Category: All Reviews

Sundance Review – Bad Hair is a Good Pretender

Director: Justin Simien Starring: Elle Lorraine, Vanessa Williams, Lena Waithe, etc. Cinematographer: Topher Osborn Justin Simien is back with his satire flair to blend horror and comedy as a means to tackle and examine “bad hair” and the roots of all its evil. The writer-director, most notably recognized […]

Sundance Review – Falling

Director: Viggo Mortensen Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Lance Henriksen Sverrir Gudnason, etc. Cinematographer: Marcel Zyskind Dealing with an elder family member with a fading memory and deteriorating health can take its toll on all parties. But what happens when on top of the burdens of being a caretaker, you’re […]

Sundance Review – Summertime Embraces Life through Spoken Word

Director: Carlos López Estrada Starring & Written by: Tyris Winter, Marquesha Babers, Maia Mayor, Austin Antoine, Bryce Banks, Amaya Blankenship, Bene’t Benton, Raul Herrera, Mila Cuda, Gordon Ip, Jason Alvarez, Hanna Harris, Anna Osuna, Walter Finnie, Olympia Miccio, Paolina Acuña-González, Madyson Park, Xochitl Morales, Zach Perlmutter Cinematographer: John […]

The Rise of Skywalker – Review: The Final Reckoning for Star Wars Fans

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is finally out; it’s the end of 40 years of fandom. The completion of a story arc that has captivated the hearts and minds of moviegoers around the world and the definitive ending to one of the world’s most lucrative cinematic trilogies. […]

CATS Should’ve Been a Horror Film

Director: Tom Hooper Starring: Francesca Hayward, James Corden, Judi Dench, Jason Derulo, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson, Ian McKellen, Rebel Wilson, and Taylor Swift Cinematographer: Christopher Ross Everything you heard about Cats is true. There’s terrible CGI, the dancing is creepy- it’s just plain horrifying. So, it begs the question: Why […]

Waves – Review: A Relentlessly Frustrating Experience

Director: Trey Edward Shults Starring: Kelvin Harrison Jr., Lucas Hedges, Taylor Russell, Alexa Demie, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Sterling K. Brown Cinematographer: Drew Daniels I hate Waves. Let’s start there. In fact, I walked out of the theater desperately clinging onto the positives in hopes of letting my hatred subside. But the […]

Why I Have a Love/Hate Relationship with Queen & Slim

Director: Melina Matsoukas Starring: Daniel Kaluuya & Jodie Turner-Smith Cinematographer: Tat Radcliffe In her modern take on the classic Bonnie & Clyde story, director Melina Matsoukas gives special attention to the sensitivity of police brutality against black lives. Narratively speaking, it’s a fine concept to explore within film. […]

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood – Review

Director: Marielle Heller Starring: Tom Hanks, Matthew Rhys, Susan Kelechi Watson and Chris Cooper Cinematographer: Jody Lee Lipes The day was November 1, 1988 – when Tom Junod’s historical article debuted on Esquire Magazine’s front page within the heroes category. The piece, titled Can You Say… “Hero”?, was […]

Charlie’s Angels (2019) – Review

Director: Elizabeth Banks Starring: Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, Ella Ballinski, and Elizabeth Banks Cinematographer: Bill Pope A new generation of Charlie’s Angels is here – to protect the vulnerable and show that women, when we use our multitude of skills, can get any job done. It’s a concept […]

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