Early Man | Movie Review

In the early days of mankind, as we fought against dinosaurs and mammoths, extinction level meteors, and our underdeveloped motor skills,  a small tribe of cavemen create the first ever game of football (soccer for American folk.) At least this is what the film wants us to believe. Early Man is a light-hearted jab at our ancestry as we moved from the Stone Age into the Bronze Age. The physical comedy and style from the

Southwest Maker Fest Coming This Weekend

southwest maker fest

The fifth annual Southwest Maker Fest (SWMF) will bring a variety of exhibitors, presentations, and workshops to downtown Mesa on February 17! The FREE festival engages visitors in exploring hands-on creation, from 3D printing to rocketry to weaving, from 10 am to 4 pm, on Pepper Street between Robson and Macdonald Streets in Mesa. The i.d.e.a. Museum will be open free to the public that day as part of the festival experience. Details can be

Downsizing | Movie Review

Imagine a world where people are only 5 inches tall and the sociology, economic, and environmental effects it would have. Downsizing poses several questions with its unique concept and social commentary. At times it has powerful humanistic moments driven by incredible acting and humorous elements to keep it light. However, while the movie shines in small increments, the overall story is disjointed and lacks the focus to be an exceptional film. It's pacing is erratic and

Darkest Hour | Movie Review

In 2017 we've seen a resurgence in the World War II genre, with powerhouses such as Dunkirk, The Man with the Iron Heart, and now Darkest Hour. While other films this year have taken a more action-packed route, Darkest Hour focuses on the behind the scenes politics of England during the early days of the war. With Western Europe rocked by the growing invasion of the Third Reich, Great Britain faces a tumultuous Parliament with

The Disaster Artist | Movie Review

You're tearing me apart, James Franco.  If you have experienced the phenomenon known as The Room then you may expect a behind the scenes bio-pic would answer some of your burning questions about the origins of the filmmaker, Tommy Wiseau. However, this film has no answers, only more questions, and speculation. But The Disaster Artist is surprisingly sweet homage to the worst film ever made, and an overall love letter to the film industry and those

Lady Bird | Movie Review

Lady Bird is a unique look into the life of a teenage girl in California in the early 2000's. With a seasoned cast starring Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf, this indie gem is a quirky reminder that the cinema is not just about bloated budgets and over the top effects; at it's heart it is telling stories. Lady Bird is an unconventional story, as it follows its protagonist through her senior year of high school. While other

My Little Pony: The Movie | Movie Review

My Little Pony movie review

My Little Pony has become an icon for children's entertainment on television and while the franchise has dived into feature films before, My Little Pony: The Movie, is the first to bring a big budget and star power to its cast. Focusing on the Mane 6, the series main protagonists, this pastel coloured adventure moves out of its comfort zone of Equestria and introduces new characters, races, and countries. While the plot is a bit

Wind River | Movie Review

"How do you gauge someone's will to live?" It's a question posed by the lead character in this modern Western set in the bone chilling mountains of the Wind River Indian Reservation, Wyoming. The story follows Cory Lambert (Jeremy Renner), who is a hunter for the US Fish and Wildlife, as he discovers the frozen corpse of a local Native American woman. FBI is called in to investigate but with limited resources, the agent sent is

Atomic Blonde | Movie Review

Within a year that has already brought us some bad ass women, Atomic Blonde kicks it up to a whole new level. Where Wonder Woman is a hero for girls to look up to, this action thriller gives us a woman to cheer for and be fearful of, all at once. Charlize Theron proves once again that she can tough it out as an action star and make it look good. Set in November of 1989,

Churchill | Movie Review

In a year where several films will be released centering around the life of Winston Churchill, Jonathan Teplitzky's Churchill is a lackluster entry. While Brian Cox shines in the titular role, not much else can be said about this overly ambitious but faulty film.This historical biopic focuses on the days leading up to June 6, 1944, "D-Day" and Churchill's adamant opposition to Operation "Overlord." As he sees it, the launch on Normandy will be a massive