The LEGO Batman Movie celebrates everything that makes The Dark Knight cool

Everyone who says that Warner Brothers’ DC Comics Extended Universe isn’t fun enough and doesn’t celebrate the joy of its iconic superheroes finally has the movie they want in The LEGO Batman Movie. Sticklers might say that doesn’t count because it’s not Ben Affleck’s version of Batman (or whatever comes after that) and doesn’t tie […]

Taking a deeper dive into Split, its surprise ending and what it means

[link_box id=”36688″ site_id=”1″ layout=”link-box-third” alignment=”alignright”]The surprise at the end of Split excited some filmgoers while making others shrug. Is it really a big deal? While writing my review for M. Night Shyamalan’s latest film Split, I may have oversold the “big reveal” that occurs at the end of the film. (Technically, that surprise may not […]

Split is mediocre fun as horror film, self-indulgent in big reveal

[link_box id=”36688″ site_id=”1″ layout=”link-box-third” alignment=”alignright”]M. Night Shyamalan hasn’t seemed like a director really worth following for the past 10 years. That’s presuming the general belief that Lady in the Water (2006) was his “jump the shark” moment as a filmmaker of consequence. If you think that The Village (2004) was Shyamalan’s last decent film, then it’s been even […]

In new Logan trailer, Wolverine cedes spotlight to young X-23

One of the more intriguing aspects of long promotional campaigns for blockbuster movies is the differences in trailers, as the studio attempts to appeal to different audiences or show that the film in question is more than an action flick or a dark drama. Fox released the second trailer for Logan on Tuesday morning, which […]

Mark Wahlberg as Tommy Saunders in ‘Patriots Day.’

Patriots Day is suspenseful, agonizing, inspirational, and ultimately exceptional

Patriots Day could have been exploitative, but is deeply respectful and admiring in its story of a community pulling together in the face of horror. Director Peter Berg and producer Mark Wahlberg stepped into some murky territory with Patriots Day. Though few will likely argue that it’s a story that shouldn’t be told and deserves […]

Live By Night, Ben Affleck show great ambition, can’t fulfill epic story’s promise

[link_box id=”36688″ site_id=”1″ layout=”link-box-third” alignment=”alignright”]After three stellar films, Ben Affleck has his first miss as a director with the unfulfilling Live By Night. Ben Affleck was on quite a career-changing streak as a director, putting himself in A-list territory for helming 2013’s Best Picture winner, Argo. Few directors have had the sort of critical and […]