The Lost City of Z (4 out of 4 stars)

The Lost City of Z (4 out of 4 stars)

★★★★ Movies like The Lost City of Z infuriate me. It’s not that the movie is bad. Actually, the movie is excellent, for reasons I’ll break down in just a moment. What angers me to my core about The Lost City of Z is that no one is going to see it. $100,000,000 of old-fashioned, […]

Review: Ghost in the Shell (3 out of 4 stars)

Review: Ghost in the Shell (3 out of 4 stars)

The original Ghost in the Shell is a film that I admire and appreciate much more than I actually enjoy. Despite a multitude of excellent visuals, arresting action set pieces, and legitimately intelligent dialogue and subtext, it’s a film that in my opinion is set back by a deficiency in emotionally interesting characters and some […]

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2.5 out of 4 stars)

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2.5 out of 4 stars)

★★★★☆ Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was probably the most anticipated film of late 2016, a fact well reflected by its massive box office success. And there’s a lot to like in the movie. For one thing, it looks absolutely fantastic. The cinematography is great, and the special effects are absolutely incredible. Director Gareth […]

Review: Doctor Strange

Review: Doctor Strange

★★★☆ In Doctor Strange, Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Dr. Steven Strange, a brilliant but arrogant neurosurgeon. When a car accident renders his hands useless and Western medicine fails him, he journeys to Nepal and discovers a monastery called Kamar-Taj run by a woman called The Ancient One (Tilda Swinton). She takes Strange under her wing, […]

The Revenant Review

The Revenant Review

I was extremely surprised when I left the theater, because simply put, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s new movie, The Revenant, is a masterpiece. 

Spectre: A case study in unrealized potential

Spectre: A case study in unrealized potential

As a longtime James Bond fan, I counted down the days to the release of Spectre, in early November. I was excited to see that Sam Mendes was back in charge of the 007 franchise, after previously directing the incredibly successful Skyfall installment in 2012. Unfortunately, Spectre did not live up to the lofty expectations […]

Movie Review: ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’

Movie Review: ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’

The first “Hunger Games” film was a pleasant surprise for me. I was expecting it to be another movie set to please a young female audience in an attempt to capitalize on the financial success of “Twilight.”  However, about 10 minutes into the movie, I realized I couldn’t have been more wrong. Of course, with […]