Category: Film Reviews

necktie_youth

PAFF: Aimless ‘Necktie Youth’ sacrifices more than its plot

Back in 1994, South Africans went to the polls to vote for their first democratically elected president Nelson Mandela. After many years of apartheid rule, there was...

2014-09-22-StoriesofOurLivesimage

PAFF: ‘Stories of Our Lives’ is a soul-stirring reclamation of silenced voices

One of the films that best embodies the ethos of the Pan African Film Festival this year is Stories of Our Lives, an anthology film directed Jim Chuchu. Reenacting...

maxresdefault

Film Review: Deadpool (★★★★)

Pure and insane cinematic joy. If I had to distill my thoughts on Deadpool down to one short sentence, that would be it. Operating on a very specific wavelength, this is...

Screen Shot 2015-04-13 at 7.12.55 PM

PAFF: ‘Where Children Play’ is a well-acted, conventional melodrama

After blazing the screen in Dear White People and Chi-Raq, Teyonah Parris adds another compelling performance to her growing resume through Where Children Play. In this...

america_is_still_the_place

PAFF: Mike Colter takes charge in slight fest opener ‘America is Still The Place’

In a recent Hollywood Reporter discussion on diversity in film, an important point was brought up about narratives featuring minority protagonists. Namely, the fact that...

Day One publicity still

Film Review: Day One (★★★½)

One of the most overlooked categories at the Oscars is Best Live Action Short. However, year after year some true gems emerge. One such gem in this year’s selection is...

hailcaesar

Film Review: Hail, Caesar (★★★)

Being Awards Circuit’s resident “historical expert” — unlike fellow writer, Mark Johnson, I didn’t live the history I’m watching...

Tumbledown_Still

Film Review: Tumbledown (★★★)

There’s a very specific vibe that runs throughout Tumbledown, a melancholic romantic dramedy of sorts that sports a memorably unobtrusive soundtrack and a winning...

maxresdefault

Film Review: The Finest Hours (★★)

“The Finest Hours” is a true story about the largest small boat rescue in U.S. Coast Guard history when an oil tanker split in two during a blizzard off the shores...

Double the trouble! (Image courtesy of 20th Century Fox)

Film Review: Kung Fu Panda 3 (★★★)

Visually dazzling and outrageously funny, DreamWorks Animation’s hit franchise shows no signs of petering out. With this third entry, Kung Fu Panda 3 allows...

dirty-grandpa-zac-efron-robert-de-niro-600x400

Film Review: Dirty Grandpa (★★½)

I have no doubt that Dirty Grandpa is going to get some of the very worst reviews of any film this year. It’s just that sort of lowbrow comedy. At the same time, I...

the-5th-wave-dom-df-15132-rgb

Film Review: The 5th Wave (★★)

Checking off just about every single one of the boxes needed for a run of the mill YA adaptation, The 5th Wave is about as standard as it gets, from the end of the world...

maxresdefault

Film Review: The Benefactor (★★½)

As a general rule, when you cast Richard Gere and let him go to town in a movie, you’re going to get something pretty compelling. Gere has been on a solid run of...

Q-vEX

Film Review: Intruders (★★★)

To some degree, what you think about other films of this ilk will affect how you judge Intruders. This home invasion thriller isn’t as clever or genre busting as...

09e388b3-640b-4a54-948b-098d5a2c0d5b-1020x612

Film Review: Moonwalkers (★★★)

Usually, when a film has a really great premise that it can’t quite live up to, you wind up disliking said film. Interestingly though, in the case of Moonwalkers,...

a perfect day 2

Film Review: A Perfect Day (★★½)

Well-intentioned yet largely forgettable, Fernando León de Aranoa’s Goya Award nomination sweeper A Perfect Day blends humanitarian manifesto filmmaking with...

13Hours

Film Review: 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (★★)

With a Presidential election less than a year away, there’s never been a political climate as charged and ready to latch onto (or destroy) a story about Benghazi,...

1216529_Kristen-Stewart-Anestesia-02

Film Review: Anesthesia (★★★)

I’m not spilling any industry secrets when I say that it’s not easy to nail interconnected ensemble dramas. More often than not, they stumble and fall into...

revenant

Film Review #3: The Revenant (★★)

Read the first review of the “The Revenant” HERE! After securing the Best Picture Oscar last year for creating Birdman, director Alejandro G. Inarritu...

TNT_01

Film Review: The Brand New Testament (★★★)

“What if God was one of us? Just a slob like one of us? Just a stranger on the bus Trying to make His way home?” The above lyrics are of course taken from...

revenant

Film Review #2: The Revenant (★)

Read the first review of the “The Revenant” HERE! If there was an award for Endurance Test Film, I’m sure that The Revenant would be #1 with a bullet....

joy_poster

Film Review #2: Joy (★★½)

As someone who’s analyzed director David O. Russell’s use of women, I was incredibly skeptical about his latest film, Joy, being anywhere near amazing....

maxresdefault

Film Review: Where to Invade Next (★★★½)

To some degree, you have to know what you’re going to get when you sit down to watch a documentary from Michael Moore. In the case of his latest endeavor, Where to...

Tugba_Sunguroglu,_Ilayda_Akdogan,_Doga_Zeynep_Doguslu,_Elit_Iscan,_and_Gunes_Sensoy_in_MUSTANG.photo_courtesy_Cohen_Media_Grou (1)

Film Review: Mustang (★★★)

Growing up can be tough. For Lale and her four older sisters, the central characters of Mustang, it is practically dehumanizing. In this winning debut feature from...

kylo ren

Film Review #2: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (★★★★)

*SPOILER FREE REVIEW* My hands are shaking a bit as I type up this review — am I really reviewing the next installment of the popular saga that takes place after...