A Quiet Place: Day One Review – A Franchise Finally Meets Its Promise

Samira (Lupita Nyong’o) is about to die. Not for the reason the rest of the world is, the aliens hypersensitive to sound that just crashlanded on earth, but because she’s terminally ill. So when the apocalpyse arrives in the middle of New York City, she doesn’t break out into the same kind of panic that … Read more

Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga Review – Decades of Perfectly Honed Hatred

For many, the name George Miller is synonymous with the Mad Max franchise, but more than that, he’s one of the most creative directors working in Hollywood right now, with an eclectic filmography that almost feels like a joke at first glance. Yes, the filmmaker behind the Mad Max franchise also came up with Happy … Read more

Ripley Review – A Beautiful New Take On A Classic

Netflix’s new prestige TV show Ripley from Steven Zaillian, the writer behind fantastic movies like Schindler’s List (1993) and The Irishman (2019), isn’t the first adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s classic novel The Talented Mr. Ripley (1955), and it wouldn’t surprise me if it doesn’t end up being the last. The timing is interesting given we … Read more

The First Omen Review – A First Attempt That Promises A Bright Future

We live in an era right now where every somewhat notable horror movie from the past needs to get a legacy sequel of some sort. And I know this trend isn’t exclusive to the horror genre, but where else would you get a masterpiece like The Exorcist: Believer? David Gordon Green is really delivering the … Read more

Cuckoo Berlinale Review – Irritating, Unwieldy, Fun

How do you even begin to talk about a movie as weird, messy, but ultimately fun as Cuckoo? It’s a modern giallo from Germany, brought to us by NEON, about a secluded resort in the mountains, strange noises that put you in temporary time loops, and screeching women with red, glowing eyes that try to … Read more

Meanwhile on Earth Berlinale Review – Just Like Space It’s A Whole Lot Of Nothing

I was absolutely enamored with writer/director Jérémy Clapin’s feature debut, I Lost My Body (2019), when I finally watched it for the first time the other day. An animated movie that used the intimate speficity of every carefully crafted frame and brushstroke within to tell a story that celebrated the smallest of sensations that make … Read more

A Different Man Berlinale Review: You Can’t Run From Who You Are

The tale of the disfigured individual, demonized by its society and pitied by the audience, is one that’s been retold many times in cinema. From The Elephant Man (1980) to Wonder (2017) to the here frequently referenced Beauty and the Beast (1991), it’s understood that these people are simply victims of their genetic code—or whatever … Read more

Aquaman and The Lost Kingdom Review – A Modern B-Movie Blockbuster

The DCEU has now officially ended in December 2023. But before we say our goodbyes to a cinematic universe filled with ups and downs (and maybe a few more downs than ups, if we’re being honest), there’s still one final movie to watch. Aquaman and The Lost Kingdom is the second of what was once … Read more

Meg 2: The Trench Review – A Fun Popcorn Flick?

There’s this term that gets thrown around a lot to describe a certain kind of movie. The kind that, especially now in the summer blockbuster season, you find a lot of. Movies that you just turn your brain off for and have fun, the popcorn flick. I don’t have an inherent problem with the term. … Read more

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem Review – Teenage Turtles Indeed

Seth Rogen’s recent track record with comic book adaptations speaks for itself. The Boys (2019-) is one of the best comic book media out there right now, and  while I didn’t love Invincible (2021-), it has more good things going for it than bad. However, both of those feature decidedly adult content, whereas Teenage Mutant … Read more