Peter Rabbit Review

Let’s get one thing out of the way: Sony Pictures’ big-screen adaptation of Peter Rabbit is not going to please any devotees of Beatrix Potter. That much was made clear as soon as the first trailer dropped, which brought widespread ire from critics and fans alike, including The Guardian’s Stuart Heritage, who remarked, “There’s something... Continue Reading →

Ferdinand Review

It’s only fitting that a year characterized by meager animation releases is capped off with a film that is only minimally acceptable. Ignoring extreme exceptions such as Coco or The Emoji Movie, 2017’s CG offerings have relegated to the stale middle ground of the likes of Cars 3 and Despicable Me 3. Set as bold... Continue Reading →

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 →

Coco Review

Now that’s the Pixar I know. After a string of subpar entries including Cars 3, the studio returns to form with a film representative of the poise and technical wizardry the genre authorities have built a reputation on. Coco is a reverent tribute to Mexican cultural traditions that simultaneously elevates Hispanic heritage, and delivers a festive... 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 →

Daddy’s Home 2 Review

There’s still two weeks to go until Thanksgiving, and audiences are already being saddled with commoditized holiday drivel. The seasonal exploitation got its start in early November with the critically-panned Bad Moms Christmas, with another Christmas-themed comedy sequel to follow. Just like the latest Bad Moms, Daddy’s Home 2 is a sequel to a movie... 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 →

Suburbicon Review

Judging by its pathetic $2.8 million box office performance over the weekend, I’m sure it’s very unlikely that very many of you are planning on seeing Suburbicon. For those that are, I’ll save you some trouble and let you know now that despite the towering star talent involved, Suburbicon is an awkward faceplant in addition... Continue Reading →

Battle of the Sexes Review

Game, set, and match: Battle of the Sexes is an amiable crowd-pleaser, and a heartfelt dramatization of the famed 1973 tennis match from Little Miss Sunshine directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. Emma Stone glimmers as the inspirational Billie Jean King in a role that contrasts her previous work, while Steve Carell similarly delights as... Continue Reading →

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