“First Man” – The Price of Progress

When it comes to movies about space, you usually end up with a couple of different options. There are the more technical, behind-the-scenes dramas of the specifications surrounding space missions (Hidden Figures), or tales of survival in the harshest environment in existence, combined with majestic imagery of the final frontier (Apollo 13, Gravity). First Man…

“Mandy” – The Insane, Violent, and Tragic Ballad of Nicolas Cage

Nicolas Cage is a true enigma of a human being. He is endlessly lampooned, idolized, studied, quoted, and ironically loved to the point where it is no longer ironic. Montages of the actor “losing his shit” or just straight freaking out onscreen have garnered over a million views, and there was even an episode of…

“The Predator” – A Wild, Flawed, Problematic Ride

The very first film in the Predator franchise, 1987’s Predator was more of a thriller than a full on action flick. A team of commandos stuck in the jungle are hunted by an alien warrior that kills for sport, and that alien stays out of sight for the majority of the film, building up suspense…

“Peppermint” – Racially Charged Fear-Mongering For the Suburban Middle Class

Let’s get right to it. Peppermint is an incredibly irresponsible piece of racist fear-mongering. Irresponsible might even be too soft of a description; the timing of this film is a bit too perfect to be an accident. There’s something inherently malicious about the release of a movie that features two-dimensional, irredeemable, unsympathetic latinx characters as…

“American Animals” – A True-crime Experimental Blast

American Animals is an incredibly smart take on perception and what it means to truthfully recount and tell a story as it happened. In this fact-based experimental film we follow four young college students who plan to steal a collection of incredibly rare books. Bart Layton, coming off of his acclaim from his documentary ‘The Imposter’ brings us an in-depth take on a…

“The Happytime Murders” – Puppet Debauchery With Zero Substance

Most discussion involving The Happytime Murders is centered around calling it the worst film of the whole year. I don’t think that I’d go that far (Mile 22 was both exhausting and headache-inducing), but the adult puppet crime noir is certainly very disappointing. The concept of taking something that’s generally associated with children (such as…

“Alpha” – The Simple But Wholesome Origin Story of Man’s Best Friend

They don’t really make movies like Alpha anymore. It’s a film that has a very straightforward, predictable plot, features about three characters in total, and trusts the audience to watch a movie entirely with subtitles, when there is dialogue at all. Alpha looks like something you’d watch on an IMAX screen (you probably should go…

“Mile 22” – Dizzying, Incoherent Rambling That Would Make Alex Jones Blush

On paper, Mile 22 sounds like a very solid action flick. It’s directed by Peter Berg (Hancock, Lone Survivor, Deepwater Horizon, Patriots Day), stars Mark Wahlberg in their fourth collaboration together, The Walking Dead‘s Lauren Cohan, The Raid (one of the greatest action films of all time)’s Iko Uwais, MMA fighter Ronda Rousey (who’s surprisingly…

“Crazy Rich Asians” – Laughter and Beauty In a New, Diverse Light

Crazy Rich Asians is one of those movies that, sadly, seems to only come around once every decade or so. It’s a romantic-comedy that still packs a powerful dramatic punch when it needs to, features fun and memorable characters portrayed by a talented cast, and is full of beautiful sets, costumes, and locations. It’s a…