Before I Fall - Movie Review

Before I Fall - Movie ReviewCheap to make and exceedingly appealing to the hordes of theater-going teens, young adult novel-to-big-screen adaptions are a financial no-brainer in Hollywood these days. And with the requisite safe and familiar themes meant to reassure teen audiences that the horrors  ...

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The Great Wall - Movie Review

The Great Wall - Movie ReviewLet's first have the discussion about the 500-lb gorilla in the room. He's siting right over there between "big box office money" and "who cares?" Of course, I'm speaking of the controversy swirling around the appearance of a very white man (in the form of actor Matt Damon) ...

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Fifty Shades Darker - Movie Review

Fifty Shades Darker - Movie ReviewE.L. James fans just couldn't keep the allure of mainstream theatrical S&M inside their pants when the big screen debut of the first chapter in the author's Fifty Shades novel trilogy, Fifty Shades of Grey hit theaters back in 2015. They set trailer view records with over 114  ...

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I Am Not Your Negro - Movie Review

I Am Not Your Negro - Movie ReviewFolks, forget about the latest horror movie scaring the pants off of viewers in the next theater over. The real shock is coming from I Am Not Your Negro, the provocative new documentary from filmmaker Raoul Peck that is as incendiary and discomforting as its ...

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Rings - Movie Review

Rings - Movie ReviewA girl watches a video. A girl receives a phone call.  A girl answers.  A girl is told of seven days to live.  A girl investigates.  A girl knows not why.  A girl becomes a no one.  Jaqen H'ghar, you are so right. With no Naomi Watts and no David Dorfman to turn to, The Ring mythos ...

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Gold - Movie Review

Gold - Movie ReviewGold contains all the ingredients to be a powerful cautionary tale about the true nature of man: there’s the always intriguing Matthew McConaughey with a combed-over balding head and a gut so big it barely hides his tightie whities; there’s a classic adventure story about ...

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Resident Evil: The Final Chapter - Movie Review

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter - Movie ReviewI didn’t really want to cover this release; I didn’t really want to sit through the hyper-realized gobbledygook that has plagued this series for the last three entries.  Hell, it isn’t very hard to suggest that incoherence has largely dominated ALL of the film adaptations of this  ...

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xXx: The Return of Xander Cage - Movie Review

xXx: The Return of Xander Cage - Movie ReviewKeep that foot on the gas. Apparently, Vin Diesel has enough machismo left in the tank to take lead position in yet another revved-up and frenetic franchise. Xander Cage, extreme sports hero and sometimes government spy (last seen in 2002), has returned to motorcycle surf  ...

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Patriots Day - Movie Review

Patriots Day - Movie ReviewWith the tragic events of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing seared deeply into our psyche, questions of whether we are ready for a film about the tragedy swirl around the release of Patriots Day, a new film directed by Peter Berg and starring Mark Wahlberg ...

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Hidden Figures - Movie Review

Hidden Figures - Movie ReviewIt’s only appropriate that Hidden Figures is the first movie to tell the unbelievable but true story of a trio of brilliant women who – along with other NASA-employed black female mathematicians – helped America win the space race against the Soviet Union in the 1960s. After all,  ...

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