‘Glass’ Review: Shyamalan’s Conclusion to his Trilogy is a Mixed Bag

★★★ M Night Shyamalan’s culmination to his surprising trilogy is smart and inventive at its best, but an overstuffed and disappointing ending almost brings the film down. 19 years after 'Unbreakable', David Dunn finally finds a super-human rival in “The Horde”. When they both are captured and put into a mental facility, a questionable psychiatrist … Continue reading ‘Glass’ Review: Shyamalan’s Conclusion to his Trilogy is a Mixed Bag

‘Roma’ Review: Cuarón Delivers a Stunning and Beautiful Film about Family

★★★★★ With Roma, Alfonso Cuarón brings to life a beautiful story with stunning visuals that make it one of the best and most important films of the decade. Set in the socially tense and culturally rich backdrop of 1970's Mexico City, the film follows a tumulous year in the life of Cleo, a housekeeper of … Continue reading ‘Roma’ Review: Cuarón Delivers a Stunning and Beautiful Film about Family

‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ Review

★★★ Despite feeling bloated by too many storylines and having some obvious flaws in its writing, The Crimes of Grindelwald eventually finds its footing thanks to some strong performances and a committed direction from David Yates. When Grindelwald escapes from prison, Albus Dumbledore enlists former student Newt Scamander to stop him from his plan to … Continue reading ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ Review

‘Halloween’ Review: A Satisfying Yet Imperfect Return for the Franchise

★★★ Halloween is mostly a success, delivering the franchise’s best sequel yet — even if it doesn’t really mean much. 40 years after the events of the first film and wiping everything that came in between the two films, ‘Halloween’ finds Laurie Strode, after her traumatic experience, living in exile preparing for the day Michael … Continue reading ‘Halloween’ Review: A Satisfying Yet Imperfect Return for the Franchise

Venom Review: A Deeply Flawed, Ridiculously Fun Ride

★★½ Venom is a flawed and over-the-top movie that is entertaining enough to justify its existence. While investigating a dangerous experiment, Eddie Brock, a journalist, merges his body with the alien Venom — leaving him with superhuman strength and power. Twisted, dark and fueled by rage, Venom tries to control the new and dangerous abilities … Continue reading Venom Review: A Deeply Flawed, Ridiculously Fun Ride

Opinion: DC Works Best When Grounded in Realism, and The Joker is Proof of It

After getting our first look at the Joker in the Todd Philips-directed origin film, I came to a conclusion that has been building up in my mind for a few months. DC, its characters and stories, have worked best in cinema when being grounded in realism. Not to be confused with darkness, which has been … Continue reading Opinion: DC Works Best When Grounded in Realism, and The Joker is Proof of It

BOX OFFICE PROJECTIONS: CAN ‘CRAZY RICH ASIANS’ CHALLENGE HOLDOVER ‘THE MEG’?

After surprising almost everyone in Hollywood with its big opening, ‘The Meg’ will now compete in its second weekend with fellow Warner Bros. film, ‘Crazy Rich Asians’, which is opening on a Wednesday. Warner has positioned 'Crazy Rich Asians' in its marketing as a historic film for asian-american representation in film, boasting almost an exclusive … Continue reading BOX OFFICE PROJECTIONS: CAN ‘CRAZY RICH ASIANS’ CHALLENGE HOLDOVER ‘THE MEG’?