Review: ‘Amsterdam’ Buries Important Messages Behind Messy Jokes and Poor Storytelling

Few films can be more frustrating than those with important ideas, buried behind bad filmmaking. This can be especially true of large ensemble films, which can find themselves unable to focus on a group of characters. In the case of Amsterdam, the focus is clear. A three-headed showcase of Christian Bale, John David Washington, and … Continue reading Review: ‘Amsterdam’ Buries Important Messages Behind Messy Jokes and Poor Storytelling

Oscar Acting Predictions: Adam Driver Leads a Star-Studded Class (Dec. 6)

In part 2 of our preview, we're jumping into the acting races. This year's class looks to be absolutely loaded with talent, and that bodes well for the Oscars in 2019. A lot of great young talent puts themselves in the position to earn nominations, but its the veterans and established stars that look to … Continue reading Oscar Acting Predictions: Adam Driver Leads a Star-Studded Class (Dec. 6)

Review: ‘The Irishman’ Captures Remorse, Love, and Violence in Scorsese’s Latest Masterpiece

For decades, the name Martin Scorsese has been synonymous with the gangster film. The reputation is not unearned. On the contrary, Goodfellas, Mean Streets, and The Departed continue to find their audience as classics within the genre. Yet Scorsese's body of work falls closer to the Werner Herzog or Jonathan Demme. Unlike his contemporaries, Scorsese bent genre … Continue reading Review: ‘The Irishman’ Captures Remorse, Love, and Violence in Scorsese’s Latest Masterpiece

Review: Phoenix Allows ‘Joker’ To Burn Bright Despite a Lack of Innovation

When the Clown Prince of Gotham comes to the big screen, moviegoing audiences pay attention. Back in 1989, Jack Nicholson introduced audiences to a new kind of Joker, one that was more menacing and comical than the Cesar Romero hilarity of the television show. Mark Hamill's evolution of the character throughout Batman: The Animated Series and Batman: The Mask … Continue reading Review: Phoenix Allows ‘Joker’ To Burn Bright Despite a Lack of Innovation