• The Turning

    The Turning

    ★★

    A retelling of Henry James' classic novel the Turn of the Screw, 2020's the Turning just can't stand up against the classic story even if the visuals are strong and Mackenzie Davis, Finn Wolfhard and Brooklynn Prince bring great performance but the story relies on jump scares, dreamm sequences and other horror cliches to fill out the running time and the ending really felt like act two when it should have had a more engaging finale.
    The Turning had some…

  • Gretel & Hansel

    Gretel & Hansel

    ★★★

    This classic story of Hansel&Gretel told more from the standpoint that Gretel is the stronger of the duo and its her story with Hansel being the one having to rely on her which was definitely a strength of the film.
    The amazing visuals and cinematography just made the fairy tale come to life in this unique dark way that really help bring out the horror and tension in all of the scenes.
    The acting is also really good with Sophia…

  • The Rhythm Section

    The Rhythm Section

    ★½

    The Rhythm Section is a revenge story led by a great performance by Blake Lively that could have benefitted from a more dynamic story instead of the predictable by the numbers plot that telegraphs every move the story takes and does so in such a meandering pace.
    Blake Lively is putting in some great work here as her intensity in the action scenes feels real, the vulnerability in the more dramatic scenes feels earned and her chemistry with many of…

  • Downhill

    Downhill

    ★★½

    Downhill is an American remake of 2014's Force Majeure that is a story about a man(Will Ferrell) that abandons his family during an avalanche scare and must deal with repercussions of his actions. While Force Majeure is a cerebral look at how relationships can change based on how actions can be perceived with drama pushes the story forward, Downhill is another Ferrell vehicle that tries its best to pull comedy out of the situation but ends up being cringeworthy in…

  • Fantasy Island

    Fantasy Island

    Fantasy Island is a Blumhouse horror that misses the boat on almost every level imaginable. The story of an island that gives you what you wish for but not as you intended and this is a perfectly fine premise(the tv show lasted seven seasons) but the story quickly turned into this slasher movie and every twist and turn was more absurd than the last.
    The cast also didn't mess well together as Lucy Hale and Maggie Q brought more dramatic…

  • The Last Full Measure

    The Last Full Measure

    ★★½

    The Last Full Measure is a war film in the same vein as Born On The Fourth Of July but not as effective or memorable as its predecessor. A true story about a Vietnam war hero's friend trying to obtain a posthumous Medal Of Honor for his courage in Vietnam and the interview to make that happen does have some powerful scenes involving a great cast comprising of Samuel L Jackson, Ed Harris, William Hurt, Peter Fonda(in his final onscreen…

  • Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

    Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

    ★★★

    Birds Of Prey is a fun film with a great performance by Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn that is far superior to 2016's Suicide Squad but this should have been billed as a Harley Quinn film because that what it is for like 90% of the film and may have helped out with the marketing campaign as the original title was way too long and misleading(with many theaters eventually changing the name to garner more fan interest).
    The action is…

  • The Photograph

    The Photograph

    ★★★

    Photograph is a charming romance film that parallels and contrasts these two relationships through time with these great performances by Issa Rae and LaKeith Stanfield who have this chemistry that works so well but the way the two stories meld together throughout the film ends up being fairly clunky and often predictable in execution.
    The strength of The Photograph is just how Rae and Stanfield just are able to work so well off each other with each not only having…

  • Sonic the Hedgehog

    Sonic the Hedgehog

    ★★½

    Sonic The Hedgehog is a fun film with this over the top Jim Carrey performance(that make him so great throughout the years) and see him chew all the scenery was just a blast but the movie feels disjointed, the humor felt dated and also geared to a much younger audience(as it should have been) but it missed the older audience that helped build the brand of the Sega product that debuted back in 1991 and often didn't have the energy…

  • First Lady

    First Lady

    ½

    First Lady is this romance story between a former first lady (Nancy Stafford) and this King(Corbin Bernsen) which can be charming at times(both are dependable tv actors) but its buried beneath this political agenda storyline that is hard to get through because the acting is bad, the story is so predictable in all the worst ways, the dialogue is so cheesy(it tries to be funny and isn't but then is unintentionally funny when it's trying to deliver its message) at…

  • The Lodge

    The Lodge

    ★★★★

    The Lodge is a thriller about a woman stranded in a cabin in the woods during a snowstorm with her boyfriend's two children when strange events occur and this movie has some twists and turns in the story that will definitely divide opinions but I enjoyed every moment of it.
    Riley Keough is great her as the girlfriend and is able to bring a complex performance to the role being vulnerable at times while also being terrifying in others making…

  • The Assistant

    The Assistant

    ★★★

    The dramatization of these real life situations of these high powered executives is definitely relevant in this #metoo movement time where living through and there is portions of this film that were shocking, heartbreaking and quite potent.
    Helping all these moments strike their mark was the tremendous performance from Julia Gardner who was the driving force of most of this film as often she is the only person on screen or is working with a handful of actors that really…