August 26, 2016

REVIEWS: Don't Breathe, The Hollars, & Southside With You

Don't Breathe: "Alvarez’s mean-spirited brand of horror is fearlessly gruesome, that doesn’t make it satisfying — or even all that scary."

Southside With You: "stumbles like so many could-be great biopics, by being overly reverential to its subjects. The film refuses to treat its characters as people, preferring precious prototypes of the Michelle and Barack we know."

The Hollars: Though he’s collected a pretty stellar ensemble, Krasinski’s execution lacks nuance, leaning hard into theatrical performances that undercut big emotional beats.

August 20, 2016

REVIEWS: Kubo and the Two Strings, Nine Lives, and Pete's Dragon

Kubo and the Two Strings: "Every frame of Kubo and the Two Strings is majestic. Every emotional beat resounds. Every heart string is played with tenderness and jubilation, by masters of an old art made new again."

August 12, 2016

REVIEWS: Pete's Dragon, Hell or Highwater, and Disorder

Pete's Dragon: Painted in vivid colors, flush with love and alive with whimsy, Pete’s Dragon is a superbly sweet and earnestly enchanting delight.

Hell or High Water: "Mackenzie masterfully embeds us into the lives of his anti-heroes, while weaving a story of moral complexity and chilling compromise. It’s so rich in detail and atmosphere, you’ll marvel that an English auteur spun such a stirring story about good ol’ boys in the new Old West."

Disorder: "What’s won Disorder the most praise is Winocour’s execution, which employs claustrophobic cinematography and a chilling sound design to subsume the audience into Vincent’s traumatized POV."

Plus an in-depth interview with Disorder's star Diane Kruger. 

August 5, 2016

REVIEWS: The Suicide Squad, The Little Prince, and Tallulah

Suicide Squad: "Packed with attitude, Suicide Squad is ferocious fun, boasting a bounty of action, mirthful mayhem, and a cavalcade of curious characters. It's just the kick in the pants Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment need to correct course ahead of next year's Justice League."

The Little Prince:  "I’d tell you to watch The Little Prince for its enchanting animation alone. That it’s poignant, thoughtful, and warmly thrilling, that’s just icing."

Tallulah: "The plot sounds like the stuff of a Lifetime movie. But Heder goes for the jugular in a way made-for-TV wouldn’t dare." 

Plus, I hit the Suicide Squad red carpet for Nerdist! 

July 26, 2016

REVIEWS: Jason Bourne and Nerve

Jason Bourne: "It’s positively astounding how boring Jason Bourne is."

Nerve: "Combine the tech terror of Black Mirror with the opposites-attract romantic comedy of 10 Things I Hate About You, then add a jolt of pure adrenaline, and you’ve got the heady thriller Nerve."

Bonus: my Screen Rant interview with Nerve directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, where discussed tech, horror, their studio aspirations, and Dave Franco's undies.