REVIEWS

 Kyle J. Steenblik

Black Panther is Unapologetically Brilliant [Review]

Black Panther is Unapologetically Brilliant [Review]

Black Panther Directed by Ryan Coogler Written by Ryan Coogler, Joe Robert Cole Based on Black Panther by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis Production company: Marvel Studios Distributed by: Walt Disney Studios […]

 Kyle J. Steenblik

Fifty Final Things to do Instead of Watching Fifty Shades Freed

Fifty Final Things to do Instead of Watching Fifty Shades Freed

Fifty Shades Freed Directed by James Foley Screenplay by Niall Leonard Based on Fifty Shades Freed by E. L. James Starring: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Kim Basinger, Arielle Kebbel, Max Martini, Brant Daugherty, Luke Grimes, Rita Ora Production company: Perfect World Pictures, Michael De Luca Productions Distributed by: Universal Pictures Release date February 9, 2018 […]

 Kyle J. Steenblik

12 Strong is Impactful and Important [Review]

12 Strong is Impactful and Important [Review]

12 Strong Directed by: Nicolai Fuglsig Written by: Ted Tally, Peter Craig Based on Horse Soldiers by Doug Stanton Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, Michael Peña, Trevante Rhodes, Geoff Stults, Thad Luckinbill Production companies: Alcon Entertainment, Black Label Media, Jerry Bruckheimer Films Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures Release date January 19, 2018 Running time 129 […]

 Bob Foster

Paddington 2 is a more than bearable sequel.

Paddington 2 is a more than bearable sequel.

Two years ago, released among the grizzly studio dumps of January was a tiny cub of a great family film.  Effortlessly charming, with a huge heart, and continually clever and never panda-ering to kids, Paddington surprised me over and over again. I koalan’t believe it, and it held as one of best films of 2015.  After […]

 Bob Foster

Insidious: The Last Key unlocks an underwhelming sequel

Insidious: The Last Key unlocks an underwhelming sequel

  Insidious: The Last Key Directed by Adam Robitel Screenplay by Leigh Whannell Starring Lin Shaye, Leigh Whannell, Kirk Acevedo, Bruce Davidson Production company: Blumhouse Distributed by Universal Release date January 5, 2018 Running time 105 minutes Rated PG-13 for disturbing thematic content, violence and terror, and brief strong language   The opening sequence of […]

 Jedizaugg

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is brilliant, deep and subtly beautiful

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is brilliant, deep and subtly beautiful

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Directed by: Ryan Johnson Story by: Rian Johnson, George Lucas (based on characters created by) Starring: Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern, Benicio del Toro The following is a spoiler-free look […]

 Jasen

The Shape of Water Proves to be a Contender for Best Picture

The Shape of Water Proves to be a Contender for Best Picture

The Shape of Water is a chilling symphony in blues and greens and blue-greens and green-blues and aquamarines and teals, maybe just teal. Teal with rust accents that contrast and add to a meticulous patina that is both subtle and deeply metaphorical. The plot is one you’ve seen a hundreds times, just with a flashy […]

 Kyle J. Steenblik

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is an Epic Adventure in Uncharted Territory [Review]

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is an Epic Adventure in Uncharted Territory [Review]

Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi Directed by: Rian Johnson Written by: Rian Johnson Based on Characters by George Lucas Starring: Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern, Benicio del Toro Runtime: 152 […]

 Jasen

Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi—A Spoiler Free Review

Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi—A Spoiler Free Review

For 42 years Star Wars has been one of the most popular movie franchises. Even after the widely panned episodes 1–3 threatened to keep another one from being made, fans continued to ask more, and more is what they got. I think it’s pretty well accepted that J.J. Abrams Episode VII: The Force Awakens was […]

 Bob Foster

“The Disaster Artist” is a fantastic portrait of an awful movie

“The Disaster Artist” is a fantastic portrait of an awful movie

The Disaster Artist Directed by James Franco Screenplay by Scott Nestadter & Michael. H. Weber, based upon the book by Greg Sistero and Tom Bissell and the film The Room written and directed by Tommy Wiseau Starring James Franco, Dave Franco, Alison Brie, Seth Rogen Production companies Good Universe, New Line Distributed by A24 Release […]

 Bob Foster

JUSTICE LEAGUE is a step in the right direction, but not enough yet. [REVIEW]

JUSTICE LEAGUE is a step in the right direction, but not enough yet. [REVIEW]

  Let’s do this the way Superman would prefer: start with the positive, that glimmer of hope. Justice League finally understands Superman. After the scowling, grudging hero of Man of Steel and Batman v Superman; JL has The Big Blue Boy Scout audiences expected and wanted; besides one sequence that threatens to crash it down. […]

 Bob Foster

For a film about death, COCO is vibrant and full of life. [REVIEW]

For a film about death, COCO is vibrant and full of life. [REVIEW]

Coco Directed by Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina Screenplay by Matthew Aldrich & Adrian Molina Starring the voices of Anthony Gonzalez, Benjamin Bratt, Gael Garcia Bernal Production companies Disney/Pixar Distributed by Disney Release date November 22, 2017 Running time 105 minutes plus 21 minute Olaf’s Frozen Adventure short Rated PG for thematic elements Miguel wants to […]

 Kyle J. Steenblik

Justice League is Super Mediocre and Unmemorable [Review]

Justice League is Super Mediocre and Unmemorable [Review]

Justice League Directed by Zack Snyder Screenplay by Chris Terrio, Joss Whedon Based on Justice League by Gardner Fox and characters by Bob Kane, Bill Finger, William Moulton Marston, Joe Shuster, Jerry Siegel Starring Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Amy Adams, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Connie Nielsen, J. K. […]

 Kyle J. Steenblik

Murder on the Orient Express is a Near Flawless Film

Murder on the Orient Express is a Near Flawless Film

Murder on the Orient Express Directed by Kenneth Branagh Screenplay by Michael Green Based on Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie Starring: Kenneth Branagh, Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Josh Gad, Derek Jacobi, Leslie Odom Jr., Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley, Marwan Kenzari, Olivia Colman, Lucy Boynton, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Sergei Polunin […]

 Kyle J. Steenblik

Thor: Ragnarok is Magnificently Entertaining [Review]

Thor: Ragnarok is Magnificently Entertaining [Review]

Thor: Ragnarok Directed by Taika Waititi Screenplay by Eric Pearson Story by Craig Kyle, Christopher Yost, Eric Pearson Based on Thor by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, Jack Kirby Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Hopkins Production company Marvel Studios Distributed by Walt Disney […]