Film Review: ‘Ocean’s 8’ is flawed but fun, and that’s enough for me

Hollywood is more or less built on the foundation of franchises. So, it was probably inevitable that we would circle back and end up with something like “Ocean’s 8,” a sequel/spinoff of the “Ocean’s” trilogy. My interest in the movie was peaked not by its connection to its predecessors, but by the prospect of having … More Film Review: ‘Ocean’s 8’ is flawed but fun, and that’s enough for me

Film Review: ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ is truly the MCU film we’ve been waiting for

The Marvel Cinematic Universe turned ten years old this year. There’s truly no better way to celebrate such an unprecedented series of films than to go all out with “Avengers: Infinity War.” Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo (who previously directed “Captain America: Winter Soldier” and “Captain America: Civil War”), “Infinity War” finally puts Thanos … More Film Review: ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ is truly the MCU film we’ve been waiting for

Film Review: John Krasinski’s ‘A Quiet Place’ delivers a suspenseful, innovative thriller

John Krasinski is best known for his comedic chops in “The Office,” but what you may not know is that he’s also building up a resume as a director. With “A Quiet Place,” his third feature film, Krasinski offers a simple, yet utterly thrilling spin on the well-trodden horror genre, proving that he’s a filmmaker … More Film Review: John Krasinski’s ‘A Quiet Place’ delivers a suspenseful, innovative thriller

Film Review: ‘Ready Player One’ is a fun ride but lacks depth

Steven Spielberg is back in the directorial chair for his latest film, “Ready Player One,” based on Ernest Cline’s novel of the same name. Set in the near-future, the film follows Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan), an 18-year-old who lives in “The Stacks,” a slum in Columbus, Ohio. His only escape from the dreary real world … More Film Review: ‘Ready Player One’ is a fun ride but lacks depth

Film Review: ‘Love, Simon’ aims for the heart and succeeds

“Love, Simon” follows the story of Simon Spiers (Nick Robinson). He’s your average 17-year-old trying to navigate his way through high school, but he lives with a “huge-ass secret” — he’s never revealed to anyone that he’s gay. When someone who goes by the name “Blue” posts an online confession that he is gay, Simon … More Film Review: ‘Love, Simon’ aims for the heart and succeeds

Film Review: Alex Garland’s ‘Annihilation’ is a sci-fi mind-bender

Sci-fi is the best film genre there is. You may feel differently, but for me, nothing comes close to what sci-fi can do in terms of scope, imagination or provocation. My favorite films from the past few years have all been sci-fi; “Blade Runner 2049” last year, “Arrival” the year before that, and even “The … More Film Review: Alex Garland’s ‘Annihilation’ is a sci-fi mind-bender

Film Review: ‘Black Panther’ is a fresh superhero film with well-defined heroes and villains

Since the early 2000s, the superhero genre has taken theaters and the box office by storm. One would think by now that this genre, lucrative though it may be, would have grown stale over the years. Yet, many of these films, whether a standalone, a sequel or a piece in a much larger cinematic puzzle, … More Film Review: ‘Black Panther’ is a fresh superhero film with well-defined heroes and villains

Film Review: ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ raises moral questions in the face of grief and forgiveness

Grief manifests itself in any number of ways — anger, denial, sadness, even apathy. In the case of Mildred Hayes in writer/director Martin McDonagh’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” her grief takes the form of an advertisement on three billboards situated outside — you guessed it — Ebbing, Missouri. Following the brutal death of her … More Film Review: ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ raises moral questions in the face of grief and forgiveness

Film Review: ‘Call Me by Your Name’ is an honest, moving portrayal of love and youth

It’s rare to be presented with a film so unapologetically honest in its delivery, and able to move me based solely on emotion and character, but “Call Me By Your Name,” directed by Luca Guadagnino, does this and much more with its exploration of love, youth and fleeting time, reminding us that we can and … More Film Review: ‘Call Me by Your Name’ is an honest, moving portrayal of love and youth