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 →

The Lego Ninjago Movie Review

The second sequel to 2013’s inventive and exhilarating The Lego Movie offers much of the same colorful exuberance of its predecessors, though it’s clear that much of the novelty that made the original such a surprise is beginning to stretch itself thin. If you’re game for some dazzling animation and a chuckle here and there,... Continue Reading →

American Assassin Review

Given what’s been dominating headlines these days – terrorist attacks, immigration, chaos in the Middle East, and the threat of nuclear war – there is no better timing for a film that draws on male aggression and anger to deliver a patriotic action flick that simultaneously provides pertinent social commentary. Unfortunately, if you thought that’s... Continue Reading →

Wind River Review

“I get so mad, I want to fight the whole world,” bemoans Chip, a drug-addicted young Indian man, handcuffed in the back of a police car. “You got any idea what that feels like?" "I do,” answers Cory, a Wildlife Service agent, still grieving the loss of his daughter three years prior. “I decided to... Continue Reading →

The Hitman’s Bodyguard Review

By the time you hit the dregs of summer, it’s not surprising to see a generic shoot-‘em-up top the box office. With no major openings to speak of this August, you could say September came early this year. Last weekend’s offbeat actioner Logan Lucky represents a bright spot, but unfortunately the public largely ignored it... Continue Reading →

Logan Lucky Review

Welcome back, Mr. Soderbergh. Like Daniel Craig’s squirrelly convicted safecracker Joe Bang, the lure of a big score has lured the elusive artisan out of the shadows and back to mainstream filmmaking. The director has ended his hiatus with another satisfying round of his fine-tuned recipe for heist flicks, and his method shows no signs... Continue Reading →

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