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REVIEW: Godzilla vs. Kong is More Worthy for Its CG-Created Monsters Than Much Else

March 29, 2021 | By
REVIEW: <em>Godzilla vs. Kong</em> is More Worthy for Its CG-Created Monsters Than Much Else

Make no mistake that Warner Bros’ Godzilla vs. Kong is not the first time the mighty behemoths have clashed, and it probably won’t be the last. When Legendary Pictures scored the rights to the Toho Studios franchise and the Universal Pictures staple King Kong (probably with limitations like only referring to him as “Kong”),... »

REVIEW: Zack Snyder’s Justice League is Definitely More, So Does That Make It Better?

March 15, 2021 | By
REVIEW: Zack Snyder’s Justice League is Definitely More, So Does That Make It Better?

We’ve all heard the stories of filmmakers who weren’t able to make the movie they set out to make for one reason or another. Most of us have probably also thrown in a DVD or Blu-ray of some “Director’s Cut” or another, where a director was allowed to cut together their own ultimate version... »

Review: Andra Day’s Powerful, Passionate Performance Lifts The United States v. Billie Holiday

February 19, 2021 | By
Review: Andra Day’s Powerful, Passionate Performance Lifts <em>The United States v. Billie Holiday</em>

Lee Daniels became a mainstay as a director after his powerful Precious garnered awards attention in 2009. In that film, Daniels told the difficult story about a young girl’s oppression at the hands of a villainous mother, who was herself the product of an evil system of inequality and injustice that has for so long... »

REVIEW: Judas and the Black Messiah Signifies a Major Turn for Daniel Kaluuya and Director Shaka King

February 10, 2021 | By
REVIEW: <em>Judas and the Black Messiah</em> Signifies a Major Turn for Daniel Kaluuya and Director Shaka King

If we’ve learned anything from the past year in movies, it’s that the late ‘60s were not a great time for the African-American community. Despite the Civil Rights Act passing and brief spates of progress towards equality, the government continued to repress black men and women, particularly in the guise of FBI director J.... »

REVIEW: Zendaya’s Breathtaking Performance Rescues Wobbly Malcolm & Marie

January 27, 2021 | By
REVIEW: Zendaya’s Breathtaking Performance Rescues Wobbly <em>Malcolm & Marie</em>

Sam Levinson’s Malcolm & Marie will be remembered by history as the first ambitious project entirely written and produced during the catastrophic COVID-19 pandemic. The lofty aspirations of such an endeavor are also obvious in the bombastic—even loud—pronouncements and musings about the meaning of art and life of its two titular characters, as telegraphed... »

REVIEW: The Little Things Misses the Bigger Picture

January 26, 2021 | By
REVIEW: <em>The Little Things</em> Misses the Bigger Picture

In Warner Bros.’ upcoming The Little Things, Denzel Washington’s Joe “Deke” Deacon, a washed up, small town deputy sheriff, is caught in a race-against-the-clock investigation into a serial killer opposite LAPD Detective Jimmy Baxter (Rami Malek). At first glance, Deke and Baxter appear to inhabit a dark, psychological crime thriller in the mode of... »

REVIEW: Wonder Woman 1984 – A Less Wonderful Sequel Lost In Time

December 24, 2020 | By
REVIEW: <em>Wonder Woman 1984</em> – A Less Wonderful Sequel Lost In Time

There is something infectiously charming about Gal Gadot as the beloved heroine Diana Prince. Perhaps it is her warm smile, her determined gaze, or the fact that she is clearly letting herself into the role. As it turns out, this is about the only salvageable element of Wonder Woman 1984 (aka WW84), the highly-anticipated sequel to... »

Edward Douglas’ Top 10 Movies of 2020

December 21, 2020 | By
Edward Douglas’ Top 10 Movies of 2020

Since the craziest year in recent memory is slowly winding down, it’s time for people to share their best of the year. As someone who has seen upwards of 300 movies this year despite the pandemic, I feel like I’ve seen enough movies that I can confidently put together my own definitive Top 10 for 2020.... »

REVIEW: News of the World Shows Paul Greengrass’ Mastery of the Western Genre

December 16, 2020 | By
REVIEW: <em>News of the World</em> Shows Paul Greengrass’ Mastery of the Western Genre

At times, it feels like every filmmaker has a Western in them. In recent years, some great filmmakers have swung and failed miserably, but then you get results like the Coen Brothers’ True Grit, Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, and others that find a way to redefine an age-old cinematic genre in fascinating new... »

REVIEW: Showy Visuals Can’t Rescue Clooney’s Marooned The Midnight Sky

December 10, 2020 | By
REVIEW: Showy Visuals Can’t Rescue Clooney’s Marooned <em>The Midnight Sky</em>

In 2049, a lone, aging astronomer named Augustine, played by George Clooney, looks out with resignation into the star-studded, steely grey skies of the North Pole. Somewhere in that vast expanse, a resolute astronaut named Sully, played by Felicity Jones, stares back, searching for answers and hoping for a better future. This is the... »