Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Review

“Anger begets anger.” The aforementioned Mahavira proverb shows up in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri as part of a gag, attributed to a character who obviously lacks the intellectual depth to have conceived of it herself. Despite its satirical delivery, however, the quote fittingly encapsulates the thematic material of the entire film. In fact, the... Continue Reading →

Justice League Review

And just like that, 2017’s superhero streak has come to an end. Despite the encouragement this past June’s exceptional Wonder Woman provided, Zack Snyder’s Justice League won’t sit among the ranks of recent hits including Logan or Thor: Ragnarok, but rather plummets the DC Extended Universe back to the pitiful depths of Batman v Superman... Continue Reading →

Thor: Ragnarok Review

In Norse mythology, “Ragnarök” refers to the prophesied apocalypse: the purging of the world through water, and the beginning of life anew. In the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s 17th film, Kevin Feige and company deftly cleanse the Thor franchise of former blemish, and triumphantly usher in a glorious new era for the god of thunder. With New... Continue Reading →

Only the Brave Review

Following weeks of national coverage reporting the devastation of wildfires on the West Coast, Columbia Pictures’ impeccably-timed Only the Brave blazes into theaters. Originally slated for a September release, this firefighter drama was delayed due to a distributor dispute, and singes even deeper as a result. Joseph Kosinski’s memorial of the legendary Granite Mountain hotshots... Continue Reading →

Geostorm Review

Batten down the hatches! It’s disaster movie week at the multiplex. Whereas Columbia Pictures’ Only the Brave prevails as a bulwark of a drama, Warner Bros.’ generic blockbuster Geostorm couldn’t be farther from it. With incompetent execution, incoherent plotting, asinine dialogue and laughable performances, this epic has it all, save for one important little detail:... Continue Reading →

The Mountain Between Us Review

There is an idea in social psychology known as the “proximity principle.” This theory observes that people who tend to be physically close to one another are more likely to form interpersonal relationships. The latest survival picture to hit theaters, The Mountain Between Us, can be generally summed up as an illustration of this principle.... Continue Reading →

Blade Runner 2049 Review

When Ridley Scott first revealed his intricate science fiction masterpiece in 1982, Blade Runner was largely ignored by the masses. Due to negative responses at test screenings, the film was released under heavy alterations, to the chagrin of its director and star. Despite the original cut’s deplorable modifications, Blade Runner remained a monumental achievement for... Continue Reading →

American Made Review

2017 has finally found its Cruise factor. Following up his involvement in June’s awkward mega-flop The Mummy, the trademark Tom Cruise swagger returns to fine form in the slick crime comedy American Made. This semi-factual account of a drug-smuggling pilot and White House informant is another rousing course in Southern lawbreaking following August’s droll delight... Continue Reading →

Kingsman: The Golden Circle Review

The sequel to 2015's Kingsman: The Secret Service is hardly more than a ritualistic exercise in the law of diminishing returns. Matthew Vaughn returns to direct, delivering a second entry guilty of nearly every violation for which subpar sequels are known. Formula is favored over invention, gags are recycled, and characterization is ignored. With a star-studded... Continue Reading →

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