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In The Age Of Scammers, Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite Is The How-To Guide For Finessers | Movie Review |

Parasite lives up to its namesake and is one of the best films of 2019. Plug the word parasite into Google for its derogatory context and you get this: a person who habitually relies on or exploits others and gives nothing in return. That definition is generated straight from Oxford, but what does the word mean […]

After 20 Years In Development, Futuristic Gemini Man Forgets To Update Its Script | Movie Review |

Gemini Man is a film that was 20 years in the making, but it didn’t update its story with its technology. After spending two decades in development, Gemini Man finally got its release in theaters. Directed by Ang Lee, the action-thriller follows a hitman who is targeted by a young clone of himself while on […]

What The Fleck: Joker Is A Dark Origin Story, Joaquin Phoenix Shines | Movie Review |

Joker, Gotham City’s Clown Prince of Crime, has made his long-awaited return to theaters. Joker is set in the early 1980s and is DC’s first standalone film since the establishment of the DCEU. Starring Joaquin Phoenix and directed by Todd Phillips, the psychological-thriller takes on the origin story of Batman’s archenemy and DC’s greatest villain. Spoilers […]

The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) | Movie Review |

Described as a modern-day Mark Twain style adventure story, writers and directors Tyler Nilson and Mike Schwartz’s directorial debut The Peanut Butter Falcon lived up to its description. The adventure comedy-drama stars Shia LaBeouf, Dakota Johnson and Zack Gottsagen and is a modern retelling of Huckleberry Finn. The Roadside Attractions film follows a young man who […]

The Dead Don’t Die (2019) | Movie Review|

When the living die but cannot remain deceased, they’re reanimated into something more gouless, soulless, and undead — zombies. Zombies have been around in cinema for over 85 years with an explosion of popularity since the dawn of the new millennium. Writer and director Jim Jarmusch’s latest film, The Dead Don’t Die, is another entry in a […]

I Used to be Normal: A Boyband Fangirl Story (2019) | Movie Review |

Like anything, fandom can be a good thing when used in moderation. Derived from the word fanatic, humans can be fans of something without ever crossing the line into an obsession. As a culture, when it comes to the newest boy band, the act of being a Stan or fangirling can disrupt personal relationships, work life and […]

Spoiler Free: It Chapter Two (2019) | Movie Review |

What happens in Derry stays in Derry until eerie things start popping off 27 years later. It Chapter Two is the sequel to the 2017 hit supernatural horror It, which is based on the Stephen King novel of the same name. Director Andy Muschietti returns, but this time the Losers Clubs are adults who return to Derry to take […]

The Farewell (2019) | Movie Review |

The difference between eastern and western culture is larger than the distance between the United States and China. No matter their differences, wanting the best for your family is a universal language that all cultures can understand. Based on an actual lie, writer and director Lulu Wang’s latest film, The Farewell brings both cultures together in one […]

Between the Darkness (Come, Said the Night) (2019) | Movie Review |

In the light, we can see the physical but sometimes the mythical and the spiritual appear from the darkness. Sometimes, it’s just our minds playing tricks on us, which causes us to double take and see things that aren’t really there. Add puberty and hormones to this mix and you get an interesting take on […]

The Art of Self-Defense (2019) | Movie Review |

Originally, Martial Arts was a form of self-defense and attack that humans have been practicing  for centuries over the course of history. As a form of self-defense, martial arts predate guns by hundreds of years. The Art of Self-Defense, a film written and directed by Riley Stearns is a dark comedy that is a period piece […]

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood | Movie Review |

Director Quentin Tarantino’s highly-anticipated 9th film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, is a fairy tale tribute to the final moments of Hollywood’s golden age. The writer-director’s 9th film is set in an alternate timeline and is his take on the events that would lead up to the Manson murders. On a 90 million dollar budget, Tarantino […]

Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) | Movie Review |

Your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man has swung back into theaters with the highly anticipated sequel to 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming. The twenty-third entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe sees Jon Watts return as director and he’s accompanied by returning stars Tom Holland, Zendaya, Jacob Batalon, Marisa Tomei, and Jon Favreau. As the last entry of Phase 3 […]

Dark Phoenix (2019) | Movie Review |

After the complete final destruction of the world – the apocalypse – the longest-running comic-book movie franchise attempts to rise from the ashes in its finale, Dark Phoenix. The direct sequel to 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse, the film deals with the X-Men as they come face to face with the Phoenix force. The 12th installment of the X-Men franchise […]

Woodstock or Bust (2019) | Movie Review |

The counterculture movement of the 1960s was one of the most pivotal movements in United States history. During the summer of 1969, Woodstock — one of the largest music festivals in American history with more than 400,000 people in attendance — was born. The festival’s popularity has withstood the test of time, and there were failed […]

Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) | Movie Review |

In the land of the monsters – where only one can reign supreme – Godzilla is the undisputed king. Godzilla: King of the Monsters is the sequel to 2014’s Godzilla and sees the titular Titan battle his archenemy King Ghidorah for the title of apex predator. Directed by Michael Dougherty. the film stars Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, […]

Ma (2019) | Movie Review |

The Obsessive Mother-Like Figure trope in horror films has finally received a version of the character that is seasoned in Blumhouse’s 2019 psychological-thriller Ma. Directed by Tate Taylor and starring veteran actress Octavia Spencer, Ma follows a group of teenagers who befriend a lonely middle-aged woman who allows them to party in her basement, only for startling […]

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (2019) | Movie Review|

In Latin, si vis pacem, para bellum – if you want peace, prepare for war –  and in the third  installment of the John Wick series, the titular character stays ready for whatever. John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum finds the titular assassin on the run after a $14 million dollar bounty is placed on his head following the events […]

Family (2019) |Movie Review|

The feeling of being an outcast is something most people can relate to. Most families have a black sheep – that one family member who is different from everyone else – yet a sense of normalcy is something everyone wants to capture. Director-writer Laura Steinel’s directorial debut, Family, is a comedy that thoughtfully examines the idea of being a black […]

POKÉMON: Detective Pikachu (2019)|Movie Review|

In a world where animated classics are being remade into live-action spectacles for what seems to be at a monthly pace, a staple of the 1990s makes its live-action cinematic debut. POKÉMON: Detective Pikachu is based on the video game of the same name and stars Justice Smith and Ryan Reynolds as the titular character. First Thing First The […]

Avengers: Endgame (2019) |Movie Review|

ATTENTION: First, this review is GOING TO CONTAIN SPOILERS!!!  If you have not seen Avengers: Endgame yet then you can check out this SPOILER FREE REACTION here. With the release of the full Spiderman: Far From Home trailer, Avengers: Endgame directors Joe and Anthony Russo, aka The Russo Brothers, have announced an end to the spoiler ban today. In […]

Spoiler Free – Avengers: Endgame (2019) Reaction in 300 Words Or Less.

The Avengers assembled for the emotional and long-awaited sequel to 2018’s Infinity War.  After 21 other films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which turned 11 years old this year, we’ve reached the season finale, so to speak, Avengers: Endgame was a phenomenal way to cap off this epic journey. Reaction After watching every second of […]

The Curse of La Llorona (2019) |Movie Review|

Mexican folklore gets the big screen treatment with the The Curse of La Llorona – an entry into The Conjuring Universe – about the ghost of a woman who drowned her children and haunts future victims who can hear her tears. In this feature length version of the tale of “The Weeping Woman,” Michael Chaves makes his directorial debut […]

The Public (2019) |Movie Review|

Homelessness, race, mental illness, government responsibility and social advocacy are just a few things that director and writer Emilio Estevez is trying to address in his newest film, The Public. Estevez stars in the film alongside an ensemble cast that includes Michael K. Williams, Christian Slater, Alec Baldwin, Taylor Schilling, Jena Malone, Jeffrey Wright, Gabrielle Union, Jacob […]

The Mustang (2019) |Movie Review|

Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre takes the reins with her feature film directorial debut, The Mustang. The Focus Features’ drama stars Matthias Schoenaerts as an incarcerated convict in Nevada, and his journey while participating in a rehabilitation program centered around training wild horses. The film also stars Jason Mitchell, Gideon Adlon, Connie Britton and Bruce Dern. Spoilers after the trailer. […]

Dumbo (2019) |Movie Review|

“Let’s get ready for Duuuuummbbbo,” is an actual line said by the legendary boxing announcer Michael Buffer and reader, I, was not ready for Dumbo. Directed by Tim Burton, Dumbo is a live-action adaptation of the 1941 animated classic and the first Disney remake to be released in 2019. The film stars Colin Farrell, Nico Parker, Finley Hobbins, Eva Green, […]

Us (2019)|Movie Review|

Following up on the 2016 hit, Get Out, director and writer Jordan Peele does not suffer from a sophomore slump with his latest horrifying, psychological thriller, Us. Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions and Blumhouse have teamed up with Universal Pictures to deliver another entry into the doppelgänger subgenre of horror. Us stars Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Shahadi Wright Joseph, and Evan Alex as an […]

Captain Marvel (2019) |Movie Review|

International Women’s Day 2019 coincided with the release of Marvel Studios’ newest film, Captain Marvel.  The twenty-first entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the first one with a female led hero, introduces us to Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel, the most powerful hero in the MCU, so far.  Directed by Anna Bolden and Ryan Fleck, […]

Greta (2019) |Movie Review|

So far, 2019 has not been a good year for Hungarian characters in film and director Neil Jordan’s Greta attempts to buck the trend. The psychological-thriller stars Chloe Grace  Moretz as Frances McCullen and Isabelle Huppert as the film’s titular character, Greta Hideg.   Plotful Problems Normally, these types of psycho-thrillers heavily rely on the subjects being in […]

Oscars 2019: Ranking The Best Picture Nominees And Other Academy Awards Winning Predictions

Tonight on ABC, the Academy of Motion Pictures of Arts and Sciences presents the 91st Academy Awards, more commonly referred to as the Oscars. The award ceremony will honor the best films of 2018. Due to some controversies, this is the first ceremony to be conducted without a host since 1989.  There were a lot of […]

Alita: Battle Angel (2019) |Movie Review|

Alita: Battle Angel answers the question that everyone has asked: “What would happen if the creator of Avatar teamed up with the creator of Spy Kids to create a live-action (with CGI) version of a Japanese manga. Reader, the results are as chaotic as they sound. Behind the Scenes Based on Yukito Kishiro’s manga series […]

Fighting With My Family (2019)|Movie Review|

“This is my house” is the catchphrase that introduced Paige to the WWE Universe. Fighting With My Family is the biopic that introduced her to the rest of the world.  Produced by legendary WWE Superstar, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, the sports-comedy biopic follows the life of Saraya “Paige” Bevis and her journey from a wrestling […]

Happy Death Day 2U (2019) |Movie Review|

February 14th is a day known for love, romance and a giant baby piercing people in their hearts. Cupid isn’t shooting arrows, but instead this Valentine’s Day, Blumhouse and Universal have teamed up to produce Happy Death Day 2U, a sequel to the 2017 commercially successful dark comedy-horror, Happy Death Day. Christopher Landon returns as the director and […]

The Prodigy (2019) |Movie Review|

**Spoiler FREE Review** What’s wrong with Miles? The latest release from Orion Pictures, The Prodigy, tries to answer that question. The supernatural horror-thriller is director Nicholas McCarthy’s third theatrical release, with his previous two outings also being horror films. The Prodigy follows Miles (Jackson Robert Scott), a disturbed young boy who has the intellect of a genius, and […]

Canal Street (2019) |Movie Review|

In today’s world people are quick to judge before knowing all of the facts. “Guilty until proven innocent,” is the tagline for director Rhyan Lamarr’s newest film, Canal Street. Canal Street, like Beale Street, figuratively speaking, is a road in life where people upon opposite paths happen to come across each other. Canal Street stars Bryshere […]

Dragon Ball Super: Broly |Movie Review|

The Dragon Ball franchise has made its theatrical return with Dragon Ball Super: Broly. Created by Akira Toriyama, the Japanese anime is the highest grossing film in the franchise and one of the highest grossing animes in history. The film sees the return of Goku, the main character of the series, and the first canonical inclusion of Broly, […]

Shoplifters (2018) |Movie Review|

What really makes a family? Type the word into Google and this is the result:Director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s newest film, Shoplifters, takes these definitions and explores them in a realistic, heartbreaking and insightful way. Hirokazu Kore-eda also serves as the writer and editor of the family crime drama that stars Lily Franky, Sakura Ando, Kairi Jō, Mayu Matsuoka, Miyu […]

Glass (2019) |Movie Review|

**Spoiler Free Review** The Eastrail 177 trilogy has finally reached its last stop with Glass, M. Night Shyamalan’s newest film. Glass serves as the sequel to the highly successful, critically acclaimed psychological horror-thriller Split, and the superhero-thriller Unbreakable. It’s been 19 years since the theatrical release of Unbreakable, yet M. Night was able to have […]

If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) |Movie Review|

After releasing 2016’s Moonlight, director Barry Jenkins has returned with his latest film, If Beale Street Could Talk, which is based on James Baldwin’s 1974 novel of the same name. The runner-up for the Toronto International Film Festival’s People Choice Award, the Annapurna Pictures distributed film stars Kiki Layne and Stephan James, and is a story about how the power of […]

Bumblebee (2018) |Movie Review|

The prequel to the Transformers franchise is a transformation worth seeing. Bumblebee is the sixth film in the franchise for the Robots in Disguise, and serves as a prequel to 2007’s Transformers. Based on the Hasbro Transformers toyline, Bumblebee is the first in the series without Michael Bay serving as director. This time, the Paramount Pictures distributed film has Travis Knight in the director’s chair with […]

Escape Room (2019) |Movie Review|

Escape the room and survive is the synopsis for Sony’s newest psychological thriller, Escape Room. Directed by Adam Robitel, Escape Room, follows six strangers as they try to work their way through  multiple deadly escape rooms, and that requires them to work together as a team to survive. The PG-13 film was previously titled The Maze because each escape room worked […]

Bird Box (2018) |Movie Review|

On the longest day of the year, December 21, 2018, Netflix released their newest post-apocalyptic thriller, Bird Box, starring Sandra Bullock. The film is based on a 2014 novel of the same name written by Jason Malerman. The screenplay was written by the frequent horror screenwriter Eric Heisserer (Final Destination 5, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Arrival) and directed by […]

Green Book (2018) |Movie Review|

From the Farrelly brother that gave us the infamous anthology comedy Movie 43 comes Green Book, a drama-comedy that is getting serious Oscar buzz this awards season. The Peter Farrelly directed film gets its title from The Negro Motorist Green Book, a guidebook that African-Americans used to navigate throughout the country when finding restaurants and lodges that would accept them […]

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) |Movie Review|

After being turned into dust, your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man has made his theatrical return, but this Spidey is from a different universe. From the studio that has made some questionable decisions when it comes to the wall-crawler’s lore, comes Spider-Man’s first animated feature film. Sony’s newest film, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse follows the Brooklyn teenager Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) […]

Bodied (2018) |Movie Review|

A thesis on the poetic function of the ‘n-word’ in battle rap is the catalyst for Bodied, a satirical drama-comedy into the world of battle rap. The film is produced by the former battle rapper Eminem’s Shady Films and distributed by YouTube Red Premium. The film is directed by the famed music video director Joseph Kahn, who also serves as […]

Can You Ever Forgive Me? |Movie Review|

“You pissed in a closet,” an actual quote from a film I just watched about the life of an author turned letter forger and it was… incredible. The biopic Can You Ever Forgive Me? starring Melissa McCarthy (The Happytime Murders) and Richard E. Grant (Logan) is based on the Lee Israel memoir of the same name. Fox Searchlight distributed the […]

Nobody’s Fool (2018) |Movie Review|

🛑 #StopMadea 🛑 They said go see it and write about it for your blog…. so I did. Today, I experienced my first and most likely last Tyler Perry movie on the silver screen. Nobody’s Fool is the 22nd entry in Tyler Perry’s filmography and the 12th one without his cross-dressing alter-ego. Perry is the film’s writer, director and producer, […]

Bohemian Rhapsody |Movie Review|

After being caught in development hell a landslide and finally escaping into reality, the long-awaited biopic of the British rock band Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody, has arrived in theaters. The film is a British-American joint venture with production companies such as 20th Century Fox (also distributor), GK Films, New Regency, Queen Films and it is directed by the controversial Bryan Singer. Executive producers include the original […]

All About Nina |Movie Review|

Eva Vives’s directorial debut All About Nina has a lot to say and is an important movie in today’s climate. Vives started writing the script around 3 years ago, and the film is a semi-biographical account of her life. The drama-comedy stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, and 10 Cloverfield Lane) and Common (The Lion Guard, and The Chi) and premiered […]