Film

‘Zootopia’ Speaks Volumes about Our Nature

“Zootopia” may end up meaning more to you than it will to most children. The kids are going to have a great time. They will have plenty of laughs and excitement. They will cheer with delight and quote all of their favorite lines until their parents go insane. But you might just find yourself doing something far different. You might ... Read More »

‘Gods of Egypt’ Is an Unholy Disaster

“Gods of Egypt” got me thinking about hieroglyphics. Much of what we know about Egyptian society is based on stone drawings of important historical and cultural events. What most people don’t think about is that for every person who was scrawling on a wall about politics and economics at that time, there was also someone sniffing glue and scribbling pictures ... Read More »

‘The Witch’ Is a Must-See, Warts and All

Ever since the likes of “Hocus Pocus,” witches have become more of a source of laughter in cinema than of horror. With the recent release of “The Witch,” things have taken a drastic turn. There are no broomsticks or pointy hats to be found in “The Witch.” This film has no interest in what you would find in a child’s ... Read More »

‘Deadpool’ Comes at the Perfect Time

“Deadpool” is a lot like a cute little puppy. I know, I know, but stick with me here. Puppies can be so loud and obnoxious sometimes, so obsessed with constant attention that they never calm down. They also tend to splatter bodily fluids all over the place and seem to enjoy doing it. Despite all of that, they are so ... Read More »

Oscar Diversity Issue Not so Black and White

It is hard enough as it is to take hashtag activism seriously, but many of the #OscarsSoWhite crowd are making it even harder. Now this isn’t going to be some piece about how the Oscars are fine as they are and how actors of color simply need to work harder if they want to earn nominations. Hollywood absolutely has a ... Read More »

Review: ‘Krampus’ Makes This Season’s Nice List

There are worse things you could get than a lump of coal. For every holiday cynic out there who rolls their eyes at how Christmas has become this weird blend of over-the-top capitalism and watered-down Paganism, the movie “Krampus” couldn’t come soon enough. This is a film where the amazingly dark and often ignored mythology of Santa Claus comes to ... Read More »

Review: ‘The Good Dinosaur’ Lays an Egg

Does Pixar even have to try anymore? That’s both a compliment and a critique. This week with “The Good Dinosaur,” it provides yet another in its long line of films that are solid and charming tearjerkers aimed primarily at kids but also are appealing to adults. It’s everything you expect it to be, and while that is great for people ... Read More »

Review: ‘Peanuts’ Shells Out Plenty of Nostalgia

Only the coldest, most bitter of cynics could dislike “Peanuts.” Who among us has not crumbled bashfully before the majesty of the “little red-haired girl” in our lives? Who has not had a metaphorical blanket we clutched like Linus? Perhaps most of all, who among us has not felt like the ball we were about to kick has been pulled ... Read More »

‘Spectre’ Solidifies Craig’s Bond with Greatness

The safest thing to do is to always just stick with the original. As far as James Bond is concerned, it’s easiest to say that Sean Connery has played the role better than anyone, so let’s just do that. Despite the lack of nuance or humor from Connery that you can find from later actors, you can never go wrong ... Read More »