The Greatest Showman | Movie Review

Whenever the holidays roll around, we can always expect a few feel-good movies to round out the year.  Something to tug at the heartstrings, have us share some hilarious joke as a family, or leave us humming a tune that is now cleverly lodged in our subconscious.  The musical is one such genre that caters to the emotions of the holiday crowd.  Even when the subject matter is downtrodden and morose, a good song can

Justice League | Movie Review

There's been a lot of discussion about the Justice League and our review of the Justice League movie. The DC cinematic franchise was on shaky ground following the critically savaged Batman v. Superman and the even worse Suicide Squad.  Warner Brothers didn't seem willing to slow things down and rethink their strategy, but they did take notice and bring in new blood to help with the entries that followed. Patty Jenkins turned down a shot

Thor: Ragnarok | Movie Review

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Marvel Studios has had no problem attracting an audience over the years.  Their formula for success has been replicated from one franchise to the next and, with such outstanding box office results, it's difficult to see them making a misstep.  The usual criticisms fans give most Marvel films is their lack of a compelling or captivating villain (with the exception of Loki), and the lack of any real stakes, which is made difficult with the

Happy Death Day | Movie Review

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A good slasher movie is one of the hallmarks of any horror fan's catalog.  Sure you can dabble between genres for something a little more intellectual, such as a psychological thriller; or a suspenseful romance with fatal consequences perhaps.  Sometimes, however, you just want to see helpless teenagers getting chased and torn to shreds. The simplicity of a slasher film, much like a survival movie, is the pure catharsis.  It allows the main character and by

Friend Request | Movie Review

Sometimes a horror movie doesn't have to be great to be fun.  In fact some of the worst horror movies, by accident, turn out to be nice comedies.  Then there are those bad horror movies that are so bad they just can't redeem themselves.  Sometimes, at the very least, when all other aspects fail, they still manage to deliver a decent scare here and there.  Friend Request falls somewhere in the middle of this bunch. In

IT | Movie Review

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Stephen King films and stories have been around for decades.  The very first film to be made from his work was Carrie, a story that King's wife rescued from the waste bin and encouraged him to finish.  It was directed by Brian De Palma and was brilliantly adapted and crafted.  Subsequent films have been hit or miss, based on which studio was involved and how much talent and effort they were willing to put towards

Annabelle: Creation | Movie Review

When The Conjuring was released, it was not a only a great horror movie that turned into an instant classic, it was also a well-made film, period.  The characters, story, direction, editing, and set design all came together.  Following the successful Insidious and Saw franchises, it was probably the apex of James Wan's career in the horror genre up to that point.  It also begun the cinematic universe of the Conjuring world.  Conjuring 2 had

STEP | Movie Review

When you grow up, you have dreams and ambitions that far exceed your ability at the time, but you know eventually you will get there.  You practice, study, and improve at whatever skill you think will move you forward.  There will be obstacles in your way, distractions from your ultimate goal, but it's your determination and resolve that helps you avoid them and stay on target.  If anything the only real danger to not becoming

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets | Movie Review

Luc Besson hasn't had a critically acclaimed film in several years.  His biggest hits, Leon: The Professional and The Fifth Element, were in the nineties.  I did like his writing for Taken, but not the sequels.  It was only a matter of time before that right project fell into his lap.  A story and script that suited his style and capabilities.  Something with action that has off-the-wall characters who make you laugh and support them.

A Ghost Story | Movie Review

The studio A24 has made a name for itself by providing audiences with unique films that subvert their genre.  The Witch, Swiss Army Man, and The Lobster are examples of a certain style of filmmaking this company encourages.  These films lean heavily on character development but are combined with a note of abstract reality.  A strange enough premise that invites us to learn more.  Sometimes it pays off and other times the experience of seeing