Reviews »

Elvis Review: Creativity Has Left the Building in Baz Luhrmann’s Biopic, Which Is All Shook Up

June 22, 2022 | By
<i>Elvis</i> Review: Creativity Has Left the Building in Baz Luhrmann’s Biopic, Which Is All Shook Up

The King of Rock and Roll famously warned against criticizing “what you do not understand, son.” I confess: I do not quite understand the source of the attraction that Elvis Presley provoked in his most rabid fans when he was on top of the world. Unfortunately, after watching Baz Luhrmann’s attempt at an explanation... »

Jurassic World Dominion Review: Creativity Is All But Extinct in Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic Franchise Finale

June 8, 2022 | By
<i>Jurassic World Dominion</i> Review: Creativity Is All But Extinct in Colin Trevorrow’s <i>Jurassic</i> Franchise Finale

Steven Spielberg‘s Jurassic Park is an all-time classic. Just pure, unadulterated movie magic. But what took Mother Earth 165 million years to accomplish — killing off the dinosaurs — a Hollywood studio, hellbent on profit, has achieved in just 30, for Jurassic World Dominion proves that this storied franchise needs a long nap, as its once... »

Top Gun: Maverick Review: Tom Cruise Soars Back Into Conventional Blockbuster Mode With This High-Flying Sequel

May 12, 2022 | By
<i>Top Gun: Maverick</i> Review: Tom Cruise Soars Back Into Conventional Blockbuster Mode With This High-Flying Sequel

“Maverick,” Tom Cruise’s character’s callsign in the 1986 classic Top Gun and in its long-awaited (and long-delayed) sequel, Top Gun: Maverick, refers to a non-conforming rebel who charts their own path. Yet, as a movie star, Cruise is anything but. Sure, the timeless actor may be one of a kind — maybe even the greatest... »

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness Review: Sam Raimi Orchestrates a Spooky Symphony in Marvel’s Visually Stunning Sequel

May 3, 2022 | By
<i>Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness</i> Review: Sam Raimi Orchestrates a Spooky Symphony in Marvel’s Visually Stunning Sequel

Once upon a time, in an alternate moviegoing universe, filmmaker Sam Raimi directed the world’s very first Spider-Man movie, which set box records for the highest-grossing opening weekend of all time. 20 years have passed since that landmark comic book movie, and in that time, superheroes have become ubiquitous. There are now 28 movies that... »

Downton Abbey: A New Era Review: A Nostalgia-Filled Exploration of the Ever-Changing Nature of Showbiz

April 25, 2022 | By
<i>Downton Abbey: A New Era</i> Review: A Nostalgia-Filled Exploration of the Ever-Changing Nature of Showbiz

The Crawley family dynasty returns at the turn of another decade (the beginning of the 1930s) in the historical dramedy Downton Abbey: A New Era. The period referred to in the title is a very specific one — the moment in which the motion picture industry switched from silent movies to “talkies,” came with... »

The Northman Review: Robert Eggers Delivers a Visually Stunning Viking Revenge Movie

April 21, 2022 | By
<i>The Northman</i> Review: Robert Eggers Delivers a Visually Stunning Viking Revenge Movie

Director Robert Eggers has quickly made a name for himself in Hollywood thanks to his first two features, the somber yet entrancing horror films The Witch and The Lighthouse. But with his third feature, The Northman, Eggers has definitively proved that he’s a cinematic force to be reckoned with. The Northman is a revenge tale based loosely... »

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore Finds the Magic Nearly Extinguished From Harry Potter Franchise

April 14, 2022 | By
<i>Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore</i> Finds the Magic Nearly Extinguished From <i>Harry Potter</i> Franchise

They say that only two things are certain in this world — death and taxes — but I propose we add a third to the list of universal mathematical certainties: the fact that movie studios will make an endless stream of typically lesser sequels, prequels, or remakes for any franchise that makes them significant... »

Morbius Review: Jared Leto’s Vampire Anti-Hero Is Caught in Disorienting Maze of Latest Marvel Movie

March 30, 2022 | By
<i>Morbius</i> Review: Jared Leto’s Vampire Anti-Hero Is Caught in Disorienting Maze of Latest Marvel Movie

After nearly two years of pandemic-related delays, Morbius finally hits theaters on Friday, arriving on April 1 like some kind of really expensive April Fools’ joke. The film stars Jared Leto as the titular living vampire and the latest anti-hero to emerge from Sony’s Spider-Man universe with his own movie following Venom. Since this is an origin film,... »

Everything Everywhere All at Once Review: Michelle Yeoh Wins the Multiverse in Brilliantly Inventive A24 Film

March 25, 2022 | By
<i>Everything Everywhere All at Once</i> Review: Michelle Yeoh Wins the Multiverse in Brilliantly Inventive A24 Film

Marvel may have its multiverse but it is Michelle Yeoh and her two directors who have mastered the concept with their new A24 movie Everything Everywhere All at Once. The film was written and directed by Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, who call themselves, simply, “Daniels.” The duo made a splash at the 2016 Sundance Film... »

The Lost City Review: Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum’s Chemistry Can’t Rescue Film from Jungle of Cliches

March 24, 2022 | By
<i>The Lost City</i> Review: Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum’s Chemistry Can’t Rescue Film from Jungle of Cliches

Sandra Bullock recently announced that she’d be taking a temporary break from acting, which is a bummer for movie lovers, especially fans of her unique comedic talents. Her knack for comedy is on full display in The Lost City, in which she and Channing Tatum play an opposites-attract-type couple stuck in an improbable jungle adventure worthy of the cheesiest Hollywood blockbusters.... »