December 31, 2015

The Hateful Eight: Movie Review

"The Hateful Eight" represents Quentin Tarantino's mind on overdrive, but many of the classic quips fail to capture interest.

December 27, 2015

Top 10 Worst Films of 2015

This year I tried to make a resolution to stay away from films that looked bad, annoying, or dumb. I did well for the most part, but there were a few disappointments.

December 25, 2015

What Could Make Star Wars: The Force Awakens Better

I have officially ranked "The Force Awakens" as the fourth best "Star Wars" film of all-time, a close second behind "Return of the Jedi." The newest film in the franchise didn't really have any wrongs to right from the original trilogy. There was just a bad taste in our mouths from the prequels. "The Force Awakens" misses the iconic cinematography and poetic storytelling from the originals while still maintaining the originals' charm and wit. But, there were many flaws with the film. What could make "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" better? What were the flaws?

December 22, 2015

Macbeth: Movie Review

"Macbeth" is a visual delight with impeccable acting, but that Shakespearean dialogue still gets to you.

December 18, 2015

Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Movie Review

"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" has noticeable flaws, but does not disappoint, living up to all the hype. [Spoiler Free]

December 11, 2015

December 7, 2015

Trumbo: Movie Review

"Trumbo" has a great lead in Bryan Cranston, but the film is monotonous and uneven.

November 27, 2015

Creed: Movie Review

While you might think of "Creed" as a spin-off to the "Rocky" franchise, the film stands on its own two feet with a solid story and great performances.

Michael B. Jordan, foreground, and Sylvester Stallone in "Creed"

November 9, 2015

Spectre: Movie Review

No questions are answered in Daniel Craig's latest outing as the suave, damaged, and confused James Bond. In the rebooted modern era of 007, it has become a tradition for every other Bond film to be subpar from the last. Spectre is that Bond film.

October 19, 2015

Crimson Peak: Movie Review

Guillermo del Toro fights hard to make Crimson Peak the horror epic it deserves to be. However, the film disappoints in scares and emotions.

October 12, 2015

Knock Knock: Movie Review

 Knock Knock is a tedious endeavor. Eli Roth tries to come up with a clever horror story, but the film is neither clever nor scary, just frustrating to watch.

September 21, 2015

Everest: Movie Review

Everest mixes a conventional story with a great cast, but the film's structure, dialogue, and character development plague the story from start to finish.

August 2, 2015

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation - Movie Review

Tom Cruise is notably old, but unbelievably energetic in this enjoyable continuation of the Mission Impossible franchise.

August 1, 2015

Vacation: Film Review

While better than other off-the-shelf comedies, Vacation drowns under expectations.

July 27, 2015

Southpaw: Movie Review

This might be Jake Gyllenhaal's best performance, but the Southpaw's inspiration is from a checklist of boxing film cliches.

July 19, 2015

Ant-Man: Movie Review

With a charming lead, short backstory, tight plot and clear cut villains, Ant-Man recalls the days of Iron Man, highlights Marvel at its best, and even highlights Marvel at its worse.

June 17, 2015

Cinema Rant: Sexism in Jurassic World

While Jurassic World dominates the worldwide box office, critics can't stop . . . well . . . criticizing the film for its portrayal of women. It's one thing when the film blatantly shows sexism at work, it's another thing when critics mistake bad filmmaking as sexism.

June 16, 2015

Jurassic World: Movie Review

A strong cast, brilliant special effects, and an amazing third act overshadow a weak script.

May 30, 2015

May 26, 2015

Tomorrowland: Movie Review

Withstanding the typical Disney-ending, Tomorrowland brings pleasant originality to the big screen.

May 24, 2015

Poltergeist: Movie Review

Poltergeist or The Worst Film-Going Experience I've Ever Had. A film-going experience is an important thing to anyone, especially someone who is trying to do their job in reviewing a film. The last thing people need is for a bunch of rowdy teenagers. I'll blame this problem on the demographic this film was going for. It seems like all horror films nowadays are just one-shot throw-away films that have no sense of place.

May 19, 2015

Mad Max - Fury Road: Movie Review

Wildly entertaining with care for narrative and quick character development, Mad Max: Fury Road is the prime summer blockbuster.

May 2, 2015

Avengers - Age of Ultron: Movie Review

While falling into some of the same pitfalls as other Marvel films, Avengers: Age of Ultron, is a rollicking good time.

Avengers Age of Ultron

April 27, 2015

Ex Machina: Movie Review

As a Top 10 candidate for the year, Ex Machina proves that there are still original ideas.

Ex Machina Title

April 8, 2015

Furious 7: Movie Review

Visually, Furious 7 is the most stylish film in the franchise, but underneath the glitz is a very tasteless, cliched film.

March 30, 2015

February 13, 2015

Fifty Shades of Grey: Movie Review

Fifty Shades of Grey is too safe to excite. Reinforcing traditional gender stereotypes society has come to love, Grey acts more like a Disney-princess-fairy-tale with bits of artistically laid out sex scenes, than its own unique film.

January 26, 2015

January 24, 2015

What Could Make 'The Wedding Ringer' Better

If you ever want to make a comedy, but don't know what plot points you need, follow The Wedding Ringer.  This film has every comedy cliche in the book. No movie is without its flaws. What could make The Wedding Ringer better?

January 19, 2015

What Could Make Taken 3 Better?

Just my luck. The first film I review for 2015 becomes candidate for worst film of the year. No film is without its flaws. What could make Taken 3 better?

The Wedding Ringer: Movie Review

The Wedding Ringer would be a great film if the screenwriters wrote a few more drafts. Predictability destroys this awkward comedy.

January 12, 2015

Taken 3: Movie Review

More like "mistaken". That was a bad pun, but this third, and hopefully last, installment in the Taken trilogy deserves less.

January 10, 2015

TOP 10: Best Films of 2014

Here is a final look back at film in 2014. The best that came out and the films that will stay in pop culture and Hollywood history for decades to come.