Film

‘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 »

Review: ‘Scouts Guide’ Lacks Merit

Zombie movies are a lot like zombies themselves. They refuse to die. Even if you love the genre, it is hard to argue that popular culture itself has not been oversaturated with all of the shambling, brain-munching repetition. The creatures have become a sort of unofficial mascot for the young, modern nerd crowd that scoffs at sincere filmmaking and prefers ... Read More »

Review: ‘The Last Witch Hunter’ is Hocus Pocus Without Any Focus

Less can definitely be more, especially in Hollywood. It is not a coincidence that so many verbally-challenged men have become action heroes. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Steven Seagal and Keanu Reeves have all had tremendous action movie success while delivering their dialogue with the emotional complexity of a ham sandwich. This is what works, though. Simplicity is conducive to action ... Read More »

Review: ‘Crimson Peak’ Reaches Impressive Heights

Actress Mia Wasikowska must be an English major at heart. Over the years, she has starred in adaptations of “Jane Eyre,” “Madame Bovary,” “Alice in Wonderland” and Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s “The Double.” Now, with “Crimson Peak,” she stars in a perfect love letter to Gothic literature. The Gothic genre is widely accepted as the birthplace of modern horror. As one of ... Read More »