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The Whale Delivers a Heavy Dose of Brendan Fraser at His Best (Review)

The Whale is a high gravity movie that asks a lot of its audience and demands even more from its actors. Darren Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream) offers a film version of Samuel D. Hunter’s 2012 stage drama of the same name while making a clear commitment to theatricality.  The film’s cramped set very closely […]

M. Night Shayamalan Wants You to Make a Choice in “Knock at the Cabin” (Review)

Knock at the Cabin (2023) is a quintessential M. Knight Shyamalan movie but with a biblical twist. It has a dramatic plot, an A-list anchor, and (SPOILER ALERT) a gratuitous cameo by the man himself. It’s a dyed-in-the-wool formula that M. Knight Shyamalan has successfully employed for 30 years. That said, his overall body of […]

“The First Step” Is the Hardest (Review)

The First Step, is a documentary film about Van Jones’ difficult challenge working to pass The First Step Act; a landmark criminal justice reform law, while working with a hostile Presidential administration. But as we see repeatedly throughout the film, Van’s greatest struggle was not working with the Trump administration, but convincing progressive activists and […]

Strong actors attempt to elevate budget filmmaking in “The Locksmith” (Review)

The Locksmith has all the makings of an independent film, right down to its rookie director Nicolas Harvard, budget cinema writer Joe Russo (not that Joe Russo), and non-traditional setting (it was filmed in New Mexico). But it also boasts some big names like Ryan Phillippe (Shooter), Kate Bosworth (Superman Returns), and Ving Rhames (Mission […]

Shortcomings: Randall Park Shows Directorial Talent (Sundance Review)

  Someday, Randall Park is going to make a great movie. You can feel his smarts clearly as you watch Shortcomings, his directorial debut which premiered in the US Dramatic Competition at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival. Alas, today is not that day. It’s a film that feels fueled by good ideas and noble intentions […]

Vengeance: BJ Novak’s Magnum Opus (Review)

When I was a teenager I once remarked to my older brother, who for as long as I can remember has shaped the way I think about subjects ranging from sports to serious world issues, that I thought it was incredible that Weezer came out of the gate with their fantastic self-titled debut album (known […]

Honor Society: When Subverting Expectations Goes Right (Review)

Honor (Angourie Rice, Spider-Man: Far From Home) has it all figured out: high school friendships are superficial, her parents’ relationship is loveless and merely bound together by her existence, and anyone still in her small town is stuck there because of their own shortcomings. Honor does not want to be another statistic, so from her […]

DC League of Super-Pets: A Fun Family Friendly Adventure (Review)

Existential Crises happen at the funniest times. As I, one of four people in the movie theater on this particular Friday afternoon, sat in my assigned leather recliner chair patiently waiting for DC League of Super-Pets, a thought crossed my mind; “have we gone too far?” I have already paid to see my fair share […]