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 →

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 →

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 →

mother! Review

Throughout the history of film, there have been all sorts of directors, each with their own sets of goals. Some are in it for the money; like effective managers, they run tight ships, and routinely bolster ticket sales. Some are in it for the art; they slave over the minutest of details, and are routinely... 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 →

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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