Marvel and Disney’s love child: Big Hero 6 (Movie Review)

Friday, November 28th, 2014

Big Hero 6. Scott Adsit, Ryan Potter, Daniel Henney, T.J. Miller, Jamie Chung, and Damon Wayans Jr. Walt Disney Pictures. 102 min. PG. Animation/Action/Adventure. 4 out of 5 stars I was already a huge fan of anything Disney, but as soon as I heard of a Disney movie based on a Marvel comic, I just […]


Nightcrawler is an old school star-maker for Jake Gyllenhaal

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

Nightcrawler.  Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Bill Paxton, and Riz Ahmed.  Elevation Pictures.  117 minutes.  14A. Crime/Thriller  5 out of 5 stars Dan Gilroy’s Nightcrawler is a bit of an unusual film.  First off, Gilroy has never directed a feature film, or anything else to my knowledge. His start came with screenwriting. The only particularly worthy […]


Jennifer Lawrence makes Mockingjay Part 1 surprisingly engaging

Monday, November 24th, 2014

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay- Part 1. Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Julianne Moore. Lions Gate. 123 min. PG-13. Adventure/Sci-fi. 3 out of 5 stars I didn’t have high hopes going into Mockingjay-Part 1. Having read the book and been thoroughly disappointed, I wasn’t expecting […]


Interstellar is out of this world

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

4.5/5 stars Interstellar. Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine, Casey Affleck, Mackenzie Foy, Topher Grace. Legendary Pictures. 169 minutes. PG-13. Adventure/Sci-Fi. Interstellar is a phenomenally composed and emotionally diverse movie-going experience. Every little detail seems to encompass the bigger picture. With an artistic style that utilizes so much of the medium’s available resources, […]


Horns: Daniel Radcliffe is Potter no more

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

4 out of 5 stars Horns. Daniel Radcliffe, Max Minghella, Joe Anderson, Juno Temple, James Remar, Kathleen Quinlan, Heather Graham, and David Morse. Mandalay Pictures. 120 minutes. Rated R. Horror/Thriller. Horror can often look like a tired genre. The heyday of 1970s psychological horror and 1980s slashers passed quickly, while birthing some extremely talented artists. […]


The Book of Life should have stayed dead (Movie Review)

Monday, October 27th, 2014

2 out of 5 stars The Book of Life. Diego Luna, Zoe Saldana, Channing Tatum, Ron Perlman, Christina Applegate, Kate del Castillo, and Ice Cube. Twentieth Century Fox. 95 min. Rated PG. Animation/Adventure/Comedy. I had high hopes for The Book of Life. The impressive and original looking visuals and Mexican culture-inspired story drew my attention, […]


Boxtrolls movie breaks the mould (Movie Review)

Sunday, October 26th, 2014

The Boxtrolls. Ben Kingsley, Jared Harris, Nick Frost, Richard Ayoade, Tracy Morgan, Dee Bradley Baker, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Elle Fanning, and Steve Blum. Laika Entertainment. 96 min. Rated PG. Animation/Adventure/Comedy. 4 out of 5 stars The stop-motion animation company Laika has once again delivered a cinematic masterpiece in The Boxtrolls. Equal parts funny and moral, […]


New World War II film Fury is a hard look at war

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

5 out of 5 stars Fury. Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Peňa, Jon Bernthal, and Jim Parrack. Columbia Pictures. 134 min. Rated R. Action/Drama/War David Ayer’s new thriller Fury is by far one of the most brutal and honest films set during the Second World War ever made. Not only does it present […]


Dracula Untold should have remained untold (Movie Review)

Monday, October 20th, 2014

2/5 stars Dracula Untold is a movie that, upon first glance, has a lot of potential. The themes and plot of the film, coupled with the sets, costumes, and effects, could have made for a perfect love letter to the classic monster movies of the 30’s and 40’s, presented in the frame work of a […]


Gone Girl: ambitious, surprising, and very impressive (Movie Review)

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

4.5/5 stars Gone Girl. Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry, Carrie Coon, Kim Dickens, and Patrick Fugit. Regency Enterprises. 149 min. Rated R. Drama/Mystery/Thriller. Gone Girl marks the latest directorial contribution from David Fincher. Although very much in the thematic and narrative vein of some of his previous works, Gone Girl is […]