prize for Lady Gaga and "Shallow." Considering … Continue reading Bradley Cooper Heading to Netflix with Leonard Bernstein Biopic

Review: ‘Rocketman’ Takes Flight Thanks to Taron Egerton and a Musical Background

Last year, the extremely divisive Bohemian Rhapsody opened some doors for filmmakers. For whatever reason, the industry had forgotten the musical biopic over the past decade. That's not to say there were no good films about music, with Inside Llewyn Davis, Love & Mercy and A Star Is Born nabbing much of the acclaim. Still, there's something refreshing about … Continue reading Review: ‘Rocketman’ Takes Flight Thanks to Taron Egerton and a Musical Background