The Meg Review

Is it truly summer without a killer shark movie? If that question was up to Hollywood, the answer would certainly be no, as there can’t seem to be a year that goes by without some sort of regurgitation of Spielberg’s terrifying classic tearing into theaters. This year’s toothy fish of focus surfaces in The Meg,... Continue Reading →

Sicario: Day of the Soldado Review

If there is a movie that doesn’t need a sequel, it’s Sicario. As a hard-hitting action/drama with an alarming depiction of the Mexican drug war, the film works perfectly in self-containment. The original was no blockbuster, but with an $85 million global haul against a budget of only $35 million, Lionsgate saw fit to approach... Continue Reading →

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Review

By any reasonable standard, the Jurassic Park franchise should be long extinct by now. After the mixed reactions to Jurassic Park III, the proverbial asteroid appeared to have hit the series. But like Dr. Wu and the fossilized mosquito, Universal has tapped the amber once again to present another terrifying clone to the masses. J.A.... Continue Reading →

Ocean’s 8 Review

Like a thief in the night, Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s franchise has crept back into theaters this weekend for a new round of criminal thrills and a fresh multi-million payday. Much of the basic framework remains the same, but times are changing, and our cultural evolution prevails as no more apparent today than in Hollywood. George... Continue Reading →

A Quiet Place Review

Cinema’s latest horror hit might be distinguished by its bouts of prolonged silence, but this scare fest is anything but a snoozer. A Quiet Place is a searing firecracker of a thriller, heralding a startlingly impressive turn for The Office alum John Krasinski in his directorial breakthrough. Featuring a barren post-apocalyptic landscape ruled by creatures... 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 →

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 →

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