“Castro’s Spies” A Lesson in Perspective (Review)

Perspective is a fickle thing. It also may be the most under-appreciated aspect of modern social discourse. More than ever we as a society are collectively dug in. The combination of the vast abundance of news media available to consume as well as the giant echo chamber that is social media has not only enabled […]

“Memory” A Familiar Thriller to Forget (Review)

What a shame. This is a film that could have been so much more. Memory stars Liam Neeson as a veteran assassin named Alex nearing the end of his career. While Alex, suffering from early onset Alzheimer’s, is ready to leave the game for good, he quickly learns it’s never that simple in his line […]

“Father Stu” Hubris Derails a Potentially Meaningful Story (Review)

“I cannot take credit for the movie’s success because this is God choosing me to make the film,” he added. “He knows finally I get to utilize all the talents and gifts that have been bestowed upon me for his greater good and to serve my part in his big picture.” This is a quote […]

“The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent” Cage remains king (Review)

In case you hadn’t heard, Nicolas Cage is back. Cage began a return to the top with 2021’s Pig, but The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent confirms his reascent.  This film sees Cage, playing a fictionalized version of himself, desperate for what he refers to as “the role of a lifetime”. Not a lot seems […]

Animal Empathy: Andrea Arnold’s “Cow” Provokes and Teaches (Review)

Cow opens, unflinchingly, with a close-up of a baby calf being slowly pulled out of its mothers body. The farmers, anonymous and barely pictured, tie ropes around its hooves to haul it out of the void and into the world. For a demanding but poignant hour and thirty-seven minutes, we follow (at cow eye-level) the […]

“Sonic the Hedgehog 2” Succeeds By Embracing the Source Material (Review)

I found the new Sonic the Hedgehog film resoundingly more satisfying and enjoyable than the first. In video games, including the Sonic series, often the second or third entry is the best iteration of a long running series. The first game cracks an idea wide open while the initial sequels are able to refine and […]

“The Bubble” Brings Pandemic Entertainment to a New Low (Review)

Is it time for yet more COVID-themed entertainment? In the two years since the pandemic’s inception, multiple films and ongoing series have addressed its effect on daily life. Bo Burnham’s Inside and Steven Soderbergh’s Kimi have proven that pandemic entertainment can be eye-opening and transformative, and that only makes new arrivals like The Bubble only […]