Review: ‘Cha Cha Real Smooth’ Signals the Arrival of Cooper Raiff

The Sundance indie drama starring white guys working out their problems became a joke over the last 20 years. With pseudo-hit after pseudo-hit landing with critical acclaim, the market quickly oversaturated. Whether we can blame this on the Duplass brothers, or the dozens of other filmmakers who attempted to cash in, is still a mystery. … Continue reading Review: ‘Cha Cha Real Smooth’ Signals the Arrival of Cooper Raiff

Review: ‘Mad God’ Delivers as a Madman’s Primal Scream

There are some films so odd they defy explanation. Many movies seek to throw you off their scent. Others find themselves incoherent enough that you'll need an explainer. However, director and special effects artist Phil Tippett refuses to let his latest film be defined in this light. Instead, he takes the obscenity and chaos to levels … Continue reading Review: ‘Mad God’ Delivers as a Madman’s Primal Scream

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: ‘Downton Abbey: A New Era’ Creates Laughs and Movie Magic

Returning to a lush family estate in the countryside of England sounds like a fairy tale. Yet for six seasons and a movie, Downton Abbey became a reliable place for intrigue and drama in the world of television. The Julian Fellowes series became something of a cultural phenomenon and returned to theaters for the second time earlier … Continue reading Review: ‘Downton Abbey: A New Era’ Creates Laughs and Movie Magic

Review: ‘Lightyear’ Barely Makes Orbit Despite a Gorgeous Takeoff

For months, jokes came in from every corner of the internet. Disney and Pixar had made one of the safest bets imaginable, spinning off Toy Story star Buzz Lightyear into his own film. With a new cast, headlined by Chris Evans, there was no doubt a future hit was in store for the animation powerhouse. However, shortly after … Continue reading Review: ‘Lightyear’ Barely Makes Orbit Despite a Gorgeous Takeoff

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

Review: Adam Sandler Shines in ‘Hustle,’ Netflix’s Latest Great NBA Film

While Netflix struggles in many areas, they've also created some surprising partnerships. For the past few years, the films and shows related to the National Basketball Association (NBA) have been stellar. They co-financed and developed The Last Dance documentary series about Michael Jordan and landed Steven Soderbergh's High Flying Bird in 2019. Their latest film, Hustle, combines their partnership with the NBA … Continue reading Review: Adam Sandler Shines in ‘Hustle,’ Netflix’s Latest Great NBA Film

Review: ‘Fire Island’ Delivers Bowen Yang and Joel Kim Booster a Worthy Star-Making Vehicle

Diving into a subculture can be challenging. Using a modern-day place to tell a centuries-old tale can be even trickier. Yet Fire Island, released on Hulu via Fox Searchlight last weekend, lands a Jane Austen-sized plane on Long Island. Using the actual Fire Island and the yearly LBGBTQ+ party as the background, screenwriter and actor Joel Kim Booster tells a new-age version of Pride and … Continue reading Review: ‘Fire Island’ Delivers Bowen Yang and Joel Kim Booster a Worthy Star-Making Vehicle

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