Film Review: ‘The Party’s Just Beginning’ For Karen Gillan As A Filmmaker

It goes without saying, but to write, direct, and star in your feature debut is an ambitious undertaking. None of that fazed Karen Gillan,...

Film Review: ‘Dumplin’ Makes The Perfect Netflix Treat

Not every movie needs to reinvent the wheel. Some tales, like that of a high school misfit trying to find their place, are destined...

Film Review: ‘Village Rockstars’ Struggles to Make an Impression

It's been quite a year for musical dramas, with "A Star Is Born" and "Bohemian Rhapsody" currently making noise at the box office, thanks...

Film Review: What’s the Best 2018 Netflix Holiday Movie?

'Tis the season for holiday movies. Yes, the theaters are packing people in for seasonal family fare, such as “The Grinch” and others. However,...

Film Review: ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Is the Masterstroke of Genius the Animated Genre...

Hold on to all your senses because the new web-slinging animated "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" is downright sensational.  The film serves as a living,...

Film Review: ‘Song of Back and Neck’ Hits the Right Quirky Notes

"Song of Back and Neck" may be small in ambition, but it comes with a quirky little hook that ropes you in. It seems...

Film Review: ‘Tito and the Birds’ Is an Artful and Socially Relevant Tale

It's hardly a novel idea for animated films to include hidden political messages, but few are as overtly topical as "Tito and the Birds."...

Film Review: ‘Creed II’ Knocks Out Its Predecessor With A Rousing Turn by Tessa...

It's as surprising to the reviewer as it is to anyone who reads this, that "Creed II," the sequel to the 2015 hit, is...

Film Review: ‘The 20th Annual Animation Show of Shows’ Features Some of the Best...

The animated short list never receives the attention it deserves. Every year, people who watch the Oscars assume that Disney should win by default....

Film Review: ‘Mary Queen of Scots’ Sizzles with Josie Rourke’s Fiery Directorial Debut

In a wicked display of tension and percolating drama, Josie Rourke's smartly effective and intoxicating "Mary Queen of Scots" showcases two grandiose performances from...

Film Review: ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ Searches and Finds Itself as a Sinless Joy

Studios like Walt Disney Pictures are very seldom afforded the opportunity to connect a beloved character of the preceding film and elevate and evolve...

Film Review: ‘Instant Family’ Wears You Down Until the Tears Flow

It's cliche to say that something will make you laugh and make you cry. Occasionally, however, it's apt. In the case of "Instant Family,"...

AFI Fest Review: ‘Rafiki’ Is an Urgent Story that Avoids Feeling Rushed

2018 AFI FILM FESTIVAL: Sometimes a film comes along that is so pure with its intentions it forces you to take notice. Banned in...

Film Review: ‘Night is Short, Walk on Girl’ is an Animated ‘Nick and Norah’...

Japanese animation has long had the ability to get weird when it wants to. Unlike the more traditional storytelling used in American cinema, Japanese...

Film Review: ‘MFKZ’ Combines Kung Fu, Urban Cities, and Graphic Novels for a New...

For anyone who ever wondered, what would a David Ayers and the Wu-Tang Clan animated movie look like, we have your answer. Based on the graphic novel series "Mutafukaz"...

Film Review: Poignant ‘Killer Bees’ Stings You Right in the Heart

Located in the South Fork of Suffolk County, in the heart of the infamously rich triangle of towns that make up the Hamptons of...

Film Review: ‘Sunset’ Is an Immersive Journey to the Past

There are few art forms which cater to a nostalgist's longing for the "good old days" as effectively as cinema. The best historical dramas...

AFI Film Fest Review: ‘Under the Silver Lake’ Bathes East Los Angeles in Baffling...

2018 AFI FILM FESTIVAL: David Robert Mitchell's second feature, “It Follows,” serves as an allegory on the fear surrounding sexually transmitted diseases. Transitioning from...

AFI Fest Film Review: Susanne Bier’s ‘Bird Box’ Is an Intense, Family Focused Horror...

The horror genre goes through phases, where certain tropes are in and others are out. In 2018, the family-focused horror/drama is in. Susanne Bier's...

AFI Fest Review: ‘Everybody Knows’ Is A Bland Thriller With Dark Family Ties

2018 AFI FILM FESTIVAL: Two-time Oscar champ for "Best Foreign Language Film" (the award itself goes to the respective country), Asghar Farhadi has crafted...

Film Review: ‘Mobile Homes’ Can’t Find Anything to Say about Low Income Americans

It's a real shame when a strong performance isn't supported by the material it finds itself in. Such is the case with Imogen Poots...

AFI Fest Film Review: ‘Her Smell’ Reeks Of Overcooked Pretension

2018 AFI FILM FESTIVAL: Alex Ross Perry's “Her Smell” is unrelenting in its depiction of a fictional punk star's imminent “rock bottom.” The inevitable...

Film Review: Drug Wars Get Tribal in the Striking ‘Birds of Passage’

As addictive as the drugs themselves, modern audiences can't seem to get enough of the drugs cartels in their entertainment. But even with all...

Film Review: ‘Relaxer’ Could Not Be More Uncomfortable

2018 AFI FILM FESTIVAL: How far will someone go for a bet? “Relaxer” pushes all bounds of taste as it hurls its protagonist into...

Film Review: There’s Nothing Great About ‘The Great Pretenders’

2018 AFI FILM FESTIVAL: “The Great Pretenders” fails at every genre it pretends to be. As a romance, it never makes you believe its...

Film Review: ‘Fireworks’ Features Some Great Animation, But Struggles With Storytelling

When most audiences think about Japanese animation in America, their mind goes straight to Studio Ghibli outings. That studio has been a powerhouse for decades...

Film Review: ‘El Angel’ Puts Style Ahead of Character

What makes a serial killer tick? Countless horror movies have explored this question. Biopics have searched for reasons for the behavior. However, few have...

Film Review: ‘Shoplifters’ Is Guaranteed To Steal Your Heart

AFI Film Festival (2018): No genre touches all my emotions quite like the “unconventional family that adopts a child” narrative. While squarely falling into...

AFI Fest Film Review: ‘Vox Lux’ Puts On An Ambitious Show With A Voltage...

Director Brady Corbet plunges into a vat of unprocessed trauma with “Vox Lux,” a commanding character study that merges fame with unspeakable atrocity. Raffey...

Film Review: ‘Overlord’ Entertainingly Mixes Genres

Blood. Gore. Guts. Nazis. These are things found in a whole host of popular video games these days. Throw in zombies and you have...

Film Review: ‘Outlaw King’ Is a Violent and Frenetic Look at Robert the Bruce’s...

Eight years after William Wallace was defeated, England still controlled Scotland. Taxing the people into devastating poverty, the fight for freedom seemed a lost...

Film Review: ‘The Grinch’ Plays It Safe But Still Charms

It’s hard to imagine a Christmas without the Grinch. The character first appears in "The Hoobub and the Grinch,” a poem from a 1955...

Film Review: ‘They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead’ Provides A Better Look at Orson...

Who knew Orson Welles would be having a major new release in 2018? The prolific director launched into cinema history once he made “Citizen...

Film Review: ‘Donbass’ Is a Challenging Depiction of Civil War

Films about civil wars are a dime a dozen, establishing certain tropes and stylistic approaches that audiences have come to expect. But then there...

Film Review: Disney Continues Celebration of STEM Girls with ‘The Nutcracker and the Four...

To usher in the holiday season, Disney returns with another live-action tale for families to enjoy together. Now, the studio brings to life a...