Latest Reviews

  • Life Review

    Life

    Despite some promising elements, Life amounts to a middling (and derivative) sci-fi horror/thriller that never fully realizes its potential.

    (11) by Sandy Schaefer
  • CHIPS Review

    CHIPS

    CHIPS is a generic buddy cop comedy that will leave both longtime fans and newcomers alienated with a weak story and thin characters.

    (12) by Chris Agar
  • The Belko Experiment Review

    The Belko Experiment

    The Belko Experiment makes for a truly fascinating concept, but is dragged down by mundane execution that doesn’t always engage the viewer.

    (8) by Chris Agar
  • Beauty and the Beast Review

    Beauty and the Beast

    Beauty and the Beast does right by its predecessor, delivering a musical experience that both dazzles the eyes and plucks the heartstrings.

    (17) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Kong: Skull Island Review

    Kong: Skull Island

    Kong: Skull Island is a shared universe launchpad that fulfills its promise of big, goofy, monster mayhem – setting up even bigger things to come.

    (20) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Logan Review

    Logan

    X-Men movie franchise connections aside, Logan is a grisly and somber character drama that sends off Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine on a high note.

    (84) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Get Out Review

    Get Out

    Get Out smartly balances its tones to provide viewers with an entertaining and clever satire that is equal parts funny and terrifying.

    (8) by Chris Agar
  • A Cure for Wellness Review

    A Cure for Wellness

    A Cure for Wellness is a visually-stunning work, but the abundance of style adds up to an overall hollow experience that fails to connect.

    (3) by Chris Agar
  • Fist Fight Review

    Fist Fight

    Fist Fight may be as slight as a half-hour sitcom comedy, but enough of its R-Rated jokes hit their target to sustain the movie’s brisk runtime.

    (1) by Sandy Schaefer
  • The Great Wall Review

    The Great Wall

    Despite some inspired elements, The Great Wall is an odd mashup of Hollywood monster blockbuster and sweeping Chinese fantasy epic.

    (7) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Fifty Shades Darker Review

    Fifty Shades Darker

    While Fifty Shades Darker exceeds its predecessor in some ways, in other respects it’s just as ridiculous (if not more so) by comparison.

    (9) by Sandy Schaefer
  • John Wick: Chapter 2 Review

    John Wick: Chapter 2

    John Wick: Chapter 2 delivers plenty more of what fans want, while fleshing out the property’s mythology and lore in fascinating ways.

    (16) by Chris Agar
  • The LEGO Batman Movie Review

    The LEGO Batman Movie

    The LEGO Batman Movie works as not only a funny riff on the Batman character and his legacy, but also as a great action/comedy on its own terms.

    (7) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Rings Review

    Rings

    Rings is a mediocre horror sequel handicapped by poor writing that will only appeal to die hard fans of the genre and source material.

    (7) by Chris Agar
  • Sadako v Kayako Review

    Sadako v Kayako

    Sadako v Kayako (The Ring v The Grudge) won’t win over the uninitiated, but fans of both franchises should have a good time with this crossover.

    (1) by Chris Agar
  • Resident Evil: The Final Chapter Review

    Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

    The Final Chapter meets the standard for mindless thrills set by the previous Resident Evil films, ending the series on more of a shrug than a bang.

    (10) by Sandy Schaefer
  • xXx: Return of Xander Cage Review

    xXx: Return of Xander Cage

    xXx: Return of Xander Cage serves up all the expected over-the-top action, but it won’t win the series any new fans due to various shortcomings.

    (11) by Chris Agar
  • Split Review

    Split

    Split is the best M. Night Shyamalan creation in recent memory, as anchored by a great performance (or, rather, performances) by James McAvoy.

    (8) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Monster Trucks Review

    Monster Trucks

    Monster Trucks is an OK kids movie that lacks most of the substance of the classic 1980s Amblin productions it tries to emulate.

    (6) by Chris Agar
  • Silence Review

    Silence

    Silence is beautifully-crafted and well-acted, but often frustrating in the way that it examines spirituality through historical drama.

    (13) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Patriots Day Review

    Patriots Day

    Patriots Day is more effective as a suspense thriller than a stirring docudrama that explores the complexities of real-life heroism.

    (3) by Sandy Schaefer
  • Live by Night Review

    Live by Night

    Live by Night is a dense and disorganized movie adaptation in which Ben Affleck covers too much ground for any one story or character to succeed.

    (10) by Ben Kendrick
  • Underworld: Blood Wars Review

    Underworld: Blood Wars

    Underworld: Blood Wars is a poorly-constructed slog of a sequel that fails to engage the audience in any impactful manner.

    (15) by Chris Agar
  • Hidden Figures Review

    Hidden Figures

    Hidden Figures is the rare true story-based historical drama that succeeds at being as inspirational and feel-good as it aspires to be.

    (6) by Sandy Schaefer
  • A Monster Calls Review

    A Monster Calls

    A Monster Calls is a beautiful and inspirational depiction of a young person’s battle with grief – but that doesn’t mean it’s for every young person.

    (5) by Ben Kendrick