All posts tagged "Studio Film Review"

  • Get Out | Review

    The Souls of Black Folk: Peele’s Debut Subverts the Norm in Edgy, Timely Horror Film Behold the power of genre film, a tradition of cinema...

  • John Wick: Chapter 2 | Review

    Wick 2 Wick: Stahelski Forges Tenuous Franchise with Solemn Reeves Assassin Director Chad Stahelski steps out on his own for John Wick: Chapter 2, a...

  • A Cure for Wellness | Review

    Do Capitalists Dream of Electric Eels?: Verbinski’s Visits Mountains of Madness in Paranoia Escapade Not unlike his more renowned yet equally studio inveigled colleague Christopher...

  • The Bye Bye Man | Review

    Baby Bye Bye Bye…Bye Bye: Title’s Derivative Boogeyman Can’t Quite Turn Up the Terror “Don’t think it, don’t say it,” may be the ironic takeaway...

  • A Monster Calls | Review

    Cover Up Love’s Alibi: Bayona Delivers Sensitively Portrait of Childhood Grief Rounding out a loosely themed trilogy on traumatic motherhood, director J.A. Bayona, once protégé...

  • Passengers | Review

    In Space, No One Can Hear You Snore: Tyldum Instills Insistently Dull Throb of Boredom in Sci-Fi Romance Where are they going and where have...

  • Collateral Beauty | Review

    Terms of Amusement: Frankel’s Sentimental Platitudes Ensconce Profoundly Foolish Melodrama The folly of Will Smith is he’s a performer seemingly unable to differentiate between authentic...

  • Bad Santa 2 | Review

    Regifted Goods: Waters Takes the Reigns for Unnecessary Sequel There’s an art to vulgar comedy, requiring a sly talent for successfully presenting off color humor...

  • Allied | Review

    Only Lovers Left Alive: Zemeckis Mounts Handsome Production atop Warbling Wartime Romance Of all the gin joints in town, he had to walk into hers....

  • Arrival | Review

    Future Perfect: Villeneuve Crafts a Poetic Close Encounter Using language and communication as a fertile metaphor, Denis Villeneuve situates complex ideas into streamlined composition with...

  • Almost Christmas | Review

    Do You Hear What I Hear?: Talbert’s Holiday Themed Dramedy Features Talented Cast in Contrived Scenario One of several connotations with the popularized subgenre of...

  • Hacksaw Ridge | Review

    Full Metal Hacksaw: Gibson Returns to the Director’s Seat for an Anti-War Film Perhaps it was only inevitable to find actor-turned-director-turned-showbiz pariah Mel Gibson tackle...

  • Doctor Strange | Review

    Time After Time: More Snark, Less Spark in Derrickson’s Entry into the Marvelverse Marvel introduces their approximation of the mystical realm with their unleashing of...

  • The Girl on the Train | Review

    Those Who Love Me Can Fake the Train: Taylor’s Silly Soap Opera Thriller Actor turned director Tate Taylor proves to be even less adept crafting...

  • Miss Peregrine’s School for Peculiar Children | Review

    Let’s Do the Time Loop Again: Burton’s Back with Another Belabored Children’s Fantasy The time has long since passed when Tim Burton was able to...

  • The Light Between Oceans | Review

    To the Lighthouse: Cianfrance Labors Through Melodrama in Handsome Period Piece Director Derek Cianfrance manages a series of firsts with his fourth feature, including his first...

  • Don’t Breathe | Review

    Secret in Their Eyes: Alvarez Conjures Tension in Home Invasion Thriller After unveiling his grisly and rather well received directorial debut, the 2013 remake of...

  • Suicide Squad | Review

    Monsters, Inc.: Ayer’s DC Comic Mashup is All Bark and No Bite Try as he might, director David Ayer’s valiant efforts to counter the onslaught...

  • Jason Bourne | Review

    Bourne Again Again: Greengrass Returns to Action Franchise with Middling Results Director Paul Greengrass returns to the Robert Ludlum action franchise he inherited from Doug...

  • Star Trek Beyond | Review

    Back to Basics: Lin Takes Another Franchise Where It Has Bravely Gone Before Director Justin Lin (Fast and Furious installments three, four, five, and six)...

  • Ghostbusters | Review

    Dose of a Ghost: Feig Delivers Funny, Feminized Franchise Entry Overshadowed by the ill will of an alarmingly misogynist fanboy culture since its initial inception,...

  • The Legend of Tarzan | Review

    Monkey See, Monkey Do: Seditious Subtexts of the White Savior in Latest Tarzan Adaptation Certain properties are best left alone, allowed to exist in the...

  • The Shallows | Review

    The Shark Who Came in from the Deep: Collet-Serra’s Shark Attack Sticks to the Basics There will likely never be a shark attack film as...

  • Finding Dory | Review

    Sea Notes: Stanton Revisits Little Lost Fish in the Wide Blue Yonder To many, 2003’s animated Pixar film Finding Nemo is considered an iconic title,...

  • Central Intelligence | Review

    Little Big Man: Unlikely and Illogical Buddy Comedy Runs on Vestiges of Charm The usual formula we’re used to seeing in the tireless buddy comedy...