The Deepest Cut — Logan Review

Logan takes place somewhere in the future, though things look pretty similar to modern times, politically and socially. Logan now goes by James Howlett, and he's no longer a member of the X-Men -- he's a limousine chauffeur who transports millenial bridal parties and businessmen around by night. During the day, he hides out in an undisclosed location somewhere in Mexico with Caliban (Stephen Merchant) and Professor Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart), whose mental health has been on a steep decline.

In Dreams — La La Land Review

Before I knew it, La La Land transported me away to the beautiful insanity of Los Angeles -- a city of dreamers and hopeless romantics chasing their tails and looking for a place to call home. To a place of tremendous density filled with people who would give all they can to escape gravity. 

Full Circle — Arrival Review

In Arrival, Amy Adams stars as renowned linguist Dr. Louise Banks, who becomes a critical asset for the United States government after an alien ship touches down somewhere in Montana. Eleven other ships have landed in various parts of the world creating fear and tension for their hosts, and no one knows whether the aliens have come in peace or to wage war.

Conspiracy Reality — Snowden Review

Oliver Stone's Snowden biopic opens with a title card declaring the events and characters you're about to witness have been dramatized. But anyone with an Internet connection and the ability to Google the words Snowden and PRISM will find the truth that inspired the movie is actually quite terrifying. In 2013, government contractor Edward Snowden... Continue Reading →

Still a Monster Movie — 10 Cloverfield Lane Review

Seven-plus years after the found-footage film Cloverfield brought back gigantic movie monsters in a really big and dizzying way, 10 Cloverfield Lane picks up the pieces and goes for a counter, but somehow intuitive, minimal approach. Eschewing the first movie's first-person cameraman style that induced a level of dizzy spells and motion sickness unseen since... Continue Reading →

Danger When Mixed — Silver Linings Playbook

To call Silver Linings Playbook a comedy feels a bit like misdirection -- it's actually a movie with characters and situations so real, humor comes naturally. And where there are humans and laughter, there is tragedy, failure, heartbreak, and the sorting out of the mess that we call relationships.

Blood Diamond Review

Diamonds -- they're a cultural phenomenon that have made their way into the hearts of minds of people through marketing campaigns proclaiming diamonds to be, among other things, a girl's best friend. Those who've justified buying a large engagement ring with three months' salary might have De Beers to thank. The company has mastered the... Continue Reading →

Reign Over Me Review

Reign Over Me is a frustrating film full of merit but weak on execution. The acting is great, the main characters are deep, and there's enough dramatic tension to provoke an emotional response. But for all of its passion, there are too many characters and a noticeable attempt at creating overwhelming drama. For Dr. Alan... Continue Reading →

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